Educational Foundations Courses

EDST 111 Educational Issues and Problems
4 Credits
Examines specific issues and problems confronting educators. Compares and contrasts different approaches to the ways in which society defines and deals with educational issues and problems.

EDST 199 Special Studies: [Topic]
1-5 Credits
Repeatable. A recent topic is Exploring Educational Studies.

EDST 220 Beginning Applications in Educational Technology
4 Credits
Development of skills and exploration of computer applications useful for communicating in an educational setting.

EDST 225 School and Representation in Film
4 Credits
Examines popular culture’s influence on schools and teachers along with the various mediating factors such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexuality, religion, and nationality.

EDST 231 Teaching in the 21st Century
4 Credits
Exploration of who teachers are and what teachers do in urban, suburban, and rural school settings.

EDST 331 Autobiography of Schooling
4 Credits
Through critical autobiographies, case studies, readings and application activities, students examine and reflect on life in classrooms.

EDST 332 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment I
3 Credits — Prerequisite: EDST 331; Corequisite: EDST 338
Students move beyond their own critical autobiographies of life in classrooms into various disciplinary literatures on learning, teaching, and assessment.

EDST 333 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment II
3 Credits — Prerequisite: EDST 332; Corequisite: EDST 339
Focus on specific school subjects that provide a context for examining the basic assumptions underlying teaching, learning, and assessment.

EDST 338 Observation: Learning, Teaching, Assessment I
1 Credit — Pre- or corerequisite: EDST 332
Students focus on listening to children to better understand how they make sense of school subjects.

EDST 339 Observation: Learning, Teaching, Assessment II
1 Credit — Corequisite: EDST 333
Focuses on developing skills in observation of learning, teaching, and assessments.

EDST 342 Curriculum Studies I
4 Credits
Examines basic assumptions underlying curriculum in specific subject areas.

EDST 343 Curriculum Studies II
4 Credits — Prerequisite: EDST 342
Examines basic assumptions underlying curriculum development in K–12 schools.

EDST 401 Research: [Topic]
118 Credits
Repeatable.

EDST 404 Internship: [Topic]
118 Credits
Repeatable.

EDST 405 Reading and Conference: [Topic]
118 Credits
Repeatable.

EDST 407 Seminar: [Topic]
15 Credits
Repeatable. Recent topics include professional practices, education for minority students, reading in the upper elementary grades.

EDST 410 Experimental Course: [Topic]
15 Credits
Repeatable. Topics include foundations of education, science and health methods, social studies and language arts methods.

EDST 411 Childhood Studies
3 Credits
Examines child development from within the context of specific development and ecological theories.

EDST 420 Living in a Stratified Society
4 Credits
Examines the stratification of wealth, status, and opportunity for advancement in our society.

EDST 422 Technology Education
4 Credits — Prerequisite: EDST 220
Examines educational technology, including the theoretical, methodological, practical, and policy issues that influence the field.

EDST 440 Physical Education for Diverse Learners
3 Credits
Provides a variety of physical education and fitness activities appropriate for children with diverse abilities.

EDST 451 Equal Opportunity: Ecojustice and Education
3 Credits — Prerequisite: EDST 420; Corequisite: EDST 458
Examines ways that schools, implicitly and explicitly, teach about the environment and human relationships to the environment.

EDST 452 Equal Opportunity: Poverty
3 Credits — Prerequisite: EDST 420
Examines the way poverty structures and mediates educational experiences and influences the educational achievement of students.

EDST 453 Equal Opportunity: Racism
3 Credits — Prerequisite: EDST 420
Examines the historical development of the concept of race and its role in legitimizing colonization, genocide, and extreme maldistributions of wealth.

EDST 454 Equal Opportunity: Patriarchy
3 Credits — Prerequisite: EDST 420
Examines the way gender affects educational experiences and influences the educational achievement of students.

EDST 455 Equal Opportunity: Homophobia
3 Credits — Prerequisite: EDST 420; Corequisite: EDST 458
Examines the way sexuality and sexual identity influence the educational experiences of students.

EDST 456 Equal Opportunity: Colonization and Genocide
3 Credits — Prerequisite: EDST 420
Examines educational institutions and their continuing part in larger social processes of colonization and cultural genocide.

EDST 457 Equal Opportunity: Diaspora and Immigration
3 Credits — Prerequisite: EDST 420
Examines the way educational institutions have responded to human migration generally and to immigrant students specifically.

EDST 458 Observation: Equal Opportunity I
1 Credit — Prerequisite: EDST 420; Corequisite: One from EDST 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457
Engages students in the analysis of specific dimensions of educational opportunity in the field. Repeatable twice for a maximum of 3 credits.

EDST 463 Foundations of Reading
4 Credits
Introduction to the various theoretical dimensions of reading and writing that form the foundation for understanding and teaching the complex texts children encounter today.

EDST 464 Multicultural Literacy
4 Credits
Introduces preservice teachers to literature written from ethnic, linguistic, social, and cultural perspectives and draws connections to broader cultural, social, historical, economic, and political contexts.

EDST 471 Foundations of Algebra Learning
4 Credits — Sequence with EDST 472
Focuses on the principles underlying the teaching and learning of algebra.

EDST 472 Foundations of Geometry Learning
4 Credits — Prerequisite: EDST 471
Focuses on the principles underlying the teaching and learning of geometry. Sequence with EDST 471.