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Secondary Education Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Semester 1

FYE
First-Year Experience
A unique course designed to provide first-year college students with knowledge, tips and tricks to support their collegiate career.
1
credits
EDUC
Subject Area
6
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
9
credits
Total Credits
16

Semester 2

EDUC 201
Introduction to Education
Foundational concepts of the modern educational system. Emphasis on sociological, historical, and philosophical concepts of American education with time to explore curriculum, pedagogy, technology skills, professional learning, and ethical practice within the field of education. Field experience required.
3
credits
EDPS 210
Educational Psychology and Child Development
A study of the psychological foundations of education with child development. Emphasis on developmental psychology and psychological foundations of relevant topics including, but not limited to, learning theories, individual variation and student diversity, planning, motivation, class management and assessment. Teaching as a form of ministry, psychology as a science, the use of research in education and the development of skills required to become a reflective practitioner. Field experience required.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
7
credits
EDUC
Subject Area
6
credits
Total Credits
19

Semester 3

EDUC 224
Teaching Exceptional Learners
Understanding and appreciation of learners with exceptional needs, knowledge of characteristics of those with disabilities and the gifted, providing inclusive learning environments. Emphasis on proven strategies and a variety of methods and resources to meet needs of learners who require special services, adaptations, or different approaches to learning. Disposition development focuses on strengths and needs of learners, the belief that all can achieve. Field experience required.
3
credits
EDUC 225
Diverse Classrooms and Human Relations
Meets Human Relations requirements. Development of cultural awareness and investigation of attitudes, skills, and techniques needed to ensure inclusive learning environments for diverse students. Learning differences, language acquisition, English language learners, leadership, and collaboration with learners, families, and colleagues. Field Experience required.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
7
credits
EDUC
Subject Area
6
credits
Total Credits
19

Semester 4

EDUC 346
Instructional Technology
Knowledge and skills to prepare students for responsible and beneficial use of current technologies. Fundamental understanding of importance of technology in teaching and learning practices. Relevant and practical technology applications for PreK-12 classrooms.
2
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
7
credits
EDUC
Subject Area
6
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 5

EDUC 324S
Instruction and Assessment for Middle Level/ Secondary Classrooms
Curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices. Focus on planning for instruction, appropriate instructional strategies, multiple methods of assessment, adjusting instruction and assessment for diverse learners, formative and summative assessment data, and assessment for learning.
3
credits
EDUC 351
Service in Public Schools
Concepts and issues related to the ministry of teaching in a public setting. Knowledge, insights, and guidance related to vocation, ethics, legal issues, church and state distinctions, modeling Law and Gospel in public settings, and the structure of the public school environment.
2
credits
THEO 381
Christian Teacher’s Ministry
The course applies Biblical and theological principles of vocation, ministry, and the two kingdoms to the teacher of the church and the priesthood of all believers. Study of Scripture, standard historical documents, and current practice in calling, placement, and congregational life focuses on the identity of the teaching minister in parochial education and the Christian teaching in public and private education.
2
credits
EDUC
Subject Area
15
credits
Total Credits
22

Students could take either EDUC 351 or THEO 381.

Semester 6

EDUC
Subject Area
16
credits
EDUC
Content Methods Course
3
credits
Total Credits
19

Semester 7

EDUC 431S
Classroom Organization and Leadership for Middle Level/Secondary Classrooms
Multidimensional role of teaching and leadership in contemporary schools. Focus on collaboration, leadership, learning environments, instructional strategies, positive behavior response, professionalism and ethics for diverse classrooms, and educational research skills. Field experience required.
3
credits
PSY 421
Adolescent Psychology and Development
The course presents an arranged sequence of psychological and development theories, concepts, and insights designed to inform the practitioner working with adolescents. The content and class interaction cumulatively examine adolescent behavior and belief systems. The aim is to assist the practitioner with grounded yet flexible decision–making when working with young people in the contexts of counseling, teaching, youth ministry, family, and community.
3
credits
EDUC
Subject Area
11
credits
Total Credits
17

Semester 8

EDUC 475A
Clinical Experience: Secondary Student Teaching
Eight weeks of teaching under the supervision of classroom teacher and university supervisor. First-hand secondary classroom experiences. Upon completion, candidates will be able to demonstrate proficiency in: learner development and learning differences; learning environments; content knowledge and application; instructional strategies and assessment; professional learning and ethical practice; leadership and collaboration; and human relations skills. Meets the university capstone and writing intensive requirement. Meets the following program outcomes: INTASC Standards (1-10), Nebraska Department of Education Standards (Rule 20.005A- K).
6
credits
EDUC 475B
Clinical Experience: Secondary Student Teaching
Eight weeks of teaching under the supervision of classroom teacher and university supervisor. First-hand secondary classroom experiences. Upon completion, candidates will be able to demonstrate proficiency in: learner development and learning differences; learning environments; content knowledge and application; instructional strategies and assessment; professional learning and ethical practice; leadership and collaboration; and human relations skills. Meets the university capstone and writing intensive requirement. Meets the following program outcomes: INTASC Standards (1-10), Nebraska Department of Education Standards (Rule 20.005A- K).
6
credits
EDUC 435
Secondary Student Teaching Seminar
Support course for student teachers during the first eight weeks of the Professional Semester: Clinical Experience.
1
credits
Total Credits
13