Course Descriptions:

EDUCATION CORE WITH PROGRAM PREREQUISITE
PSYC 250 | Human Growth and Development (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of growth from birth through old age. In addition, factors thought to influence this growth are also examined.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

EDUC 208 | Foundation and Principles of Teacher Education (2 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of the nature of the teaching profession, including the purpose, history, philosophy, organization, curriculum alignment and standards in American public school education. This course includes a 20-hour practicum in a P-12 school setting to observe the inner workings of classrooms from the point of view of a teacher. Professional dispositions, reflective practice and critical thinking skills will be emphasized. Candidates will be encouraged to collaborate with cooperating teachers, observe student/teacher interactions and behavioral issues, and demonstrate an overall awareness of the classroom environment.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Corequisite: EDUC 209, Sophomore standing

EDUC 209 | Teacher Education Orientation & Practicum (1 credit hours)
This course will specifically introduce PSC teacher education candidates to the School of Education’s conceptual framework and program standards, teacher education program checkpoints, electronic candidate portfolio requirements and implementation, successful completion of a 20 hour practicum, and successful completion of a faculty panel interview.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Corequisite: EDUC 208, Sophomore standing

EDUC 255 | Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the conceptual, theoretical and philosophical issues surrounding diversity in educational settings and how to successfully implement differentiation of instruction to offer all types of learners with opportunities for engagement in their learning environments. The course also explores notions of equity that will provide candidates with the information they need to create learning environments that are free of bias and provide a differentiated approach to education for all students. Teacher education candidates will adopt a philosophical position and design and implement effective teaching strategies that reflect ethnic and cultural diversity through differentiation.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: EDUC 209 or Corequisite :EDUC 209

EDUC 300 | Managing the Learning Environment for Effective Teaching (3 credit hours)
This course is intended to provide teacher education candidates the opportunity to explore, discuss, and reflect upon the relationships between managing the learning environment and effective teaching. Research, discussion, and reflection will be focused on current theory and research-based best practices for managing the learning environment in order to effectively meet the needs of all learners. Development of lesson planning approaches, as well as development of individual management styles and plans for their classrooms, will be emphasized in order to assist teacher candidates in enhancing their knowledge and skills related to managing the learning environment for effective teaching.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education

EDUC 315 | Educational Technology (3 credit hours)
This course will focus on understanding and harnessing the power of digital media for teaching and learning. Students will learn to use that power to transform traditional teacher-centered classrooms into student-focused learning environments where P-12 students use digital media tools for the acquisition, analysis, construction, and presentation of knowledge. Hands-on experience will help pre-service teachers broaden their use of digital media tools and techniques, and they will learn rationales and strategies for developing 21st century literacies.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Technology & ItsApplication
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education

EDUC 317 | Assessment for Student Learning (3 credit hours)
This course emphasizes the awareness of the role of the teacher in assessment and his/her impact on student learning via procedures and practices that utilize assessment results to inform instruction. Test construction, analysis of teacher-made tests, and analysis of assessment results will be emphasized along with grading and reporting of student progress for the purposes of addressing “assessment of learning” and “assessment for learning” for a diverse student population. Key pre-service assessment skills, as delineated by the Nebraska Department of Education, will also provide direction in terms of preparation of pre-service teacher candidates for both the Nebraska State Assessment System, as well as any additional federal government expectations concerning assessment.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education

EDUC 400 | Professional and Collaborative Practices (3 credit hours)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the professional practices associated with teaching today. It is an interdisciplinary approach (incorporating the current political, economic, legal, social, and cultural aspects in education today) designed to provide pre-service teachers with a clear understanding of the teaching profession and the practices, issues, and controversies confronting American education today. Resume writing, interview skills, and an electronic portfolio will be completed during this course to prepare candidates for potential career opportunities. The course will provide novice educators with a broad understanding of how the relationships between students, parents, and community impact the overall educational experience for students. The primary focus is to prepare reflective teachers who will be able to make informed decisions to improve and enhance the learning environment for children.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education

EDUC 411 | Secondary Student Teaching (3 credit hours)
This is a practical application of learning principles in the classroom with a progressive introduction into full teaching responsibilities at the secondary level. Students teach full-time for four to sixteen weeks.
Components: Student Teaching

EDUC 420 | Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit hours)
This seminar will provide student teachers with mentorship during the student teaching semester. Workshops for portfolio development and completion of the Instructional Analysis Project will be included, as well as, the activities that were a part of student teaching call backs (mock interview, certification paperwork, preparation for the job search, etc.).
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education

