Fall. Prereq.: Admission to Internship. The course is designed to guide future teachers through the various processes of educational assessment. The relationship among teaching, learning, and assessment will be emphasized. Special emphasis will be placed upon creating, administering, analyzing, and communicating the results of teacher-made tests for classroom application. Interpretation of standardized tests will also be addressed.
Spring. Prereq.: Admission to Internship. This course is designed to prepare future elementary and art teachers in awareness, skills, theories, and practices in K-8 art education. Child growth and development, curriculum selection and planning, classroom management, assessment strategies, and basic historical and aesthetic learning methods will be addressed.
Winter. Prereq.: Admission to Internship. Students will demonstrate an understanding of simple musical concepts including musical notation, rhythm, and simple sight reading. Students will observe in an elementary music classroom and identify ways to integrate. Students will plan and teach a lesson integrating music. Students will collect articles/activities on integrating music into the classroom.
Fall. Prereq.: Admission to Internship. Elementary teachers must demonstrate a high level of competence in the use of English language arts. They must understand and use concepts from reading, language and child development to teach reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, and thinking skills, and to help students successfully apply these skills to many different situations, materials and ideas.
Spring. Prereq.: Admission to Internship. This course will provide future teachers with an understanding of the Idaho social studies standards for elementary and middle school students. The pedagogy most appropriate for conveying the content of the social studies will be modeled and taught. Multidisciplinary, thematic and literacy approaches will be emphasized.
Spring. Prereq.: Admission to Internship. This class will emphasize the instructional and management techniques necessary to teach science to elementary students. A variety of instructional strategies will be discussed and modeled. Lessons using hands on and inquiry approaches will be prepared and taught. Safety issues will be addressed. The state science standards will be used as a basis for developing lessons.
Winter. Prereq.: Admission to Internship. Physical activity is critical to healthy learning. In this class students will develop lessons incorporating movement into core classroom instruction. Students will coordinate with school physical education teachers to integrate movement and content.
Fall. Alt. yrs. Prereq.: Admission to Internship. This is a study of the methods and materials appropriate to teach art at the level of middle, junior or senior high students. Topics to be considered include: philosophy of secondary art education, alignment of subject matter knowledge and Idaho state standards for visual arts, methods of art instruction, art curriculum (scope and sequence), lesson planning, assessment, budget, exhibits and portfolio development.
Prereq.: Admission to Internship. This course serves as a practical foundation for pre-service teachers to formulate a basis to teach science at the secondary level in a manner that is exciting, creative, and rigorous. Techniques for promoting inquiry and discovery, in addition to laboratory safety and classroom management concerns will be investigated. Course activities will provide a basis for the development of competent, reflective professional science educators, including familiarity with relevant journals, resources, and continuing science education.
Fall. Prereq.: Admission to Internship. The emphasis of this class is on the mathematics that is taught in the middle and high school levels. The Idaho mathematics standards will be used in analyzing curriculum and preparing lessons. A variety of teaching techniques and methods will be described and modeled. The use of manipulatives, calculators and computers will be included.
Fall. Prereq.: Admission to Internship. A study of the methods and materials appropriate to the level of middle and senior high school students. Emphasis will be given to the theoretical understanding of the nature and history of social studies as a broad field of study and to the various concepts, methods, and strategies used to teach it. Special consideration will be given to an examination of the content, substantive, and syntactic knowledge necessary to teach the various social studies disciplines in the secondary schools. The critical component of the course will be the creation and teaching of social studies units as part of the internship placement.
Fall. Prereq.: Admission to Internship. Secondary English teachers must understand the content and structure of the English language and the variety of ways ideas can be organized within the field. In this course students will review research and practice in the areas of reading, writing, literature, as well as the grammar and mechanics of the English language. Assignments for this class may be included as artifacts in your professional portfolio.
Summer. Prereq.: Admission to MAT, successful completion of internship year. Candidates will apply what they have learned about becoming an educational leader to prepare professional development plans and initiating work on their plan by completing a project related to their first teaching assignment.
Prereq.: Earned Bachelor's Degree. These courses are designed to provide graduate credit for professional development courses for educators. This credit is not normally used to meet degree requirements.
