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BEd Elementary: Program of Studies

Year One

EDCM 301 H(3-0) Introduction to Curricular Design

This course is dedicated to lesson planning and delivery. Students will be expected to plan, implement, and revise lessons. Key instructional and theoretical models for the elementary classroom will be explored to provide students with a beginning repertoire of basic pedagogical strategies, frameworks of teacher-student relationships, and to initiate an understanding of the learning process.

EDFN 311 H(3-0) Student Engagement

This course is dedicated to effective classroom management practices informed by principles of educational psychology, sociology, and brain-based research.

EDFN 313 H(3-0) Teaching for Diversity and the Common Good

This course focuses on the teaching profession as a vehicle for the promotion of the common good in a diverse and democratic society. It will explore the nexus between individual professional perspectives and societal expectations for educators. The course attends to how theory and practice interact to foster the realization of an expansive vision of professional practice.

EDPH 321 H(3-0) Philosophy of Catholic Education

Theological and philosophical principles of the Catholic intellectual tradition; primary understandings of philosophy. Principles of inclusive education and sensitivity to the relationship between culture and spirituality.

EDPR 331 H(3-3 weeks P) Practicum I: Observation

EDPR 331 will be three weeks in an assigned Division I or Division II classroom setting. The primary objectives include observations, one-on-one and small group work.

EDCM 302 H(3-0) Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy Education

This course focuses on methodology as applied to the teaching of literacy education. It will examine the intersections between literacy, education and culture. Dimensions of language development, literacy learning, and diversity are explored in classroom practices.

EDCM 303 H(3-0) Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Mathematics Education

This course focuses on methodology as applied to the teaching of mathematics in elementary education. Students will become familiar with the Alberta Mathematics Program of Study K-6. Topics will include the development of mathematical knowledge (numeracy); diagnostic and remediation strategies in teaching mathematics; and the development of teaching competencies in mathematics education as they relate to curriculum requirements.

EDPH 327 H(3-0) Historical and Philosophical Bases of Faith-based Education

A review of the primary philosophies of education and their historical roots; consideration of various philosophical schools including idealism, realism and pragmatism; historical origins and development of the concept of ideology; the role of historical reflection in education.

EDPH 329 H(3-0) Spirituality of the Catholic Educator

This course is a study of Catholic Spirituality and Catholic Social Teaching in education. Students will become familiar with basic concepts such as human dignity, the common good, solidarity and the option for the poor. They will examine, in particular, teaching as a vocation; spirituality of an educator; building culture and climate in the school; social justice principles.

EDPR 337 H(3-5 weeks P) Practicum II: Orientation

EDPR 337 will be five weeks in an assigned Division 1 or Division II classroom setting. The primary objectives include one-on-one and small group work leading to the creation and delivery of lesson(s).

Year Two

EDCM 405 H(3-0) Curriculum & Instruction in Elementary Science Education

This course focuses on methodology as applied to the teaching of science in elementary education. Students will become familiar with the Alberta Science Program of Studies K to 6 as well as related curriculum documents published by Alberta Education. Particular emphasis will be given to the inquiry method of teaching science, planning and assessing for science, process skills, conducting fair tests and planning with the end in mind. There will also be a review of learning theories as they apply to science education, an examination of Canadian Science curricula with specific regard to competencies and reflective practice as well as a focus on organizing the science classroom.

EDCM 407 H(3-0) Religious Education in the Elementary Schools

This course is devoted to an examination of some of the key contemporary documents essential to understanding religious education principles as identifies in the core curriculum. The focus will be on educationally relevant material post- Vatican II. Students will have the option in the latter part of the course to study the Catholic or Public school program of studies with an emphasis on the development of moral responsibility.

EDCM 409 H(3-0) Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning

This course focuses on the complexity of classroom assessment as a means of supporting and measuring student learning. It is designed to facilitate growth as an assessor, evaluator and communicator of student learning. Specifically, the course will emphasize gathering relevant student learning data to inform both teaching and learning (formative assessments), and gathering student learning data to evaluate and report achievement of student learning (summative assessment).

EDPR 431 H(3-8 weeks P) Practicum III: Intermediate (8 weeks)

This course consists of eight weeks in an assigned Division I or Division II classroom setting. The primary objectives include preparation and delivery of individual lesson plans, progressing to a series of lesson plans and leading to the development of a unit plan. Pass/Fail grading.

EDCM 404 H(3-0) Curriculum & Instruction in Social Studies Education

This course focuses on methodology as applied to the teaching of social studies in elementary education. Students will become familiar with the Alberta Social Studies Program of Study K-6. Students will explore and use the disciplinary skills needed to implement powerful social studies pedagogy, which foster students’ moral and intellectual capacities. These include analyzing and interpreting both past and present; discussing and seeking solutions to challenging problems and controversial issues; and engaging actively with the challenging content in meaningful ways.

