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CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (CI)

Course Descriptions


CI 302/502  Cr.1

Level II Clinical Experience - Elementary

A clinical experience in which students become familiar with teaching resources that are available in schools, have opportunities to plan and to implement instruction using appropriate curriculum resources, and develop whole group and small group instructional strategies. Prerequisite: CI 211 and admission to teacher education. May not be taken concurrently with any other clinical experience course. Slash course CI 302/502.  Pass/Fail grading. Offered Occasionally.


CI 304/504  Cr.4

Understanding the Contexts of Classroom Practice

A general methods course which introduces the middle level/secondary teacher education student to a range of knowledge, skills, and dispositions regarding the context of classroom practice. Students will investigate current research on exemplary educational practice in the middle level and secondary school setting. To be taken concurrently with CI 305/505. Prerequisite: PSY 212, 370; EFN 210, 303 or 701; CI 211; junior standing and admission to teacher education. Slash course CI 304/504.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 305/505  Cr.1

Clinical Experience II: Professional Development in Middle Level and Secondary Schools

A developmental field experience in the student's content area designed to build skills and understandings in the context of professional classroom practice. This course is designed to establish that the preservice teacher has the understandings and basic performance skills in the school setting to continue in the middle level/secondary program. To be taken concurrently with CI 304/504. Slash course CI 305/505.  Pass/Fail grading. Offered Occasionally.


CI 306/506  Cr.3

Choral Music in the Junior/Senior High School

This course is designed to provide the students with the basic principles and techniques of choral preparation and performance in relation to public school choral ensembles. It deals specifically with vocal production in young voices, choral sound, repertoire, stylistic characteristics, and expressive elements. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Slash course CI 306/506.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 307/507  Cr.3

General Music in the Junior/Senior High School

This course provides the students with a positive view of the realities of general music in relation to the youngsters themselves and to the musical and aesthetic learning possible at these age levels. Sufficient materials, methods and techniques are explored as to enable the beginning teacher to deal with adolescent musical skills and social behavior. The course should also help each student to formulate a philosophy of music education. Prerequisite: admission to teacher education. Slash course CI 307/507.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 308/508  Cr.3

Instrumental Music in the Schools

A practicum in the structure, supervision, and administration of school instrumental music programs. Emphasis placed upon elementary band techniques, junior/senior high school band/ orchestra rehearsal procedures, and organization and conducting. Prerequisite: completion of eight hours of techniques classes and conducting and admission to teacher education. Slash course CI 308/508.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 334/534  Cr.3

Curriculum and Methods in the Language Arts

This course is designed to provide preservice teachers with a basic understanding of curriculum, instructional methods and materials, and evaluation approaches in an integrated language arts program for children in kindergarten through middle school. Prerequisite: EFN 210, CI 211, junior standing, and admission to teacher education. Slash course CI 334/534.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 435/535  Cr.3

Curriculum and Methods in Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Science

This course is designed to develop an understanding of curriculum, instructional methods and materials, and evaluation techniques for middle childhood/early adolescence science and environmental science based upon educational research, contemporary practice, and national and state educational standards' recommended goals and expectations for science education. The nature of science as a discipline and the scope and sequence of appropriate content for each grade level are presented. Prerequisite: GEO 200, CI 302/502 and admission to teacher education. Slash course CI 435/535.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 436/536  Cr.3

Curriculum and Methods in Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Social Studies

This course is designed to develop an understanding of curriculum content, instructional methods and materials, and evaluation techniques for middle childhood/early adolescence social studies based upon educational research, contemporary practice, and national and state educational agencies' recommended goals and expectations for social studies education. Social studies disciplines and the scope and sequence of appropriate content for each grade level are presented. Prerequisite: CI 302/502 and admission to teacher education. Slash course CI 436/536.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 354/554  Cr.3

Curriculum and Methods in Mathematics

This course is designed to provide preservice teachers with basic understanding of curriculum content, instructional methods and materials, and evaluation procedures in mathematics programs for children in kindergarten through middle school. Prerequisite: EFN 210, CI 211, MTH 125, junior standing and admission to teacher education. Slash course CI 354/554.   Offered Occasionally.


CI  560  Cr.1 - 2

Washburn Academy

Study of a selected topic in science, mathematics, humanities, and the use of technology in education to improve the topic-related competency of classroom teachers and the acquisition of classroom techniques and applications. Open only to teachers who have been selected to participate in the Washburn Academy, an inservice program sponsored and conducted through joint efforts of CESA-4 and UW-L with the support of grants and the business community. Repeatable for credit - maximum 4 credits. A maximum of 4 credits apply to a graduate degree.  Pass/Fail grading. Offered Summer.


CI 364/564  Cr.3

Methods in Mathematics and Computer Science

Objectives, activities, materials, instructional strategies and field work in mathematics/ computer science at the secondary school level. Prerequisite: CI 304/504 or concurrent enrollment. Slash course CI 364/564.   Offered Fall.


CI 365/565  Cr.1 - 3

Using Manipulatives to Teach Mathematics

A study of materials used for mathematics instruction. Focus will be on developing understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures through the use of manipulatives, calculators; computer programs, and other commercial and teacher made materials. Research base for instructional strategies, classroom organization and evaluation will be discussed. Prerequisite: CI 354/554 or CI 364/564 or teacher certification. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Slash course CI 365/565.   Offered Occasionally.


CI  570  Cr.1 - 3

Assessment Alternatives

Course will explore current professional recommendations for assessment and alternative formal and informal classroom assessment strategies. Participants will examine current assessment techniques, record keeping, and reporting systems. Prerequisite: teacher certification or one methods course and one educational psychology course. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.   Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.


CI 371/571  Cr.3

Methods and Materials in Elementary School Music

A study of the philosophy, structure, and content of music education in the elementary school curriculum. Emphasis is given to observation, analysis, and teaching in an elementary classroom four hours per week in the La Crosse area. Students will learn techniques of teaching and become familiar with materials for teaching basic concepts and skills necessary to quality music education. Prerequisite: MUS 335 and admission to teacher education. Slash course CI 371/571.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 374/574  Cr.3

Teaching the Fine Arts

This course is designed to develop a basic understanding of an integrated fine arts program and to examine its relationship to the development of creativity. Art, music, drama and creative writing will be the areas of emphasis. Divergent learning and teaching styles will be examined and will be used as the foundations for unit and lesson plan development. Prerequisite: CI 211. Slash course CI 374/574.   Offered Occasionally.


CI  576  Cr.2

Music in Early Childhood Education

A study of the philosophy of music education in early childhood education. Emphasis will be given to the study of vocal development, listening and movement activity and the use of classroom instruments, with practical application in off-campus early childhood situations. Prerequisite: MUS 231.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 381/581  Cr.1

Environmental Education Methods

This course is designed to develop an under-standing of curricula, instructional methods and materials and evaluation techniques for K-12 level environmental education based upon educational research, contemporary practices and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recommended goals and expectations. Prerequisite: GEO 200 and completion of CI 302/502 or CI 305/505. Slash course CI 381/581.   Offered Fall, Spring.


CI 485/585  Cr.1 - 3

Environmental Education Update

This course is designed especially for the experienced schoolteacher. Content emphasis will include background knowledge on current local and global environmental issues; state, national and global goals and expectations; a review of teaching practices; and teaching aids and resources including simulation software and Internet. Selected certification or other programs for environmental education such as Project Wild, Project Learning Tree, Project Wet, and Nature Center programs may be implemented with grade appropriate infusion teaching plans developed. Prerequisite: CI 381/581 or classroom teaching experience. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading. Slash course CI 485/585.   Offered Occasionally.


CI  590  Cr.3

Teaching Thinking Skills: Theory Into Practice

Learn practical and relevant techniques to foster and develop student thinking at higher levels. The course examines strategies for teaching inductive reasoning, problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and synthesis skills, pattern recognition, and inquiry skills. The course explores the use of multiple intelligences and learning style theories to promote higher level thinking and motivation to learn.   Offered Occasionally.


CI  606  Cr.1 - 2

Teaching Basic Writing Skills

A developmental approach to teaching basic writing skills at the middle/junior and the senior high school levels. The course will examine philosophies, conceptual frameworks, and techniques in teaching writing. Special emphasis will be given to the concept of writing across curricular subject matter areas. Prerequisite: Teaching experience.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 408/608  Cr.3

Methods in History and Social Studies

A course using citizenship education in a democracy to demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach to teaching methods, curriculum materials and evaluation techniques. Course topics include: living history, global studies, law-related education and economic literacy in the social studies. There is an emphasis on the use of critical thinking skills to create a challenging learning environment unique to the needs and interests of middle and secondary level students. Prerequisite: CI 504 or concurrent enrollment. Slash course CI 408/608.   Offered Spring.


CI/EFN  630  Cr.1 - 3

Understanding Diverse Learners

This course focuses on the needs of diverse learners and the implications for effective instructional strategies. Diversity is represented by, but not limited to, differences of race, gender, culture, age, and socioeconomic status. Prerequisite: teacher certification or CI 502 or 505. Repeatable for credit — maximum 30. (Cross-listed with CI; may only earn 30 credits total in EFN and CI.)   Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


CI 440/640  Cr.3

Education of the Gifted and Talented

This course is an overview of education for gifted, talented and creative students (preK-12). Emphasis will be placed upon definitions, characteristics, problems, identification procedures, and programming. Strategies for teaching in the classroom will be examined. Prerequisite: CI 302/502 or 305/505 or teacher certification. Slash course CI 440/640.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 442/642  Cr.1 - 3

