Total Hours Needed to Graduate:
135 Hours

Major

33 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
ENG 2050
Mass Media and Society
3

Introduces the history, technical development, and cultural impact of mass media (books, newspapers, magazines, sound recordings, radio, television, movies, the Internet, and social media, as well as the related areas of public relations and advertising). Examines social factors (i.e. economics, technology, politics, law/regulatory practices, and the consumer culture) that shape media messages. Explores the function and responsibility of mass media in a democratic society, while also analyzing the ethics, power, and influence of modern media.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1010

ENG 2310
Language and Culture
3

Analyzes the English language through history, considering regional variations and dialect acquisition. Students learn to appreciate language by studying language in everyday social interactions in their own lives and communities.  The relationship of linguistic variation to social and cultural identity is discussed, along with multilingualism, expressive speech, sociopolitical uses of language, censorship, and language learning and preservation.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1010

ENG 2410
Creative Writing
3

Introduces the fundamentals of writing for expressive purposes to students at any level of experience in creative writing. Students will produce and revise original works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction using a workshop format. Students will also explore mentor texts in order to analyze various structures, stylistic approaches, and techniques that they will apply to their own works.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

ENG 3010
Structures of English
3

Examines contemporary English grammar, including syntactic structures and the elements of traditional grammar and their usage. This will be done by analyzing syntax, parts of speech, and other grammatical elements both independently and in context.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

ENG 4910
Senior Seminar: English and Language Arts
3

Cultivates a broad mastery of English and Language Arts content and the ability to translate theoretical principles into practical applications. Students must assess their knowledge of English and Language Arts subject matter; identify, remediate, and evaluate growth in weak areas; and integrate and apply the full spectrum of knowledge across the English and Language Arts curriculum. Students must distinguish themselves as analytic and reflective problem solvers in the examination of the history, scholarly literature, issues, standards, and the professional community of English and Language Arts educators.

LIT 2050
Introduction to Literature: World Masterpieces and Critical Approaches
3

Explores classic foundational texts in the major genres (poetry, drama, and fiction). Focuses on understanding literary elements and analyzing texts using close readings and critical literary theory in addition to the skills necessary to write literary essays. Introduces the concepts of literary analysis. Students will understand the influence of these texts in relationship to social and cultural contexts.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

LIT 3310
Survey of American Literature
3

Surveys North American literature of various genres from pre-colonial times through the Modernist movement. American literary movements and their historical contexts are revealed through works representing a full range of American voices, including Native American oral tradition. Students will critically analyze and write about literature applying proper terminology, research, and critical theories from the field of literary studies.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020 LIT 2050

LIT 4050
Young Adult Literature
3

Introduces students to literature written for and about young people. Students will read and analyze contemporary and classical middle grade and young adult literature, exploring various genres, commonly recurring themes, and defining features.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

SPK 2010
Oral Communication
3

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using organization, research, and technology to deliver effective oral presentation.

SPK 2050
Oral Interpretation of Literature
3

Analyzes works of prose, poetry, drama, and children's literature for the purpose of oral performance. Along with developing skills in the use of voice and bodily movement to expressively interpret literature, students will examine literary structures, meaning, mood, and rhythm with the purpose of adapting works for individual and collaborative performance, and students will engage in practice and peer feedback in the process of preparing for performances.

Prerequisite(s):
SPK 2010

WRI 1150
Workplace Communication
3

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Professional Education Requirements

42 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
EDU 2010
Introduction to Professional Education Experiences
3

Introduces candidates to the realities of the teaching profession, the structure and operation of schools, current educational issues and trends, and the foundations of education. Includes 20 hours of observation and participation in P-12 classroom settings. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

EDU 3120
Educational Psychology
3

Focuses on the learning process including the role of the teacher in learning; efficiency of learning as it is affected by the developmental processes; psychological principles that are central to the learning process and their relationship to the teaching situation; variables in learning; and evaluation of the outcomes of learning. Emphasizes application of learning theory and multicultural concepts in a field-based context. Includes 20 hours of observation and participation in P-12 classroom settings. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

EDU 3210
Theory and Principles of Reading Instruction
3

Focuses on theory and process in developmentally appropriate reading and writing instruction, including language and literacy acquisition, comprehension, word recognition, methods of instruction and assessment, program development, and planning for individual instructional needs. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 3120

