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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


FOUNDATIONS COURSES

EU456A/EU456B: Professional Learning Seminar I and II

Teacher education candidates (TECs) meet to share questions and reflections emerging from their professional practice, to engage in collaborative inquiry and problem solving, and to construct professional knowledge as a community of learners. Professional Learning Seminar II, which occurs in second year of the BEd program, places a greater focus on “transition to practice” (e.g. resume-writing, interview skills, supply teaching, etc.).

EU480: School and Society

This course provides an examination of historical and contemporary contexts of education including various philosophical perspectives, as well as political, social and legal aspects of the Ontario education system. Central to the course is developing an understanding of the ethical and professional standards that govern teachers’ professional work.

EU481: Principles and Applications of Learning and Development

This course provides Teacher Education Candidates (TECs) with a foundation in theories of learning, development and classroom management which will guide teaching practice. Throughout the course, current theoretical approaches and key concepts in learning, child development, and classroom management are considered in the context of relevant classroom applications. Depending on the division of TEC enrolment, the course will emphasize issues and examples related to the very young, middle-childhood and/or adolescent students.

EU482: Curriculum Foundations

TECs will examine curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and evaluation supported by relevant Ministry curriculum and policy documents. TECs will have opportunities to consider and apply methods for the design, planning, implementation and continuous improvement of instruction, assessment and evaluation across the curriculum.

CURRICULUM METHODS COURSES

EU414: Social Studies, History and Geography Education

This course examines current theory and practice related to social studies education, including planning and implementing curriculum and effective teaching and assessment strategies at the Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate level, depending on TECs’ divisional enrolment. Course content for TECs with subject teaching specialization in history/geography will include an emphasis on leadership and higher levels of curriculum interpretation and implementation and an enhanced emphasis on intermediate curriculum and instruction up to and including grade 10.

EU415: Science and Technology Education

Emphasis in this course is placed upon strategies for interpreting the curriculum and engaging students in meaningful activities that employ the skills of science and technology, explore the nature and relevance of science and technology and build students’ understanding of their environment. TECs will gain confidence in their ability to teach science and technology regardless of their background in these subjects. Course content for TECs with subject teaching specialization in science and technology education will include an emphasis on leadership and higher levels of curriculum interpretation and implementation and an enhanced emphasis on intermediate curriculum and instruction up to and including grade 10.

EU418: Mathematics Education (Primary)

This course examines current theory and practice related to mathematics education, including planning and implementing curriculum and effective teaching and assessment strategies at the primary level, including kindergarten (JK to grade three). Strategies for using observation, inquiry, problem-solving, and "hands-on" exploration to support effective teaching and learning are highlighted. The course content will include an emphasis on both mathematical content and pedagogical knowledge.

EU419: Mathematics Education (Junior)

This course examines current theory and practice related to mathematics education, including planning and implementing curriculum and effective teaching and assessment strategies at the junior level (grades four to six). Strategies for using observation, inquiry, problem-solving, and "hands-on" exploration to support effective teaching and learning are highlighted. The course content will include an emphasis on both mathematical content and pedagogical knowledge.

EU420: Mathematics Education (Intermediate)

This course examines current theory and practice related to mathematics education, including planning and implementing curriculum and effective teaching and assessment strategies at the intermediate level (grades seven to ten). Strategies for using observation, inquiry, problem-solving, and "hands-on" exploration to support effective teaching and learning are highlighted. The course content will include an emphasis on both mathematical content and pedagogical knowledge. For TECs with subject specialization in mathematics this course will include an enhanced emphasis on curriculum and instruction in grades nine and ten.

EU422: Teaching for the Arts

This course examines current theory and practice for planning, instruction and assessment in the arts at the Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate level, depending on TECs’ divisional enrolment. It emphasizes the uniqueness of each art and natural intersections among the arts disciplines as well as the essential contribution that the arts make to students’ overall development. Course content for TECs with subject teaching specialization in Music will include an enhanced emphasis on intermediate curriculum and instruction up to and including grade 10.

EU423: Teaching Health and Physical Education

This course examines current theory related to health and physical education and explores a range of strategies for effective planning, instruction and assessment at the Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate level, depending on TECs’ divisional enrolment. Student safety and the development of associated classroom management techniques are highlighted. Course content for TECs with subject teaching specialization in Health and Physical Education will include an emphasis on leadership and organization of healthy active living in the class, school and community levels and on intermediate curriculum and instruction up to and including grade 10.

EU425: Language and Literacy Education (Primary)

This course investigates current theory and practice related to English language and literacy development, including effective planning, instruction, assessment, and implementation of the Ontario language curriculum at the primary level (JK to grade three). The course will focus on the development of requisite knowledge and skills to establish a repertoire of research and evidence-based instructional strategies to support students’ basic literacy development.

EU426: Language and Literacy Education (Junior)

This course investigates current theory and practice related to English language and literacy development, including effective planning, instruction, assessment, and implementation of the Ontario language curriculum at the junior level (grades four to six). The course will consider a broad definition of literacy in order to examine the literacy practices of our changing world to include multimodal texts and contexts that will foster a critical orientation to a multitude of texts. The course will focus on the development of requisite knowledge and skills to establish a repertoire of research and evidence-based instructional strategies to support students’ literacy development in the Junior division.

