EDCI 3200 Organization and Instruction of the Middle Grades Curriculum
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Grounded in culturally relevant pedagogy, this course will introduce and examine the major programmatic and organizational features of middle schools as they relate to the educational needs of middle level students, particularly those in urban contexts. The course interactions and engagements are organized around three major themes: (a) diverse contexts of teaching and learning, (b) structure of middle level education, and (c) middle level teaching, learning, and professionalism.

EDCI 3220 Understanding and Supporting Middle School Learners
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The focus of this course is on middle school learners and on the diversity among them (e.g., development, culture, ethnicity, language, gender, religion, SES, ability/disability). The course will also focus on the instructional, curricular, and organizational issues related to the development of each child. Major emphases include an understanding of the ways in which the teacher’s expectations, knowledge, and pedagogy influence students’ learning and efficacy. Middle school philosophy, the role of parents, and the role of community members are also addressed. School and community observations and participation are included.

EDCI 3230 From Ferris Bueller to Freedom Writers: Images of Education in Film
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course uses films and research to analyze educational issues of historic and contemporary significance. Students will discuss how films have shaped society’s perceptions of students, schools, and teachers and how these films either challenge or perpetuate stereotypes. Films will be covered thematically, with viewing both in and out of class, and a significant portion of the class will be focused on images of urban education. Major topics within each theme include cultural diversity, curriculum, school violence, education in out-of-school contexts, and educational policy. Students will be responsible for film reviews, debates, group discussion, weekly journal reflections, and a final paper.

EDCI 3240 Education or Incarceration: Schools, Communities, and the Prison Industrial Complex
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

As the population of incarcerated people in the U.S. grows to over two million and the rate of African American and Latino Youth Prisoners continues to rise, students in this course will investigate the school-to-prison pipeline, the prison industrial complex, and the implications of education. Through an examination of readings in educational policy, cultural studies, history, and sociology, as well as through dialogue, debate, and fieldwork, students will consider ways to challenge prevailing assumptions about education and incarceration. Cross-listed with EDCI 6240.

EDCI 3250 Introduction to Teaching in Secondary Schools
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admitted to Teacher Education
Description

Students examine instructional material, teaching strategies, and evaluation procedure for teaching in secondary schools. Includes experience in reflective teaching and microteaching. Introduces the secondary programmatic issues including diversity, technology, content-specific pedagogy, classroom management, and assessment. Provides grounding in concepts of professionalism, equity, and school culture. Provides initial program identity, advisement, and screening. School experiences are included.

EDCI 4100 Service-Learning in Action
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

In this course, students examine the nature of service-learning through an analysis of relevant research, theory, and practice. Students also research and evaluate their community’s needs. After synthesizing their research and needs assessment for the community, students engage in a service-learning project that is relevant to their major. (EDCI 4100 is cross-listed with EDCI 7100).
Cities Perspectives Course. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

EDCI 4400 Poverty and Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

In this course, students study the ways that economic, historic, cultural, and social issues influence poverty and education. In particular, students address poverty and its effect on community, family, and schooling. In the class, students develop a working definition of poverty. Additionally, students explore both the American government’s historic and contemporary response to poverty, as well as the ways that schools are impacted and respond to poor children.

EDCI 4600 Practicum
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites Admitted to Teacher Education
Description

Students participate in practicum in middle or secondary schools, including observing, assisting, tutoring, microteaching, and classroom teaching. Students apply content knowledge, pedagogical skills, classroom management skills, and evaluation knowledge. This course may include a Signature Experience component.(Repeatable).

EDCI 4640 Critical Issues in Middle Grades Education-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admitted to Teacher Education
Corequisites EDCI 4700
Description

Taken concurrently with the last semester of the student teaching experience, this course will guide the student in reflection on, and further examination of, contemporary critical issues for educators. Major emphases on middle level teaching and learning, begun in the earlier stages of the program, will receive intense attention during this semester as students integrate theory and practice on the student teaching campus. This course is a Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) course.

EDCI 4650 Opening School Experience
Credit Hours 0.0
Prerequisites Admitted into Teacher Education
Requirements Course is graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory
Description

A minimum grade of “S” is required for this course.
Students gain practical experiences in the school and classroom during the week of preplanning and the first week of school. While assisting in the classroom, students learn effective procedures for beginning the school year. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

EDCI 4700 Student Teaching in Middle Grades
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 9.0
Prerequisites Admitted to Teacher Education and Approval of the Middle Level Committee
Corequisites EDCI 4640
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course sustained internships across the term under the supervision of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor
Description

Students must successfully complete all courses in Area G.3 to be authorized to enroll in Student Teaching.
Provides the opportunity to plan, implement, and reflect on middle grades instruction in the student’s content concentration areas. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

EDCI 4750 Student Teaching in the Secondary School
Credit Hours 6.0 TO 9.0
Prerequisites Admitted to Teacher Education
Requirements A minimum grade of "B" is required for this course
Description

Requires the student to apply pedagogical content knowledge to the planning and implementation of instruction of secondary school students in the major area. Students demonstrate expertise at the initial teacher preparation level. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

EDCI 4810 Directed Reading in Teaching and Learning
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Students engage in the in-depth study of appropriate topics in teaching and learning. (Repeatable).