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Curriculum Const & Assmt: Secondary History/social Science

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This course explores the application of basic instructional methods and strategies of teaching social studies in middle school and high school settings. Participants identify the educational needs of secondary students by exploring current instructional and assessment theory; national, state, and local standards; and social issues that are found in various social studies courses. The course also helps prospective educators develop skills in selecting and adapting delivery methods and behavior management plans for diverse individual students and student populations.



This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Review of History and Social Studies Education Content Knowledge

    • Examine your state's teacher licensure examinations for history and social science education.
    • Review the NCSS thematic standards.

    History and Trends in History and Social Studies Education

    • Examine trends in the history  of social studies instruction in public schools.
    • Identify current trends and issues in the teaching of social studies.

    Standards and Curricula

    • Review state and national social studies standards and assessments.
    • Analyze the implications of the NCSS themes for instruction.

    Classroom Assessments and Rubrics

    • Analyze formative and summative social studies assessments and rubrics. 
    • Identify examples of project-based social studies assessments and rubrics.
    • Identify various strategies for assessing social studies learning objectives for all learners.

    Instructional Approaches and Strategies

    • Review approaches to unit and lesson planning in teaching social studies.
    • Propose innovative instructional strategies and materials used to teach social studies to adolescents.
    • Analyze ways in which differentiating instruction occurs in the social studies classroom.
    • Identify ways in which classroom management techniques can enhance the social studies classroom.
    • Create a lesson that integrates multiple NCSS content standards as appropriate for social studies education.
    • Develop an instructional unit for social studies.

    Integrating Literature, Technology, and Media

    • Analyze the legal and ethical issues regarding the use of technology in the classroom.
    • Identify major online websites for the teaching of social studies.
    • Identify media sources for teaching social studies.
    • Compile a list of fiction and nonfiction literature to enhance the teaching of social studies.
    • Incorporate the use of technology in social studies instruction.

    Reading and Writing Strategies

    • Evaluate current social studies and history texts.
    • Describe methods to incorporate reading and writing strategies into social studies lessons.
    • Examine strategies for building student comprehension and vocabulary skills in social studies.
    • Examine how primary source literature can shape teaching and learning perceptions in the social studies or history classroom.
    • Examine how secondary source literature can shape teaching and learning perceptions in the social studies or history classroom.
    • Implement reading and writing strategies into a social studies lesson.

    Parent, Teacher, and Community Collaboration

    • Explore strategies to utilize community resources in the social studies classroom.
    • Explore the range of social, health, educational, and language-related service agencies and other resources that are available at school or off-campus.
    • Examine how family and personal experiences shape teaching and learning perceptions in the social studies or history classroom.
    • Explain the importance of parent-teacher communication and collaboration.
    • Determine strategies for increasing the level of parental involvement.

    Professional Development

    • Review the roles of social studies professional organizations.
    • Analyze professional resources available to social studies teachers.
    • Identify professional development opportunities in social studies available in your state.
    • Analyze the importance of staying current in social studies education.
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