Courses in the Secondary Education Program
M-CS 101 Education Seminar (0) Required of all freshmen intending to enter one of the teacher education programs. The seminar sessions will help the student explore the many facets of teaching both as a ministry and as a profession. Self-evaluative and reflective activities and field experiences will be used to help the student solidify his or her decision related to entering an FBBC teacher preparation program. An overview of the requirements for each program will be presented, and the required entrance and grammar test for each program will be given through this course. A required component of the seminar is planning for three days of field experiences.
M-CS 104 Educational Technology (1) Required for all freshmen intending to enter one of the teacher education programs. Overviews the Faith performance-based teacher preparation program as well as the Chalk & Wire e-portfolio system used for portfolio development. A required component of the seminars is field experiences with related observation and reflective reports.
M-CS 201 Foundations of Education (3) A survey and study of the American school system including the development of the Christian school movement. It presents a biblical philosophy of life and the application of that philosophy to Christian education so that candidates can begin to develop their own philosophy of education. Candidates will be introduced to a foundational knowledge base of education including theories of development and learning, curriculum, instructional approaches, and the learning environment. Issues in public and Christian school education will be addressed and discussed. A clinical experience related to the goals of this course will also be required.
M-CS 205 Adolescent Growth & Development (2) A study of the theories and principles of the physical, mental, emotional, social, personality, and spiritual development of the adolescent. Students will gain a better understanding of the complexity of the developing adolescent and will realize the influence that various individuals and cultures can have upon youth. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology and Counseling
M-CS 206 Secondary Methods and Materials (3) Background in the goals, materials, and methods of secondary school teaching. The fundamental skills of instructional planning, Biblical integration, and classroom management are the central focus. Emphasis is also placed on effective communication in lesson presentation, questioning techniques, and teaching of concepts. A working knowledge of available resources and the preparation and use of educational technologies are also stressed.
M-CS 207 Human Relations for Teachers (2) Studies the Christian teacher's relationship to people of various identifiable subgroups in our pluralistic society and the impact of biases on an individual's ability to properly relate to others. Biblical principles related to human relations will be integrated in a variety of learning activities that will promote the development of social skills, a proper self-concept, and a respect for God-created human diversity.
G-HU 205 Adolescent Literature (2) A study of literature written for and read by adolescents. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of adolescent literature, methods for choosing books related to reading interest levels, promoting reading as an enjoyable and meaningful activity, and developing competence in presenting literature to adolescents.
G-HU 208 World Literature (3) A survey of world literature including various forms of prose, poetry, and drama by European and American authors as well as works by Greek, Roman, Chinese, Indian, and Japanese authors. In addition, a few Russian and Islamic authors will also be studied. By comparing literary works from the Western and non-Western world, students will begin to understand cultural views and traditions other than their own as well as note themes common to all people as expressed in their literature.
M-CS 209 Clinical Practice Seminar I, II (0) Required of all sophomores intending to enter one of the teacher education programs. The requirements of the performance-based teacher preparation program will be reviewed with a special emphasis upon the required field experiences. The students will begin to develop their electronic portfolios, and sophomore-level field experience requirements will be discussed and emphasized. English and math proficiency exams will be administered during these class sessions.
G-CO 305 Advanced Grammar and Linguistics (3) An intensive study of the theory and structure of the English language including form and syntax as well as an introduction to English phonology and morphology.
G-HU 305 American Masterpieces (3) A survey of the great American writers from the colonial period to the present. Samples of various authors' works will be reviewed in terms of how they reflect the historical period in which they were written. In addition, the relevance of these works to the Christian school curriculum and the spiritual values portrayed in them will be examined.
G-HU 305 English Masterpieces I (3) A study of English literature from the Middle Ages though the Enlightenment. Under consideration will be the social and cultural conditions in which these people wrote, the reflections of God and religion found in their writing, and their influence on western culture. Students will read, discuss, analyze, and evaluate representative works of prose, poetry, and drama.
G-HU 306 English Masterpieces II (3) A study of English literature during the Romantic Period, the Victorian Age, and the Twentieth Century. Under consideration will be the social and cultural conditions in which these authors wrote, the reflection of God and religion found in their writing, and their influence on western civilization. Students will have the opportunity to read, discuss, analyze, and evaluate representative works of prose, poetry, and drama in relation to these literary periods.