SPED 200 | Introduction to Special Education (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide a historical, political and sociological survey of the areas of exceptionality in the field of special education. The course will identify significant changes which have occurred in the education of exceptional populations and provide an introductory experience concerning the various disability groupings.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: EDUC 209 or Corequisite: EDUC 209

K-12 EDUCATION OPTION
 EDUC 309 | Secondary Practicum (2 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide secondary education majors with an opportunity to observe the specific methods being studied in the Secondary Methods course and to begin to practice these methods. The practicum requires a minimum of 80 hours of field experience.
Components:
Practicum
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Corequisite: EDUC 310 or HPER 315

EDUC 310 | Secondary School Teaching Methods (3 credit hours)
This course provides education majors with opportunities to study, discuss, and practice instructional methods specifically for middle and high school students and to examine these school environments.
Components:
Lecture
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education, EDUC 317 (or Corequisite) Corequisite: EDUC 309 or EDUC 312

EDUC 434 | Content Literacy Across the Curriculum (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to complement the quest for learning at the level presented at Peru State College by preparing teacher candidates to be exemplary professional leaders in the field of education relative to effectively teaching content literacy related to reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and technology in their respective content areas. Collaborative, as well as personal reflection for the purpose of independent critical thought, will be implemented and utilized on multiple theories and best practices in the teaching of content literacy in all content areas to a diverse student population. An emphasis on instructional strategies related to trait-based reading, informational text, process and technical writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and technology as they apply to standards and assessments for improving students’ content literacy, will be collaboratively and personally explored, analyzed, and evaluated for the purposes of effective implementation in lesson design. The focus will also include both assessment of learning and assessment for learning, in terms of each of these areas of content literacy.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education, EDUC 317 (or Corequisite)

GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS
 BUS 201 | Organizational Communications (3 credit hours)
Students study communication foundations, the writing process, and communicating through letters, memoranda, and e-mail messages. The culminating activity permits students to understand the report process and research methods, manage data and use graphics, and organize and prepare reports and proposals for the design and delivery of business presentations.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Collegiate Skills – Effective Communication

ECON 221 | Principles Of Microeconomics (3 credit hours)
Consideration is given to the microeconomic concepts of wages, interest, rent and profits, personal distribution of income, consumption, monopolies, agriculture, government taxation and expenditures, international trade and comparative economic structures.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

ECON 222 | Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credit hours)
This course presents elementary concepts of macroeconomics with an emphasis on equilibrium analysis, monetary and fiscal policy, banking, developmental economics, and comparative economic systems.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

MATH 112 | College Algebra (3 credit hours)
This course is for students who specifically need algebra in certain pre-professional programs. It covers algebraic principles and processes and is not to be taken for credit by students who have completed Math 113 or Math 120.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Collegiate Skills – Quantitative Reasoning

STAT 210 | Statistics (3 credit hours)
A study of the methods of summarizing and interpreting data, elementary probability, and its relation to distributions. The meanings, importance, and application of the normal and binomial distributions and the methods of random sampling, testing of hypotheses, analysis of paired data, and interpretation of standardized test scores are covered. Students work on independent research projects to gain first- hand experience with the issues of the course.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Collegiate Skills – Quantitative Reasoning

BUSINESS CORE REQUIREMENTS
BUS 214 | Introduction to Business Quantitative Methods (3 credit hours)
This course introduces basic business quantitative concepts to students. Basic business math, banking practices, trade discounts, markups and markdowns, breakeven analysis, payroll, credit installment purchases, mortgage finance vs. refinance, simple and compound interest calculations, annuities and sinking funds, interpretation of financial reports, depreciation, inventory, taxation, insurance, and an understanding of the elements of the stock market are included in the course. Students are introduced to basic business statistics and the used of advanced Excel in the course.
Components: Lecture

BUS 231 | Principles of Financial Accounting (3 credit hours)
Students are introduced to accounting as an information system that provides reports to stakeholders about the economic activities and condition of a business. Students learn about the complete accounting cycle, accounting systems and internal controls, and balance sheet accounts cash, receivables, inventories, fixed and intangible assets, and current liabilities.
Components: Lecture

BUS 232 | Principles of Managerial Accounting (3 credit hours)
Students continue their preparation in accounting by studying the accounting process for a corporation – organization, capital stock transactions, and dividends; income and taxes, stockholders’ equity, and investments in stocks; and bonds payable and investments in bonds. Other topics studied are: statement of cash flows, financial statements and analysis, managerial accounting and job order cost systems, process cost systems, cost behavior and cost-volume-profit analysis, and budgeting and performance evaluation using variances from standard costs.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: BUS 231

