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Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies (ED-CIFS) Courses

Lower-Division

ED-CIFS 100 CAMP UNIVERSITY SUCCESS (3-0-3)(F). Designed to meet the specific academic needs of CAMP students. Students develop academic strategies needed to achieve educational goals and expand their awareness of social support systems available within the university and the community. PREREQ: Admission to CAMP program.

ED-CIFS 101 CAMP CAREER SUCCESS (3-0-3)(S). Students are guided through a self-reflection process, examine career goals and how they fit with their long term planning, and provided with multiple networking opportunities. PREREQ: Admission to CAMP program.

ED-CIFS 201 FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(DLS). Social, multicultural, philosophical, and historical perspectives in education; current educational issues; and problems of education. Provides a conceptual framework from which students will learn to reflect upon and question American public education.

ED-CIFS 203 CHILD AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3-0-3)(F,S). Introduction to children’s development and its universal characteristics across cultures, educational psychology, theories of learning, cognitive development, motivation and self-concept, and educational measurement. Designed primarily for Elementary Education majors. PREREQ: PSYC 101.

Upper-Division

ED-CIFS 301 TEACHING EXPERIENCE I (Variable 1-2)(F,S). A 50-100 hour teaching experience in the public schools. Students will observe the teaching/learning process and identify best research-based practices in a classroom setting. PREREQ: Admission to Secondary Education. COREQ: ED-CIFS 302 and ED-ESP 350.

ED-CIFS 302 LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION (4-0-4)(F,S). Introduction to educational psychology, principles of learning and instruction, and general methods of teaching. Theories and models of learning and teaching, cognitive development, motivation and self-concept, classroom management and educational measurement. PREREQ: Admission to Secondary Education. COREQ: ED-CIFS 301 (except for Art Education majors) and ED-ESP 350 or KINES 351 and KINES 352.

ED-CIFS 320 FOUNDATIONS OF GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Overview of gifted/talented education. Topics include identification, assessments, talent areas, curriculum adaptations, social needs, critical and creative thinking, legal aspects, and resources. PREREQ: PSYC 101 and ED-CIFS 203 or ED-CIFS 302 or PERM/INST.

ED-CIFS 321 CREATIVITY AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS (3-0-3)(F/S). Definition, identification, and facilitation of creativity and critical thinking skills. Topics include overview, cognitive development, related brain research, assessment instruments, creative people, processes, and conditions for fostering creativity and models of critical thinking including creative problem solving. Demonstration of competency in identifying, fostering, assessing, demonstrating, and describing programs that foster creativity and critical thinking are required. PREREQ: PSYC 101 and ED-CIFS 203 or ED-CIFS 302, or PERM/INST.

ED-CIFS 322 SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF GIFTED AND TALENTED LEARNERS (3-0-3)(F/S). Identification and basic intervention for basic affective needs of gifted and talented learners. Topics covered will include: emotional aspects of giftedness, suicide, perfectionism, underachievement, peer relations, gender issues, risk taking, family relations, cultural factors, twice exceptional, self-esteem, career counseling, asynchronous development, and counseling skills for teachers. PREREQ: PSYC 101 and ED-CIFS 203 or ED-CIFS 302, or PERM/INST.

ED-CIFS 329 ASSESSMENT IN TEACHING AND LEARNING (3-0-3)(F,S). Assessment strategies in the classroom discussed. Analysis, administration and interpretation of standardized assessment instruments, performance assessments using national and state standards, teacher-constructed assessment tools, and evaluation and grading will be examined. PREREQ: Admission to Teacher Education. COREQ: ED-CIFS 332 and ED-CIFS 460 for Elementary Education majors; ED-CIFS 332 and ED-CIFS 459 for Dual Special Education, Elementary Education / Dual Early Childhood Intervention, Elementary Education majors.

ED-CIFS 330 ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (2-3-3)(F,S). Examines elementary social studies curricula, philosophies, and methodologies. Instructional strategies and materials are presented and evaluated in accordance with developmental theory. Focus on the ten strands of social studies, values in a democratic and pluralistic society, and global issues. These areas are integrated across the curriculum, emphasizing process, critical thinking, technology, and assessment. PREREQ: Admission to Teacher Education.

ED-CIFS 331 ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (3-0-3)(F,S). Examines elementary mathematics curricula, philosophies, and methodologies. Instructional strategies and materials are presented and evaluated in accordance with developmental theory. Focus on the process and content strands in elementary mathematics. These areas are integrated across the curriculum, emphasizing critical thinking and assessment. PREREQ: Admission to Teacher Education.

