Course Catalog

English Education Course Descriptions

ENG 201 Intro to Literary Analysis

3 Hours

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of literary study, including critical terms, focusing on contemporary world literature, with equal proportions of Western and non-Western work. Students will discuss fiction, poetry and drama by internationally known authors. GeneralEducation: Literature. (effective by 2009)

ENG 202 Creative Writing I

3 Hours

This course provides a workshop environment that combines creative writing and criticism. Students work in the three major genres: poetry, fiction and drama. Selections of students' work are offered to our literary journal, "Prairie Winds", and to the Agnes Hyde Writing Contest. (effective by 2009)

ENG 205 British Literature I

3 Hours

The first of two surveys concentrating on poetry, drama and fiction from the British Isles, ENG 205 begins with poetry written in Old English and extends through the 18th century. General Education: Literature (effective by 2009)

ENG 206 British Literature II

3 Hours

The second of two surveys on poetry, drama and fiction from the British Isles, ENG 206 begins with the Romantics and extends through the contemporary period. General Education: Literature (effective by 2009)

ENG 223 American Literature

3 Hours

This historical survey of the prose and poetry of America covers the Puritan era to modern authors, concentrating on major works and authors.

ENG 226 Literature of European Civilization

3 Hours

This course provides a historical survey of the prose and poetry of Western Europe, from biblical texts and the literature of the ancient Greeks and Romans to the present day, concentrating on major works and authors. General Education: Effective Expression - Literary Analysis

ENG 230 Young Adult Literature

3 Hours

Young Adult Literature considers canonical and contemporary examples of fiction written for readers in grades 6-12. Students will focus most of their attention on analyzing young adult literature as literature, but will also consider pedagogic and craft-study approaches. Thus, the course benefits literature, creative writing, and education students in their preparation as scholars, readers, writers, and a teachers of young adult literature.

ENG 312 Scholarly Research/Writing

3 Hours

This course concentrates on the conception and execution of an extended research project. This course prepares students for upper-level college writing and professional writing outside the college environment. Prerequisite: ENG 111. General Education: Written Communication (Prior to Fall 2009)

ENG 313 Great Plains Literature

3 Hours

Students will discover a variety of literature about the Great Plains, including the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa, with an emphasis on how this literature is both regional and universal in scope. This literature includes fiction and nonfiction works by regional writers. General Education: Literature (Prior to Fall 2009)

ENG 314 American Multiethnic Literature

3 Hours

Focusing on the cultural diversity in American literature, students will experience readings in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American and Native American literature, among others. General Education: Literature, Cultural Awareness (effective by 2009) General Education: Effective Expression - Literary Analysis

ENG 315 Women Writers

3 Hours

This course examines the development of 20th century women's novels and stories by exploring the various roles that women assign their characters. The focus of this course is how women writers represent individual identity in balance with defining women's identity as mothers, daughters, orphans, wives and lovers. This course includes avariety of works in English (British, Irish, American and Canadian) by women writers and introduces critical approaches to interpreting works by women writers. General Education: Literature (effective by 2009)

ENG 323 Shakespeare

3 Hours

Introducing the life and works of Shakespeare, this course concentrates on the plays, emphasizing the development of central themes, the use of different genres, the decisions involved in production and the cultural background of the Renaissance. General Education: Literature (Prior to Fall 2009)

ENG 327 English Methods

3 Hours

This course prepares students intending to teach English in secondary schools. Students will develop ideas for lessons, practice presentations and units in language, literature and composition. Prerequisites: EDU 201 and SPD 206 Corequisites: EDU 300 and EDU 330

ENG 342 English Grammar

3 Hours

This course reviews grammatical principles used in writing. It is useful for students intending to teach or improve their language skills.

EDU 201 Foundations of Education

3 Hours

This course is an investigation of contemporary education in America and assists students in determining their career path, with a special emphasis on the tools and skills necessary to become an effective teacher. Observation experience in a school setting is required. This course is required for elementary and secondary education students and is taken as the first in the sequence of education courses. EDU 201 is a prerequisite for all other education courses. Prerequisites: 1. completion of at least three General Education courses; 2. an accumulated GPA of at least 2.7; and 3. proof of liability insurance or DWUFTO membership. Admittance to this course constitutes application to the teacher education program. Corequisite: EDU 216

EDU 216 Technology for Teachers I

1 Hours

This course provides a foundation for integrating technology into the classroom with instructional activities and tools. Developing a mindset for enhancing classroom instruction with technology through exploration and application is a primary goal in addition to recognizing standards, ethics and human issues related to the use of technology in the classroom. This course includes meeting the needs of the adolescent learner.

EDU 310 Human Relations/Multiculturalism

3 Hours

This course provides an understanding of cultural backgrounds and the influences of dehumanizing biases such as racism, sexism and classism on the lives of students.

EDU 311 Educational Psychology

3 Hours

This course is a study of the nature of learning, intelligence, memory and transfer, with an emphasis on their application to education through the formulation of objectives, sequencing of learning experiences, and choosing appropriate teaching methods. Students will identify teacher characteristics and behaviors as they affect the learner and the relationship of motivation to learning. Student portfolios are evaluated for the second time in this course. Prerequisites: PSY237, EDU 201 and SPD 206. Nonteaching majors must have consent of instructor.

