Form NC:

New Course Proposal




Elementary Education

Form NC #:





I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).

ElEd 3101H. Honors: Teaching and Learning Strategies.(4 cr; prereq admission to the elementary teacher education program; prereq # for students not in Honors Program) Elementary school teaching and learning. Planning for instruction, learning theory, multicultural education, classroom management, use of technology in the classroom.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Offering an honors section of this required course will allow elementary education majors who participate in the Honors Program to pursue the goals of the program within their own major. Several elementary education majors have requested such an option. Placing the course at the beginning of the junior year will allow them to lay ground work for other projects such as UROP.

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Fall, 2000

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

G. Rudney

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)


To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?


Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):


Course requires:(check all that apply):


Laboratory sections


Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.

  1. Use knowledge of child development and learning theory to plan and successfully teach lessons to elementary students (Standards for Effective Practice 2-9).
  2. Study models of classroom discipline and management to develop, describe, and successfully use a personal discipline model (Standards 2, 3, 5, 6, 9).
  3. Understand the use of educational media/technology (Standards 2, 4, 6).
  4. Understand and appreciate the responsibilities and opportunities associated with diversity and multicultural education (Standards 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10).
  5. Investigate a topic of interest and present findings to peers.

How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?

  • Creation and implementation of mini unit (formative feedback, self assessment, and final grade)
  • Analysis of concept maps created at the beginning and end of semester
  • Creation and analysis of personal discipline model
  • Portfolio essays with desciption and analysis of growth in MN standards
  • HONORS: Performance on research assignment with emphasis on refinement of question, analysis and synthesis of background information, primary data collection, analysis of findings, and written/oral presentation.

V. GER Exception Request

If no GER category is being designated for this course, give rationale for exception:

This course is for elementary education majors only. They need the full range of general education courses to adequately build content area knowledge necessary for teaching and to meet state licensure requirements.

VI. Honors Rationale

If an Honors course, please outline how your proposed course will fit the Honors Program guidelines.

Students who take the honors section of this course will choose a course-related topic to explore in depth. They will read background information, gather primary data from their experience in an elementary classroom, and report their findings to the other students in the course. They will choose the reporting method from an approved list of options (e.g. PowerPoint presentation, poster, or video). Students will have regularly scheduled individual meetings with the instructor to support their work in the assignment. The assignment is not an additional assignment to the regular ElEd 3101. Instead, it focuses, adapts, and replaces assignments already in place.

Regular Approval Process:

For long-term approval, curricular change forms must go through the following regular approval process (put check in box and date when approved):



Step #




Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)




Division approves (Division Chair sends proposal to #3)




Curriculum Committee approves (sends proposal to #4)




Campus Assembly approves. (New courses become effective immediately following Campus Assembly approval.)

Provisional Approval Process:

If time does not allow for the regular approval procedures to be completed before the course is to be taught, or if a course will be taught only once, "provisional approval" can be secured for a one-time offering of the course. For provisional approval, curricular change forms must go through the following process (put check in box and date when approved):



Step #




Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)




Division Chair, approving for one-time offering, sends proposal to #3




Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, with concurrence of the Division Chairs, approves the course for a one-time offering