Methods Of Teaching Elementary Social Studies –


(3 credits)

This methods course is designed for elementary educators who teach social studies in the K'8 classroom. Participants learn to facilitate student-centered, differentiated learning. Participants explore hands-on strategies for cross-curricular work and the integration of 21st-century technology to engage learners.
This graduate-level course is weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Social Studies: Thinking Skills and Technology

  • Integrate technology to support student-centered learning in social studies.
  • Determine strategies to promote creative and analytical thinking in social studies.
  • Create social studies instruction that supports learning through multiple perspectives.
  • Create a classroom environment that motivates students to learn social studies.

Social Studies: Purpose and Place

  • Determine the role civic values should play in social studies curricula.
  • Evaluate textbooks and technological resources for use in the social studies classroom.
  • Identify the major themes of the National Social Studies Standards.
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of standards-based education.
  • Explain why all students should learn social studies.

Social Studies: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing

  • Design formal and informal social studies assessments.
  • Develop instruction that connects social studies to other core disciplines.
  • Integrate social studies into literacy-based curricula.
  • Adapt social studies instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • Create social studies instruction that aligns to state and national standards.

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