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

2 Salary Points , K-12 , Instructional Strategies

  • $199.00
  • Course Only
  • 30 Hrs./2 Salary Points

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.

Enrolling in a Course:

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  • Follow the enrollment and payment prompts. If you have a coupon/discount, you will be asked to enter it during the enrollment process.
  • You will be asked to provide your LAUSD Employe Number and the name of the school that you currently or most recently taught at.
  • Upon purchase, you will receive an email receipt and be able to login to your a eClassroom account. 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.

LAUSD teachers are able to submit up to 12 credits/salary points from CE Credits Online per trimester (Jan-Apr, May-Aug, Sept-Dec).

LAUSD/UTLA requires the following amount of time for Salary Point courses:

  1. Salary Point Course: 45 Hours (15 in the online classroom and 30 of outside work)
  2. Salary Point Course: 90 Hours (30 in the online classroom and 60 hours of outside work)
  3. Salary Point Course: 135 (45 hours in the online classroom and 90 hours of outside work)

Outside work is tracked by a Time Log for every course. Outside work includes assignment preparation time, data analysis used in assignments, accessing the many resources linked throughout the course and collaboration.  We maintain your Time Log in the event your district requests proof of your work.

Receiving Salary Points

  • Submit your Time Log in the eClassroom at the end of the course.
  • Your completion paperwork will be submitted directly to the LAUSD Professional Development Unit by CE Credits Online along with the NA Claim for Staff Development Point Project form at the beginning of the following month.
  • PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK If you decide to request graduate credits for your completed course, the official transcript you receive from the university will be for your own personal records. Each course can only be submitted once, and we will provide all necessary paperwork to LAUSD.
  • Salary point credit approval for NA Forms is done by the Professional Development Unit and may take up to 3 months to process. The delay in processing your salary points will not affect the eligibility date of your schedule advancement, as they are backdated to the date of completion. If the points from your NA Form have not been posted to your account on the LAUSD website at the end of 3 months, please contact the Salary Allocation Unit at 213-241-5100.
  • We highly recommend that you check the number of salary points you have in your account before you complete your CE Credits Online course(s). Then check again eight weeks after receiving notification on your Student Homepage that your completion paperwork has been processed and submitted to the Salary Point Committee by CE Credits Online. Since the new salary points are added to your account without identifying the coursework for which you earned the Salary Points this will help you to identify receiving the additional salary point(s).
  • You may check the status of your Salary Points HERE.

Receiving Graduate Credits

  • Upon completion, email support@cecreditsonline.org and let us know you have completed the course, which university you have selected (see University Partners).
  • CE Credits Online will email you instructions on how to pay for and obtain the graduate credits ($50-$55/credit).
  • CE Credits Online will forward all necessary documentation to the university you selected enabling you to receive an official transcript.