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

SECONDARY 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)

ENGLISH CORE REQUIREMENTS
ENG 222 | World Literature to 1500 (3 credit hours)
This course serves as an introduction to classical and medieval traditions in Western literature.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ENG 301 | Traditional Grammar (3 credit hours)
The emphasis of this course is on an in-depth analysis of sentence structure.
Components: Lecture

ENG 440 | History of the English Language (3 credit hours)
This course is a study of the growth of modern English through examination of changes in the sounds, forms, and syntax that have occurred in the language and through an examination of the development of vocabulary.
Components: Lecture

ENG 450 | English Seminar (3 credit hours)
English 450 is a research-directed seminar which focuses on various issues, authors, and topics in literature (Women’s Literature, Literary Theory, Major Authors) currently being discussed and debated nationally or internationally. This is the capstone class for Language Art and English Majors.
Components: Lecture

ADDITIONAL ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS
EDUC 403 | Diagnostic and Remedial Reading (3 credit hours)
This course addresses the assessment of individual learners, reading skills and the appropriate interventions to facilitate further skill development. Candidates will learn to administer and interpret diagnostic assessments, identify potential causes and effects of reading problems, utilize remedial interventions, and apply management procedures (grouping strategies, book leveling systems, multi-dimensional planning) with which classroom teachers may utilize daily. Candidates will apply knowledge of how elementary and special education students differ in their reading development and approaches to learning while creating instructional opportunities directed toward diverse learning needs.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education, EDUC 317 (or Corequisite), EDUC 334 or EDUC43

Pick one (1) of the following two (2) choices

ENG 203 | Literature for Children through Adolescence (3 credit hours)
This course provides a survey of literature for children through adolescence with an emphasis on applying the principles of valuation to selected books from both traditional and modern picture books, poems, and stories.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

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ENG 401 | Young Adult Literature (3 credit hours)
This on-line, summer class focuses on Young Adult Literature and can be taken for graduate credit. The course offers an analysis of adolescent experience from a variety of potential genres and perspectives, including Dystopian Fiction.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ENG 225 | Short Story (3 credit hours)
The major emphasis of this course is on studying the development of the short story in American literature.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ENG 305 | Practicum in Composition (3 credit hours)
This course is an investigation of current practices, research, issues, and theories about teaching composition to see how they apply to classroom teaching.
Components: Practicum

ENG 322 | British Literature (3 credit hours)
This course includes an historical survey of British Literature from Old and Middle English literature to the present. Major writers receive chief emphasis.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ENG 326 | American Literature (3 credit hours)
An historical survey of significant American writing from the Colonial Period to the present era. Major writers receive chief emphasis.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ENG 357 | Interpretive Reading (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to emphasize oral reading of worthwhile literature in group settings. It includes the close, critical analysis of practice selections as well as the study and practice of basic delivery techniques. This course is dual listed with SPCH 357.
Components: Lecture

ENG 418 | Shakespeare (3 credit hours)
This course provides a study of representative plays and sonnets.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ENGLISH ELECTIVES
Select one (1) course from the following electives

ENG 306 | Nebraska Literature (3 credit hours)
This course provides an introduction to the works of Nebraska writers and literature about Nebraska.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ENG 307 | Seminar in the Modern Novel (3 credit hours)
This course is a study of modern fiction as it mirrors the philosophical, sociological, psychological, and scientific thought of the twentieth century.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ENG 309 | Creative Writing (3 credit hours)
This course allows for experimentation with writing poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction in a writing workshop setting.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ENG 311 | Creative Non-Fiction (3 credit hours)
Creative Non-Fiction provides students the opportunity to write an array of personal essays from a variety of perspectives, from early childhood memories to adult reactions to a work of art. English 311 emphasizes effective written communication and the imaginative use of a wide variety of rhetorical tools.
Components: Lecture

ENG 320 | Science Fiction Literature and Film (3 credit hours)
This course offers a critical perspective on both recent developments in science fiction literature and on science fiction film, with an emphasis on the history of American Science Fiction. The focus of the literature can change and can include such topics as Apocalytic stories and New Space Opera.
Component: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ENG 330 | Modern Poetry and Drama (3 credit hours)
This course will focus on major American and British poets and dramatists of the 20th and 21st centuries. This course will provide the student the opportunity to follow the growth of modern poetic and dramatic techniques in the western world and to make the student aware of his or her recent heritage of dramatic and poetic literature.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ENG 336 | American Indian Literature (3 credit hours)
This course will explore the writing of American Indians within their unique cultural, social, political and historical contexts. We will examine critical writings, poetry, short stories and the novel. American Indian myths and legends will not be covered in the course.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ENG 360 | Comics as Literature (3 credit hours)
This course studies the increasingly popular medium of comics with a concentration on works such as Maus, Watchman, Barefoot Gen, and Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. The course investigates the complexity and rich variety of long-form comics, often referred to as Graphic Novels. With titles such as Footnote in Gaza (Joe Sacco), Pyongyang, A Journey in North Korea (Guy Delise), and The Pushman (Yoshihiro Tatsumi). Comics as Literature also offers an international perspective.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

ENG 375 | Film Study (3 credit hours)
This course provides an introduction to film studies, with emphasis on critical analysis, historical development, cultural significance, and cinematic technique.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics