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Secondary Teaching Methods




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Course level: Continuing Teacher Education

This course focuses on the pedagogy and methodology that can be used to enhance learning across content areas at the secondary level. The components of instructional planning, as well as current trends and issues in education, are examined. Participants develop and evaluate standards-based instruction, lesson delivery techniques, and assessment strategies aligned to 21st century skills. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.



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Secondary Education: Past, Present, and Future

  • Identify current trends, challenges, and issues in secondary education.
  • Analyze how external factors may influence changes in the field of education.
  • Identify strategies for building cultural competency in secondary classrooms.
  • Identify the characteristics of a 21st century classroom.

Planning for Instruction

  • Examine the role of national and state standards in guiding instructional planning.
  • Distinguish between goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrate the components of instructional planning.
  • Integrate technology into instructional planning.
  • Analyze how learning styles and modalities influence instructional design.

Selecting and Implementing Instructional Strategies

  • Differentiate between student-centered and teacher-centered instruction.
  • Develop questioning techniques that deepen students’ content knowledge and check for students’ understanding.
  • Identify ways to foster learners’ engagement through collaboration and critical thinking.
  • Critique the effectiveness of different lesson delivery scenarios.
  • Examine ways to create opportunities for diverse secondary students to demonstrate their learning in various ways.

Assessment of Teaching and Learning

  • Explain the purpose of assessment and the principles that guide this process.
  • Examine how data is used to identify students’ prior knowledge and diverse needs and to enhance instruction.
  • Illustrate different types of assessment items that are linked to instructional objectives.


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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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