Issues and Trends in Elementary Math Instruction

This course focuses on recent trends in elementary mathematics instruction. The examination and evaluation of current teaching materials and equipment, the implementation of these materials and current teaching strategies, will be the major components of this course. Prerequisite: CI 354/554. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Slash course CI 442/642.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 445/645  Cr.2

Refining Teaching Skills/Level III Clinical Experience

A culminating clinical experience prior to student teaching. Students will refine their skills of planning, implementing and evaluating instruction. Through self-evaluation, teacher evaluation and teacher-student conferences, students will determine how to improve their teaching skills. Prerequisite: CI 302/502 and RDG 432 or RDG 710, may be taken concurrently with RDG 432 or 710. Slash course CI 445/645.  Pass/Fail grading. Offered Occasionally.


CI 450/650  Cr.1

Clinical Experience III: Professional Development in Middle Level and Secondary Schools

A developmental field experience in the student's content area, designed to refine skills and understanding of the executive, organizational, and interactive functions of teaching. The goal of this course is to establish that preservice teachers are ready to successfully enter student teaching. Prerequisite: CI 305/505 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in a special methods course and RDG 432 or 710. Slash course CI 450/650.  Pass/Fail grading. Offered Occasionally.


CI 460/660  Cr.2

Integrated Curriculum: Theory Into Practice

Designed to develop an understanding of the historical and theoretical foundations of integrated curriculum. The focus of the course is on the application of these understandings to classroom practice through the evaluation, selection, and use of appropriate curriculum models, methods of planning, grouping patterns, and instructional and assessment strategies. Prerequisite: CI 302/502 or 305/505 or teacher certification. Slash course CI 460/660.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 461/661  Cr.3

Leadership for Elementary/Middle Science Education

Designed to augment a basic understanding of science curriculum development, teaching practices, resources, management, and assessment procedures. Special emphasis will be given to controversial issues in science, nature of scientific knowledge, laboratory safety, long range planning and goal setting procedures, funding for operating an inquiry science program, and special programs to enhance and extend classroom science experiences for students. Prerequisite: CI 335/535 or prior elementary/middle level classroom teaching experience. May be taken concurrently with CI 335/535 when a minimum of 20 science course credits have been successfully completed. Slash course CI 461/661.   Offered Fall.


CI 469/669  Cr.3

Methods in Science

An examination of the curriculum content, instructional strategies and resources, and techniques of evaluation in science education that are supported by research and the effective practice of middle and secondary school teachers. The topics covered will promote an awareness of the essential role of the teacher in creating and sustaining a learning environment which meets the needs and interests of middle and secondary students. Emphasis will be placed upon the relationship of science, technology and society, critical thinking and inquiry techniques, safety and liability concerns, and current trends and issues in science education. Prerequisite: CI 304/504 or concurrent enrollment. Slash course CI 469/669.   Offered Spring.


CI 470/670  Cr.1 - 3

Symposium in Education

Studies in education of interest to specific groups. Varying topics will be offered at intervals with a specific title assigned to each. Prerequisite: junior standing and admission to teacher education. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Department option for Pass/Fail grading. Slash course CI 470/670.   Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.


CI 483/683  Cr.1

Issues in Early Childhood Education

Designed to discuss trends and issues in early childhood education. Utilizing selected programs from the "Footsteps" series of videotapes, participants will discuss competencies needed by teachers in helping children develop positive self-concepts and social competence. Attention will be given to providing learning experiences that are based upon the individual needs, interests and capabilities of young children. Participants will investigate the impact which family relationships and changes in family structure have upon the optimal growth and development of young children. Prerequisite: CI 325/525 and junior standing. This course will not apply toward requirements for initial certification in early childhood education at UW-La Crosse. Slash course CI 483/683.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 487/687  Cr.1 - 3

Elementary Science Update

This course is designed especially for the experienced elementary school teacher. Emphasis will be upon planning, developing and using science instructional materials. Selected topics in life, physical and earth science will be reviewed as a basis for curriculum planning. Prerequisite: classroom teaching experience. Not repeatable for credit. Slash course CI 487/687.   Offered Occasionally.


CI 495/695  Cr.1 - 3

Supervision of Student Teaching

Designed especially for supervising teachers having student teachers or teacher interns under their direction, and for other teachers interested in preparing for teacher supervising responsibilities. Emphasis on objectives of student teaching, orientation and induction, roles and responsibilities of personnel, instructional planning and implementation, process of supervision and post-instructional conferencing. Prerequisite: certification for teaching, a baccalaureate degree, and teaching experience. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3. Slash course CI 495/695.   Offered Occasionally.


