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Courses Designed Specifically For Teachers

Natural Sciences


L509 Field Exercises for Biology Education (1-5 cr.) L509 is a graduate course for students in biology and education with an intended career in biology education. Credits are variable (1-5) and will be arranged. Students will design field exercises based at the Indiana University Research and Teaching Preserve on topics in organismal biology and ecology appropriate for public school and other outside groups.


C405 Principles of Chemistry (1-3 cr.) For teachers of high school chemistry; offered in summer session only. May be repeated.


T403 Modern Algebra for Secondary Teachers (3 cr.)

T490 Topics for Elementary Teachers (3 cr.) P: T103 or equivalent.
Development and study of a body of mathematics specifically designed for experienced elementary teachers. Examples include probability, statistics, geometry, and algebra. Open only to graduate elementary teachers with consent of the instructor. (Does not count toward the area requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics.)

Social Sciences


A361-A362 Studies in American History for Teachers I-II (3-3 cr.)

H601 Introduction to the Professional Study of History (4 cr.) Introduces graduate students into the demands of the historical profession, introduces theory and methods of history, historiography, and fundamental research skills.

M.A.T. students are also strongly encouraged to complete one of the pedagogy courses offered by the History Department: H580, H591, or H593:

H580 The Teaching of College History (1-2 cr.) Approaches to college-level instruction in history, either (1) through training to be an associate instructor, or (2) through work as a course assistant, assisting a faculty member in planning and teaching a 300- or 400-level history course. May be repeated once for credit. S/F grading.

H591 Teaching World History (3 cr.) Introduction to the teaching of the undergraduate courses in world history. Topics include current curricula in world history; textbooks and other readings in world history; and multimedia resources. Students will prepare an undergraduate course syllabus of their own design.

H593 Teaching United States History (3 cr.) Introduction to teaching undergraduate courses in United States History. Topics include: curricula in U.S. history, pedagogy in U.S. history, textbooks, and multimedia resources. Students will design two undergraduate course syllabi.


Classical Studies

C507 Foreign Language Institute (1-6 cr.) Formal study of Latin and Roman culture for secondary teachers and those preparing for secondary teaching. Normally taught in two-week sessions in the summer. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.

Communication and Culture

C545 Introduction to Pedagogy in Communication and Culture
(3 cr.) Fundamentals of teaching as applied to communication. Focuses on teaching methods and culture, criticism, communication apprehension, textbook selection, test construction, gender in the classroom, and the place of communication and culture in the liberal arts and sciences.

C622 Advanced Pedagogy (3cr.) P: C545 or equivalent. This advanced pedagogy seminar will investigate theories of learning and academic practice. Topics will vary by semester.

C646 Pedagogy Practicum (1 cr.) Taken by associate instructors in communication and culture who are pursuing a three-course sequence leading to the Certificate of Pedagogy.  Students in C646 will be assigned a faculty mentor who will work with them as they prepare to teach a departmental course that is not under the supervision of a course director. May be repeated for credit.

Comparative Literature

C507 Teaching Methods in Comparative Literature (3 cr.) The presuppositions, methods, and goals of teaching literature. Topics include literature and composition, cross-cultural approaches, translation studies, comparative arts, literary theory, and technological resources. Practice in developing courses, assignments, and classroom strategies.

C508 Teaching Literature and Composition (1 cr.)

C509 Teaching Internship in Comparative Literature (1 cr.)


Germanic Studies

Required for M.A.T. students:

G500 College German Teaching (3 cr.) Required of associate instructors in their first year of teaching. An overview of teaching methodologies, their underlying theories, and their practical application in college-level German courses.

G540 Acquisition of German as a First and Second-Language (3 cr.) P: Knowledge of German; graduate standing or permission of instructor. Introduction to recent generativist scholarship on acquisition of German as a first and second-language. Consideration of broader theoretical issues. No prior knowledge of linguistics assumed.

Slavic Languages and Literatures

R592 Methods of Russian Language Instruction (3 cr.) Methods of teaching Russian. The course will deal with all methods currently in use in foreign language pedagogy, with emphasis on proficiency-oriented teaching as applied to Russian. Review of Russian textbooks and video materials. Design and preparation of syllabi and development of lesson plans. Required for Slavics AIs.

Spanish and Portuguese

S505 Summer Language Workshop (2 cr.) Two-week intensive summer language and culture workshop for school teachers in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. All-Spanish; live with families. Combination of individualized language development, culture seminars, and individual projects.

S510 Foreign Study in Spanish (2-8 cr.) Formal study of Hispanic language, literature, and culture in a foreign country, with credit applying to the M.A.T. degree only. Does not count toward the 20 credit hours required in Spanish. Program must be approved by the department before courses are taken.

S421 Advanced Grammar and Composition (2 cr.) For M.A.T. students only.