EDU 3310
The Exceptional Learner
3

Studies the physical, psychological, social, and educational factors related to exceptional individuals, including intellectually gifted, English language learners, and the handicapped. Emphasizes collaborative historical, legal, legislative, and futuristic aspects of educating the exceptional learner. Includes 20 hours of observation and participation in P-12 classroom settings. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 3120

EDU 3460
Integrating Technology into 21st Century Learning
3

Introduces selection, evaluation, and use of appropriate media, including microcomputers and Web-based learning, as an integral part of the curriculum to achieve stated learning objectives. Provides hands-on experience in preparing and using leading edge technology, materials and equipment for effective classroom learning. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 2010

EDU 4210
Reading in the Content Areas
3

Studies the principles, techniques, and processes of literacy instruction needed to help candidates become independent, strategic learners in the content areas taught in the elementary school. Applies learning principles and practices to real-world teaching situations. Includes 20 hours of observation and participation in K-8 classroom settings. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 3210

EDU 4310
Instructional Design and Assessment
3

Prepares candidates to design curriculum and assessments aligned to state and national standards. Instructional design principles as well as formative and summative assessment practices will be covered. Practice using assessment data to drive curricular and instructional decisions. Emphasis on teaching and learning for all students. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 3310

EDU 4410
Classroom Development
3

Focuses on classroom development techniques, which lead to the creation of a positive, democratic learning environment. The techniques learned will help P-12 students monitor and adjust behavior in order to achieve self-discipline. The culminating activity is a Classroom Development Plan. This course requires 30 hours of fieldwork. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 3460 EDU 4310

Concurrent requisite(s):
EDU 4550

EDU 4450
Educational Foundations
2

Studies education and schooling in American culture and society. Focuses on the interpretation and appraisal of current educational practices and trends. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 4810

EDU 4550
Theory and Techniques of Instruction I
3

Introduces the theory of instruction, methods, and instructional strategies. Includes observations of classroom procedures, participation in simulation, and micro-teaching in P-12 classrooms. Content specific teaching strategies for all areas including English/language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and all elementary disciplines will be developed. Emphasizes the application of effective instructional theory and practice, sound decision making, and multicultural education in a field-based context. Includes 30 hours of participation in P-12 classroom settings. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 3460 EDU 4310

Concurrent requisite(s):
EDU 4560

EDU 4560
Theory and Techniques of Instruction II
3

Introduces the theory of instruction, methods, and instructional strategies. Includes observations of classroom procedures, participation in simulation, and micro-teaching in P-12 classrooms. Content specific teaching strategies for all areas including English/language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and all elementary disciplines will be developed. Emphasizes the application of effective instructional theory and practice, sound decision making, and multicultural education in a field-based context. Includes 30 hours of participation in P-12 classroom settings. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 3460 EDU 4310

EDU 4810
Directed Teaching
10

Requires candidates to observe and teach in P-12 classroom settings for approximately 18 weeks during regular school hours, following the school district calendar and the supervising teacher's contractual agreement. Attendance at professional development conferences and seminars may be required. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Concurrent requisite(s):
EDU 4450

Elementary Studies Minor

27 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
EDU 1410
Health and Physical Education for Elementary Educators
3

Focuses on the importance of health and physical education for children in grades K-8. Students will learn how to incorporate health and physical education into their curriculum using research-based teaching strategies. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

EDU 1510
Visual and Performing Arts for Elementary Educators
3

Explores the integration of the visual and performing arts (music, dance, and drama) into the elementary classroom. Introduces the techniques, processes, materials, and concepts of the visual and performing arts. Provides opportunities to create meaningful learning experiences using the visual and performing arts. Establishes a foundation of the historical, social, and cultural contexts of the visual and performing arts.

