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Math Education Course Descriptions

MTH 200 Statistical Methods I

3 Hours

This course is an introduction to descriptive statistics, including graphs, sampling distributions, measures of central tendency, probability theory, hypothesis testing through nonparametic tests, confidence intervals, correlation and regression. Statistical applications, hypotheses testing and the use of statistical software for graphing is emphasized. Prerequisite: MTH 125 or consent of instructor. General Education: Critical and Collaborative Thinking – Quantitative Reasoning (beginning fall 2009) General Education: Mathematics (prior to 2009)

MTH 210 Calculus I

5 Hours

This course is an introduction to differential and integral calculus. Students will learn to calculate the rates of change of functions including trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions and how to solve initial value and optimization problems. Students will learn the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and integration techniques. Prerequisite: MTH 128 or math placement. General Education: Critical and Collaborative Thinking – Quantitative Reasoning (beginning fall 2009) General Education: Mathematics (prior to 2009)

MTH 220 Calculus II

4 Hours

This course is a continuation of MTH 210. Students will learn the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, separation of variables indifferential equations, topics in integration, Taylor polynomials and series. Prerequisite: MTH 210. General Education:Mathematics (Prior to Fall 2009)

MTH 250 Discrete Mathematics

3 Hours

This course introduces discrete methods of mathematical problem solving. Topics include set theory, sequences and mathematical induction, combinatorics, probability and graph theory. Prerequisite: MTH 210.

MTH 260 Intro to Computer Programming

3 Hours

This course provides an introduction to a high-level computer language. Emphasis will be on learning the styles, techniques and methodologies necessary to design and develop readable and efficient programs. The course will also include statistical, business and biological programming applications. Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing

MTH 305 Calculus III

3 Hours

This first course in multivariate calculus includes vector functions and their derivatives, plane curves, surfaces, partial derivatives, multiple integrals and Green'sTheorem. Prerequisite: MTH 220.

MTH 315 Linear Algebra/Differential Eqns

4 Hours

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of linear algebra and ordinary differential equations. In the field of linear algebra, we’ll cover matrices and matrix operations, Gaussian elimination, matrix inverses, determinants, vector spaces and subspaces, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and linear transformations. In the field of ODEs we’ll cover separable and first-order linear equations, 2nd order linear equations with constant coefficients, method of undetermined coefficients, simple harmonic motion, and systems of differential equations. Applications to physical and life sciences will also be explored. Prerequisites: MTH 220 and MTH 260

MTH 325 Intro to Probability Theory

3 Hours

This course is an introduction to probability, including basic combinatorics and set theory; independence; conditional probability; random variables; specific discrete and continuous probability distributions; jointly distributed random variables; expectation; moments and moment generating functions; and various limittheorems. Prerequisite: MTH 210 or consent of instructor.

MTH 330 Modern Algebra

3 Hours

This course is an introduction to algebraic systems, including groups, rings and integral domains. Prerequisite: MTH 300 or consent of instructor.

MTH 340 Modern Geometry

4 Hours

This axiomatic study of various geometries includes Euclidean geometry and hyperbolic geometry. Students will also study historical and philosophical implications of the development of non-Euclidean geometries. Prerequisite: MTH 210 or consent of instructor.

MTH 360 Secondary Mathematics Teaching Meth

1 Hours

This course covers the methods of teaching secondary and middle level mathematics education. An emphasis will be placed on methods unique to teaching mathematics, along with technologies to use in the mathematics classroom. Prerequisites: EDU201, Pre or Co-requisite: EDU356; junior standing or permission of instructor.

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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