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Today's Classroom: Foundations of and Current Trends in Education

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Today's Classroom: Foundations of and Current Trends in Education

Humboldt State University

  • Tuition: $250.00
  • Tuition: $230.00
  • (You Save: $20.00)
  • Number of: Hours 30
  • 2 university semester credits, 3 university quarter credits
    (university fees are additional)
  • System Requirements
What you need to know
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(Valid through December 31, 2014)

All 3 Credit Courses

3 – Credit Course/ 45 Hours

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CE Credits Online and Humboldt State University Extended Education are pleased to offer you online professional development courses designed to improve teaching and student achievement.

  • Standards-based
  • Asynchronous – start at any time
  • Self-paced – work at your own convenience
  • Completely online – no commuting, parking, missed classes and no dress code!
  • User friendly and engaging with numerous videos that model new strategies and skills
  • Facilitated by highly trained moderators.


Humboldt State University (HSU):
HSU offers post baccalaureate, 700 level credits based on a semester system. The credit fee due from the student is $50 per credit.  

Initiating Your University Credit Request
CE Credits Online is the course provider and Humboldt State University is the accrediting institution. The HSU Office of Extended Education issues the university credit, and there is a fee of $50 per credit.  Upon completion of your course, you have two weeks to apply and pay for university credit.   University credit fees are not included in the price listed.  Once we have verified that all your coursework is completed and approved, and we have received the credit fees, your paperwork, along with the fees, will be sent to Humboldt State University for processing at the end of each month. The processing of your credits can take up to 6-8 weeks from the time of your request.

For more information regarding this process you may visit University Affiliations.

Course Description

Course Description:

This course provides teachers with the tools they need for effective teaching strategies in today’s classroom, including classroom environment, setup, differentiated instruction techniques, classroom management, alternative assessments and modifications for diverse learners. Videos model different teaching techniques giving participants an opportunity to “visit” and observe other teachers in action.

Course Objectives:

  • To introduce course participants to American education, from its history and the governmental policies that has guided it, down to the actual workings within today’s classroom.
  • To identify the leaders affecting public education, including those considered innovators.
  • To discuss the development of a child, including the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson and Kohlberg. To identify and address individual differences in learning and diversity in the classroom.
  • To discuss the scientific approach to learning, including the behavioral, cognitive and constructivist theories.
  • To identify the factors that influence motivation.
  • To identify methods to create an environment that promotes better learning.
  • To discuss traditional versus alternative methods of assessment.
Syllabus
  • Course:
    Today "s Classroom: Foundations of and Current Trends in Education
  • Prerequisites:
    None

Course Description:

This course will introduce you to American education, from its history and the governmental policies that have guided it, down to the actual workings within today’s classroom. Education reflects the culture and values of society, and, when these change, education follows suit. Reform efforts in society have dramatically altered American education, and this course will present an overview of these changes and the challenges that beset the classroom teacher. The role of the teacher has changed significantly over the past decade. Teachers are the facilitators of acquiring knowledge rather than the possessors of knowledge. Students need to be active learners during their schooling experience, and the responsibility of education does not lie solely with the teacher; students, families and community members are all participants in the educational process of a child. This course will open your eyes to the world of education, and will equip you with teaching strategies to be an effective teacher and ensure that no child is left behind.
  • comprehending the problem and identifying relevant data
  • analyzing the problem’s internal structure to determine what type of problem it is
  • selecting a viable solution process and carrying it out
  • explaining the solution process both orally and in writing.

Course Objectives: Participants will

  • To introduce course participants to American education, from its history and the governmental policies that have guided it, down to the actual workings within today’s classroom.
  • To identify the leaders affecting public education, including those considered innovators.
  • To discuss the development of a child, including the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson and Kohlberg.
  • To identify and address individual differences in learning and diversity in the classroom.
  • To discuss the scientific approach to learning, including the behavioral, cognitive and constructivist theories.
  • To identify the factors that influence motivation.
  • To identify methods to create an environment that promotes better learning.
  • To discuss traditional versus alternative methods of assessment.

Student Expectations:

This online course is experiential and interactive. Participants will engage in a variety of activities to learn, practice, and apply the skills outlined in the course. This will include workbook exercises, short answers that are reviewed by a moderator, quizzes, observation and analysis of lessons, coaching interactions with a coaching partner that include feedback and analysis of both the lesson and the coaching episode. A final exam is also a part of the course. Participation in all of these areas is necessary for students to successfully complete the course with a passing grade.

Credit:

Upon completion of the course, students are only eligible for “P” in-service credit.

