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Teaching Methods: Elementary Social Studies




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Course level: Continuing Teacher Education

This teaching methods course is designed for K-8 elementary educators who teach social studies. Participants learn to facilitate student-centered, differentiated learning. Participants explore hands-on strategies for designing and implementing cross-curricular work, integrating literacy, creating assessments, and incorporating 21st century technology to engage learners. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.



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Social Studies: Purpose and Place

  • Explain why all students should learn social studies.
  • Evaluate the benefits and challenges of standards-based education.
  • Identify the major themes of the National Social Studies Standards.
  • Determine the role that civic values should play in social studies curricula.

Social Studies: Designing and Implementing Instruction

  • Create social studies instruction that aligns to state and national standards.
  • Adapt social studies instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • Develop instruction that connects social studies to other core disciplines.

Social Studies: Integrating Literacy, Thinking Skills, and Technology

  • Integrate literacy materials, skills, and strategies into social studies instruction.
  • Evaluate textbooks and technological resources for use in the social studies classroom.
  • Determine ways of using quality trade book literature in lessons and throughout units.
  • Utilize writing activities to enhance and reinforce comprehension of content.
  • Create a classroom environment that motivates students to learn social studies.
  • Create social studies instruction that supports learning through multiple perspectives.
  • Determine strategies to promote creative and analytical thinking in social studies.
  • Integrate technology to support student-centered learning in social studies.

Social Studies: Designing and Implementing Assessments

  • Demonstrate understanding of assessment terminology.
  • Differentiate the varied types of assessments.
  • Differentiate between formative and summative assessments.
  • Utilize additional ways of monitoring and measuring students’ progress in social studies.
  • Design formal and informal social studies assessments.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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