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

2 Credits , K-12 , Instructional Strategies

  • 30 Hrs./30 Clock Hrs.
  • Course Only

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.

Enrollment is a two-step process, registering with KIDS and enrolling with CE Credits Online:

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  • Click “Complete Order”.
  • If you are a new user, you will receive an automated email from Schoology with your initial eClassroom Sign In information.
  • You have 180 days from your enrollment date to complete your course.
  • If you have any questions, check out our FAQs or email support@cecreditsonline.org.

Upon Course Completion:

Graduate Credits

  • If you wish graduate-level university credits, email us at support@cecreditsonline.org to let us know which university you have selected from our regionally-accredited university partners. See University Partners tab.
  • You will receive an email with instructions on how to pay for the credits, once you have completed your course.
  • 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.

Clock Hours

  • 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 is designed as a record that verifies that a professional development course was taken and passed.
  • Required Illinois Clock Hour forms will be emailed to you, along with instructions. To obtain Clock Hours, please follow the instructions carefully.