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Course Descriptions

 

ARSC 120-Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching

This 1-credit-hour class meets once a week and includes five visits to a local public school. In this course, students will learn the elements of an inquiry-based lesson. Two to three students will be paired and matched with a mentor teacher in a 3rd - 6th grade class for student teaching at a time that fits the students' schedules.

ARSC 220-Step 2: Inquiry – Based Lesson Design

This 1-credit-hour class meets once a week and includes five visits to a local public school. In this course, students will improve their teaching skills, develop lesson plans and gain experience teaching in grades 6th - 8th. In subsequent WVUteach courses, student experiences will be at the high school level.

WVUteach Courses Following Step 1 & 2

UTCH 221: Knowing and Learning in Science and Mathematics - 3 credit-hours

This course draws on scholarship in educational psychology to provide a firm foundation for the teaching of science and mathematics by exploring what it means to know and understand in these disciplines, and how that influences instructional methods and assessment. 

Prerequisite: ARSC 120 or instructor consent.

UTCH 222: Classroom Interactions - 3 credit-hours

This course examines the interplay between teachers, students, and content, and how such interactions enable students to develop deep conceptual understanding of science and mathematics in secondary schools. Students learn a variety of instructional strategies to engage students of diverse backgrounds, acknowledging that quality instruction should reach all learners. 

Prerequisite: ARSC 120 and ARSC 220 (Step 1 and Step 2 courses) or instructor consent.

UTCH 420: Project-Based Instruction in Science and Mathematics Classrooms - 3 credit-hours

This capstone teacher preparation course focuses on the integration of mathematics and science content, infusion of technology and the design of equitable learning environments in project-based lessons that model the ways scientists, applied mathematicians, and engineers address real world problems. Each student team will design and teach a project-based unit and evaluate its effectiveness in a secondary classroom. 

Prerequisite: UTCH 222 or instructor consent.

BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 376: Research Methods - 3 credit-hours

This project-based course for prospective science and mathematics teachers provides WVUteach students with the tools that scientists use to solve scientific problems, and gives them the opportunity to use these tools in a laboratory setting and practice in how scientists communicate with each other through peer-reviewed scientific literature.  

Prerequisite: ARSC 120 and ARSC 220, junior standing.

MATH 376: Foundations, Function and Regression Models (for math licensure students only) - 3 credit-hours

In-depth study of topics taught by teachers of secondary school mathematics. Emphasizes development of the concept of function, exploring function patterns in data sets, and connections between these topics and topics of mathematics associated with the secondary school curriculum. Integrates use of appropriate technology in developing lessons that help students master the concepts of functions, data, and real world applications.

Pre-or Co-requisite: MATH 156

MATH 318: Perspectives on Mathematics and Science - 3 credit-hours

Perspectives on Mathematics and Science explores knowledge generation in the sciences along with consideration of mathematics by referencing the philosophy, history and methods of these disciplines. The course is designed to prepare future teachers with the background, rationales and strategies necessary to enhance student knowledge and interest in these areas, providing deeper understanding of the underlying mathematics in science, and of mathematics in general.

UTCH 430: Apprentice Teaching – 10 credit-hours

Final semester Supervised Clinical Teaching is the apprenticeship experience for WVUteach students preparing for careers as mathematics and science teachers. Student interns will teach at the secondary level with mentoring provided by university supervisors and experienced classroom educators. The required seminar will address experiences, questions and problems encountered in the field. 

Prerequisite: ARSC 120, ARSC 220, UTCH 221, UTCH 222 and UTCH 420.