EDU 2110
Number Concepts for Educators
3

Introduces key mathematical concepts in a problem-solving environment with a focus on number sense and numeration, whole number operations, fractions and decimals, computational algorithms, patterns, relations, functions, and informal algebra. A variety of materials, electronic tools, activities, and strategies are used to investigate patterns and test conjectures. Strategies appropriate for teaching elementary school mathematics are utilized. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1110

EDU 2120
Geometric and Statistical Concepts for Educators
3

Introduces the principles of key mathematical concepts in a problem-solving environment. Focuses on mathematical logic, properties of two- and three-dimensional figures, similarity and congruence, motion geometry, common and metric measurement, statistical methods to describe, analyze, and use data, and probability applied in everyday life. Includes a variety of materials, electronic tools, activities, and strategies for teaching elementary school mathematics. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 2110

EDU 2210
Children's Literature
3

Analyzes and evaluates various classical and contemporary works written for children. Students will apply critical reading and writing skills to the exploration of various genres and the conventions that define those genres. In addition, the course will focus on developing strategies for engaging young readers in developmentally appropriate books. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

EDU 2510
Science Foundations I: Chemistry and Life Science
3

Introduces the basic concepts of inorganic chemistry: atoms, molecules, the periodic table, chemical reactions, and chemical equations. This course also introduces the principles of life science: plant and animal cells, ecosystems, human body systems, genetics, evolutionary change, and natural selection. 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1110

EDU 2520
Science Foundations II: Astronomy, Earth Science, and Physics
3

Studies the solar system, the earth's structure, and the laws and forces which govern our planet and the universe as a whole. 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1110

EDU 3110
Social Studies for Elementary Teachers
3

Integrates the disciplines of economics, geography, history, and political science, to provide an overview of the concepts, methods, and relationship between the disciplines. Provides necessary content, resources, and pedagogy for the elementary social studies teacher. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020 GEO 1010 GEO 1020 HIS 3410 POL 3010

EDU 3410
Language Arts and Linguistic Foundations
3

Applies linguistic theory to language arts education. Includes an overview of structural and transformational linguistics and the impact on oral and written communication, including an examination of first and second language acquisition. Explores theory and techniques of listening, speaking, and writing effectively in the English language. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

General Education

33 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
ENG 1010
College Composition I
3

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

ENG 1020
College Composition II
3

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1010

GEO 1010
Human Geography
3

Studies the various cultural landscapes created by man around the globe. Such landscapes include patterns in agriculture, urban development, populations, economics, languages, religions, and others. This course provides the student with an overview of many different cultures and the opportunity to compare the cultures to their own culture.

GEO 1110
Physical Geography
3

Studies the natural environment, which is important to people and their activities, and how the physical elements of geography affect people. Presents maps and physical features, earth-sun-moon relationships, earth materials, land forms, drainage, and major natural resources. Introduces the character, causes, significance, and distribution of weather, climate, soils, and vegetation.

HIS 3410
United States History to 1877
3

Investigates major events, developments, and themes in American history from the pre-colonial period to 1877. This course examines how the nation evolved and studies how the past has created a distinctive American character that continues to have an impact on the nation and the world. Includes discussion of some historiographical interpretations of the period.

MTH 1110
College Algebra I
3

Introduces elements of algebra including graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, rational equations, and functions. The combination of MTH 1110 and MTH 1120 satisfy the MTA College Algebra Pathway. The combination of MTH 1050 Quantitative Reasoning I or MTH 1110 College Algebra I with MTH 2750 Statistical Methods satisfies the Statistics Pathway.

MTH 1120
College Algebra II
3

Examines more advanced elements of algebra emphasizing the use of algebra and functions in problem solving and modeling. Key topics include functions, inverse functions, complex numbers, rational functions, logarithms, exponential functions, conic sections, sequences and series. Graphing is by recognition and transformation rather than by plotting points. The combination of MTH 1110 and MTH 1120 satisfy the MTA College Algebra Pathway.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1110

MTH 2710
Probability and Statistics for Educators
3

Introduces students to statistical methods common to educators. Students will learn how to collect, analyze, present, summarize, and interpret data using graphical and numerical methods; calculate probability, including binomial probability, and apply probability distributions; and utilize linear regression analysis to describe relationships in bivariate data. (Online only)

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1120 MTH 1310

POL 3010
American Political Systems
3

Provides a brief introduction to the political science discipline, and then examines United States government and politics at the national, state, and local levels. Areas of study include the United States Constitution, federalism, representation and participation, the executive, the legislature, the judiciary and civil liberties, domestic and foreign policies, and government and politics in Michigan.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

SOC 3210
Cultural Diversity
3

Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.

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