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 & Its Application
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 413 | Middle Level Student Teaching (3 credit hours)
This is practical application of learning principles in the classroom with a progressive introduction into full teaching responsibility at the middle 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

MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION
EDUC 304 | Middle Level Practicum (2 credit hours)
This course provides a minimum of 80 hours of field experience in middle level schools for students completing a middle level endorsement.
Components: Practicum
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Corequisite: EDUC 425

EDUC 425 | Middle Level Teaching Methods (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide students with a background in the curriculum, history, and philosophy of the middle level grades. It will also investigate the organizational structure, team planning and collaboration techniques, and teacher-student advising situations that are unique to the middle level.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education, EDUC 317 (or Corequisite) Corequisite: EDUC 304

EDUC 430 | Differentiated and Integrated Curriculum for the Elementary and Middle Level Environment (3 credit hours)
This course investigates strategies of differentiation and prepares candidates to develop meaningful tools for integrating standards-based lessons that meet the needs of all learners. Multiple modes of instruction will be explored to support diverse classrooms. Emphasis will be placed on creating instruction that utilizes multiple intelligences, learner preferences, and student readiness levels in order to differentiate the content, process, and product in a student-centered learning environment.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education, EDUC 325 or EDUC 337

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)

EDUC 438 | Professional Collaboration With Parents and Families (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to explore and develop skills needed for effective collaborative programs and practices to address diversity and social issues of special and at-risk populations. Course activities will build students’ skills in developing, implementing, and evaluating collaborative programs across educational, family, and community contexts. Emphasis will be placed upon learning theories and techniques of establishing effective communication, conferencing skills, and collaborating with parents to foster a supportive educational environment for all students. Students will explore the changing nature and definition of the American family, and how culture influences the relationships of teachers, students, and parents, which can impact the overall educational experience for students.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education

CORE CONTENT AREA OPTIONS
Students must complete coursework in one (1) of the four (4) following core content areas; additional content areas may be added once the initial core is completed.

English Core Content Area Requirements
Choose one (1) of the following two (2) options

ENG 201 | Advanced English Composition (3 credit hours)
This course provides advanced training in writing a variety of types of papers with emphasis placed on writing that requires the student to think critically, support generalizations, and appropriately acknowledge sources of information.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Collegiate Skills – Effective Communication
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: ENG 101 or ACT/SAT

OR

JOUR 234 | Beginning Journalism (3 credit hours)
The fundamental principles of gathering and writing news: practice in reporting campus news; and work on the Peru State Times, the college newspaper. This course fulfills General Education requirements for English 201, Advanced Composition.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: ENG 101 or ACT/SAT

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

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

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 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 335 | Non-Western Literature (3 credit hours)
This course fulfills General Studies requirements for Community, Regional and Global Studies Objectives; to that end, the course requires that students analyze, from a socio-cultural perspective, issues of global significance on which the literature concentrates. The examinations, class discussion, and essays likewise invite students to evaluate and synthesize relevant interdiscplinary research to develop supported conclusions and describe their implications with respect to the issues raised in the readings from Libya to New Zealand, from the conflict between tradition and modernity as it relates to cultural values, to the political turmoil of post-colonial society.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Community, Regional & GlobalStudies

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 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

Mathematics Core Content Area Requirements

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

MATH 114 | Trigonometry (3 credit hours)
This course is intended for students who plan to pursue a college program requiring a strong background in mathematics. The course will build from basic knowledge of algebra and geometry toward a solid understanding of the modern approach to both doing mathematics and applying mathematics, especially in the areas of technology and connections between branches of mathematics. Topics include: the unit circle, trigonometric functions, (definitions, graphs and inverses), right triangles, oblique triangles, trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations, the trigonometric form of complex numbers, vectors, polar coordinates, polar graphs and parametric equations. Applications from many areas of science are included.
Components: Lecture

MATH 225 | Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5 credit hours)
This course includes the study of analytic geometry, functions, limits, continuity, related rates, differentiation, maxima and minima, higher order derivatives, techniques of graphing, and basic integration theory with application.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Collegiate Skills – Quantitative Reasoning
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: MATH 114

MATH 226 | Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (5 credit hours)
This course includes the study of the differentiation of logarithmic and exponential functions, antiderivatives and the definite integral, integration, inverses and related topics.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: MATH 225

MATH 230 | Foundations of Mathematical Thought (3 credit hours)
This course is an introduction to the theoretical aspects of mathematics. Students will explore axiomatic foundations of sets, functions and logic. Various methods and styles of proofs will be discussed. Students will learn to write proofs of various types using proper mathematical style and proper writing style.
Components: Lecture

MATH 418 | Linear Algebra (3 credit hours)
This course presents systems of linear equations, determinants, vector spaces, inner product spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors with moderate emphasis on proof. Applications of these concepts are also covered.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: MATH 230

MATH 490 | Seminar in Mathematical Research (1 credit hours)
This course consists of a review of current research trends in mathematics. Each student will review current literature and select and pursue a topic of individual study. Mathematics faculty will mentor and grade the participants in the course. This course is to be taken during the student’s last year of study at Peru State College. This course is the capstone course and senior competency for the Mathematics major.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: For Seniors Only

Math/Statistics Electives | (3-5 credit hours)

Science Core Content Area Requirements

BIOL 101 | Introductory Botany (4 credit hours)
This course examines the foundation principles of biology with special emphasis on anatomy, morphology, life cycles, reproduction, evolution and diversity of plants and related organisms. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science

