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.
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.
Graduate-Level Professional Development Credit Courses
We have partnered with regionally-accredited universities to provide graduate-level professional development university credits for our courses. Most Illinois educators choose Humboldt State University for their credits.
View the University Partners tab for more information about our Partners.
CE Credits Online will email you your instructions, including how to make payment.
CE Credits Online will forward all the required documentation to the University you selected (on the 1st or the 16th of each month).
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. This process can take 4-6 weeks.
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.
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.
All the courses listed may be used to meet your Illinois Rock Island ROE #49 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 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.