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The Minor in Education

Course Requirements for the Minor: 20 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

The Minor in Education provides opportunity and choice for individuals who are considering the teaching profession or other fields that demand effective communication and instructional skills. It addresses education foundations, communication skills, field experience with children, technology, and diversity awareness. This minor is not intended to substitute for an accredited teacher education program leading to a credential.

4 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as JOUR 101.
This course teaches the concepts, history, and applications of communication. The implications and ethical issues of media and the communication process are covered. 3 hours lecture. (001636)
Prerequisites: CDES 271 or concurrent enrollment or faculty permission.
Students taking the course for the Minor in Education should request faculty permission. An introduction to the area of media for instruction and training. The course is divided into three general areas: (1) Hardware; (2) Theory; (3) Application. Students will design and carry out plans for actual use of media in teaching and learning situations. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (001640)
Prospective teachers examine socio-political issues of education relative to current demographics of California schools, integration of multicultural education, and promotion of social justice. Candidates identify, analyze, and minimize personal and institutional bias and explore the complexities of living and teaching in a pluralistic, multicultural society. Candidates identify barriers English Learners experience in becoming full participants in the school program and strategies for assisting students in overcoming these barriers. 3 hours lecture. (002977)
A survey of the principles and theories of learning. Examples of the applications of these will be given. 3 hours discussion. (007928)

2 units selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Selected experience related to educational and social interaction with youth. Offered for 1.0, 1.5, or 2.0 units. Thirty to 60 hours of interaction with designated youth. Field Experience with Youth may be taken for a maximum of 6.0 units. Sign up at the CAVE office. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (002762)
This course is a field experience offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. A field experience in education, designed to introduce students to practical classroom experiences early in their college careers. Regularly scheduled meetings will provide a setting wherein the students can discuss their pre-kindergarten, elementary, secondary, or community college experience in the classroom. A maximum of 3 units may be earned. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (002766)
This is an early field experience course for University students exploring teaching as a career. It prepares students to assist classroom teachers as tutors. Students are placed as volunteer tutors in area schools; emphasis is on literacy and reading education. Guidance is provided to help students make important connections between academic studies, personal, social and emotional growth, and life in the K-12 school. This course is associated with the Integrated Teacher CORE program. 2 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (002897)
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (003040)

2 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Language as a symbolic communication; structural, comparative, and sociolinguistics; analysis of English and non-western language data. 3 hours discussion. (000508)
Basic theories of persuasion, including variables, resources, and constraints affecting persuasive discourse in diverse situations. This course aims to develop students' abilities as an observer and informed practitioner of persuasive communication. 3 hours discussion. (002220)
An introduction to the concepts, terminology, and issues in multicultural and gender studies, including exploration of America's multicultural history, gender as an element of culture, and contemporary issues in the field. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (002602)
Multicultural literature is central to helping students understand themselves and the world in which they live. This survey course will address how to identify, select, and evaluate appropriate literature. This course will include study of how to implement and use multicultural books with children who are native English speakers as well as those who are English language learners. Intended for those interested in teaching at elementary, middle, and high schools. 3 hours seminar. (008755)
This is a survey course recommended for students interested in all types of exceptional learners and a prerequisite to professional preparation programs in the Department of Professional Studies in Education. Content includes (1) an overview of the characteristics, identification, and educational needs of special populations, (2) social, familial, biological, historical, cultural, economic, political, and legal contexts in which special education occurs, and (3) characteristics of effective programs. Includes a service learning experience. 3 hours lecture. (003010)
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