BIOL 102 | Introductory Zoology (4 credit hours)
This course examines the foundation principles of biology with special emphasis on anatomy, morphology, life cycles, reproduction, evolution and diversity of animals and related organisms. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science

BIOL 317 | Ecology (4 credit hours)
The interactions among organisms and environment are studied in this course including major foci on ecology of the individual, population ecology, and community ecology. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: BIOL 101, BIOL 102

CHEM 101 | General Chemistry I (4 credit hours)
An introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry. Such topics as atomic theory, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, solutions, and pH are covered. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science

CHEM 102 | General Chemistry II (4 credit hours)
This course is an application of the fundamentals of chemistry, including states of matter, oxidation-reduction, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, nuclear chemistry, and descriptive chemistry. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: CHEM 101

PHYS 201 | General Physics I (5 credit hours)
The topics of mechanics, sound, and heat are included in this mathematically-based physics course. This class includes required lectures, recitation, and laboratory components.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: MATH 113

Social Science Core Content Area Requirements
Choose one (1) of the following two (2) options

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

OR

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

GEOG 103 | Human Geography (3 credit hours)
Human Geography is the study of the human elements of the environment with emphasis on the origins of culture, population trends, world cultures, economies of man, and urban and political systems.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

HIST 113 | American History Before 1865 (3 credit hours)
This course provides a study of America from the European exploration of the New World to the end of the Civil War.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

HIST 114 | American History After 1865 (3 credit hours)
This course provides a study of the United States from Reconstruction to the present.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

HIST 201 | World Civilization Before 1500 (3 credit hours)
This course is a survey of the beginnings of civilizations in the great river valleys and their diffusion to later civilizations in the Middle East and Europe. Particular attention will be given to the cultural and political institutions of the West that furnish our own cultural heritage.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

HIST 202 | World Civilization After 1500 (3 credit hours)
In this course the rise and decline of European predominance will be analyzed with emphasis upon the major social, political, and economic ideologies and institutions that evolved.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

HIST 329 | History of Nebraska (3 credit hours)
This course is a survey of the political, economic, social, and constitutional development of Nebraska from prehistoric times to the present.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

PSCI 201 | American National Government (3 credit hours)
This course is a thorough introduction to the U.S. political system, its institutions and processes. Topics will include the Constitutional founding, federalism, political culture, Congress, the Presidency, judiciary, bureaucracy, public opinion and the media, the electoral process, and civil liberties.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

ADDITIONAL CONTENT AREA OPTIONS
Business, Marketing and Information Technology Core Content Area 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

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 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 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

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

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

Health and Physical Education Core Content Area Requirements

EDUC 312 | K-12 Education Practicum (2 credit hours)
This course provides a minimum of 80 hours of field experience at both the elementary and secondary levels for students completing a K-12 Art, Music, or Physical Education endorsement. Students will be assigned two (2) placements and complete a minimum of 40 hours at each of the elementary and secondary levels in the appropriate content area.
Components: Practicum
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Corequisite: EDUC 310 or HPER 315

HPER 222 | Structural Kinesiology (3 credit hours)
This course will provide the student with an understanding of the anatomical and mechanical fundamentals of human motion. The student will learn a systematic approach to the analysis of human motion and will be able to apply anatomical and mechanical analysis to the learning and improvement of a broad spectrum of movement activities.
Components: Lecture

HPER 309 | Curriculum and Educational Leadership in Health and Physical Education (3 credit hours)
This course is designed for Health and Physical Education teacher candidates. Both health education curriculum and physical education curriculum for grades K-12 will be examined in depth and applied to current requirements for schools. Students will develop curricula aligned with State and National Standards in each area and integrate health and physical education with the larger curriculum and mission of the school. General principles of administrative techniques, leadership strategies, and organizational responsibilities in Physical Education, Health Education, and associated programs in grades K-12 will also be examined.
Components: Lecture

HPER 315 | PK-12 Physical Education Teaching Methods (3 credit hours)
This course provides Health and Physical Education teacher candidates with opportunities to study, discuss, organize, and practice instructional methods for PK-12 Physical Education.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education, EDUC 317 (or Corequisite) Corequisite: HPER 317 and EDUC 312

HPER 317 | PK-12 Health Education Teaching Methods (3 credit hours)
This course provides Health and Physical Education teacher candidates with opportunities to study, discuss, organize, and practice instructional methods for PK-12 Health Education.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education, EDUC 317 (or Corequisite) Corequisite: HPER 315 and EDUC 312

HPER 360 | Physiology of Exercise (3 credit hours)
This course will provide students with a working understanding of how exercise affects the different systems of the body.
Components: Lecture

HPER 415 | Motor Learning (3 credit hours)
This course will provide an introduction to the field of motor learning. The focus of the course is on skill acquisition with primary consideration given to the learning process, the cognitive and motor processes underlying the learning of skills and factors that influence skill learning.
Components: Lecture

HPER 416 | Skills and Content Assessments in Physical Education and Health (3 credit hours)
The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of essential statistical techniques relevant to assessment in the K-12 Physical Education and Health classroom setting. Student will also examine and use of various fitness and content-based testing protocols common to the fields of Physical Education and Health. In addition, a practicum will be required as part of this class. In this Practicum students will be placed in various local schools at which they will proctor various fitness and/or content-based protocols as well as analyze data from the results of these assessments.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: Admission to Teacher Education

HPER 417 | Adapted Physical Education (3 credit hours)
This course provides a study of philosophy, procedures and practices in adapted physical education.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: HPER 222 and PSYC 250