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Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

To graduate with a BA in Education with a concentration in educational foundations students complete the general requirements for a bachelor’s degree and 30 credits of education coursework as follows:

ED 115 CCTS Contemporary Issues in Education

Understanding the Fundamentals of Progress

This course explores the social and historical foundations of the American system of education, with particular emphasis on school reform in the 21st century.  Students will visit area schools and meet with school leaders to develop their understanding of current innovations in education and complex issues that affect teachers, students and families.  Students will articulate their own philosophies of education, and have the opportunity to investigate in greater depth an area in their field of interest.  (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192

ED 321 Neurophysiology of Learning and Development in Children

How Pure Intelligence Comes to Know Itself through the Child’s Developing Nervous System

Brain structure and functioning constrain what and how a child can learn.  This course explores the relation of brain development, cognitive development and learning across the lifespan.  As part of the course students observe lower, middle, and upper school classes, and write a paper that ties together their observations of student learning with the details of brain development. Topics include: classical and operant conditioning, social learning, information processing, problem solving, creativity, and constructivism. (4 credits)  Prerequisite: WTG 192

ED 360 Designing Educational Programs

Consciousness-Based Course and Unit Planning

This course prepares students to develop a unit of instruction on a topic or field they know well. The unit must support student engagement, learning, and growth. Planning techniques from “backward design” and from Consciousness-Based Education are practiced and refined in this planning, and students have two opportunities to practice teaching their topic to their peers. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192

ED 435 Educational Assessment and Evaluation

ED 435 Course Description
This course examines the theory, research, and best practices associated with classroom assessment, grading, and standardized testing in formal educational settings. Students both learn the conceptual underpinnings of these areas of education and develop within their own areas of expertise three different types of classroom assessments. Students may develop these assessments for elementary, secondary, or non-traditional teaching situations. Other topics include formative and summative assessment; reliability and validity as criteria of good assessment instruments; knowledge, reasoning, product, attitudes, and performance as four targets of assessment; selected response, essay, performance, and personal communication types of assessment; and daily, weekly, and monthly cycles of assessment. (4 credits)

ED 496 Capstone in Educational Foundations

To graduate with a BA in Education with a concentration in educational foundations, students complete the general requirements for a bachelor’s degree and 30 credits of education coursework

FOR 466 Consciousness-based Education

In this course students are given the opportunity to discuss, write, and speak publicly about the system of education in which they are learning — Consciousness-Based education. Topics include: historical precursors in the writings of great educators, scientific research, issues of educational reform, and approaches that Maharishi has used to describe it. At the conclusion of the course, students apply their public speaking skills in planning and giving a public lecture on Consciousness-Based education at a local college or high school. (2 credits) Prerequisite for undergraduates: FOR 103


PH 380 Research Methods

This course introduces the knowledge and objective skills indispensable to scientific research. Topics include the scientific method, logical and practical considerations in experimental design and data acquisition, procedures for conducting literature reviews, selection of research topics, research ethics, and practical research aids such as computer- 014/15 308 assisted data analysis. Particular emphasis is placed on clinical research design, including proper choice of control subjects and the prevention of bias in subject selection. Includes two public speaking presentations: one on an original research study to evaluate the research design for its strengths and weaknesses, and another on the student’s own research proposal, including the critique of the design of the proposed study in terms of threats to validity. (4 credits)

SL—P404 How to Create Social Change

(Offered every other year)

We have the solutions to create a sustainable future, but it isn’t happening nearly fast enough. This course studies what works to achieve big social change to make a sustainable future happen. This is a ‘brains-on,’ practical course. The class will meet with and interview an exciting range of highly successful change-makers in industry, campaign groups, and government. Some theory of social change will also be reviewed. Working as a team, students will develop their own understanding of social change and create a definitive report on the topic. We will also look at the many opportunities for graduates to build meaningful careers in this field. Lab fee: $25. (4 credits)

MGT 200 Principles of Business Success

Principles of Marketing, Finance, Operations, Accounting, and Human Resource Management as the Keys to Creating Happiness, Health, and Good Fortune in Business Enterprises

This course provides a holistic overview of business for new management majors or students from other majors. Principles of marketing, finance, operations, accounting, and human resources are taught in the perspective of an integrated business strategy and are illustrated by lively examples from videos, case studies, guest speakers, and field trips. (4 credits)

MGT 335 Forming and Funding a Nonprofit Organization

Skill in Action to Fulfill Unmet Needs

This workshop-style course will give students hands-on training in the steps needed to start a nonprofit organization that include establishing a board of directors, creating a mission statement, planning strategically, and following legal protocols. Students will gain a thorough grasp of fundraising by connecting with a local nonprofit organization, researching grant opportunities for it on the Foundation Center national database, and drafting an actual grant proposal. In addition, students will examine what it takes for an organization to thrive over time. (2-4 credits)

MGT 336 Social Entrepreneurship

Solving Problems from the Level of Infinite Creativity

This project-based class challenges students to employ every ounce of their creativity and apply their knowledge to finding solutions to the world’s most challenging problems, whether local or global, in the area of environmental sustainability, education, communications, or business. Each week we will connect with and learn from social entrepreneurs from around the world working in education, mobile technology, community development and so forth, and draw inspiration from their relentless vision and determination. Through the study of innovations in the social sector, we will develop an understanding of core principles and tactics of social change as well as the necessary leadership qualities of social entrepreneurs. Students will work individually or in groups to conceive of a social intervention of their own design. Students will present their plans, models and media to a committee to evaluate the potential of their work to create social change. (2-4 credits)

MVS 304 Applications of Maharishi Vedic Science

Creating a Stress-Free, Harmonious, Prosperous, and Enlightened Society

In this course, students examine applications of Maharishi Vedic Science to education and rehabilitation, government and defense, or business and industry. Then they review research documenting the effectiveness of the technologies of Maharishi Vedic Science in these areas. (variable credits)