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School of Teaching and Learning

Course Code
STL 226  Credits
Title Social Studies Content for Elementary Teachers 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description In this course, students will receive background on the content of social studies with special emphases on the fields of geography, history, government and economics, which are the backbone of the elementary and middle school social studies curriculum. Other parts of the social studies will also be discussed. In addition, students will receive background on the history, government and culture of Minnesota's American Indian groups. 



Course Code
STL 230  Credits
Title Child Development and Learning for Teachers 
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Description This course explores the growth, development and learning of children from conception through adolescence. This course examines influences on child development including culture, family, community, and policy and practices. The relationship between development and learning is explored along with implications for teaching.  



Course Code
STL 291  Credits
Title Early Literacy 
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Description This course provides the learner with an overview of early literacy development in children ages birth to 6. Attention will be focused on the continuum of early literacy development; the relationship between language acquisition and early literacy; the importance of promoting literacy development in all children, particularly those with special needs; the impact of sociological and cultural factors on literacy development; and the wide variety of home and school experiences that provide children with a solid foundation of success for learning to read and write. 



Course Code
STL 295  Credits
Title Foundations of Language and Literacy 
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Description This course examines language and early literacy development in children from birth to age six. Emphasis is given to the relationship between language acquisition and early literacy, the impact of sociological and cultural factors on early literacy development, and the wide variety of home and school experiences that provide children with a solid foundation of success for learning to read and write. This course includes an introduction to the five pillars of reading, with a particular emphasis on phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary. 



Course Code
STL 325  Credits
Title Principles of Inclusive and Responsive Teaching: Technology Emphasis 
Prerequisite SPED 225 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course will explore principles necessary for successful inclusion across elementary settings. Effective use of technology and assistive technology to support student needs will be a special emphasis of the course. The course will also cover communication strategies, working with English Language Learners, and other students with diverse needs in order to create inclusive educational environments. 



Course Code
STL 327  Credits
Title Technology in Education 
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Description This course provides a balanced look at technology and its effect on people and society by reviewing social, legal, ethical, and human issues faced by educators and students. Teacher candidates will work with various instructional technologies to explore communication, collaboration, instruction and assessment in P-12 classrooms. The course will discuss protection of intellectual property and safety/privacy issues in the use of educational technologies. 



Course Code
STL 341  Credits
Title Reading and Writing Methods PreK-3 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description First in a series of two methods courses where candidates will learn and apply knowledge and pedagogy that supports the development of reading and writing in young children. By knowing and understanding the ages and stages of literacy development, candidates will begin to explore effective instructional practices focusing on integrating the five areas of reading within a balanced literacy instructional framework for primary age children. A response to intervention approach to instruction will be integrated so candidates will engage in instructional best practices to meet all children's unique learning needs. 



Course Code
STL 365  Credits
Title Responsive Teaching I: Learning Environments and Differentiation 
Prerequisite STL 325 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course will focus on teaching students with diverse needs in a variety of settings. The course is designed for both regular and special educators to gain knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to best practices for teaching in inclusive environments – including a strong emphasis on differentiated instruction, universal design for learning and collaboration. This course serves as a methods course for education majors; therefore, an emphasis will be placed on students connecting theory to practice and strategies into teaching practice. 



Course Code
STL 380  Credits
Title Models of Teaching and Assessment 
Prerequisite STL 325 
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Description Teacher candidates will learn how assessment and instruction are tied together in providing appropriate instruction based on student need. Models of teaching will be studied and lesson plans will be developed using a variety of instructional models. Candidates will be introduced to principles and methods of effective and appropriate assessment that apply to children grades K-6 and across multiple subject areas. Additionally, in this course, the candidate continues to develop an understanding of how students learn and how students develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally via differentiation and classroom environment supports. Candidates will continue to consider the need for adapting instruction to meet individualized learning needs. 



Course Code
STL 388  Credits
Title Classroom Assessment 
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Description In this course, we examine assessment broadly as we examine principles of effective and appropriate assessment that apply to children from birth to grade eight and across multiple subject areas. Principles of assessment taught in this course include: assessment for learning, assessment of learning, users of assessment, purposes of assessment, bias, validity, reliability, assessment targets and methods, and standardized vs. informal assessment. This course also provides an overview of the major types of assessment methods used by classroom teachers to evaluate student performance and improve instruction. Specifically, the course will address the use, construction, and interpretation of assessments that utilize the following methods: selected response, essay, performance, and personal communication. We will assess students' dispositions as well as the examination and basic interpretation of standardized tests. 