ED-CIFS 332 ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS (3-0-3)(F,S). Examines how to structure classrooms and learning environments, enhancing opportunities for all children to succeed. Varied classroom management skills and strategies to support appropriate behavior. Communicating and collaborating with parents is addressed along with democratic community building within the classroom. PREREQ: Admission to Teacher Education. COREQ: ED-CIFS 329 and ED-CIFS 460 for Elementary Education majors; ED-LLC 460 for Bilingual Education and Elementary Education TESOL/ENL majors; ED-CIFS 329 and ED-CIFS 459 for Dual Special Education, Elementary Education / Dual Early Childhood Intervention, Elementary Education; ED-CIFS 459 for Special Education Option 1 majors.

ED-CIFS 333 ELEMENTARY SCIENCE CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (3-0-3)(F,S). Examines elementary science curricula, philosophy, and methodologies. A variety of instructional strategies and materials are presented and evaluated in accordance with developmental theory. Emphasis is placed on inquiry in the science curricula. These areas are integrated across the curriculum, emphasizing process, critical thinking, technology, and assessment. PREREQ: Admission to Teacher Education.

ED-CIFS 339 CURRICULUM ADAPTATIONS FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS (3-0-3)(F/S). Curriculum adaptations for gifted and talented learners including curriculum compacting, independent study, project-based learning, research-based learning, enrichment programs, mentoring programs, acceleration, dual enrollment, and more. PREREQ: PSYC 101 and ED-CIFS 203 or ED-CIFS 302, or PERM/INST.

ED-CIFS 400 CONSTRUCTING A PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO (1-0-1)(F,S)(FF). Designed to integrate course content and Professional Year experiences with the opportunity to develop communication skills important in the profession of education. This course helps to achieve the goals of the Foundations program. PREREQ: Admission to the Professional Year. COREQ: For Elementary Education majors: ED-CIFS 465 or ED-CIFS 466; for Secondary Education Emphasis majors: ED-CIFS 482 or ED-CIFS 483.

ED-CIFS 401 PROFESSIONAL YEAR: TEACHING EXPERIENCE II (0-9-3)(F,S). Students will work with a master teacher for a minimum of 150-200 hours. They will observe the teaching/learning process and demonstrate teaching competence in a P-12 classroom setting. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: Admission to Secondary Education. COREQ: ED-LLC 444 and the content methods course for the student’s declared major.

ED-CIFS 404 TEACHING SECONDARY SCIENCE (3-0-3)(F/S). Local, state and national science curricula and standards. Materials, methods and instructional technologies to develop science lessons to develop scientific inquiry skills, an understanding of the nature of science, and critical understanding of selected science concepts and procedures. PREREQ: Admission into Secondary Education and ED-ESP 350. COREQ: ED-CIFS 401 and ED-LLC 444.

ED-CIFS 405 TEACHING SECONDARY SOCIAL STUDIES (3-0-3)(F,S). Prepares teachers to engage young people in an inquiry about fundamental ideas and values from history and/or social science disciplines as well as to assist and encourage them to become informed, active participants in a democratic society. Examine professional literature on best teaching practices. PREREQ: Admission to Secondary Education and ED-ESP 350. COREQ: ED-CIFS 401 and ED-LLC 444.

ED-CIFS 406 MCNAIR JUNIOR SEMINAR A (3-0-3)(F). Introduction to graduate school and academic culture. Exploration of discipline and graduate programs. Literature search to develop research question for summer research. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to McNair Scholars program.

ED-CIFS 407 MCNAIR JUNIOR SEMINAR B (3-0-3)(S). Develop research proposal for summer research. Prepare for GRE. Develop components of graduate application package. Explore graduate school funding possibilities. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to McNair Scholars program.

ED-CIFS 408 MCNAIR SENIOR SEMINAR A (1-0-1)(F). Prepare research journal article for publication. Present research at National McNair conference. Finalize graduate school application components and apply. May be repeated for credit. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: Admission to McNair program.

ED-CIFS 409 MCNAIR SENIOR SEMINAR B (1-0-1)(S). Prepare for and attend graduate school visitations or interviews. Manage graduate school acceptance deadlines and offers. Prepare for graduate school transition and relocation. May be repeated for credit. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: Admission to McNair Scholars program.

ED-CIFS 453 PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION (Variable 1-3)(F,S,SU). Available at special fee rate (approximately one-third of part-time education fee). Student must be an Idaho public school teacher or professional employee of an Idaho school district. Credit awarded is for professional development only and cannot be applied toward a degree program. (Pass/Fail.)

ED-CIFS 458 SUPERVISED CLINICAL FIELD EXPERIENCE (1-6 credits)(F/S/SU). Required supervision for teaching candidates adding an endorsement to current teaching certificate or for an alternate route to initial certification. Full-time classroom placement with performance assessment aligned with state certification requirements. Placement and credits required determined by Office of Teacher Education.

