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

2 Credits , K-12 , Instructional Strategies

$329
$259
  • Course + Credits
  • 2 Credits/30 Hrs.
  • Course Only/30 Hrs.
  • Cert of Completion

Regular price

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.

  • 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 be able:

  • 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.

To Enroll in a Course:

  • Select either: Course + Credit (credit fees are included, and you will receive an official University transcript). Review our regionally-accredited university partners on University Partners tab, or
  • Course Only (you will receive a Certificate of Completion, but credits are not included). Review Credits Tab within each course description for a description of how you may use your Certificate of Completion in your area.
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  • Upon purchase, you will receive an email receipt and be able to login to your course at eclassroom.cecreditsonline.org. You have 180 days from your purchase to complete your course.
  • If you have any questions, check out our FAQs or email support@cecreditsonline.org.

Course + Credits Courses

  • We have partnered with a number of regionally-accredited universities.  See University Partners tab for information about our regionally-accredited university partners.  
  • All courses taken for graduate-level professional development credit receive both a Certificate of Completion for your records and an official University Transcript.
  • Upon completion of your course, CE Credits Online will forward all the required documentation to the university you selected.
  • The university partner will process your course completion and provide a transcript that includes the name of the course, course number, number of credits, and your grade.
  • You will receive directions on how to receive your transcript in email form, and you can also review the University Partners section of our website for more information.
  • Note: If you would like to receive your credits from Adams State University, please purchase the Course Only version of the course, and, upon completion, email support@cecreditsonline.org asking for for graduate credit through Adams State University. Each graduate credit costs $55, and you will be emailed instructions.
  • You must check with your district to ensure the credits received will meet your specific requirements. We will not be held responsible if your school, district or state does not accept the credits issued.

Course Only Courses

  • We offer all of our courses as a Course Only option (credits not included) that can be used to meet your recertification or professional development needs (always check with your district/state to determine eligibility). 
  • Upon successful completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for your records that will include the name of the course and number of professional development hours completed.
  • The Certificate of Completion acts as a record that verifies that a professional development course was taken and passed.