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Foundations of Education

Foundations of Education (EDFD) undergraduate courses focus on the psychological, social, and philosophical foundations of education. These courses make up the Professional Education Sequence (PDF) and provide experiences that help education majors from all education licensure programs on the Winona campus understand

  • the role and purpose of public education in a democratic society,
  • contemporary theories of human learning and development and their implications for classroom instruction,
  • and the construction and interpretation of teacher-generated and standardized assessments. 

EDFD courses help students understand the contexts from which students come, in which they learn, and to which they return; these courses also help WSU students become critical consumers of educational research. One of the courses in this sequence (EDFD 308) is available in May as a St. Paul Urban Immersion experience.

In addition, EDFD offers undergraduate courses in the effective use of technology in the classroom. These courses focus on the ability of technology to expand students' access to information, reduce the cognitive requirements of classroom tasks, and enable students to demonstrate understanding using various media.