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

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 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

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)

MUSIC CORE REQUIREMENTS
MUSC 241 | Music Theory I (4 credit hours)
This course is an integrated study of the theoretical practices of the 18th and 19th centuries. It includes a review of clefs, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, and basic rhythmic notation, studies in melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation, and sight-singing.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

MUSC 242 | Music Theory II (4 credit hours)
This course is an integrated study of the theoretical practices of the 18th and 19th centuries. It includes the study of secondary triads, six-four chords, dominant and supertonic sevenths, elementary modulation, studies in melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation, and sight-singing.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes:
Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite required: MUSC 241

MUSC 310 | World Musics (3 credit hours)
World Musics is an introduction to ethnomusicology, integrating the disciplines of anthropology and musicology. Students will learn to experience and understand music in the context of cultural beliefs and societal institutions. Students will gain exposure to, and analyze the musics of Africa, Native America, Asia, the Near East, the Pacific, and Eastern Europe. This course will also provide the student the tools with which to discover the meanings of music in the life of any society. This course satisfies the Community, Regional and Global Studies requirement in the General Studies Program.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Community, Regional & Global Studies

MUSC 442 | Music History II (1750 – Present) (3 credit hours)
This course is a study of the development of music from the beginning of the Classical period to the present with stylistic analysis of musical examples.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, &Aesthetics

VOCAL/INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC REQUIREMENTS
MUSC 111 | Fundamentals of Music (3 credit hours)
Introduction to Musical Studies will acquaint music majors with fundamentals in musicianship that include musical notation, pitch (scales/key signatures), meter & rhythm, chords/harmony (including triads and seventh chords) as well as an increased awareness of musical literature, all in an effort to better one’s musical understanding and resulting application of these concepts
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

MUSC 112 | Class Piano I (1 credit hours)
Introduction to piano skills for the performer and educator.
Components:
Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

MUSC 114 | Class Piano II (1 credit hours)
Continuation of piano skills for the performer and educator.
Components:
Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: MUSC 112

MUSC 212 | Class Piano III (1 credit hours)
Continuation of piano skills for the performer and educator.
Components:
Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: MUSC 114

MUSC 214 | Class Piano IV (1 credit hours)
Continuation of piano skills for performer and educator.
Components:
Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: MUSC 212

MUSC 251 | Elementary Music Methods (3 credit hours)
This course is a study of modern teaching techniques for children’s music literature.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

MUSC 321 | Choral Techniques (2 credit hours)
This course provides a study of vocal materials and vocal conducting as presented in secondary schools.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

MUSC 322 | Band Techniques (2 credit hours)
This course is an introductory study of organizational skills and pedagogical techniques for the concert band, jazz band, elementary band, middle school band, and marching band.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Sophomore Standing

MUSC 341 | Music Theory III (3 credit hours)
This course is an integrated study of the theoretical practices of the 18th and 19th centuries. It includes a detailed study of the chromatic harmonic practices of the 19th century, a survey of the 20th century theoretical practices, studies in melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation, and sight singing.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes:
Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite required: MUSC 242

MUSC 342 | Arranging (3 credit hours)
This is a course in practical scoring and arranging for band and orchestra and voices.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes:
Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite required: MUSC 242

MUSC 351 | Brass Methods (2 credit hours)
This course is a study of brass instruments and brass pedagogical techniques with actual playing experience.
Components:
Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

MUSC 352 | Woodwind Methods (2 credit hours)
This course is a study of woodwind instruments and woodwind pedagogical techniques with actual playing experience.
Components:
Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

MUSC 362 | Percussion Methods (2 credit hours)
This course is a study of percussion instruments and percussion pedagogical techniques with actual playing experience.
Components:
Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

MUSC 372 | Vocal Techniques (2 credit hours)
Vocal Techniques will aid the development of understanding of the basic concepts and techniques of the physical, technical and artistic aspects of vocal procedures and production.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Enrollment in Applied Music (Voice)

