KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE PROPOSAL New Course (NOT General Education) I. Proposed Information Course Prefix and Number: EDUC 2130 Course Title: Exploring Teaching and Learning Credit Hours (format should be # - # - #): 3 - 10 - 3 Prerequisites: None (Prerequisites are courses or requirements that non-negotiable and must be successfully completed by any student before enrolling in the course or program under consideration. Corequisites are courses that can be taken before or in the same semester as the course under consideration. Courses at the upper-division level will require lower-division competencies or prerequisites.) Course Description for the Catalog: This course explores key aspects of learning and teaching through examining your own learning processes and those of others, with the goal of applying your knowledge to enhance the learning of all students in a variety of educational settings and contexts. Includes 10 hours of observation and participation in an elementary, middle grades, secondary or P-12 educational setting. Verification of professional liability insurance is required prior to receiving a school placement. II. Justification for Course A. Explain assessment findings which led to course development. This course was proposed by the University System Board of Regents for all P-12 certification program. Implementing this course in Area F of the program requirements will improve the matriculation of students from two-year institutions and transfer students with the University of Georgia System. B. Explain for Prerequisites: 1. What is the substance of content in each prerequisite that commands its inclusion as a prerequisite to the proposed course? None 2. What is the desired sequence of prerequisites? 3. What is the rationale for requiring the above sequence of prerequisites? 4. How often are the required prerequisites offered? C. Give any other justification for the course. 1 Form updated Spring 2006. III. Additional Information A. Where does this course fit sequentially and philosophically within the program of study. This course will be taken in Area F of the Program Requirements. B. What efforts have been made to ensure that this course does not duplicate the content of other college courses with similar titles, purposes, or content? This course is one of three new courses designed to meet the needs of pre-service educational majors. Successful completion of this course is required for admission into the program. Similar Area F courses will be deleted. C. Where will the course be located in the program (elective, required in Area F, required or elective for the major)? Indicate and justify its placement in the curriculum. This course will be in Area F. D. How often will this course be offered? This course will be offered each semester. E. All sections of the course will be taught with the understanding that the following apply: 1. Purpose of the Course See statement on attached syllabus. 2. Objectives of the Course a. How have I myself (i.e., the teacher candidate) learned in school, and how do I learn most effectively? b. How do student factors (e.g., motivation, family and cultural background, temperament and learning preferences, prior knowledge and experiences) impact student learning in educational settings? c. How do teaching practices and instructional structures impact student learning in educational settings? d. How do other factors in the learning environment impact student learning in educational settings? e. How may I use this knowledge as a future educational professional to inform my professional planning and decision-making so as to maximize learning of all types in all students? 3. Course Content 4. This course will include the following core content at ALL USG institutions, but different institutions and instructors may also include additional content at their discretion, to most effectively address the needs of their specific student populations. 5. b. Major learning theories, including Behaviorism, Information processing and neuroscience, Piagetian and Vygotksian theory 6. c. Motivation theory 7. d. Sources and effects of student diversity in learning needs and preferences 8. e. Developmental aspects of learning 9. f. Outside environmental influences on learners, including culture, family structure and background, home language, SES, and peers. 10. g. Effects of teacher beliefs and expectations on learners, including the need to avoid bias and stereotyping 11. h. Elements of effective educational environments for all learners, including teacher/student and student/student relationships and classroom management. 2 Form updated Spring 2006. PEDAGOGICAL GUIDELINES: F. What instructional methodologies will be incorporated into the course to stimulate group process, writing skills, multiculturalism, and educational outcomes? PEDAGOGICAL GUIDELINES: Faculty teaching this course will deliberately and explicitly model instruction derived from the learning principles they are teaching, by engaging students in a variety of contextualized, active learning opportunities designed to address the needs of diverse students within the class, such as case-based activities, small- and whole-group on-line or face-to-face discussions, paired learning, and project-based learning (see resource examples in attached document). Students will experience a minimum of 10 hours of field-based learning in authentic settings outside of the classroom; this learning will be specifically and reflectively connected to core course content. . G. Outline the plan for continuous course assessment. What are the department, school, college, or professional standards which will be used for the assessment? How will it be determined that the course is current, meeting the educational needs of students and responsive to educational standards? How often will the course assessment be done by the department? Student learning of core course content will be assessed through multiple means in diverse contexts. H. REQUIRED SYLLABUS CONTENTS (See Faculty Handbook on page 3.10 for details about KSU syllabi.) 1) Course Prefix Number and Title EDUC 2130 2) Instructor: To be Determined Office: Telephone: 3) Learning Objectives See attached. 4) Text(s) See attached. 5) Course Requirements/Assignments See attached 6) Evaluation and Grading 7) Weekly Schedule of Topics 8) Academic Honesty Statement 9) Attendance Policy 3 Form updated Spring 2006. IV. Resources and Funding Required A. What resources will be redirected to accommodate this course? No additional funding will be needed since this course replaces former Area F. Existing faculty will be assigned new courses. B. Explain what items will cause additional cost to the department/school/college. Personnel Computer Technology Library resources Equipment Space 4 Form updated Spring 2006. V. COURSE MASTER FORM This form will be completed by the requesting department and will be sent to the Office of the Registrar once the course has been approved by the Office of the President. The form is required for all new courses. DISCIPLINE: COURSE NUMBER: COURSE TITLE FOR LABEL: (Note: Limit 30 spaces) CLASS-LAB-CREDIT HOURS: - Approval, Effective Semester: Fall Grades Allowed (Regular or S/U): Regular - If course used to satisfy CPC, what areas? Learning Support Programs courses which are required as prerequisites: APPROVED: ________________________________________________________________________________ Vice President for Academic Affairs or Designee 5 Form updated Spring 2006. KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE PROPOSAL New Course (NOT General Education) Course Prefix and Number: Responsible Department: Proposed Effective Date: Signature Page Submitted by: Name Approved Not Approved Approved Not Approved Approved Not Approved Approved Approved Date Department Curriculum Committee Date General Education Council* Date Professional Teacher Education Unit Program Area* Date Department Chair Date Not Approved Not Approved College/School Curriculum Committee AND/OR Teacher Education Council* Date Approved Approved Approved Not Approved College/School Dean Date Undergraduate Policies and Curriculum Committee Date Dean of University College Date Not Approved Not Approved *For curriculum proposals involving General Education courses, there should be collaboration by the Department Curriculum Committee and the General Education Council. For Teacher Preparation proposals, there should be collaboration by the Department Curriculum Committee, the Professional Teacher Education Unit (PTEU) Program Area Committee, the Teacher Education Council, and the College/School Curriculum Committee. 6 Form updated Spring 2006.