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ITDS 2125. Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics (3-0-3) Overview of the history and philosophical underpinnings of science and mathematics. Connections of broader history and context to science and mathematics learning. Course may be attempted only two times.


SPED 4115. Teaching Math and Science to Exceptional Learners (2-0-2) Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education and Student Teaching. Corequisites: UTCH 4485. Information and techniques for designing appropriate instructional strategies for learners with disabilities, gifts, and talents. Course may be attempted only two times.


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. Candidates will have an opportunity to explore teaching in science or mathematics as a career through field experiences in elementary classrooms. Course may be attempted only two times. (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 may be attempted only two times. (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. Course may be attempted only two times.


UTCH 2215. Research Methods (2-2-3) Prerequisite: UTCH 1202 with a grade of C or better. Candidates 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 may be attempted only two times. (Course Fee Required)


UTCH 3115. Functions and Modeling for Secondary Mathematics Teachers (3-0-3) Prerequisites: MATH 1131 and 2115 with a grade of C or better. Candidates engage in explorations and lab activities designed to strengthen and expand their knowledge of the topics found in secondary mathematics. Candidates collect data and explore a variety of situations that can be modeled using linear, exponential, polynomial, and trigonometric functions. Activities are designed to have to have them take a second, deeper look at topics they should have been exposed to previously; illuminate the connections between secondary and college mathematics; illustrate good, as opposed to typically poor, sometimes counterproductive, uses of technology in teaching; illuminate the connections between various areas of mathematics; and engage them in serious (i.e., non-routine) problem solving, problem-based learning, and applications of mathematics. While there is some discussion of how the content relates to secondary mathematics instruction, with the instructor endeavoring to model high quality instructional techniques, Functions and Modeling primarily emphasizes mathematics content knowledge and content connections, as well as applications of the mathematics topics covered. Course may be attempted only two times.


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 may be attempted only two times. (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 may be attempted only two times. (Course Fee Required)


UTCH 4485. Student Teaching (0-0-9) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education and Student Teaching. Corequisites: UTCH 4795 and SPED 4115. This course is part of the UTeach Columbus program. Observation, participation, and instruction in a middle or high school classroom in the student's major field. Cooperative supervision by selected classroom teachers and college faculty. (S/U grading) (Course Fee Required)


UTCH 4795. Student Teaching Seminar (1-0-1) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education and Student Teaching. Corequisites: UTCH 4485. Discussion of common problems encountered in student teaching conducted in a seminar setting. Course may be attempted only two times. (S/U grading)