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EDN-150 | Orientation to Teaching | 2 credits
This is an introductory-level course to the teaching profession, with a view toward effective and quality teaching. This course intends to allow and encourage students to think critically and philosophically about what fosters and at times discourages effective teaching, and thus student achievement in classrooms. Students are also exposed to various philosophical, historical, and sociological perspectives regarding teaching, schooling, and education. Reflective of our mission, and through actual classroom observation designed to complement coursework, this course also challenges students to investigate and seriously consider their reasons for wanting to become a teacher.

EDN-156 | Child & Adolescent Development | 3 credits
This course is the study of the physical, cognitive and socio-emotional growth and development from birth through late adolescence. The course will introduce students to development theories and issues of elementary, middle and high school students.

EDN-212 | Field Exp Early Childhood | 1 to 2 credits
This course is designed to give students practical experience in early childhood classrooms, usually for two hours per week. Students are placed in schools according to their preferred age level and spend time in the classroom observing, tutoring or assisting the cooperating teacher as he/she deems appropriate. Field experiences are required of education majors and may be taken by students in related fields. Students must take one credit concurrently with EDN-233 and may enroll in EDN 212-218 for additional credit hours. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only.

EDN-214 | Field Experience in Elementary | 1 to 2 credits
This course is designed to give students practical experience in an elementary classroom, usually for two hours per week. Students are placed in schools according to their preferred age level and spend time in the classroom observing, tutoring or assisting the cooperating teacher as he/she deems appropriate. Field experiences are required of education majors but may be taken by students in related fields. Students must take one field experience credit concurrently with EDN-233 and may enroll in EDN-212-218 for additional credit hours. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only.

EDN-216 | Field Experience in Middle School | 1 to 2 credits
This course is designed to give students practical experience in a middle level classroom, usually for two hours per week. Students are placed in schools according to their preferred age level and discipline and spend time in the classroom observing, tutoring or assisting the cooperating teacher as he/she deems appropriate. Field experiences are required of education majors but may be taken by students in related fields. Students must take one field experience credit concurrently with EDN-233 and may enroll in EDN-212-218 for additional credit hours. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only.

EDN-218 | Field Experience in Secondary | 1 to 2 credits
This course is designed to give students practical experience in a secondary level classroom, usually for two hours per week. Students are placed in schools according to their preferred age level and discipline and spend time in the classroom observing, tutoring or assisting the cooperating teacher as he/she deems appropriate. Field experiences are required of education majors but may be taken by students in related fields. Students must take one field experience credit concurrently with EDN-233 and may enroll in EDN-212-218 for additional credit hours. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only.

EDN-233 | Educational Psychology | 3 credits
This course is an application of major psychological approaches and the stages of human development (cognitive, psychosocial, moral, psychomotor, linguistic) from pre-school through adolescence. This course deals with the diversity of learning style, culture and ability. It addresses major learning theories and models of teaching as well as theories of motivation. The content of this course includes basic principles of educational planning, instruction and research and is fundamental to the methods courses that follow. A field placement is a requirement of this course and one credit of EDN 214-218 must be taken concurrently with the course.

EDN-234 | Measurement, Evaluation & Management | 3 credits
This course involves the study of and the practice of designing, administering and evaluating various assessments (formal and informal) for the classroom. Issues of validity and reliability are addressed and the connection between instruction and assessment is stressed. The course addresses the educational taxonomies (cognitive, affective and psychomotor) in order to be able to plan for higher level thinking/critical thinking as well as to assess those thinking skills. The construction of teacher-made tests, authentic assessment rubrics and use of standardized test scores is given particular attention. In addition, this course addresses classroom management theories and techniques with the students synthesizing the theoretical into a personal philosophy of discipline that describes a positive learning environment.

EDN-256 | Early Childhood Education | 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the area of early childhood and includes a review of the history of early childhood education and the goals, philosophies, methods and materials for this stage of development.

EDN-257 | Kindergarten Education | 3 credits
This course is a study of curricula used in kindergarten programs. Methods and materials appropriate for the kindergarten child are demonstrated and practiced by the student.

