UTCH 1201. Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (1-1-1) An introduction to the theory and practice necessary to design and deliver excellent instruction in grades 3-12. Students will have an opportunity to explore teaching in science or mathematics as a career through field experiences in elementary classrooms. (Course fee required.)
UTCH 1202. Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design (1-1-1) Prerequisite: UTCH 1201 with a C or better. This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed in UTCH 1201 with an emphasis on the middle school environment and curricula. Students continue to explore teaching in science or mathematics as a career. Course includes field experience in a middle school classroom. (Course Fee Required)
UTCH 2105. Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science (3-0-3) Prerequisites: UTCH 1202 with a grade of C or better, or departmental approval. Critical examination of issues related to learning and knowing science and mathematics. Development of a powerful tool kit of approaches to knowing and learning in mathematics and science.
BIOL 2285. Research Methods in Biology (1-3-2) Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and STAT 1127, both with a grade of "C" or better. Review and practice of computer technology applications to data management and analysis, word processing and graphics, along with uses of electronic mail. Library skills and writing style for the Life Sciences will also be considered, along with consideration of the philosophy of scientific methodology, experimental design of research, and preparation of research proposals.
UTCH 2215. Research Methods (2-2-3) Prerequisite: UTCH 1202 with a grade of C or better. Students design and carry out four independent inquiries, which they write up and present in the manner that is common in the scientific community. Inquiries incorporate mathematics and the various science disciplines. (Course Fee Required)
UTCH 3205. Classroom Interactions (3-1-3) Prerequisites: UTCH 2105 with a grade of C or better and Admission to Teacher Education. Application of learning theories in instructional settings. Teacher candidates will design and implement instructional activities informed by their own understanding of what it means to know and learn mathematics and science, and then evaluate the outcomes of those activities on the basis of student artifacts. Candidates will develop awareness and understanding of equity issues and their effects on learning. Includes field experience in middle or high school classrooms. (Course Fee Required)
UTCH 4205. Project-Based Instruction (3-1-3) Prerequisites: UTCH 3205 with a grade of C or better and Admission to Teacher Education. Exploration of project-based instruction and development of an approach to designing, implementing and evaluating problem- and project-based curricula and processes in middle and secondary math and science classrooms. Includes field experience in middle or high school classrooms and learning centers such as Oxbow Meadows or Coca Cola Space Science Center. (Course Fee Required)