Educational Foundations Courses

Undergraduate Courses

HDAL 2310 - Developmental Psychology

A study of the human learning and development principles applicable to infancy, early child, childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, adulthood and the geriatric phase of life.

EDFN 2100 - Orientation to the Profession of Education

This 1 credit course will provide the student choosing the teaching profession preparation to become a leader and professional education. Students also learn about the mission of their academic program, as well as experiences of successful teachers and schools. Creating learning goals, resumes, and starting education portfolios are also important outcomes of this course.

EDFN 2300 - Foundations for Teaching

Prerequisites: EDFN 2100, clearance through a Background Check, and students must have met one of the state mandated test score requirements. This course is an introduction to the roles of the professional teacher, teaching as a career, and the teaching/learning process. Particular attention will be given to educating teachers as leaders for the 21st century. Field experience is required, 12 hours.

EDFN 2325 - Child and Adolescent Development for Educators

The intent of this course is to focus on human development from conception through adolescence with examples and applications primarily focusing on educational settings. It provides a multi-theoretical approach to the aspects of human development that are impacted by human interaction and nurturing, as well as those that are relatively unaffected by environmental input. Key concepts include, but are not limited to, gross and fine motor development, temperament, visual and auditory perception, family characteristics, genetic inheritance, attention, cognitive tempo, play, and language development as they impact academic learning..

EDFN 3301 - Issues in Education

Prerequisites: EDFN 2100 and EDFN 2300 or ECED 2150. Foundation of Early Childhood (if appropriate). Students must also be admitted to the Teacher Education Program prior to enrolling in this course. Issues in education are examined in the context of historical, philosophical, and sociocultural foundations of teaching. Issues of gender, social class, and ethnicity are discussed. Field experience is required.

EDFN 3310 - Educational Psychology

A study of the systematic application of psychological and behavior principles to educational settings.

EDFN 4581 - Seminar in Education

Corequisites: Enrollment in Student Teaching. This seminar is designed to address issues of importance to student teachers. Seminar participants will focus on issues such as formal and informal assessment for instructional and motivational purposes, classroom management and discipline, skills in observing, analyzing, critiquing teaching for improvement, and practical application of principles to specific routine and non-routine situations in K-12 classroom. Field assignments will be completed during student teaching.

Graduate Courses

EDFN 5000 - History and Philosophy of Education

Study of the historical and philosophical foundations of education with emphasis on how major theories and historical events have influenced education in public schools of today.

EDFN 5010 - Interdisciplinary Seminar

This course is required of all M. Ed. candidates in the College of Education. Current topics pertaining to the profession of education will be presented by local, state, regional, and national authorities. Issues that directly impact education such as political, economic, legal, sociological, health, and psychological will be discussed. (fall, spring)

EDFN 5050 - Social and Political Influences on Schools

Students will analyze the social and political contexts surrounding schools with emphasis on increasing diversity and multiculturalism within schools. The impact of local, regional, national, and global contexts will be studied. Particular emphasis will be given to the philosophical and cultural influences that shape thinking about schooling and how these influences impact on informal and formal leadership roles in the school.

EFDN 5200 - Advanced Educational Psychology

A study of psychological and educational principles relevant to the teaching/learning process. Methods and concepts engaging practical application are emphasized.

EDFN 5204 - Brain, Mind, Experience, and School

The course uses the most current scientific learning about how the brain acquires, stores, utilizes information, and how to use information about how the brain works. Students link knowledge of the brain to the design of work that meets the needs of P-12 students, creating a learning environment that engages all learners. Beginning Spring 2014.

EDFN 5260 - Principles of Teaching and Learning

This course will provide study of major theories of learning and principles of teaching. Significant emphasis is placed on the application of these theories to classroom practice, with attention given to teaching-learning strategies in specific content areas. Educators are provided with the opportunities to develop and reflect upon their own theories of teaching and learning in their classrooms.

EDFN 5400 - Current Issues in Education Seminar

Enrollment in CUAI 5580. The course is designed for the Master of Arts in teaching program taught in conjunction with student teaching. Contemporary issues and problems confronted by public school teachers are analyzed by the students. Current innovations are studied as they develop.

EDFN 5405 - The Profession of Teaching

Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education or permission of the M. A. T. program coordinators. Corequisites: Enrollment in EDFN 5411. This is the initial course for students entering the M. A. T. program and focuses on teaching as a career, including the roles and responsibilities of a teacher, teacher professionalism and teacher leadership

EDFN 5411 - Exploring Schools

Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education or permission of the M. A. T. program coordinators. Corequisites: Enrollment in EDFN 5405. Students in this class will observe, identify, analyze, and reflect on classroom practice in a variety of settings. Field experience in area schools is required.

EDFN 5420 - Foundations in Education: Building a Community of Learners

This is a graduate-level course that focuses on introducing the learner to the foundations of education, and the place of curriculum and instruction within these foundations. It focuses on the current context of education as well as develops an historical perspective. Contexts of education will include teachers, students, families, and community. Characteristics of successful teachers, their students, and the context within which education takes place are discussed. This course is required of all MAT candidates and must be taken in their first semester in the program; it includes 30 hours of field experience in areas of the students choosing - either K-6 (for those pursuing elementary licensure), 4-8 (for those pursuing middle school licensure), or 7-12 (for those pursuing secondary licensure). This class also includes an overview of the MAT program and initial advisement for beginning students.

EDFN 5950 - Methods of Research

This course includes the study of research as an approach to problem solving, methods of conducting qualitative and quantitative research, research designs, statistics used in experimental and descriptive research, principles of research interpretation, and the effective communication of research results. The course includes the preparation of a research prospectus or action research plan.

EDFN 6104 - Philosophy and Psychological Theories of Learning

The course critically analyzes historical events which led the American educational system into a Standards Based instructional model and link knowledge of the brain to the design of work that meets the needs of students, extending the learning environment to any where, any place, and any time. Students research leaders who have directly impacted the American educational system and recognize the role of the teacher leader at the local, district, state, and national level.

EDFN 6730 - Foundations: Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education

Designed to offer an overview of the historical and philosophical foundations of education and implications for educational practice today

EDFN 6906 - Independent Study in Foundations of Education

This course provides for independent study under the direction of an appropriate faculty member. Significant research required.