Fall, Winter, Spring. Prereq.: Admission to teacher education and admission to Internship.
The course includes working in one or more K-8 classroom setting/s where candidates observe, plan lessons, participate in parent conferences, teach lessons and assess learning. Program requirements include completing fall, winter and spring practicum experiences.
Fall, Winter, Spring. Prereq.: Admission to teacher education and admission to Internship. The course includes working in one or more 8-12 grade classroom setting/s where candidates observe, plan lessons, participate in parent conferences, teach lessons and assess learning. Program requirements include completing fall, winter and spring practicum experiences.
Fall, Winter, Spring. Coreq.: Elementary School Practicum or Secondary School Practicum. May be repeated. This seminar supports candidates as they plan, teach, assess learning and complete their professional portfolios. Program requirements include completing internship seminars during fall, winter and spring of the internship year.
An investigation into the models of leadership, school organization, leadership strategies, and the climate of current educational reform. The intent is to develop effective educational change agents.
An overview of qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and their application and an introduction to research design. Candidates will design their research projects. A grade of "B" or better is required to enroll in Internships.
An advanced look at the integration of technology and instruction, including hypermedia, web page design, and the use of the Internet for instructional purposes.
Summer. Prereq.: Completion of Internship. This course will assist MAT candidates in interpreting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data. It will also deal with document formatting and editing.
A student-designed study intended to enhance an area of expertise.
Fall, Winter, Spring. Coreq.: Elementary School Practicum or Secondary School Practicum. May be repeated. This seminar supports candidates as they plan, teach, assess learning, and complete their professional portfolios. It also supports MAT candidates as they refine their thesis project and collect and analyze data.
This course examines the history of curriculum development in American education and explores alternative models of curriculum design. Emphasis will be placed upon the role of teacher created curriculum within the context of current educational reform initiatives.
An introduction to the basic concepts and practices of critical pedagogy. Students will examine the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of critical pedagogy. Readings will lead to an investigation of the extent to which critical theory, postmodernism, constructivism and feminism are intersecting traditions that have informed critical pedagogy. In addition, students will explore whether or not critical pedagogy is present in their own practice.
This course is designed to provide MAT candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct research within a classroom setting. Students will be introduced to the elements required to begin an action research project, including purpose/rationale, writing style, literature reviews, online resources, data collection, and components of an action research project. Students will also identify ethical issues related to research, including basic theory and practice, professional codes of ethics, confidentiality, and research using human subjects. The purpose of statistics, as applied to educational research, is introduced; inferential and descriptive measures are examined and methods for evaluating and analyzing data are discussed.
Winter. A study of the psychological principles applicable to educational theory and practice. Involves observation, tutoring, and other activities in a K-12 setting.
Fall. A study of the historical factors as they apply to American public education, including a history of educational reform and the philosophies which generated the reforms.
Winter. A survey of the development of reading in American schools. Students will be introduced to current theories of literacy development as well as gain functional familiarity with methods of teaching reading at both elementary and secondary levels. Involves observation, tutoring, and teaching in a K-12 setting.
Winter. A study of methods and strategies used to implement reading into content area subjects at elementary and secondary levels. Involves observation, tutoring, and teaching in a K-12 setting.
Spring. A study of current trends in American educational reform emphasizing the nature of change in learning organizations; the role of technological innovation; current research on learning; international education systems on educational reform. Specific reform movements will be explored such as: standards-based curriculum; technology-infused classrooms; voucher systems; home schooling; charter schools; site-based management; concept-based instruction and brain-based learning.
Spring. This course includes criteria for selection, an investigation of genres, and reading works by noted authors. This course does not fulfill the Liberal Arts Core requirement in literature.
Fall. An introduction to the philosophy of education through the study of selected problems and figures who have influenced schooling. Students will develop their own philosophy of education.
Summer. A survey of school curriculum and instructional strategies appropriate to K-12 students. Emphasis is placed on identification of the basic principles of teaching and learning and their application for effective instruction. Students will design and teach lessons in K-12 classrooms.
Spring. A study of issues of diversity challenging today's schools, including issues of race, gender, ethnicity, gifted and talented education, learning modalities and difficulties, and classroom management issues.