EDML-400 : Understanding Middle Level Curriculum

Academic Level:
Elementary Education
Education Middle Level

This course is designed to engage middle level teacher candidates in various experiences that provide opportunities for understanding curriculum in its complex and multiple facets. Teacher candidates will have opportunities to explore the organization and philosophy of middle school education, as well as theoretical and practical dimensions of the middle level school curriculum. Teacher candidates will probe the various aspects of curriculum and the ways that teachers facilitate learning in middle level classrooms through the environment, the materials, the learning experiences, the sequencing of events, the interpersonal interactions, and the adaptation of instruction to diverse students. Teacher candidates will create an integrated curriculum plan based on an understanding of meaningful learning experiences and motivation, appropriate content and subject matter in the fourth through eighth grades, sound instructional strategies, the use of formal and informal assessment strategies to plan and improve instruction, and current skills in the use of educational technology. Finally, teacher candidates will engage in reflection and evaluation related to teacher professionalism. This course is designed to be taken during the semester directly preceding EDML 424, 425, 426 or 427. 3 credits + 30-hour field placement in a middle level setting.