EDUC 100 • Introduction to Education (3 units)
This course explores the role of education and teaching in modern American Society. Current political and social issues and their impact on schools will be addressed. Career opportunities and expectations for teachers will be discussed. Students will be encouraged to assess and reflect upon their own educational experiences, skills, and learning styles as they interact with current practitioners and education literature. Students will complete a 15-hour fieldwork component. May not be taken concurrently with EDUC 315. Must be passed with a “C” (not “C-“) or better to fulfill the Liberal Studies major requirement.
EDUC 220C • Researched Writing for Liberal Studies Majors (3 units)
This course serves as an introduction to topics and issues in the field of education for Liberal Studies majors. Students will be guided in thinking about and moving toward their future role as a teacher. Students will be taught how to read and comprehend research in education and to write research papers from a place of understanding the context, process, and audience for research writing. This course focuses on the process of writing in APA style. Must be passed with a “C” (not “C-”) or better to fulfill the core curriculum requirement.
EDUC 291, 292, 293 • Special Topic (1-3 units)
Study of a special topic in Liberal Studies. May be repeated for credits.
EDUC 305 • Tutoring in an Urban Setting (1-3 units)
Directed tutoring of elementary and secondary students in selected tutorial centers/schools located in urban settings. Enrollees must complete thirty hours of supervised tutoring in an approved urban tutorial center or school site for each unit. Written critical incident reports will be required. Limited enrollment by permission only. See the Chair of the Department of Liberal Studies for further information.
EDUC 315 • Teaching in a Multicultural Setting (3 units)
Prerequisite: EDUC 100. This course provides the philosophical background and classroom experience necessary to introduce a person to the teaching profession in a public or private school in a multicultural environment. The purpose of the class is to assist the student to gain an understanding of the resources and challenges facing a teacher serving a linguistically and culturally diverse student population. Discussion will focus on educational research and the philosophical, historical, and demographic developments of American education. Students will complete a 30- hour fieldwork component to observe classroom management and organization, Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE) instructional practices, and the curricula of grades K-12. The role and function of Christian beliefs and values in the public school will be integrated throughout the course. This course is a prerequisite requirement for the VU Multiple and Single Subject Credential programs. Must be a Junior or Senior to register. May not be taken concurrently with EDUC 100.
EDUC 330 • Integrating Technology into Classroom Teaching (3 units)
A study of the nature and use of technology in the educational process. An emphasis is placed on both teachers and students utilizing a variety of technology to enhance a content standards based curriculum. Topics studied include: computers, interactive white boards, scanners, digital cameras, PDA’s, digital projection, software, word processing, PowerPoint, and other technology that assists educators or is currently used with students in K-12 classrooms. This course meets the Level One technology standards for a California teaching credential.
EDUC/CFST 441 • Philosophy of the Christian School (1 unit)
A study of the philosophy of Christian education with an emphasis on its comparison to that used in public, pluralistic education. Also an introduction to the goals, founding, function, and organizational structure of pre-, elementary, and secondary schools. (Meets ACSI credential requirement.)
ENGL 453 • Language, Culture, and Linguistics (3 units)
Prerequisite: EDUC 315; may be taken concurrently; requires senior standing. A survey of the acquisition and use of language within a cultural context. It examines the relationship of language to culture, language acquisition, and language analysis or linguistics, emphasizing the utility of such knowledge for educators. Stress is given to understanding language’s reciprocal relation with culture, the nature of language systems, and linguistic analysis to enable educators a better comprehension of second language acquisition within learning environments.
EDUC 455 • Teaching Assistantship in Education (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: EDUC 315. This course will give the student opportunity for working as a teaching assistant in a local school. Included will be direct instruction of individuals and small groups. With permission of the supervising teacher, the student may conduct some whole-class instruction. Limited enrollment by permission only. See the chair of the Department of Liberal Studies for further information.
EDUC 470 • Special Topics (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and department chair. Study of a special topic dealing with education. May be repeated for credit.
EDUC 480 • Individual Studies (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: EDUC 315 and consent of the instructor and department chair. May be repeated for credit.
EDUC 490 • Seminar in Education (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: EDUC 315 and consent of the instructor and department chair. Mutual investigation of one topic in education studies of particular relevance to upper division liberal studies majors. May be repeated for credit.
EDUC 499C • Senior Capstone Seminar (3 units)
Students will investigate key ideas from the California Curriculum Frameworks and the California Student Academic Content Standards. Students will address the integration of faith and learning and identify how this integration has deepened their understanding of each subject area. They will also demonstrate their competence in each of the major multiple subject matter areas by substantiating how their life, academic and fieldwork experiences have prepared them to understand each area.
*This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.