EDU 2004 Observing the Learner / Appropriate Educational Practices
The focus of this course is the learner at the early, middle, and adolescent childhood levels. The
unique learning characteristics, needs and capacities of students of different ages, cultural and
language backgrounds, and exceptionalities will be studied. Identifying differing learning
styles will be the focus of the course. Developmentally appropriate educational practices and
instructional strategies, including multi-age grouping, for meeting the needs of diverse learners
and learning styles will be focused upon and developed. Fifteen field hours of observing and
interacting with learners required.
EDU 2014 Schooling in American Culture: History, Philosophies, Trends, and Practices
This course focuses on issues related to the teaching profession, and schooling in a complex
and culturally diverse society—past, present, and future. Various teacher roles, school
organizational patterns, and philosophical variants will be explored. The professional Code of
Ethics, the basis of KERA, and guidance for entering and progressing through the program will
be studied. Fifteen hours of observations, including interviews with public school personnel at
all three levels, are required.
EDU 2024 Children’s Literature
Acquaints the student with children’s literature from preschool age through the eighth grade.
Includes a study of high-quality authors, illustrators, and their works; the history of children’s
literature; various literary genres; and ways of introducing literature and integrating it into the
entire curriculum. Students will complete individual projects related to storytelling, story
writing, or other literary activities. This is an elective course.
EDU 2124 Women in Educational Thought
The focus of this class is educational thought as developed by various women philosophers and
educators of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. To offer a variety of ideas, educational
philosophy, moral education, and actual