Course Code
STL 390  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in STL 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is an upper division topical course which may be repeated when the topic changes. 



Course Code
STL 395  Credits
Title Literacy Methods I 
Prerequisite STL 295 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course focuses on methods of literacy instruction for teaching children in preschool to grade three. Emphasis is placed on instructional strategies to support readers and writers across the five pillars of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension) within a comprehensive literacy framework. This course builds upon the content and concepts related to the five pillars introduced in STL 295. Further, this course includes a strong emphasis on the role of assessment in the teaching and learning process and exposes candidates to a variety of literacy assessments. 



Course Code
STL 413  Credits
Title Effective Teaching 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description In this course, the candidate continues to develop an understanding of how students learn and how students develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Candidates will understand how to meet the needs of culturally and/or developmentally diverse learners across the scope and content of the curriculum. Candidates will identify and design instructional approaches which nurture critical thinking skills, model problem solving, and encourage student achievement. The candidate will develop, implement, and evaluate lesson plans which meet the individual and developmental needs of learners. Candidates will explore the use of educational technology for motivation, instruction, and assessment. Candidates will model effective and respectful communication techniques. The candidate will understand the role of special education and the varying models of special education services including co-teaching with the general education teacher. The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the role of the individual education plan for students with identified special education needs and the role of the classroom teacher in adapting instruction and curriculum according to the IEP. 



Course Code
STL 428  Credits
Title Building Partnerships 
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Description This course will focus on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for building relationships in the field of education. Understanding issues faced by contemporary families and their relationship to schools will be studied. Barriers, strategies, communication, consultation and cross-cultural sensitivity are covered. The teacher's role in building effective relationships with families and other professionals is emphasized. 



Course Code
STL 441  Credits
Title Children's Literature: Content and Methods 
Prerequisite SPED 225, STL 395  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course requires close reading and study of children's literature--folktales, myth, hero tales, picture books, poetry, modern fantasy, informational text and realism. Emphasis is placed on the nature of children's literature, literature from diverse cultures, criteria for selection, and strategies for reading/teaching literature as a content field in the elementary school.  



Course Code
STL 442  Credits
Title Advanced Reading and Writing Methods PreK-3 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is the second methods course for teaching reading and writing to primary age children. In this course candidates will deepen their knowledge of how to effectively teach reading and writing in the primary grades. STL 442 includes a strong emphasis on the role of assessment in the teaching and learning process, exposes candidates to a variety of literacy assessments, and continues to build their understanding of a response to intervention approach to instruction. 



Course Code
STL 443  Credits
Title Learning Environment 
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Description In this course, students will be instructed on the impact the physical, social, communicative, academic, and behavioral needs of the classroom community. During this course, candidates will demonstrate competencies drawn from the MN Board of Teaching standards. Competencies associated with this course will be applied and evaluated in a rigorous field experience. 



Course Code
STL 452E  Credits 1-2 
Title Senior Level Field Experience 
Prerequisite Successful completion of all previous practicum experiences.  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Supervised field experience for Elementary Inclusive Education students. This experience takes place the semester just before student teaching. Students will demonstrate proficiency in knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to successfully student teach the following semester. 



Course Code
STL 465  Credits
Title Responsive Teaching II: Collaboration and Team Decision Making 
Prerequisite STL 365; STL 395; STL 380; STL 495; STL 476; MATH 406 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Students will be expected to apply principles of effective inclusive environments in authentic settings and reflect upon their practices. An emphasis of the course will be collaboration, parent and professional relationships, and making decisions as a team to meet the needs of individual learners in inclusive settings. Students will have extensive opportunities to plan differentiated lessons considering needs outlined in Individualized Education Plans and using grade-level content standards 



Course Code
STL 474  Credits
Title Methods in Teaching Elementary Science and Environmental Education 
Prerequisite PSCI 170 GEOS 170 BIOL 370 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Methods course for teaching science and environment education in elementary settings. Emphasizes inquiry learning, methods of instruction and assessment, place-based environmental education, integration across the curriculum, safety, and responsiveness to student diversity. Recommended Corequisite: STL 476