EDN-266 | Middle School/Junior High Education | 2 credits
This course is based on the study of the unique needs and characteristics (physical, social/emotional and cognitive) of the young adolescent learner, ages 10-14. The course also provides a historical and contemporary look at the middle level philosophy, structure, curricula and instructional strategies.

EDN-291 | Workshops in Teaching | 1 to 4 credits
These workshops are designed specifically for in-service teachers. Topics include principles, methods, materials and techniques of teaching selected subjects with emphasis on new trends, materials and techniques.

EDN-292 | Workshops in Teaching | 1 to 4 credits
These workshops are designed specifically for in-service teachers. Topics include principles, methods, materials and techniques of teaching selected subjects with emphasis on new trends, materials and techniques.

EDN-293 | Workshops in Teaching | 1 to 4 credits
These workshops are designed specifically for in-service teachers. Topics include principles, methods, materials and techniques of teaching selected subjects with emphasis on new trends, materials and techniques.

EDN-294 | Workshops in Teaching | 1 to 4 credits
These workshops are designed specifically for in-service teachers. Topics include principles, methods, materials and techniques of teaching selected subjects with emphasis on new trends, materials and techniques.

EDN-312 | Practicum Early Childhood/Kindergarten | 2 credits
Practicum is an experience required of all education majors prior to student teaching. It involves a minimum of two weeks of full day in-school activities including observation, aiding, lesson preparation and teaching. Students are placed in schools according to their preferred age level. Student must be accepted into teacher education program. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only.

EDN-314 | Practicum in Elementary | 2 credits
Practicum is an experience required of all education majors prior to student teaching. It involves a minimum of two weeks of full day in-school activities including observation, aiding, lesson preparation and teaching. Students are placed in schools according to their preferred age level. Student must be accepted into the teacher education program. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only.

EDN-316 | Practicum in Middle School | 2 credits
Practicum is an experience required of all education majors prior to student teaching. It involves a minimum of two weeks of full day in-school activities including observation, aiding, lesson preparation and teaching. Students are placed in schools according to their preferred age level and discipline. Student must be accepted into the teacher education program. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only.

EDN-318 | Practicum in Secondary | 2 credits
Practicum is an experience required of all education majors prior to student teaching. It involves a minimum of two weeks of full day in-school activities including observation, aiding, lesson preparation and teaching. Students are placed in schools according to their preferred age level and discipline. Student must be accepted into the teacher education program. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only.

EDN-341 | Elem Science & Social Studies Methods | 3 credits
This course is concerned with the methods and theories appropriate for teaching science and social studies at the elementary level. The perspective taken is that these subjects offer an opportunity to develop interdisciplinary studies of society and nature and the ways in which we, as humans, interact with them. Students will use and develop curricula in a variety of styles including cooperative learning, direct instruction, experiential learning and problem solving strategies. Lesson planning utilizes the NCSS and NSTA standards, and the K-8 South Dakota content standards. Student must be accepted into the teacher education program.

EDN-342 | Reading: Philosophy, Psych & Methods | 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to provide pre-service teachers with the necessary knowledge base to teach reading effectively and to evaluate the research concerning literacy. Connections are made between theory and practice to address both the development of reading and various philosophies of reading instruction for all students including ELL. This course addresses phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and vocabulary development as well as the basic reading comprehension strategies (preparation, organization, elaboration and monitoring). Lesson planning utilizes the Common Core standards. Student must be accepted into the teacher education program.

EDN-343 | Elementary Social Studies Methods | 2 credits
This course is concerned with the methods and theories appropriate for teaching social studies at the elementary level. The perspective taken is that social studies is an interdisciplinary study of people, society and institutions and is well suited for helping students examine various issues concerning society. Students also study cooperative learning, direct instruction, experiential learning and problem solving strategies on their way to developing a teachable social studies unit. The South Dakota K-8 content standards are used and studied. Student must be accepted into the teacher education program.