EU427: Language and Literacy Education (Intermediate)

This course investigates current theory and practice related to English language and literacy development, including effective planning, instruction, assessment, and implementation of the curriculum at the intermediate level (grades seven to ten). The course will expand on the broadened definition of literacy that is needed to examine the literacy practices of adolescents in a dynamic world. TECs will develop requisite knowledge and skills to establish a repertoire of research and evidence-based instructional strategies to support students’ disciplinary literacy development. For TECs with subject specialization in English this course will include an enhanced emphasis on curriculum and instruction in grades nine and ten.

INSTRUCTION AND ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE CURRICULUM

EU485: Integrated Curriculum I

This course provides an introduction to curriculum integration as an approach to designing relevant and meaningful instruction to support student learning and engagement at the Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate level, depending on their divisional specializations. Considering a variety of design models, TECs will investigate an integrated learning cycle from its planning stages through to the final assessments.

EU486: Integrated Curriculum II

This second-level course provides an opportunity for TECs to engage in in-depth exploration of curriculum integration as an approach to designing instruction at the Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate level, depending on their divisional specializations. TECs will apply knowledge of planning, instruction and assessment to develop an integrated unit of study.

EU487: Assessment

TECs will learn about current understandings of “best practice” in classroom assessment and evaluation based on recent research and theory, relevant Ministry curriculum, as well as policy and support documents. Here TECs will have the opportunity to build an initial repertoire of assessment methods, tools, practices and procedures.

KNOWING YOUR LEARNER — DIVERSITY SERIES

EU489: Diversity Series: Special Education I (0.25)

This course considers the learner with exceptionalities in the educational context, including relevant programs and placements. Legislation, policies and procedures related to special education are examined, including the Individual Education Plan and the identification and placement process. The course content will vary in its focus on curriculum expectations, learning and teaching at the different grade levels, depending on divisional enrolment of TECs.

EU490: Diversity Series: Special Education II (0.25)

This second-level course considers how we view ability and disability in educational contexts, challenging TECs to consider how children are “differently-abled.” A strengths-based perspective is foundational to this course, helping TECs develop teaching practices that support all students. An overview of historical and social movements which have led to current inclusive practice is provided. The course content will vary in its focus on curriculum expectations, learning and teaching at the different grade levels, depending on divisional enrolment of TECs.

EU491: Diversity Series: English Language Learners in the Classroom (0.25)

This course provides TECs with an understanding of the linguistic and socio-emotional needs of English language learners (ELLs). TECs will develop foundational knowledge of the language continuum to support effective instruction and assessment. This course uses Ontario curriculum documents and the Ontario College of Teachers’ Standards of Practice to prepare TECs to create learning environments and use instruction and assessment practices that reflect linguistic and academic needs of their students.

EU492: Diversity Series: Equity and Diversity in Schools (0.25)

This course addresses selected theories and their related educational practices that contribute to the creation and maintenance of an equitable and inclusive school climate, one that respects and affirms the diversity and interdependence of the world’s people and cultures as well as the history, cultural heritage and pluralism of Canadian society.

EU493: Diversity Series: First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Issues in Educational Contexts (0.25)

This course will help TECs to effectively meet the needs of FNMI learners and to connect non-FNMI learners to Canada’s aboriginal heritage through relevant and meaningful academic programming and co-curricular activities. Included are topics related to sovereignty, identity, land treaty, language and environmental sustainability. Historical and contemporary issues impacting FNMI vitality on the socio-cultural, socio-economic and political Canadian landscape are addressed.

EU494: Diversity Series: Mental Health in the Classroom Context (0.25)

This course provides TECs with a general understanding of mental health issues affecting children and youth in the classroom. Issues include an overview of the most common mental health issues in today’s classroom, especially as these issues interfere with learning opportunities, as well as the roles of different professionals within a multi-disciplinary model, resources available to teachers and ways in which teachers can promote good mental health in the classroom as part of their everyday practice.

EU495: Self-Regulated Learning (0.25)

This course examines classroom practices that help all students develop cognitive, metacognitive, and motivational skills and behaviours that will enable them to succeed as self-aware 21st-century learners who are “engaged, thinking, proactive, responsive and reflective” (SRL Canada). TECs will learn practices that promote personalization of the curriculum by increasing student choice and voice, differentiating instruction and enhancing learners’ capacity for self-determination.

Sample Elective Courses

  • EU430: Literacy Intervention
  • EU432: Introduction to Mathematical Cognition and Exceptionalities
  • EU433: Environmental Education
  • EU434: Global Education
  • EU436: French as a Second Language
  • EU438: Gifted Education
  • EU439: Teaching in Kindergarten
  • EU440: Teaching in Ontario Catholic Schools

In addition to the EU493 course, Laurier has made a commitment to infuse Aboriginal issues in education into each course within the Bachelor of Education program.

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