Secondary Education: Biology Certification
Required Courses for the Secondary Education: Biology Certification
Foundations for Teaching (15 credits)
Note: The student will select either EDU 500 Classroom/Behavior Management or EDU 529 Positive Behavioral Supports.
- EDU 500
Behavior Management Techniques3 credits
This course addresses theories and principles of behavior management for classrooms. Models of discipline and motivation and their applications to classrooms are a central focus with an emphasis on establishing positive learning environments through use of appropriate behavior management techniques. The student chooses one approach to classroom/behavior management to explore in depth. Topics and activities apply to all levels, regular and special education, from preschool through secondary.
- EDU 529
Enhancing Student Achievement through Positive Behavioral Supports3 credits
This course focuses upon positive school climate and productive behavior of diverse students in inclusive, educational settings. A major component of this course is the study of research-validated practices that support classroom management and school-wide management procedures. A framework of effective behavior supports is applied that maximizes achievement and socialization for school-wide, classroom, and individualized programs. Emphasis is placed upon the teacher’s role in developing and sustaining student motivation, self-regulation, and resiliency. Importance of collaboration with colleagues, administration, family, and community will also be addressed.
- EDU 541
Frameworks for Learning3 credits
This course deals with the application of psychological principles that promote the learning of individuals and groups. Knowledge from previous classes is built upon through an emphasis on the application of theories of learning into the classrooms, the importance of meeting individual differences in today’s diverse classrooms, incorporating classroom assessment into the learning process, and the implications for instruction, development, and design.
- EDU 542
The Teacher as Leader3 credits
This course will examine the changing role of the teacher in contemporary schools. Students will learn leadership skills and methods for impacting educational organizations. Students will be introduced to strategies for creating a climate for new ideas.
- EDU 586
Studies in Disability and Exceptionality
This course is based on extensive study in areas of
disability and society, disability and the media, and the
civil rights quest of people with disabilities. Students will
attend speaker forums of experts in disabilities, will be
involved in meetings of a conference or organized
advocacy group, and prepare their own presentations on
appropriate topics to gain multiple perspectives of
ability/disability and an understanding of exceptionality
and disability culture.
- PSY 200
Developmental Psychology3 credits
A study of the nature of human development across the life span. The course covers the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of the individual for each of the major developmental periods: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The psychosocial experience of aging and death is also examined.
Teaching Methods (12 credits)
- CIS 103
Microcomputer Applications in Education3 credits
Provides an introduction to the uses of technology in an educational setting. Emphasis of the course will be on integrating technology with classroom instruction. Students will learn skills related to word processing, spreadsheets and presentations as well as to evolving internet-based technologies. Promoting life-long learning and an understanding of the legal and ethical use of computer/technology resources will be an integral part of the course.
- EDU 223
Introduction to Classroom Assessment3 credits
This course will introduce a variety of educational
assessment strategies used to inform instructional
decisions. Students will explore the many forms of
assessment including authentic/embedded assessment,
formal and informal assessment tools, group achievement
measures, and the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP).
Special attention will be given to the use of assessment
data to improve classroom teaching, to enhance
instructional planning for a diverse student population,
and to share information with various constituencies.
Prerequisites: EDU 203; EDU 200.
- EDU 350
Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Areas2 credits ; 3 credits for Pathways
Focuses on methods to enable secondary students to interact with content texts. Emphasis is on strategies for teaching vocabulary, concepts, comprehension, reasoning, and organization in specialty subject areas. Prerequisite: EDU 201.
- EDU 597
The Instructional Process3 hours
This course, taken the last semester prior to student
teaching/field experience, will build upon the previous
work in the MAT program related to curriculum/
instructional planning; understanding diverse learners and
differentiating instruction; the use of technology, behavior
management; reading strategies, etc. into a coherent
method for planning, delivering and assessing instruction.
Candidates will be provided instruction in the
instructional processes and products needed to complete
the culminating project for teacher certification.
Candidates will be required to present a model unit plan
which incorporates all factors of the instructional process
and work with a classroom teacher at the appropriate level
of certification to validate that model.
Methods Course Applicable to Certification Area (2 credits)
- BIO 371
Teaching of Science in Middle and Secondary School2 credits
Application of principles of teaching science on the
middle and secondary school level; examination of various
approaches to presenting hands-on activities. Prerequisites;
BIO 108 or BIO 112
32 credit hours with appropriate distribution as determined by the educator preparation institution
Clinical Experiences (13 credits)
* Certification candidates must also complete an appropriate program of study in their chosen content area, six (6) hours of which must be taken at Fontbonne University. Transcripts are forwarded to the appropriate department for review of content to establish individual program needs.
- EDU 531
The Contemporary Classroom3 credits
This course offers an intensive overview of the contemporary classroom. The student will observe classrooms at the level of certification sought and reflect on those observations. Students will gain an understanding of the overall context of the classroom and its relationship to the role of education in society. The course is calculated to assist post-BA students, aspiring to enter the teaching profession, to arrive at an informed decision regarding this career choice. Thirty (30) hours of observation are required in addition to class attendance. Background Check Required.
- EDU 450
Student Teaching at the Elementary Level*
(See below for requirements in other areas.)
Minimum of twelve weeks of full-day sessions in directed
observation and teaching in an elementary setting, to
include conferences with principals, cooperating teachers,
and college supervisors. Students may enroll for
additional weeks for additional credit, up to sixteen
credits. Early childhood majors, in addition to their preschool/kindergarten
assignment, enroll for minimum of
six credit hours of elementary experience. Special
Education majors, in addition to their special education
assignment, enroll for a minimum of four credit hours
elementary experience. Art majors must enroll for two
credits (four weeks) at the elementary level, in addition to
their secondary assignment. Prerequisite: Admission to
teacher certification candidacy. Background
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