EDCM 411 H(3-0) The Education Profession in the Province of Alberta

An examination of the broad education framework as determine in the governing policy and legislation in the province of Alberta. The responsibilities of certified teachers will be explored as they relate to the legislated moral and ethical frameworks within which the teacher works.

EDFN 417 H(3-0) Inclusive Education: Meeting the Needs of All Learners

This course focuses on inclusive education with a particular emphasis on atypical child development. Topics include special needs and syndromes that impact student learning; planning for individual students using modified and adapted curriculum, Alberta Education philosophy and coding system for special needs programming; developing resiliency and wellness in teachers, students, classrooms and schools.

EDPR 437 H(6-0) Practicum IV: Advanced
This course consists of ten weeks in an assigned Division I or Division II classroom setting. The primary objectives include the continued preparation and delivery of lesson plans, progressing to more extensive unit planning and increased classroom responsibility. Pass/Fail grading.

BEd Secondary: Program of Studies

Year One

EDCM 301 H(3-0) Introduction to Curricular Design

This course is dedicated to lesson planning and delivery. Students will be expected to plan, implement, and revise lessons. Key instructional and theoretical models for the elementary classroom will be explored to provide students with a beginning repertoire of basic pedagogical strategies, frameworks of teacher-student relationships, and to initiate an understanding of the learning process.

EDFN 311 H(3-0) Student Engagement

This course is dedicated to effective classroom management practices informed by principles of educational psychology, sociology, and brain-based research.

EDFN 313 H(3-0) Teaching for Diversity and the Common Good

This course focuses on the teaching profession as a vehicle for the promotion of the common good in a diverse and democratic society. It will explore the nexus between individual professional perspectives and societal expectations for educators. The course attends to how theory and practice interact to foster the realization of an expansive vision of professional practice.

EDPH 321 H(3-0) Philosophy of Catholic Education

Theological and philosophical principles of the Catholic intellectual tradition; primary understandings of philosophy. Principles of inclusive education and sensitivity to the relationship between culture and spirituality.

EDPR 331 H(3-3 weeks P) Practicum I: Observation

EDPR 331 will be three weeks in an assigned Division I or Division II classroom setting. The primary objectives include observations, one-on-one and small group work.

EDCM 302 H(3-0) Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy Education

This course focuses on methodology as applied to the teaching of literacy education. It will examine the intersections between literacy, education and culture. Dimensions of language development, literacy learning, and diversity are explored in classroom practices.

EDCM 303 H(3-0) Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Mathematics Education

This course focuses on methodology as applied to the teaching of mathematics in elementary education. Students will become familiar with the Alberta Mathematics Program of Study K-6. Topics will include the development of mathematical knowledge (numeracy); diagnostic and remediation strategies in teaching mathematics; and the development of teaching competencies in mathematics education as they relate to curriculum requirements.

EDPH 327 H(3-0) Historical and Philosophical Bases of Faith-based Education

A review of the primary philosophies of education and their historical roots; consideration of various philosophical schools including idealism, realism and pragmatism; historical origins and development of the concept of ideology; the role of historical reflection in education.

EDPH 329 H(3-0) Spirituality of the Catholic Educator

This course is a study of Catholic Spirituality and Catholic Social Teaching in education. Students will become familiar with basic concepts such as human dignity, the common good, solidarity and the option for the poor. They will examine, in particular, teaching as a vocation; spirituality of an educator; building culture and climate in the school; social justice principles.

EDFN 329 Foundation in Indigenous Education

This course will provide teachers with an introduction to Indigenous peoples, histories, cultures, and worldviews relating to the Alberta Programs of Studies, which include First Nations, Métis, and Inuit traditions from what is now called Canada. The expressed purposes of this course include the development of preservice teachers’ “capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect” aligned with the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (63.iii), so that they may begin their journeys toward Reconciliation with clarity and capacity. The curriculum centres the role of positionality in teacher understanding of their own storied history and present within the settler colonial narrative of this Land through a decolonizing and anti-oppressive lens.

EDPR 337 H(3-5 weeks P) Practicum II: Orientation

EDPR 337 will be five weeks in an assigned Division 1 or Division II classroom setting. The primary objectives include one-on-one and small group work leading to the creation and delivery of lesson(s).

EDCM 357 Disciplinary Methods of Teaching I – Science, Mathematics, English Language Arts, Social Studies

Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Disciplinary Methods. This course focuses on methodology as applied to the teaching of the four disciplines in secondary education. Students will become familiar with the Alberta Program of Studies Grades 7-9 as well as related curriculum documents published by Alberta Education. Particular emphasis will be given to the inquiry method of teaching secondary disciplines, planning and assessing for program of studies, process skills, conducting fair tests and planning with the end in mind. There will also be a review of learning theories as they apply to secondary education, an examination of curricula with specific regard to competencies and reflective practice as well as a focus on organizing the secondary classroom.

