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General Course Information for TED636: Methods: Mathematics-Science

Course: TED636 - Methods: Mathematics-Science
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: Multiple subject curriculum development in teaching math and science using State of California content standards. The course emphasizes content-specific teaching practices, lesson design, and assessment of student learning used to provide access to the curriculum for all students. This course requires four-hours of field experiences in a K6 classroom.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze three research, self-selected articles dealing with math or science found in the educational literature and research.
  • Analyze five of eight school-based curricular documents in terms of curriculum, curricular decision-making, forces driving curricular decisions; curriculum ideologies/conceptions; and its usual curricular design (and process, if possible).
  • Analyze instructional strategies for teaching K6 mathematics by focusing on the implementation of strategies, examples, lessons learned, and influences on future teaching practices.
  • Analyze instructional strategies for teaching K6 science by focusing on the implementation of strategies, examples, lessons learned, and influences on future teaching practices.
  • Write an analytical paper based on student-learning data obtained from a designed and implemented assessment instrument focused on a K-6 textbook (math and/or science).
  • Create a one week Unit Plan in a K-6 mathematics or science academic content area. Design a K6 standards-based, mathematics lesson plan and provide rationales for all lesson plan elements.
  • Design a K6 standards-based, science lesson plan and provide rationales for all lesson plan elements.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Master of Education with a Preliminary Multiple or Single Subjects Teaching Credential and Internship Option (California)
    • Analyze the application of educational research, evidence-based practices, and academic writing.
    • Integrate knowledge and abilities in assessing all P12 learners, including those with diverse learning needs.
    • Integrate knowledge and abilities in being a legal, ethical, and professional educator for all P12 learners, including those with diverse learning needs.
    • Integrate knowledge and abilities in designing/planning learning experiences for all P12 learners, including those with diverse learning needs.
    • Integrate knowledge and abilities in engaging/supporting all P12 learners, including those with diverse learning needs.
    • Integrate knowledge and abilities in making subject matter comprehensible for all P12 learners, including those with diverse learning needs.
  • Preliminary Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Program with Internship Option (California)
    • Integrate knowledge and abilities in assessing all P12 learners, including those with diverse learning needs.
    • Integrate knowledge and abilities in being a legal, ethical, and professional educator for all P12 learners, including those with diverse learning needs.
    • Integrate knowledge and abilities in designing/planning learning experiences for all P12 learners, including those with diverse learning needs.
    • Integrate knowledge and abilities in engaging/supporting all P12 learners, including those with diverse learning needs.
    • Integrate knowledge and abilities in making subject matter comprehensible for all P12 learners, including those with diverse learning needs.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures