Course Abstract Details

EDUC-215, Effective Teaching Methodology: Elementary Education

Credits: 3

Course Description

EDUC-215, Effective Teaching Methodology: Elementary Education, focuses on students preparing to become reflective teachers in a diverse society through knowledge of the subject matter, the curriculum, the learners, and teaching strategies. Opportunities will be provided for planning and practicing instruction based on knowledge of the theory and research supporting the strategies and models used. Emphasis will be placed upon reflection on teaching and learning events in classrooms and schools to encourage problem solving in collaboration with others. This course meets the Maryland State Department of Education Teaching Methodology requirements for an initial certificate in Elementary Education. Prerequisite: Students must hold a baccalaureate degree. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. MSDE approved for Elementary Teaching Methodology.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

1. describe a number of teaching strategies (ex: concept attainment, cooperative learning, conceptual change models, direct instruction) and be able to explain how one or more learning theories (ex. cognitive-based behaviorist, social learning) support the use of these strategies. (GE 1, 2, 7; PG 1, 2, 3) 

2. identify research that supports the teaching strategies. (GE 2, 3, 4, 7; PG 1, 2, 3) 

3. demonstrate the ability to select models and techniques appropriate to what is being taught and the needs and abilities of diverse student populations. (GE 2, 4, 5, 7; PG 1, 2, 3) 

4. demonstrate through micro-teaching, a lesson consistent with a cognitive-based view of learning on topics valued in statements of goals and objectives. (GE 1, 2, 5, 7; PG 1, 2, 3) 

5. demonstrate the ability to plan for and reflect upon instruction including not only attention to curriculum but also classroom management. (GE 1, 2, 5, 7; PG 1, 2, 3)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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