EDLT 500 Foundations of Education (3 credits)
This course will examine the historical, social, and cultural foundations of American education as seen through a historical narrative with an emphasis on the diversity of contemporary schooling. Students will examine personal viewpoints and insights through the lens of Culturally Responsive Teaching and identify barriers to learning on a cultural level. Additionally, major philosophies of education, which have informed American education and how they affect schooling in a society of multiple cultures, will be explored. 10 hours of fieldwork is required.
EDLT 501 Theories of Teaching, Learning, and Development (3 credits)
This course examines the instructional design process. Students will examine educational theories related to the teaching and learning process and apply this theoretical knowledge to their lesson plans. Students will explore state content standards and learn how to design learning objectives and assessments that align. Student lesson plans will indicate proficiency in selecting and utilizing appropriate scaffolding and differentiation strategies and reflect elements of culturally responsive instruction. 10 hours of fieldwork required.
EDLT 502 Teaching English Learners and Diverse Populations (3 credits)
This course in teaching English Language Learners and diverse populations examines first- and second-language acquisition with an overview of aspects of linguistic theories as well as social and cultural factors influencing language acquisition. The course further explores theories, legal implications, and accountability factors related to language learning among both native and non-native speakers of English. Delivery of instruction school/district programs and services, assessment and accountability, and inclusionary practices for English language learners are emphases for this course. 10 hours of fieldwork is required.
EDLT 503 Teaching Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Environments (3 credits)
This course explores the characteristics of typical and atypical child and adolescent development. Candidates will examine methods used to assist K-12 students in accessing content such as technology, including assistive technology; UDL; and accommodations and/or modifications to assessments and instruction. The course will dive into the definitions of exceptionalities, the history of special education services to individuals in the U.S., and family partnerships. 10 hours of fieldwork is required.
EDLT 504 Theories and Policies of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (3 credits)
The course provides knowledge of the history, policies, programs, and research of bilingual education and bilingualism in the United States. The content of the course includes a review of the philosophical, theoretical, legal, and legislative foundations of bilingual education and their effects on program design and educational achievement. The course will further expand on the role of transferability between languages as well as the importance of authentic parental participation and the role of family as a language and cultural resource. Sections of the course including student assignments will be in Spanish. 10 hours of fieldwork is required.