Education (EDU)


Course Information Cr Hrs
EDU-150 Introduction to Teacher Education

This course is for students interested in pursuing the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree program. EDU 150 is an introductory course to the field of education, and introduces students to degree and certification requirements in Missouri. To successfully complete EDU 150, students must pay for and pass a criminal background screening ($12) and complete the Missouri Educator Profile, the cost for which is covered by the $22 course fee. Other topics covered in the course include state standards for teachers and for PK-12 students, PK-12 curriculum, and teacher professionalism. A grade of "B" or better in this course is required to take additional Education courses at OTC.

EDU-220 Foundations of Education

This course is designed to examine the historical, philosophical, sociological, political, economic and legal foundations of the American public education system. Students will explore the nature of school environments, design and organization of school curricula and characteristics of effective schools and instruction in grades P-12. Educational structures, practices and projections for the future will also be studied.

 Prerequisites: 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA and Grade of "C" or better in ENG-101 and Grade of "B" or better in EDU 150.
EDU-225 Technology for Teachers

In this course, students will learn how to integrate instructional technology into P-12 classrooms. Students will study a variety of software programs, presentation technology, and telecommunication tools. The focus will also be on social, ethical, legal and human issues surrounding the use of technology.

 Prerequisites: CIS 101, 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA and Grade of "C" or better in ENG-101 and Grade of "B" or better in EDU 150.
EDU-250 Educational Psychology

This course relates psychological principles to teaching, learning and assessment and the educational practice in P-12 classrooms. It focuses on the learner and the learning process, teacher characteristics and classroom processes that increase student motivation. Student diversity and appropriate instructional strategies for students with special needs will also be introduced.

 Prerequisites: 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA and Grade of "B" or better in EDU 150 and Grade of "C" or better in ENG-101; PSY-110 or PSY-130
EDU-260 Education of Exceptional Learners

This course is an introduction to exceptional learners and their education in grades P-12. Students will attain knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will enable them to work effectively with exceptional learners in general education or special education.

 Prerequisites: 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA and Grade of "C" or better in ENG-101
EDU-270 Teaching Profession with Field Experience

This course provides students an opportunity to observe teaching and learning for thirty (30) hours or more in P-12 classrooms. Students are introduced to the requirements for teacher preparation and certification. Students will examine characteristics of effective teaching. The course is designed to assist students in determining if a career in teaching is an appropriate goal. A background check is required.

 Prerequisites: 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA, grade of "C" or better in ENG-101 and Grade of "B" or better in EDU 150.
EDU-290 Co-Operative Ed/Intern/Related Elective

This course entails a supervised work experience in the major discipline, providing the student with the opportunity to make practical application of the skills and knowledge attained through coursework. An individual application and instructional management plan will determine goals.

 Prerequisites: Completion of 30 credit hours or more and permission of department chair.
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