CI/HED  702  Cr.1 - 3

Health Issues and Resources for Teachers and Other School Professionals

Current health issues and available community resources will be addressed. Representatives from community agencies and the facilitating faculty will clarify the meaning of specific health issues related to the school setting along with various ways to address them through available agency resources. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. (Cross-listed with CI; may only earn credit in HED or CI.)   Offered Occasionally.


CI  710  Cr.1 - 3

Seminar in Team Teaching

The course is designed to help teachers, administrators and other personnel understand the role of teaming in the middle school philosophy, team development, team function, and team effects on delivery of instruction, student development and school organization. Matters of curriculum, program evaluation, student assessment and political dynamics will be included. Prerequisite: EFN 660 or teaching certification. Repeatable for credit — maximum 1.   Offered Occasionally.


CI/EFN  715  Cr.1 - 3

Issues and Trends in Education

Current critical issues in education on the state, national and international levels. Repeatable for credit — maximum 30. (Cross-listed with EFN/CI; may only earn 30 credits total in EFN and CI.).   Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


CI  736  Cr.1 - 3

Individualized Instruction

A focus on needs, practices, and plans for implementing an individualized program of instruction in the public schools. Repeatable for credit - maximum 1.   Offered Occasionally.


CI  738  Cr.3

Curriculum in the Middle Level/Secondary Schools

Focuses on the historical, political, sociological, and philosophical foundations of curriculum planning and the construction, implementation, and evaluation of middle level/secondary school curriculum. Emphasis on research-supported principles of curriculum development and application of these principles to promote authentic learning and support the concept of a learning community with multiple stakeholders. Prerequisite: Teacher certification.   Offered Occasionally.


CI  739  Cr.3

Research/Practice in Improving Written Expression

Students will examine current research on the teaching of writing, as well as develop and share practical suggestions for improving students' written expression. Prerequisite: Teacher certification or experience.   Offered Occasionally.


CI  742  Cr.3

Curriculum in the Elementary School

Historical, political, sociological and philosophical foundations of curriculum planning in elementary schools. Development and implementation of an elementary curriculum emphasizing authentic learning. Prerequisite: teaching experience.   Offered Occasionally.


CI/EFN  750  Cr.1 - 3

Guided Learning

Study of a significant problem, development of a professionally related competency, or acquisition of job-related knowledge through independent study on or off campus under the direction of a faculty member. On occasion, individuals may be formed into classes. Prerequisite: approval of adviser and consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 15. (Cross-listed with CI/EFN; may only earn 15 credits total in EFN and CI.).   Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.


CI  751  Cr.1 - 3

Teacher Inquiry: Assessing Classroom Practices

This course will assist experienced educators in focused efforts to improve classroom practices through disciplined inquiry. Participants will identify questions about their own teaching and/or their students' learning, and conduct systematic investigations into those questions. Prerequisite: classroom teaching experience. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.   Offered Occasionally.


CI  752  Cr.3

Principles and Problems of Curriculum Development

Theoretical frameworks for curriculum development. Principles and problems pertaining to four standard phases of curriculum construction: analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation. Emphasis is upon developing or revising existing school curriculum. Prerequisite: teaching experience. A graduate curriculum course is highly recommended.   Offered Occasionally.


CI/EFN  761  Cr.2

Seminar Paper

Completion of an acceptable seminar paper under the direction of an assigned staff member. Prerequisite: EFN 760 or concurrent enrollment. (Cross-listed with CI/EFN; may only earn credit in one department.)  Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.


CI  770  Cr.1 - 6

Practicum in Education

Designed to assist teachers as they seek methods and materials to upgrade their teaching skills. Emphasis will be on the implementation of various teaching techniques and will involve on-site supervision by the college instructor. Repeatable for credit —maximum 6.   Offered Occasionally.


CI  780  Cr.3

Administration and Organization of Public Education

Introduction to the study of educational administration with emphasis upon the nature of administrative theory and process. Study of behavior patterns and decision-making process of successful administrators in various settings.   Offered Occasionally.


CI/RDG  781  Cr.3

Educational Supervision

Exploration of the nature and scope of responsibilities of areas in educational supervision. Special emphasis will be given to the improvement of instruction and curriculum development through the study of interpersonal relations. (Cross-listed with EDM and RDG; may only earn credit in one department.)   Offered Summer.


CI/EDM/EFN/RDG  796  Cr.1 - 2

Independent Study

Directed readings or presentation of material not available in formal departmental courses under the supervision of an assigned staff member. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4. (Cross-listed with CI, EDM, EFN and RDG; may only earn 4 credits total in EFN, CI, EDM, and RDG.)   Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.


CI/EFN  799  Cr.1 - 6

Research: Master's Thesis

Completion of an acceptable thesis under the direction of an assigned staff member. Prerequisite: EFN 760 or concurrent enrollment. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6. (Cross-listed with EFN; may only earn credit in CI or EFN.) Prerequisite: EFN 760 or concurrent enrollment.  Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.