Curriculum and Instruction (CI)

Educational Studies Curriculum Instruction

CI 110          Cr. 1
Tutoring Principles and Practice

Practical experience in tutoring area school students prior to, during, or after school sessions as arranged in cooperation with campus and approved community agencies. Pass/Fail grading. Repeatable for credit — maximum two.

CI 211          Cr. 1
Level I Clinical Experience

Semester-long field experience involving observation of teacher and learner characteristics. An introduction to the teaching profession and participation in selected teacher activities. To be taken concurrently with EFN 210. May not be taken concurrently with any other clinical experience course. Prerequisites: sophomore standing; minimum 2.75 GPA; successful completion of Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST). Pass/Fail grading. Offered occasionally.

CI 301          Cr. 2
Methods in Music: Elementary/Middle Level

Designed to develop a basic philosophy of music education, to explore the role of the classroom teacher in music education, to develop an understanding of methods and materials for music teaching, and to gain facility for effectively using the autoharp in a classroom situation. Prerequisite: admission to teacher education. (Not open to music majors or minors.)

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. May not be taken concurrently with any other clinical experience course. Prerequisites: CI 211; admission to teacher education. Pass/Fail grading.  

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. Prerequisites: PSY 212, 370; EFN 210, 303 or 701; CI 211; junior standing; admission to teacher education.

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 pre-service 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. Pass/Fail grading.

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. 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. 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. Prerequisites: completion of eight hours of techniques classes and conducting and admission to teacher education. Offered occasionally.

CI 312/512   Cr. 3
Methods in Art: Secondary

Art methods and materials for junior and senior high schools. Prerequisite: CI 304 or concurrent enrollment.

CI 313          Cr. 2
Methods and Practices in Art: Elementary/Middle Level

Development of art expressions by pre-kindergarten through elementary/middle level children and youth; curriculum construction, including creative art expressions for exceptional children. Students will develop art education objectives through practical laboratory studio experiences stressing varieties of art materials. Lect. 1, Studio 2. Prerequisite: admission to teacher education. Offered Fall, Spring.

CI 334/534   Cr. 3
Curriculum and Methods in the Language Arts

This course is designed to provide pre-service teachers with a basic understanding of curriculum, instructional methods and materials, and evaluation approaches in an integrated language arts program for kindergarten through middle school children. Prerequisites: EFN 210; CI 211;  junior standing; admission to teacher education.

CI 354/554   Cr. 3
Curriculum and Methods in Mathematics

This course is designed to provide pre-service teachers with basic understanding of curriculum content, instructional methods and materials, and evaluation procedures in mathematics programs for children in kindergarten through middle school. Prerequisites: EFN 210; CI 211; MTH 125; junior standing; admission to teacher education.

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. 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 or teacher certification. Repeatable for credit — maximum six. Offered occasionally.

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. Prerequisites: MUS 335 and admission to teacher education. 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. Offered occasionally.

CI 381/581   Cr. 1
Environmental Education Methods

This course is designed to develop an understanding 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. Prerequisites: GEO 200; completion of CI 302 or 305 or declared environmental studies minor. Offered Fall, Spring.

CI 405/605   Cr. 3
Methods in English Education

A study of methods, materials and evaluation techniques that are shown by current research and practice in English education to be effective with middle and secondary level students. Emphasis is given to the knowledge and skills necessary to create a developmentally appropriate, positive learning environment. The course will include approaches to teaching critical thinking skills using a variety of activities and teacher modeling. Prerequisite: CI 304 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Spring.

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 304 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Spring.

CI 420          Cr. 3
Computers in Education

A survey of instructional uses of computers in education. Students learn to make use of microcomputers as a support for the learning process. Course topics include interactive instruction, testing, and simulation. 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. Prerequisites: CI 302; GEO 200; admission to teacher education.

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. Prerequisites: CI 302/502 and admission to teacher education.

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 or 305 or teacher certification. Offered occasionally.

CI 442/642   Cr. 1-3
Issues and Trends in Elementary Mathematics 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. Repeatable for credit — maximum six. Offered occasionally.

