2016-2017 Educational Studies Courses

EDUC 200/300 Special Topics (1-4)
Timely topics in education are presented as appropriate to students’ interests and changes in the field of education.
EDUC 322 Serious Games, Gamification, and Beyond (3)
Gaming has become an important pathway for learning in a variety of formal and non-formal settings. In this course students learn the differences between gamification, game-based learning, and learning games and how to use these formats effectively. Students connect learning theories to game design to enhance motivation and learning. Students make use of research on learning through gaming and design a game-based learning unit. Ethical issues involved in the field will be explored.
EDUC 340 Methods of Teaching Secondary School World Languages (3)
This course introduces secondary teaching students to the curriculum, instruction, and assessment related to secondary world languages. This course emphasizes differentiating instruction for secondary world language learners by researching, discussing, and analyzing strategies and materials, the learner’s profile, and students’ lived histories. Throughout the course, students will problem solve, conduct document analyses, engage in group discussions, write scenarios, analyze teaching videos, and reflect.
EDUC 350 Environmental Education (3)
This course explores the range of non-formal environmental education programs for youth and adults and introduces research about these programs. Students learn methods for design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and articulate a personal philosophy of environmental education. Students explore the interactive relationship between economic, political, and social systems and environmental education programs.
EDUC 352 Management of Nonprofit Organizations (4)
The course provides an overview of the history, development, role, auspices, organization, strategies, and purposes of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and the world. Emphasis is placed on structure, planning, policies, organizational leadership/management, governance, stewardship, resource development, community building, advocacy, volunteer services, and problems that face nonprofits. The course addresses social, political, economic, cultural and ideological issues.
EDUC 353 Corporate Training and Workplace Learning (3)
This course explores various approaches to teaching/learning in the workplace, including Training, Human Resource Development, and Workplace Learning. Students will learn skills for facilitating learning and for training trainers. Ethical issues in the field will be discussed.
EDUC 354 Administrative Leadership (3)
This course teaches basic leadership and management skills for students administering educational programs or organizations. Approaches to leadership, budgeting and financial management, assessment, and personnel practices will be explored and connected to tasks and issues in students’ workplaces.
EDUC 356 Online Teaching and Learning (3)
Students will identify how they and others learn using the internet. They will participate in the development of online learning materials and follow best practices in instructional design to identify learning outcomes, design appropriate learning materials for a type of learner, develop effective learning materials, implement online instruction, and evaluate the effectiveness of the learning process. Learners will also participate in learning technologies that help engage online students and teach others how to use these technologies.
EDUC 390 Educational Research Methods (4)
This course provides an introduction to research methods and research design. Students will learn basic skills in interpreting quantitative data and develop their skills in qualitative research methods. Students will design a final research project or creative project which integrates the knowledge and skills learned throughout the program and which benefits an education-related organization or effort. Prerequisites: WCSAM 110.
EDUC 401 Directed Studies (1-4)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Education Program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.
EDUC 440 Internship (1-8)
Internships offer students the opportunity to learn by working and reflecting on learning in an education-related organizational setting. Students collaborate with the host organization and the faculty advisor to develop goals for the learning experience. Students document their progress toward achievement of the goals, reflect on their learning, and report implications for their understanding of their field and career goals. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor) and consent of program director and Career Center internship coordinator.
EDUC 495 Senior Thesis/Project (4)
Students complete the thesis or creative project designed in EDUC 390 and learn skills for data analysis and presentation of research findings. Students complete a program portfolio and participate in college-wide sharing of their learning portfolio. Prerequisite: Senior standing and EDUC 390 or pre- or co-requisite EDUC 440.

 

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