EDCM 365 The Adolescent Learner

This course addresses a range of issues related to teaching and learning in a secondary school environment. Theories of adolescent development, identity formation, social and cultural production and reproduction are examined with specific reference to high school curriculum and pedagogy. Of particular interest are contemporary perspectives on the relationship between identity formation and popular culture and the implications of these perspectives for high school teachers. Issues in special education will be addressed with a particular emphasis on providing the highest quality of education for all secondary students in a diverse environment.

Year Two

EDCM 405 H(3-0) Curriculum & Instruction in Elementary Science Education

This course focuses on methodology as applied to the teaching of science in elementary education. Students will become familiar with the Alberta Science Program of Studies K to 6 as well as related curriculum documents published by Alberta Education. Particular emphasis will be given to the inquiry method of teaching science, planning and assessing for science, process skills, conducting fair tests and planning with the end in mind. There will also be a review of learning theories as they apply to science education, an examination of Canadian Science curricula with specific regard to competencies and reflective practice as well as a focus on organizing the science classroom.

EDCM 407 H(3-0) Religious Education in the Elementary Schools

This course is devoted to an examination of some of the key contemporary documents essential to understanding religious education principles as identifies in the core curriculum. The focus will be on educationally relevant material post- Vatican II. Students will have the option in the latter part of the course to study the Catholic or Public school program of studies with an emphasis on the development of moral responsibility.

EDCM 409 H(3-0) Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning

This course focuses on the complexity of classroom assessment as a means of supporting and measuring student learning. It is designed to facilitate growth as an assessor, evaluator and communicator of student learning. Specifically, the course will emphasize gathering relevant student learning data to inform both teaching and learning (formative assessments), and gathering student learning data to evaluate and report achievement of student learning (summative assessment).

EDPR 431 H(3-8 weeks P) Practicum III: Intermediate (8 weeks)

This course consists of eight weeks in an assigned Division I or Division II classroom setting. The primary objectives include preparation and delivery of individual lesson plans, progressing to a series of lesson plans and leading to the development of a unit plan. Pass/Fail grading.

EDCM 457 – Disciplinary Methods of Teaching II – Science, Mathematics, English Language Arts, Social Studies

Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Disciplinary Methods. This course focuses on methodology as applied to the teaching of the four disciplines in secondary education. Students will become familiar with the Alberta Program of Studies Grades10 to 12 as well as related curriculum documents published by Alberta Education. Particular emphasis will be given to the inquiry method of teaching secondary disciplines, planning and assessing for program of studies, process skills, conducting fair tests and planning with the end in mind. There will also be a review of learning theories as they apply to secondary education, an examination of curricula with specific regard to competencies and reflective practice as well as a focus on organizing the secondary classroom.

EDCM 461 New Literacies

Literacy educators have clearly designated the need to further understanding about the continually evolving and inter-related meaning making systems of communication that define a hypermediated culture in which information and new linguistic and cultural practices are increasing in speed and new forms. The aim of this course is to create a dynamic learning environment in which teacher candidates can explore the implications of these new forms of literacies with adolescent learners in context of Alberta Education and English Language Arts Program of Studies.

EDCM 404 H(3-0) Curriculum & Instruction in Social Studies Education

This course focuses on methodology as applied to the teaching of social studies in elementary education. Students will become familiar with the Alberta Social Studies Program of Study K-6. Students will explore and use the disciplinary skills needed to implement powerful social studies pedagogy, which foster students’ moral and intellectual capacities. These include analyzing and interpreting both past and present; discussing and seeking solutions to challenging problems and controversial issues; and engaging actively with the challenging content in meaningful ways.

EDCM 411 H(3-0) The Education Profession in the Province of Alberta

An examination of the broad education framework as determine in the governing policy and legislation in the province of Alberta. The responsibilities of certified teachers will be explored as they relate to the legislated moral and ethical frameworks within which the teacher works.

EDFN 417 H(3-0) Inclusive Education: Meeting the Needs of All Learners

This course focuses on inclusive education with a particular emphasis on atypical child development. Topics include special needs and syndromes that impact student learning; planning for individual students using modified and adapted curriculum, Alberta Education philosophy and coding system for special needs programming; developing resiliency and wellness in teachers, students, classrooms and schools.

EDPR 437 H(6-0) Practicum IV: Advanced
This course consists of ten weeks in an assigned Division I or Division II classroom setting. The primary objectives include the continued preparation and delivery of lesson plans, progressing to more extensive unit planning and increased classroom responsibility. Pass/Fail grading.