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EDU 201  Concepts Issues and Field Experience in Education

3 Credits

Classroom discussion (two hours per week) of educational principles, concepts and issues related to student-teacher-school-community interactions, including developmental aspects, socio-cultural influences and human relations.

An off-campus field experience involving active observation/participation in the classroom setting at an educational institution is a required component of EDU 201, or equivalent.  Four hours per week of off-campus experience will usually be required, but this number may vary with current DPI requirements.  A Clinical Evaluation, a required part of this course, will be issued to the student upon completion of the field experience component of this course.  A copy of the Clinical Evaluation of Field Experience must be sent to Dr. Michael Beeth at UW Oshkosh after the completion of the EDU 201 (or equivalent) course.  This must be received prior to applying to student teach in the act! program.

EDU 201 is offered in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting at UW-Fox Valley and other UW-College campuses or four-year UW campuses.  Distance education from UW Fox Valley is provided to partner UW College campuses only.  No online or independent learning options are available for this course, due to the field experience component.

See UW Fox Valley Course Schedule for current offerings.  Once accepted in the program, an act! coordinator will provide you with more information regarding enrolling in courses provided by UW Colleges.


EDU 211  act! Orientation

1 Credit

The act! Orientation course is required for all act! program students and must be taken within the first year of admission into the act! program.  This course provides a framework for portfolio preparation to act! students seeking admission to student teaching and licensure.  It examines the professional role of a teacher, provides accurate information about Wisconsin’s Teaching Standards and current best practices in education preparation.

EDU 211 is offered two times per year in a face-to-face setting.  Once in the Winterim (January) term, and once in the late-May/early-June timeframe. 

EDU 211 has a special course fee of $1500.


EDU 300  The Exceptional Individual

3 Credits

This course covers the definition, classification and etiology of conditions creating special education needs. Topics include intellectually challenged, gifted, emotionally disturbed, and the speech, auditory, visually, orthopedically and neurologically impaired.

EDU 300 is offered at UW Fox Valley in a face-to-face traditional classroom setting.  See UW Fox Valley Course Schedule for current offerings.

EDU 300 is offered online at UW Colleges Online.  There are deadlines to apply and pay for UW Colleges Online courses.  Be sure to carefully review their policies and procedures when choosing this option.

EDU 300 is offered via Independent Learning .  You have one year from the date of your registration to complete your course and you can register anytime. Register for U194-300 The Exceptional Individual.


EDU 230  Educational Psychology

3 Credits

Course covers the developmental process in children in the context of psychological principles of teaching and learning. Emphasis placed on understanding the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of children and adolescents. Attention will be directed toward the nature and conditions of learning, including the major types of learning, critical aspects of learning and the problems encountered in fostering and directing learning.

EDU 230 is offered at UW Fox Valley in a face-to-face traditional classroom setting.  See UW Fox Valley Course Schedule for current offerings.

EDU 230 is offered online at UW Colleges Online.  There are deadlines to apply and pay for UW Colleges Online courses.  Be sure to carefully review their policies and procedures when choosing this option. 

EDU 230 is offered via Independent Learning .  You have one year from the date of your registration to complete your course and you can register anytime. Register for U315-301 Human Abilities and Learning.


Reading 435  Adolescent Literacy Methods

3 Credits

A course designed to provide practical guidelines for those who are or will be elementary, middle school, or secondary content area teachers to assist them in using reading, writing, speaking, and listening as complementary learning processes for their content area.  Students of this course bring their expertise of the subject to be taught (such as English, social studies, science, mathematics, music, art, etc.), and the course assists students in dealing with the language component of that content area.  Students will be given experience in producing study, pattern, and concept guides, techniques for effectively presenting vocabulary, and in using reading, writing, speaking, and listening to facilitate learning in content areas.

Reading 440 for act! program students is offered by UW Oshkosh in the Spring term only, in a hybrid setting.  The class will meet at UW Fox Valley one to three times, and the rest is accomplished in the online learning environment.  Distance Education is provided to partner UW Colleges campuses only.  Registration reminders are sent out ahead of the Spring term, and registration for the course is done through UW Oshkosh.  For more information, e-mail Dr. Michael Beeth.


Secondary Education 339 Teaching of Science

3 Credits

The student should be able to construct lesson plans which are usable, distinguish between methods of teaching which are effective and ineffective, and demonstrate ability to perform in the capacity of a science teacher making acceptable use of the classroom and the laboratory. Should be able to name the most recent curricular developments in all the areas of science and demonstrate a thorough understanding of their underlying philosophies and their implications for instructional procedures.

Science Methods for act! program students is offered by UW Oshkosh in the Fall term only, in an online setting.  Students may be required to meet one or two Saturdays at an area high school during the term. Registration reminders are sent out ahead of the Fall term, and registration for the course is done through UW Oshkosh.  For more information, e-mail Dr. Michael Beeth.

Secondary Education 341 Teaching of Mathematics

3 Credits

The objectives, curriculum, and teaching methods related to the courses in secondary school mathematics with emphasis upon trends, changes and investigations in the curriculum, and in teaching procedures.

Math Methods for act! program students is offered by UW Oshkosh in the Fall term only, in a hybrid setting with some instruction in a classroom setting and some online.  Registration reminders are sent out ahead of the Fall term, and registration for the course is done through UW Oshkosh Excel Center.  For more information, e-mail Dr. Michael Beeth.