ED-CIFS 459 TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (0-28-8)(F,S). Teaching experience in an elementary education classroom for students pursuing dual certification in an Early and Special Education program. Teaching experience includes activities related to planning and preparation, classroom environments, curriculum and instruction, and professional responsibilities. Students will complete a teaching experience consistent with the calendars of the assigned partnership schools and degree program requirements. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: Admission to the Professional Year. PRE/COREQ: ED-CIFS 329 and ED-CIFS 332 for Dual Special Education, Elementary Education / Dual Early Childhood Intervention, Elementary Education majors; ED-CIFS 332 for Special Education Option 1 majors.

ED-CIFS 460 PROFESSIONAL YEAR I (0-18-5)(F,S). Classroom placement focusing on activities related to planning and preparation of curriculum and instruction, and professional responsibilities. Students complete a minimum of 250 hours in the K-8 classroom and apply knowledge and skills from all professional education coursework. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: Admission to the Professional Year. COREQ: ED-CIFS 329, ED-CIFS 332.

ED-CIFS 461 PROFESSIONAL YEAR II: TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (0-21-6)(F/S). Teaching experience in a partnership school, including activities related to planning and preparation, classroom environments, curriculum and instruction, and professional responsibilities. Students will complete a full-time teaching experience consistent with the calendar of the assigned partnership school. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: ED-CIFS 330, ED-CIFS 331, ED-CIFS 332, ED-CIFS 333 or ENGR 385, ED-CIFS 460, and ED-LLC 440. COREQ: ED-CIFS 465 or ED-CIFS 466.

ED-CIFS 465 PROFESSIONAL YEAR III: TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN INTERMEDIATE ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (0-21-6)(F,S). The concluding teaching experience in the Professional Year for students interested in an intermediate elementary education classroom, with a full-time teaching experience in an intermediate elementary education classroom. Students will complete a teaching experience consistent with the calendars of the assigned partnership schools. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: ED-CIFS 460 and completion of all Elementary Education requirements. COREQ: ED-CIFS 461.

ED-CIFS 466 PROFESSIONAL YEAR III: TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL (0-21-6)(F,S). The concluding teaching experience in the Professional Year for students pursuing a full-time teaching experience in a middle school. Students will complete a teaching experience consistent with the calendars of the assigned partnership schools. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: ED-CIFS 460. COREQ: ED-CIFS 461.

ED-CIFS 481 PROFESSIONAL YEAR: ELEMENTARY TEACHING EXPERIENCE III DUAL OPTION (0-20-7)(F,S). Supervised student teaching in an elementary school. Students will be placed with a master teacher for one half-semester (full-time) in their major/minor field under the supervision of university faculty. Available for Art and Music majors only. Attendance at seminars is required. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: Admission to Professional Year. COREQ: ED-CIFS 482 or ED-CIFS 483.

ED-CIFS 482 PROFESSIONAL YEAR: JUNIOR HIGH TEACHING EXPERIENCE IV DUAL OPTION (0-20-7)(F,S). Supervised student teaching in a junior high school. Students will be placed with a master teacher for one half-semester (full-time) in their major/minor fields under the supervision of university faculty. Available for Art and Music majors only. Attendance at seminars is required. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: Admission to Professional Year. COREQ: ED-CIFS 481 or ED-CIFS 483.

ED-CIFS 483 PROFESSIONAL YEAR: SENIOR HIGH TEACHING EXPERIENCE IV DUAL OPTION (0-20-7)(F,S). Supervised student teaching in a senior high school. Students will be placed with a master teacher for one half-semester (full-time) in their major/minor fields under the supervision of university faculty. Available for Art and Music majors only. Attendance at seminars is required. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: Admission to Professional Year. COREQ: ED-CIFS 481 or ED-CIFS 482.

ED-CIFS 484 PROFESSIONAL YEAR: JUNIOR HIGH TEACHING EXPERIENCE III (1-40-14)(F/S). Supervised student teaching in a junior high school. Students will be placed with a master teacher for one semester (full-time in their major/minor fields) under the supervision of university faculty. Attendance at seminars is required. (Pass/Fail.) Not available for Art, Music, or Physical Education majors. PREREQ: Admission to Professional Year.

ED-CIFS 485 PROFESSIONAL YEAR: SENIOR HIGH TEACHING EXPERIENCE III (1-40-14)(F,S). Supervised student teaching in a senior high school. Student will be placed with a master teacher for one semester (full-time) in their major/minor fields under the supervision of university faculty. Attendance at seminars is required. (Pass/Fail.) Not available for Art, Music, or Physical Education majors. PREREQ: Admission to Professional Year.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies Programs