EDU 316 Technology for Teachers II

1 Hours

This course continues and expands on materials introduced in EDU 216. Students will construct lesson plans and present lessons integrating a variety of technology applications. This course includes meeting the needs of the adolescent learner. Experiential teaching in the real classroom will provide extended opportunities to develop skills.

EDU 335 American Indian Education

3 Hours

This course is designed for prospective and experienced teachers. Students will learn about the rich American Indian culture in South Dakota, and they will examine and discuss a variety of skills and information necessary for success in working with American Indian children. The course is designed to meet the South Dakota certification requirement in American Indian studies and is required of all teacher education students. (effective by 2009)

EDU 412 Adolescent Learners’ Needs

3 Hours

This course will help prepare the educator to teach at the middle level. The course will develop an understanding of the middleschool concept and the instructional strategies that support that concept. Fieldwork at the middle level is required. Prerequisite: EDU201 Corequisite EDU456

EDU 416 Technology for Teachers III

1 Hours

This course is the culminating experience in the Technology for Teachers series. Students will study current technology with a focus on Web 2.0. Students will collaborate with a classroom teacher in order to integrate various Web 2.0 applications. The teacher candidate will demonstrate technology skills in a formal lesson presentation.

EDU 424 Literacy Methods in Content Area

3 Hours

This course provides teacher candidates with a balance of theory and application regarding the skills needed to teach reading and writing in the content areas. Candidates will investigate, develop and apply strategies using a variety of scientifically researched reading, writing, listening and speaking methods to meet the literacy needs of all students. For elementary education majors, this course is part of the spring block experience. Courses include EDU 424, EDU 444 and EDU 465. Prerequisite: EDU 201. Corequisites for elementary education majors: EDU 444 and EDU 465. Corequisites for secondary education majors: EDU 465 or approval of education department chair

EDU 435 Curriculum Standards & Assessment

3 Hours

This course supports an educator’s ability to design and implement assessment practices that promote student learning by first improving instruction and then gauging its success. Emphasis is placed on constructing reliable and valid assessments; connecting classroom assessment to local, state, and national standards; providing effective feedback and grading; and understanding individual, classroom, and cultural differences that impact assessment. Students will incorporate various assessment procedures in standards-based lessons they plan and teach during the course field experience. Prerequiste: 201 Corequisites: EDU442 ann 443 for elementary education majors Corequisites: EDU456 for secondary educaton majors or approval of department chair.

EDU 456 Secondary/Middle Level Methods

3 Hours

This course covers the methods of teaching secondary and middle level education, and considers all the aspects and responsibilities that come with the job, including the decision-making process, establishing a classroom climate conducive to learning, motivating students, classroom management, linking curriculum and instruction, planning the instruction, instructional techniques and methods for promoting learning. A constructivist approach to teaching and learning is emphasized. A field experience is required. This course will be offered on a two-year rotation on odd-numbered years. Prerequisite: EDU 201. Corequisites: EDU 435 and EDU412 or consent of the chairman of the education department.

EDU 465 Classroom Management for the K-12

3 Hours

This course will involve the study of strategies for creating successful K–12 learning communities, planning for the school year, working with families, establishing classroom rules, maintaining appropriate behavior, motivating students to learn and responding to inappropriate behaviors. Different theories of classroom management will be explored. This course requires a field experience. This course is part of the spring block experience for elementary education majors. Courses include in the spring block for elementary education majors are: EDU 424, EDU 444 and EDU 465. Secondary education majors are strongly advised to take this course at the same time as EDU 424 Prerequisite: EDU 201. Corequisites for elementary education majors: EDU 424 and EDU 444. Corequisites for secondary education majors: EDU 424 or approval of department chair.

EDU 474 7-12 Student Teaching

14 Hours

EDU 475 Student Teaching Seminar

2 Hours

The teacher candidate is required to take this seminar during their student teaching experience. Candidates will research the following topics during this seminar: classroom climate, instructional pedagogy, assessment, resume writing, and interviewing skills. Students are required to complete their electronic portfolio and an action research project during the seminar. Attendance is required in order to successfully complete the student teaching experience. Class dates will require the teacher candidate to be on campus before the beginning of each semester.

PSY 237 Developmental Psychology

3 Hours

This course is a sequential study of the individual from conception to death. Students will study research regarding human physical, cognitive and social-emotional development, along with implications for parents, teachers and counselors. General Education: Social, Psychological and Political Thought - Individual. (effective by 2009)

SPD 206 Teaching Except Student Regular Cls

3 Hours

This course defines and examines the nature and needs of exceptional learners, including those with documented disabilities as well as giftedness and those with multicultural heritages. Special education foundations and legal mandates will be discussed. Appropriate accommodations and teaching methods designed to meet the needs of the range of students included in a typical classroom will be examined. The role of teachers, parents, and other relevant personnel will be investigated in relation to programming for struggling learners. Students will research a specific educational challenge and complete observation hours in a school setting. Prerequisite: EDU 201.

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