MUSC 441 | Music History I (Antiquity to 1750) (3 credit hours)
This course is a study of the development of music from antiquity through the end of the Baroque period with stylistic analysis of musical examples.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, &Aesthetics

MUSC 462 | Conducting (3 credit hours)
The knowledge of baton techniques, reading and interpreting a musical score, and the presentation of techniques of rehearsing instrumental organizations are stressed in this course.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes:
Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite required: MUSC 242

MUSIC PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
MUSC 100 | Recital Attendance (0 credit hours – 7 semesters required)
All students in music are required to register for this course each semester on a credit/no credit basis for the appropriate number of semesters indicated in their selected program. Attendance at a minimum of eighty percent (80%) of all recitals each semester is required.
Components:
Activity

MUSC 200 | Piano Proficiency

Large Ensemble Performance
(Choose one (1) of the following two (2) options – six (6) semesters required)

MUSC 101 | College Band (1 credit hours)
College Band is a performance class open to all students who have prior experience playing an instrument and reading music, or with the consent of the instructor. An emphasis is placed on the study and performance of traditional and contemporary concert band literature in a variety of idioms and styles. Concerts are performed on and off campus. May be repeated for credit.
Components: Activity
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

OR

MUSC 102 | College Choir (1 credit hours)
Open to all students with the consent of the director. An emphasis on the study and performance of representative choral works of all periods. Three (3) days attendance weekly. May be repeated for credit.
Components:
Activity
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

Applied music in one (1) major area (Major areas: voice, instrument or piano – 6 hours)

If the major applied area is piano, then three (3) hours of applied voice or applied instrument will be substituted for the three (3) hours applied piano requirement. Regardless of what major instrument is chosen, the student must have experiences in voice, instrument and piano.

MUSC 120 | Applied Music (1 credit hours)
This course provides private music instruction for voice, instruments, or piano on the Freshman level. May be repeated for credit.
Components:
Independent Study
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

MUSC 220 | Applied Music (1 credit hours)
This course provides private music instruction for voice, instruments, or piano on the Sophomore level. May be repeated for credit.
Components:
Independent Study
Attributes:
Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite required: MUSC 120

MUSC 320 | Applied Music (1 credit hours)
This course provides private music instruction for voice, instruments, or piano on the Junior level. May be repeated for credit.
Components:
Independent Study
Attributes:
Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite required: MUSC 220

MUSC 420 | Applied Music (1 credit hours)
This course provides private music instruction for voice, instruments, or piano on the Senior level. May be repeated for credit.
Components:
Independent Study
Attributes:
Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite required: MUSC 320

AND

(Applied piano – 3 semesters required)

MUSC 120 | Applied Music (1 credit hours)
This course provides private music instruction for voice, instruments, or piano on the Freshman level. May be repeated for credit.
Components:
Independent Study
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

MUSC 220 | Applied Music (1 credit hours)
This course provides private music instruction for voice, instruments, or piano on the Sophomore level. May be repeated for credit.
Components:
Independent Study
Attributes:
Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite required: MUSC 120

MUSC 320 | Applied Music (1 credit hours)
This course provides private music instruction for voice, instruments, or piano on the Junior level. May be repeated for credit.
Components:
Independent Study
Attributes:
Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite required: MUSC 220

MUSC 420 | Applied Music (1 credit hours)
This course provides private music instruction for voice, instruments, or piano on the Senior level. May be repeated for credit.
Components:
Independent Study
Attributes:
Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite required: MUSC 320

MUSC 440 | Senior Recital (1 credit hours)
This course includes selection, preparation, direction, and rehearsal of a recital of music for voice, instruments, or piano culminating in a sixty minute performance. Students must be concurrently enrolled for applied music during the semester they are enrolled for the senior recital. This course is the capstone course and senior competency for the music major.
Components: Exhibition/Recitals
Attributes: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: MUSC 320