CI 443          Cr. 2
Issues and Trends in Science Education

Designed to provide elementary teachers with conceptual bases for developing and implementing an inquiry science curriculum. Participants will examine relevant literature, participate in demonstrated inquiry methods, and assess current curriculum materials and classroom practices in science education programs. Prerequisite: classroom teaching experience. 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. Prerequisites: CI 302; RDG 432 or 710; may be taken concurrently with RDG 432 or 710. Pass/Fail grading.

CI 448          Cr. 1
Course Construction Using the Wisconsin Instructional Design System (WIDS I)

An introduction to performance-based instruction utilizing the Wisconsin Instructional Design System (WIDS). Students will become proficient in identifying performance expectations for learners, developing performance assessment strategies and designing learning activities. Participants will construct a course outcome summary and a learning plan for a course of study. Offered occasionally.

CI 449          Cr. 1
Course Construction Using the Wisconsin Instructional Design System (WIDS II)

A follow-up to performance-based instruction using the Wisconsin Instructional Design System. Students will become proficient in developing performance assessment strategies, designing learning activities, and embedding standards into the curriculum. Participants will construct a learning plan and a scoring guide for a course of study. Prerequisite: CI 448. 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 pre-service teachers are ready to successfully enter student teaching. Prerequisites: CI 305; completion of/or concurrent enrollment in, a special methods course; RDG 432 or 710. Pass/Fail grading.

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 or 305 or teacher certification. 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 435 or prior elementary/ middle level classroom teaching experience. May be taken concurrently with CI 335 when a minimum of 20 science course credits has been successfully completed. Offered Fall.

CI 463/563   Cr. 3
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Methods

This course is designed to give pre-service teachers a basic understanding of classroom applications of second language acquisition theories, teaching techniques, curriculum and lesson development, classroom environment issues and sociopolitical concerns in the field of Teaching

English to Speakers of Other Languages. Prerequisites: TSL 400, 450; six credits from the following: ANT 350; ENG 332, 334, 432; CST 332; MLG 340; PHL 311; PSY 360, 382, 436; SPE 431; TSL 425. Offered Spring.

CI 467/567   Cr. 3
Teaching a Foreign Language

A study of how a foreign language is learned and acquired and what methods and techniques are effective with varying groups of learners. Focus is on putting theory into practice through demonstration, microteaching, curriculum evaluation, materials development and unit lesson planning. Prerequisite: CI 304 or 334, or concurrent enrollment. 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 or concurrent enrollment. 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. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading. Repeatable for credit — maximum six. 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. Prerequisites: CI 325 and junior standing. This course will not apply toward requirements for initial certification in early childhood education at UW-L. Offered occasionally.

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 or classroom teaching experience. Repeatable for credit — maximum six. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading. Offered occasionally.

CI 487/687   Cr. 1-3
Elementary Science Update

This course is designed especially for the experienced elementary school teacher. Emphasis is on 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. Offered occasionally.

CI 489          Cr. 3
Effective Motivation and Teaching Behaviors

Research on effective instruction and teaching practices will be reviewed and analyzed. New techniques of instruction (suggestopedia) will be introduced. Research proven and new practices of teaching and motivation will be practiced in the classroom setting. Offered occasionally.

CI 491          Cr. 2
Aerospace Education

Introduction to materials and methods of incorporating aerospace subjects into the classroom curriculum. Activities and projects are adaptable to all grade levels, 9-12, and are particularly relevant in today’s classroom. 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. Prerequisites: certification for teaching; baccalaureate degree; teaching experience. Repeatable for credit — maximum three. Offered occasionally.

CI/EFN   499          Cr. 1-3
Individual Study

Reading and research in an area of student interest in education under the direction of an education instructor. Open to elementary and secondary education students with excellent records. Admission by consent of instructor, adviser, and department chair. (Not open to students concurrently enrolled in EFN 499.) (Cross-listed with EFN; may earn six credits total in CI and EFN.) Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.