Course Descriptions

Educational Studies

EDUC 194 - Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

EDUC 200 - Experiences in Education

This course provides opportunities to explore, reflect upon and contribute to life in contemporary urban classrooms. Weekly internships will be arranged allowing students to work closely with teachers, educational support staff and diverse young people of varied ages (kindergarten, elementary, or secondary levels). A weekly seminar session, readings, reflective writing, and individual and small group projects complement the experiential aspects of the course. This course is offered on S/NC grading option only

EDUC 220 - Educational Psychology

An introduction to theory and research in educational psychology. Topics include learning theory, learner characteristics, intelligence, creativity, motivation, measurement and evaluation, and models of teaching appropriate for diverse learners from early childhood through young adulthood. Students are required to complete observations in classroom settings.

Frequency: Every semester.

Cross-Listed as

PSYC 220

EDUC 225 - Education, Community and Cultural Survival in New Orleans

This two-credit, intensive, week-long January term course focuses on the continued efforts of new Orleans to restructure and redefine itself post-Katrina amidst various educational, ecological, economic and political challenges. The cousre provides students with the essential critical, historical and cultural framework through which to interpret various site visits, civic engagement and conversations with local leaders, activists and scholars in New Orleans. The course also invites students into collaborative engagement with schools, neighborhoods and communities, encouraging them to become active participants in the challenging conversations that engage new Orleans and so many cities in North America and across the globe. S/D/NC grading only. Participation restricted to Bonner scholars.

EDUC 230 - Community Youth Development in Multicultural America

Brofenbrenner's bioecological model of human development suggests the critical importance of social contexts besides the classroom in supporting the healthy development of children and youth from diverse social and economic backgrounds. This course examines the multiple systems affecting the developmental process through course readings, meetings, and assignments, grounded in a field placement of the student's choosing. Appropriate field placements will engage students in a variety of youth development capacities, including centers for research and program development, social service organizations, and agencies aimed at improving youth-oriented social policy. This course provides an opportunity to examine education more broadly defined, and to explore fields of youth development such as social work, counseling, athletics, youth leadership, and youth-centered research.

Frequency: Every spring.

EDUC 240 - Race, Culture, and Ethnicity in Education

This survey course will explore history, policy, and pedagogy as they relate to race, ethnicity, and culture as education. K-12 public education will be the primary focus with topics including desegregation, standardized testing, multi-cultural and ethnocentric pedagogy, the teacher's role and experience, and significant historical events in education. The course will culminate by analyzing current trends and future expectations in education.

Frequency: Fall semester.

Cross-Listed as

 AMST 240

EDUC 275 - Outdoor Environmental Education

This course provides an introduction to outdoor environmental education at the elementary school level. Macalester students will partner with teachers and students from local schools, families with school-age children, and youth organizations to explore interdisciplinary approaches to outdoor environmental education. The course will utilize Macalester's field station, the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area, as an outdoor classroom and will adapt curriculum from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and other sources to help elementary school teachers and students fulfill Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards and assist youth organizations in achieving their environmental education goals. A weekly 90-minute seminar session incorporating readings, reflective writing, and individual and small group projects will complement the experiential aspects of the course. Students will participate in a weekend retreat early in the semester and three Wednesday afternoon (12-3pm) sessions at Ordway. S/NC grading only.

Cross-Listed as

ENVI 275

EDUC 280 - Re-envisioning Education and Democracy

This course explores the design, implementation, and evaluation of public education policy as a primary means for engaging more active, inclusive and effective approaches to social inquiry and civic participation. Drawing from classic and contemporary theories of education and democracy, complemented by recent developments and controversies in public policy studies, students work to design innovative, principled, educationally sound and politically feasible responses to significant civic concerns.

Frequency: Fall semester.

Cross-Listed as

AMST 280, POLI 211

EDUC 292 - Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

EDUC 294 - Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

EDUC 330 - Philosophy of Education

What is the nature and purpose of education? In what ways should educational institutions support, challenge, or transform predominant social values? What is ethical educational policy and practice? Such questions are considered in light of a variety of philosophic perspectives. Students will define a personal philosophy of education and assess its implications for current educational theory and practice, in addition to their own educational development.

Frequency: Spring semester.

