(3) EDU501. Educational Foundations
Educational Foundations is a course designed to introduce and explore the educational paradigm, historically and philosophically. Candidates will be introduced to pedagogy, andragogy, and heutagogy. They will develop their personal knowledge base and understanding in the following areas: The purposes and values of schools in our society; The purposes and values of ongoing training and lifelong learning in our society and globally; The related impact of local state, and federal government policies on K-12 schools, and on training programs for adults in a variety of venues, including non-profit, public, for profit, corporate and church-connected opportunities; Current educational issues related to health, safety, legal requirements, and personal rights and protections; Effective instructional designs relevant to teaching and training children and adults. The connections between teaching, training and learning in a changing globally-focused environment Observations will be required related to course content. Candidates will be introduced to the vital character traits associated with effective teachers, trainers, and presenters.
(3) EDU 504. Curriculum Development, Design, and Assessment
This foundational course is designed to prepare candidates with both a practical and a theoretical understanding of curriculum design and assessment. The course offers a study of the various approaches to curriculum construction and organization in educational contexts by examining the principles of curriculum improvement, change, and evaluation. The focus will be on theories, research, and best practice relate to planning and developing curriculum, and its implementation in learning environments, in order to best address the needs of learners in diverse communities.
(3) EDU 506. Psychological Foundations
This course focuses on explanations of how people learn, including people representing ethnic and cultural diversity. Learning theories and research are included with an emphasis on practical applications, such as methods used to improve learning and teaching, and how learning relates to motivation, personality, development, creativity, and perception. Consideration of developmental needs associated with childhood, adolescence, and the young adult years within grades PreK-12 will be examined. Additionally, application of learning theories and practice to adult learning and motivation will be explored. Connections to current brain-based research and its application to learning are incorporated throughout the course.