Educational Foundations (EFN)

Educational Studies Curriculum Instruction

+ above a course number indicates a
General Education course.

EFN 200          Cr. 1

A study of the history and development of cooperatives, a form of business organization voluntarily owned and controlled by member patrons on a nonprofit or cost basis. The social, political and economic aspects of cooperatives constitute the basis for the course. Note: This course is a statutory requirement for all social studies majors and minors (except psychology minors) in the 1-9 or 6-12 teacher certification programs. May not count in major or minor. Offered Spring, Summer.

EFN 205          Cr. 3
Understanding Human Differences

The course will focus on human differences and the factors which influence these differences, specifically group identifications. It will explore the interaction between misperceptions and ethnocentric perspectives which foster the development of prejudicial attitudes. It will explain the effect of prejudicial attitudes on expectations for “different” others (stereotyping) and on behavior toward those others (discrimination). It will examine diverse groups in our society and how membership in one or more of these groups affects one’s sense of identity and one’s opportunities. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring.

EFN 207          Cr. 1
Resolving Diversity Issues Through Experiential Drama

An interactive experience involving drama and dialogue to address cultural conflict, racial ethnic and other diversity issues. Students research topics to gain background information. Short scenarios are developed and presented to UW-L classes and on-campus organizations as requested, as well as off-campus social agencies, school groups, businesses, etc. Repeatable for credit — maximum three. Offered Fall, Spring.

EFN 210          Cr. 2
Introduction to Education

Students investigate their own perceptions about the teacher, the learner, the curriculum, and schooling in society. Students are introduced to the world of education and the realities of professional teaching. To be taken concurrently with CI 211. Prerequisites: sophomore standing; minimum 2.75 GPA; successful completion of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST).

EFN 222          Cr. 2
Introduction to Choice Theory: Problem Solving Strategies

Examines major concepts from William Glasser’s Choice Theory focusing on how they can be applied to promote responsible behavior and create successful living and learning experiences. Emphasis is on understanding basic needs, developing strategies for working with diverse students, learning a variety of approaches for problem solving, and developing specific skills for applying Choice Theory in interpersonal and small group interactions and in conducting group meetings. Prerequisites: sophomore standing; open to resident assistants and desk managers only. Offered occasionally.

EFN 290          Cr. 1-3
Education Forum

Study of areas and topics of current interest. The department will select topics based on current trends or needs. Repeatable for credit — maximum six. Offered occasionally.

EFN 303          Cr. 2
Foundations of Public Education in the United States

A study of the philosophical, historical, sociological, financial and legal foundations of education as well as their implications for the prospective teacher and for the learner in the classroom. Prerequisites: EFN 210 and CI 211.

EFN 347          Cr. 3
Leadership in Modern Society

An introductory theoretical and practical examination of leadership in modern society. Emphasis will be to provide class participants a knowledge base for current issues affecting management and leadership in the types of organizations in which they will soon be integral members. Offered occasionally.

EFN 400/500   Cr. 3
School Curriculum Design

Overview of K-12 curriculum with emphasis on criteria for decision-making. Attention to description of patterns of curriculum development currently utilized in the schools. Prerequisite: admission to teacher education. Offered occasionally.

EFN 415/515   Cr. 3
Teacher-Student Relationships: Connected Teaching

This course is based on the premise that authentic teacher-student relationships create a sense of connectedness in a classroom, which is essential to successful teaching. William Glasser’s Choice Theory and his communication model will be examined as a basis for creating connected teaching, which effectively addresses student needs. Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered occasionally.

EFN 422/522   Cr. 3
Using Choice Theory as a Basis for Conflict Resolution

Choice Theory is examined as a foundation for developing effective communication skills and conflict resolution strategies. Explores the concept of success/failure identity and its relationship to setting realistic goals, and taking responsibility for one’s behavior. Emphasis is on resolving interpersonal conflicts. Designed for teachers, prospective teachers, and professionals working in behavioral sciences. Prerequisite: junior standing. Not open to students who have credit in EFN 222. Offered occasionally.