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Course descriptions: the CASEP schedule of courses is designed to help you decide if teaching is right for you!

Chicago Speaks – Helping Immigrants Communicate (FYE TESL 109A): NEW!
In this course, the four foundations (Future Planning, Academics, Self-Discovery and Transitions) of the First-Year Experience are interwoven with the field specific concepts and terminology of teaching English as a second language (TESL). This course introduces the structure of the English language and methods of teaching it to speakers of other languages. This involves investigating the pronunciation and grammar of English as well as looking at ways to teach these subjects along with listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to English Language Learners (ELLs). The course will involve a service learning component in which students will tutor ELLs in various sites throughout Chicagoland. As students study the basics of teaching English as a second language, they will develop academic skills that will contribute to their success and especially, to their success as future teachers in an urban setting.  

Comparative Learning in Adventure Education (PEMT 342T):
This course is designed to provide theory and application of experiential learning, with application to the elementary and middle school classroom. The focus is on discovering self-knowledge, developing trust and promoting teamwork, establishing effective learning environments, learning principles of conflict resolution, and understanding and managing classroom group dynamics. There will be active hands-on participation in a variety of experiential activities, including the opportunity to co-facilitate learning experiences with peers and middle-school students, which will promote fuller understanding of the power and utility of experiential learning. There will be opportunities to work with students and teachers in elementary and middle schools. 

Education and Individual Differences (EDFN 306):
Consideration of individual differences and principles of human development as factors in creating effective learning environments. Emphasis on: (1) understanding children and adolescents as individuals with differing abilities, aptitudes, interests, emotional responses and accomplishments as the result of genetic, maturational and environmental factors. Special attention given to children and adolescents covered by Public Law 94-142; (2) observational skills for assessing differences in order to aid student development. Focused study by each student of children or adolescents at a particular age level; (3) application of knowledge of developmental and individual differences to classroom practice. Twenty hours of classroom observations in CPS required. 

Introduction to Communication (CMTC 100):
The study of human communication with emphasis on how we communicate, the factors that influence the success of our communication interactions, and the areas in which communication take place.  This course will also focus on an understanding of the self in communication interactions as well as exploring issues of perception and culture.  Group discussion will focus on education topics.  As part of this course, students are required to observe 20 hours in an elementary or high school classroom and submit a journal of those observations.

Introduction to Earth Science (ESCI 121):
Basic concepts of geology, meteorology, oceanography, and the solar system. Discussion of topics of current interest in the earth sciences. Laboratory involves the study of minerals, rocks, maps and weather instruments. Lecture 2 hours, lab 2 hours. Professor will also engage students in looking at assignments from the educator’s perspective.

Introduction to Theatre (CMTT 130):
Survey of the components of theatrical experience and the function of the various contributors to theatrical production. Attendance at selected theatrical productions is required. This course will also examine the use of theatre games in teaching and explore the different roles necessary for producing a play. The final project in this course is linked to concepts studied in Introduction to Communication.

Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Public Education (EDFN 305):
The exploration of differing views of the aims of public education in America. The study of the historic settings in which the system developed. Identification of major social and cultural problems in relation to their historic antecedents. The study of various philosophic schools of thought and their impact on educational theory and practice, past and present. 

Public Speaking (CMTC 101):
The development of skills common to all forms of oral communication with emphasis on public speaking. Students will study organization, delivery, sources of materials and language usage. Competent and innovative technology use will also be a topic. Students will be asked to engage in discussions around challenges to the future of our educational system and their role as teachers within it.

Schools and Society (SOC 104):
Focus on issues concerning U.S. education today from a sociological perspective.  Some fieldwork may be required as a part of this course.

Writing I (ENGL 101):
Specialized instruction and practice in beginning writing. Work in usage, grammar, style, paragraphs, and short essays. Designated professor will also consider education topics in discussions ad coursework.

Writing II (ENGL 102):
Continuation of practice in composition with emphasis on a variety of forms of writing and long essays, culminating in the annotated research paper.

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