EDUC 360 - Education and Emerging Technologies

This course explores ways in which instructional technologies not only support, but also shape processes of thinking, learning, teaching, experiencing and interpreting life in a digital age. Theoretical frameworks drawn from developmental psychology, cognitive science, media studies, curriculum and instructional design, and varied philosophical perspectives on education are used to assess the instructional potential of major existent (e.g. presentation, conceptual mapping, multi-media authoring, electronic portfolio, and course management applications) and emerging technologies (e.g. Wiki's, research and knowledge construction, social networking applications). Multi-dimensional, broadly inclusive, collaborative and constructivist approaches to teaching and learning are emphasized.

Frequency: Spring semester.

EDUC 370 - Education and the Challenge of Globalization

The complex phenomenon of globalization affects the quality of learning and life worldwide. In the United States and abroad; across dimensions of philosophy, policy, and practice; educators, government officials, policy makers, public intellectuals, and citizens struggle with the implications of globalization for public education and civic life. The purpose of this course is to join in that struggle. We will explore interdisciplinary scholarship and policy design that integrates civic, environmental, moral, and multicultural education for the purpose of mitigating the negative consequences of cultural economic globalization.

Frequency: Spring semester.

Cross-Listed as

ENVI 370

EDUC 390 - Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools

 This course builds on prior learning in Educational Studies to deepen understanding of both the challenge and potential of teaching in urban schools. Focal topics include exploration of "best practices" for teaching children and youth in poverty, special needs students, and English Language Learners, including the impact of cultural, economic, and family structures on their school experience. We will consider the evaluation, placement, appropriate accommodations, and methods of instruction and assessment for diverse urban students possessing a broad range of academic interests and aptitudes and varied forms of exceptionality. The course is grounded in a field experience (30 hour minimum) engaging students in learning from and contributing to a local urban classroom at the grade level/subject matter area of their choice. The course culminates in the design of a curricular unit that reflects instruction aimed at higher order cognition and holistic child development.

Frequency: Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

EDUC 392 - Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

EDUC 394 - Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

EDUC 460 - Education and Social Change

This course explores the question: How can we educate to promote change toward more just, compassionate, and sustainable approaches to living and learning in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world? We will consider contemporary barriers to and opportunities for systemic, progressive education reform and civic renewal on local, national and international levels. We will then work both individually and collectively, on campus and in the community, to analyze specific social issues and reform strategies in addition to conceptualizing plans for principled social action.

Frequency: Fall semester, an additional section will be offered in the Spring as needed.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of department chair.

EDUC 494 - Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

EDUC 601 - Tutorial

Closely supervised individual or very small group study intended to provide opportunities for guided exploration of advanced topics.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

EDUC 602 - Tutorial

Closely supervised individual or very small group study intended to provide opportunities for guided exploration of advanced topics.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

EDUC 603 - Tutorial

Closely supervised individual or very small group study intended to provide opportunities for guided exploration of advanced topics.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

EDUC 604 - Tutorial

Closely supervised individual or very small group study intended to provide opportunities for guided exploration of advanced topics.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

EDUC 611 - Independent Project

Advanced study in a specific area of educational inquiry.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

EDUC 612 - Independent Project

Advanced study in a specific area of educational inquiry.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

EDUC 613 - Independent Project

Advanced study in a specific area of educational inquiry.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

EDUC 614 - Independent Project

Advanced study in a specific area of educational inquiry.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

EDUC 621 - Internship

Exploration of issues in educational inquiry and advocacy through engagement in carefully designed service learning opportunities.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office.

EDUC 622 - Internship

Exploration of issues in educational inquiry and advocacy through engagement in carefully designed service learning opportunities.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office.

EDUC 623 - Internship

Exploration of issues in educational inquiry and advocacy through engagement in carefully designed service learning opportunities.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office.

EDUC 624 - Internship

Exploration of issues in educational inquiry and advocacy through engagement in carefully designed service learning opportunities.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office.

EDUC 631 - Preceptorship

Opportunities for students to assume selected teaching roles and responsibilities in carefully supervised course contexts.

Prerequisite(s)

Demonstrated proficiency in the area of study and permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs.

EDUC 632 - Preceptorship

Opportunities for students to assume selected teaching roles and responsibilities in carefully supervised course contexts.

Prerequisite(s)

Demonstrated proficiency in the area of study and permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs.

EDUC 633 - Preceptorship

Opportunities for students to assume selected teaching roles and responsibilities in carefully supervised course contexts.

Prerequisite(s)

Demonstrated proficiency in the area of study and permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs.

EDUC 634 - Preceptorship

Opportunities for students to assume selected teaching roles and responsibilities in carefully supervised course contexts.

Prerequisite(s)

Demonstrated proficiency in the area of study and permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs.