An examination of contemporary theory, research, and practice on the nature and process of learning. The course explores the biological and cultural factors influencing the patterns of physical, emotional, social, cognitive and moral development of students from early childhoold through adolescence. The application of this understanding to the classroom (especially as this understanding pertains to classroom management, assessment, and instructional design) is emphasized. Certification course.
During the final semester of the M.Ed. program, the portfolio, based on the 11 Missouri Beginning Teacher Standards and the Rockhurst Department of Education Standard 12 is submitted, evaluated, and presented using Live Text. An Education Department faculty member who will read and evaluate both the initial and final submission of the portfolio will be a student?s portfolio coach. The portfolio coach will also work individually with the student to prepare for the oral portfolio defense. Meetings between the student teacher and portfolio coach will be scheduled as needed. Corequisite: ED 7900.
This course examines the goals, principles and procedures of science education in elementary schools. Science is examined as both a process and product. Students examine the roles of developing students' science process skills and understanding of the nature of science as these issues relate to teaching science for concept attainment. The role of science-technology-society connections in science education is emphasized. Issues of successful teaching and learning for a broad range of science learners are addressed. This class requires non-credit field placement experience.