EDN-346 | Reading: Child Lit/Lang Arts Methods | 4 credits
This course is concerned with methods, materials and curricula used in teaching the language arts: writing, speaking, viewing, listening, visually representing and reading for all students, including ELL. Classic and contemporary children's and adolescent literature form a central focus for the goals and instruction in the language arts classroom. The course includes all components of a whole-language or literature-based program: spelling, handwriting, listening and speaking units, as well as reading aloud, story telling and the extension of literature in other subject areas. Lesson planning utilizes Common Core standards.
Prerequisite: Take EDN-342

EDN-347 | Reading: Methd, Diag & Remediation Read | 3 credits
This course is concerned with methods and materials used in teaching reading and includes various practical experiences: tutoring/remedial experience, literature based reading, and guided reading. This course includes methods of assessing reading and diagnosing difficulty using an informal reading inventory as well as ways of remediating reading difficulties. Topics of content area reading, parent involvement in literacy instruction, and the attributes of the influential teacher are also part of this course's content. Lesson planning utilizes Common Core standards.
Prerequisite: Take EDN-342

EDN-350 | Elementary Math Methods | 3 credits
The course is concerned with methods and materials used in the teaching of math in the K-8 elementary classroom. Course content includes various types of lesson planning: constructivist lessons and direct instruction methods: teaching through problem solving, teaching for problem solving and teaching about problem solving. Pre-service teachers create plans that involve strategy and process and will engage students in doing math. Lesson planning utilizes the K-8 Common Core Standards. Pre-service teachers apply the content of this course in classroom situations.

EDN-360 | Indian Studies | 3 credits
This course is designed as a study of the various socio-historical dynamics that in part account for some of the present day existential considerations (moral, cultural, economic, educational, political, etc.) faced by many South Dakota Native Americans. Students study narrative, autobiography, biography, treaties, court cases, Indian policy and some critical indigenous philosophy. This course also focuses on the many classroom considerations (pedagogy and content) for teaching Native American students and meets the South Dakota Indian Studies requirement for all individuals desiring to be certified to teach in South Dakota. Field trips and speakers are a possibility based on availability. This is an introductory level survey course that in part borrows from the voices of South Dakota Native Americans but does not necessarily speak for all South Dakota Native Americans.

EDN-362 | Middle School/Sec Readings in Content Ar | 3 credits
The course is the study of methods and strategies of effective instruction in each of the disciplines. This course for secondary education majors who plan to teach at the middle and/or secondary levels. Emphasis is placed on literacy strategies in each discipline. Student must be accepted into the teacher education program.
Prerequisite: Take EDN-375

EDN-375 | Middle School/Secondary General Methods | 2 credits
This is a general methods course for secondary education majors or those who plan to teach at the middle and/or secondary levels. Based on the current research of effective teaching and standards-based education, students are actively engaged in lesson plan preparation. Students prepare a thematic unit using variety of teaching strategies and methodologies in their discipline. Appropriate standards in each discipline are used throughout the course. Students must be accepted into the teacher education program.

EDN-376 | Integrating Tech Into Teaching/ Learning | 2 credits
This course focuses on helping those in education develop an understanding of the relationships to teaching and the overall enterprise of education that technology has had. Students encounter critiques of technology in education, historical surveys regarding the relationship between technology and teaching and practical suggestions and examples regarding infusing certain types of technology into the classroom. This course is to be taken concurrently with education methods course(s).
Prerequisite: Take CIS-125

EDN-377 | Human Relations Skills | 3 credits
This course is concerned with helping students develop an awareness of and understanding into the various theoretical premises surrounding issues of diversity and multiculturalism. There is an emphasis placed on recognizing and dealing with biases, stereotyping, power and privilege, difference and identity. Techniques to enhance interpersonal relations as well as classroom instruction in today's multicultural classrooms are addressed. This course meets the South Dakota Human Relations requirement for all individuals desiring to be certified to teach in South Dakota.