BUS 251 | Legal Environment and Contract Law (3 credit hours)
This course examines the sources and origins of law and the legal system, legal processes, and fundamental legal principles, with an emphasis on the obligations of parties to a contract.
Components: Lecture

BUS 328 | Principles of Marketing (3 credit hours)
Students learn the buying, selling, transporting, and storing functions involved in marketing, with an introduction to retailing, wholesaling, and marketing management.
Components: Lecture

BUS 335 | Production/Operations Management (3 credit hours)
This course explores a wide variety of production and operations management topics. Topics include: operations strategy and competitiveness, product design, process selection, quality management, capacity management, Just-in-Time (JIT) production systems, facility location and layout, supply chain management, operations scheduling, and the production planning process.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: BUS 232 and STAT 210 (or MATH 240 or 340)

BUS 339 | Business Finance (3 credit hours)
Students examine the sources and management of funds used to finance assets. Strategies and tools are presented in the areas of financial analysis and planning, working capital management, capital budgeting, and long- term financing.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: BUS 232

BUS 373 | Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
This course presents the foundations of the history, theory, and applications of organizational behavior in the areas of personality, stress, motivation, job design, goal setting, learning theory, behavior modification, group behavior, power, leadership, organizational structure, decision-making, and control.
Components: Lecture

BUS 480 | International Business (3 credit hours)
Students learn contemporary business and management practices in multi-national market environments with emphasis on cultural, financial, and marketing differences. This course meets the Community, Regional and Global Studies requirement in the General Studies Program.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Community, Regional & Global Studies

BUS 495 | Business Policy (3 credit hours)
This course requires students to demonstrate the ability to analyze a firm’s internal and external environments and to apply concepts, theories and analytical models related to the formulation and implementation of business-level and corporate-level strategies through critical thinking and problem solving. The student communicates solutions to case scenarios both in writing and through oral presentations. The influence of other functional areas on strategic thinking emphasizes teaching students the linkage between strategic problems, management interpretations, solutions, and firm performance. This senior level seminar is the capstone experience and senior competency course for Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Applied Science in Management students and should be taken in the last year of study.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: For Seniors Only

CMIS 300 | Information Systems Management (3 credit hours)
This course introduces concepts of systems management from a business viewpoint and an information systems viewpoint. Students utilize graphical tools including flowcharts to examine business and information systems processes. Fundamental programming concepts are introduced including algorithms, data types, control structures and Boolean logic. An overview of project management including critical path and dependencies is introduced.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Technology & Its Application

MARKETING REQUIREMENTS
BUS 329 | Integrated Marketing Communications (3 credit hours)
Students examine the elements of integrated marketing communications including advertising, direct marketing, social media, personal branding, personal selling, sales promotion, and public relations/publicity, focusing on the blending of the elements into a total enterprise marketing communications program.
Components:
Lecture
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite: BUS 328

BUS 347 | Consumer Behavior (3 credit hours)
This course presents the principles of consumer behavior in the areas of motivation, perception, learning, attitude change, information processing, life-style, demographics, social class, reference groups, opinion leaders and diffusion, family and culture, and shopping environments.
Components:
Lecture
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite: BUS 328

CAREER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
EDUC 424 | Coordinating Techniques (3 credit hours)
This course addresses the foundations and scope of current and projected career and technical cooperative education programs and general studies work experience. Emphasis is placed on coordination techniques, selection and placement, instructional procedures, youth leadership activities, organization and administration, and evaluation of cooperative occupational education.
Components:
Lecture
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education

CMIS REQUIREMENTS
CMIS 101 | Information Systems Concepts and Applications (3 credit hours)
This course is an introduction to basic computer concepts and Windows-based spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software currently used in industry. Development of problem-solving and proficiency using selected commercial software packages is stressed.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Technology & Its Application

CMIS 410 | Web Page Development and Programming (3 credit hours)
This course facilitates the development of skills in designing complex web sites. Current issues and design trends are considered as well as the fundamentals of web servers and browsers, and HTML and XHTML. Client side and server side programming and database connectivity over a web-based connection are explored. Web security and evaluation procedures for websites are covered.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Technology & Its Application

CMIS 420 | Database Development and Programming (3 credit hours)
This course is a study of the methods used to store and access data. Database models are developed using various software platforms including the usage of Microsoft Access as a RAD (Rapid Application Development) tool. Other topics include a data security, normalization, and database design for Internet interaction.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Technology & Its Application