Class Outline:

  • Lesson 1
    • 1.a The History of Public Education
    • 1.b Classrooms of Yesterday and Today
    • 1.c The Purpose of Public Education in America
    • 1.d Events in the History of American Public Education
    • 1.e Forum Exercise - Events in the History of American Public Education
  • Lesson 2
    • 2.a Leaders Affecting Public Education
    • 2.b Defining the Central Role of Public Education
    • 2.c Forum Exercise - Defining the Central Role of Public Education
    • 2.d Innovators in Education
    • 2.e More on Innovators in Education
    • 2.f Quiz - Innovators in Education
    • 2.g For Your Enjoyment
  • Lesson 3
    • 3.a The Development of a Child
    • 3.b Reflection on the Child
    • 3.c Cognitive Development
    • 3.d More on Cognitive Development
    • 3.e Quiz - Cognitive Development
    • 3.f Forum Exercise - Cognitive Development
    • 3.g Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
    • 3.h Quiz - Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
    • 3.i Vygotsky’s Theory of Cognitive Development
    • 3.j Quiz - Vygotsky’s Theory of Cognitive Development
    • 3.k Vygotsky’s Theory Video
    • 3.l Quiz - Vygotsky’s Theory Video
    • 3.m Cognitive Development Theory in Action
    • 3.n Quiz - Cognitive Development Theory in Action
    • 3.o Social and Emotional Development
    • 3.p Erikson’s Theory of Personal Development
    • 3.q Forum Exercise - Erikson’s Theory of Personal Development
    • 3.r Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development
    • 3.s Quiz - Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development
  • Lesson 4
    • 4.a Individual Differences in Learning
    • 4.b Diversity in the Classroom
    • 4.c Forum Exercise - Diversity in the Classroom
    • 4.d Forum Exercise - Diversity in the Classroom
    • 4.e Learning Styles
    • 4.f Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory
    • 4.g Quiz - Visual, Auditory, and Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners
    • 4.h Visual, Auditory, and Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners
    • 4.i Quiz - Visual, Auditory, and Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners
    • 4.j Lesson Plan Adaptation
    • 4.k Forum Exercise - Diversity in the Classroom
    • 4.l Varying Abilities in the Classroom
    • 4.m Are You Ready to Address Learner Differences in the Classroom?
    • 4.n Forum Exercise - Are You Ready to Address Learner Differences in the Classroom?
  • Midterm
  • Lesson 5
    • 5.a The Scientific Approach to Learning
    • 5.b Behaviorist Theories of Learning
    • 5.c Classical Conditioning
    • 5.d Quiz - Classical Conditioning
    • 5.e Operant Conditioning
    • 5.f Quiz - Operant Conditioning
    • 5.g Quiz - Operant Conditioning
    • 5.h Cognitive Theories of Learning
    • 5.i Quiz - Cognitive Theories of Learning
    • 5.j Constructivist Theories of Learning
    • 5.k Quiz - Constructivist Theories of Learning
    • 5.l Combining Theories
  • Lesson 6
    • 6.a Motivation
    • 6.b Teachers in Action
    • 6.c Individual Factors Influencing Motivation
    • 6.d Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation
    • 6.e Quiz - Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation
    • 6.f Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory
    • 6.g Quiz - Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory
    • 6.h Attribution Theory
    • 6.i Forum Exercise - Attribution Theory
    • 6.j Expectancy x Value Theory
    • 6.k Quiz - Expectancy x Value Theory
  • Lesson 7
    • 7.a Learning Environments
    • 7.b The Teacher in Action
    • 7.c Part I—Classroom Management
    • 7.d Classroom Set-up
    • 7.e Desk Arrangements
    • 7.f Centers
    • 7.g Forum Exercise – Centers
    • 7.h Bulletin Boards
    • 7.i Personal Touches
    • 7.j Forum Exercise – Personal Touches
    • 7.k Organization
    • 7.l Quiz – Organization
    • 7.m Forum Exercise - Organization
    • 7.n Rules and Procedures
    • 7.o Creating Rules and Procedures
    • 7.p Following the Rules and Procedures
    • 7.q Quiz - Following the Rules and Procedures
    • 7.r Discipline
    • 7.s Part II—Instructional Methods
    • 7.t The Teacher’s Knowledge of the Subject Matter
    • 7.u Lesson Planning
    • 7.v Quiz - Lesson Planning
    • 7.w Presentation of Material
  • Lesson 8
    • 8.a Assessment
    • 8.b What is Assessment?
    • 8.c Forum Exercise - What is Assessment?
    • 8.d Traditional Testing
    • 8.e Using Tests For Assessment
    • 8.f Points of View on Classroom Testing
    • 8.g Alternative Assessments
    • 8.h Techniques of Alternative Assessment
    • 8.i Forum Exercise - Techniques of Alternative Assessment
    • 8.j The Use of Rubrics
    • 8.k Points of View on Alternative Assessment
    • 8.l Forum Exercise - Points of View on Alternative Assessment
    • 8.m The Growing Importance of Assessment
    • 8.n Your Assessment
  • Evaluation
  • Final Exam

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  • Completely online – no commuting, parking, missed classes and no dress code
  • User friendly and engaging with numerous videos that model new strategies and skills 

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  • Reading / Language Arts
  • Instructional Strategies
  • English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Transforming Instruction with Technology
  • Classroom and Behavior Management
  • Creating Effective Learning Environments
  • Beginning Teachers
  • Special Education
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