G-CO 308 Creative Writing (2) Enhances a student's written communication skills by giving him/her the opportunity to create original works of prose, poetry, and drama. Pre-writing activities, drafting and revising skills, and editing and proofreading techniques will help the student toward the goal of producing clear, concise, and professional pieces of writing. In addition, the course will assist the English education major in developing creative writing ideas for use in his/her future classroom.
M-CS 309, 310 Clinical Practice Seminar III, IV (0) Required of all juniors who are working toward a degree in one of the teacher education programs. The requirements of the performance-based teacher preparation program will be reviewed with a special emphasis upon the required field experiences. The students will update their electronic portfolios, and junior level field experience requirements will be discussed and emphasized.
M-CS 405 The Exceptional Learner (4) An overview of the historical and legislative background of special education and of student diversity and surveys the categories of exceptionalities covered by IDEA. Current issues in special education are discussed from a biblical perspective. Special emphasis is given to educational concerns of children with learning disabilities and ELL and to the research-based strategies recommended for effective instruction of these special learners.
M-CS 407 Music in the Elementary Classroom (2) A study of the music skills and concepts that are used in elementary schools. Students become familiar with the varying age characteristics from kindergarten through sixth grade, along with the musical applications for each age group. Integrating music within the general classroom setting as well as appropriate music-related activities and games are emphasized. Additional topics include: philosophy; practical study of singing; accompanying children with the piano/keyboard, and/or guitar and autoharp; and the design and delivery of effective lesson plans. Elementary Education majors with adequate musical background may be admitted to M-CS 409, Teaching Elementary Music, upon recommendation of the instructor. That course satisfies the requirements of M-CS 407. Prerequisite: M-CS 202 Elementary Teaching Methods and Materials
M-CS 408 Content Area Reading in the Secondary (2) An examination of reading skills and instructional needs of secondary level students with emphasis on teaching and management techniques for a range of reading levels including comprehensive strategies, basic study skills, coordination of reading instruction, and recreational reading.
G-CO 409 Senior Writing (1) Designed for secondary English education seniors and has a two-fold purpose. First, students will review and practice several rhetorical modes, using the principles of expository writing, and refine their skills in the composition process, including prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. Second, students will examine some of the methods for teaching and assessing writing at the secondary level.
M-CS 412 Student Teaching Seminar (0) A practical discussion of topics related to teaching in the Christian school as final preparation for student teaching. Topics covered include discipline and classroom management techniques, adjustments and transitions into full-time teaching responsibilities, the cooperating teacher, the college supervisor, responsibilities of the student teacher, and placement practices. In addition, the seminar will function as an opportunity for reflective assessments following the student teaching experience.
M-CS 414 Christian School Teaching (Student Teaching) (10) A full-time, fourteen-week assignment during which time the student teacher is under the guidance of an experienced, properly credentialed cooperating teacher. Following an orientation period during which the student teacher observes and gradually assumes teacher-related duties, the student teacher will transition into full-time teaching for several weeks. The student teacher will be responsible for all phases of the instructional process and is expected to follow the daily schedule and duties of the cooperating teacher. For those earning eligibility for the K-8 Reading Endorsement, the student teacher will be placed in settings in which he/she can apply the knowledge and skills learned in the endorsement program coursework. A significant portion of the 14-week experience will be devoted to literacy instruction. The student teacher will observe and assist in assessment, diagnosis and remediation of students' reading and writing weaknesses. Participation in small group and individual instruction and assessment in reading will be required. Three of the ten course credits will be devoted to the reading endorsement requirements
M-CS 419 Praxis: Theory to Practice (3) A review of the principles and theories of teaching and learning in preparation for the student teaching experience. Topics of classroom management, discipline, classroom assessment, and standardized testing will be emphasized. The capstone requirement for this course is a 40-hour practicum in which the candidates will demonstrate their readiness for the student teaching experience.
M-CS 429 Teaching Secondary English/Language Arts (2) Prepares the teacher candidate for teaching English/Language Arts in the middle school or high school. Curriculum development, unit/lesson plan preparation, and methods for teaching grammar, composition, and literature are presented. Candidates will prepare a 4-6-week unit for use in student teaching and/or later teaching situations.
G-PE 610 Human Growth and Development (1) Helps prospective coaches and teachers gain an understanding of the basic concepts of the growth and development of students in the 5th through 12th grades who participate in school-sponsored athletics. Course participants will learn of how and when physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development occurs and how this development affects learning, behavior, and performance. The course material will be presented from a Biblical perspective and will model a proactive approach and promote the ethical standards for coaching outlined by the State of Iowa Board of Examiners.
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