EDN-440 | Special Methods for Science | 1 credit
This course includes methods, materials and curricula appropriate to teaching 7-12 sciences. The course includes analyses of current secondary curricula/materials, accommodation in teaching, use of technology, professional organizations and periodicals, unit preparation and related extracurricular activities. The South Dakota K-12 Content Standards and the NSTA standards are used in the preparation of an instructional unit.
Prerequisite: Take EDN-375

EDN-441 | Special Methods for Math | 1 credit
This course includes methods, materials and curricula appropriate to teaching 7-12 mathematics. The course includes analyses of current secondary curricula/materials, use of technology, accommodation in teaching, professional organizations and periodicals, unit preparation and related extracurricular activities. The South Dakota K-12 Content Standards and the NCTM standards are used in the preparation of an instructional unit.
Prerequisite: Take EDN-375

EDN-442 | Special Methods for Social Studies | 1 credit
This course includes methods, materials and curricula appropriate to teaching 7-12 social studies. The course includes analyses of current secondary curricula/materials, use of technology, accommodation in teaching, professional organizations and periodicals, unit preparation and related extracurricular activities. The South Dakota K-12 Content Standards and the NCSS standards are used in the preparation of an instructional unit.
Prerequisite: Take EDN-375

EDN-443 | Special Methods for Language Arts | 1 credit
This course includes methods, materials and curricula appropriate to teaching 7- 12 English language arts. The course includes analyses of current secondary curricula/materials, accommodation in teaching, use of technology, professional organizations and periodicals, unit preparation and related extracurricular activities. The South Dakota K-12 Content Standards and the NCTE standards are used in the preparation of an instructional unit.
Prerequisite: Take EDN-375

EDN-453 | Student Teaching Seminar | 1 to 2 credits
This seminar is required of all student teachers and is viewed as complementary to their student teaching experience. This seminar covers a variety of topics including classroom management, assessment, long and short range planning, as well as completing an Impact on Student Learning project. The seminar course also focuses on helping students prepare for licensure examinations. Student must be accepted into the teacher education program.

EDN-454 | Elementary School Student Teaching | 10 to 12 credits
This student teaching experience is for the student seeking elementary level teaching certification. The student teacher observes and teaches in an elementary classroom under the guidance of a cooperating teacher, principal and a college supervisor. Students must be accepted into student teaching by the teacher education committee. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only.

EDN-455 | Elem School Student Teaching in Phys Ed | 6 credits
This student teaching experience is for the student seeking certification to teach physical education in grades K-12. The student teacher observes and teaches for a full semester in elementary physical education classes under the guidance of a cooperating teacher, principal and college supervisor. Student must be accepted into the teacher education program. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only. Credit hours for student teaching will be reduced appropriately for students attempting an unconventional combination of majors (e.g. a content area, special education, secondary education) per Educational Policy 663.

EDN-456 | Elementary Student Teaching in Music | 6 credits
This student teaching experience is for the student seeking certification to teach music in grades K-12. The student teacher observes and teaches for a full semester in elementary music classes under the guidance of a cooperating teacher, principal and college supervisor. Student must be accepted into the teacher education program. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only. Credit hours for student teaching will be reduced appropriately for students attempting an unconventional combination of majors (e.g. a content area, special education, secondary education) per Educational Policy 663.

EDN-457 | Secondary School Student Teaching | 6 to 12 credits
This student teaching experience is for the student seeking secondary level teaching certification in biology, chemistry, English, history, math, music or physical education. The student teacher observes and teaches for a full semester in a secondary classroom under the guidance of a cooperating teacher, a principal and a college supervisor. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only. Credit hours for student teaching will be reduced appropriately for students attempting an unconventional combination of majors (e.g. a content area, special education, secondary education) per Educational Policy 663.

EDN-459 | Middle School Student Teaching | 6 to 12 credits
This is a practicum for the student seeking the Middle School endorsement. The student works with a cooperating teacher in grades 6-8 all day for a semester observing and teaching in a middle school classroom. The student is certified in secondary education if they taught in grade 7-8th and in elementary education if their placement was in 6th grade. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only. Credit hours for student teaching will be reduced appropriately for students attempting an unconventional combination of majors (e.g. a content area, special education, secondary education) per Educational Policy 663.

EDN-490 | Seminar: The Teaching Profession | 1 to 2 credits
This course is the culminating course in Mount Marty College's teacher education program. During this seminar, students revisit many of the themes and issues encountered through past courses and experiences as a way to prepare for resume and cover letter writing, and the interview process. Students will engage in learning communities around particular professional issues of the teaching career. Students must be accepted into student teaching.