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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


November 5, 2003

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Flor Blanco, Belknap Hall 110A, Ext. 4604,

The department of Education and Special Education has requested the following curricular action:

New Course Request: Ed 5505 Educational Psychology

Purpose and Nature of Course:
The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with basic knowledge concerning the psychological principles and to help students gain an understanding and insight into the application of selected principles of learning. Students will be introduced to developmental theory, individual differences, various learning theories and their applications. Various teaching models and their considerations will be addressed. In addition, the motivation and its influence on teaching and learning will also be emphasized. This course will help pre-service and in-service teachers understand their students and enhance their teaching in their classrooms.

This course was offered as an experimental course in summer 2003. It was designed for students who are seeking both teaching certification and master‚s degree. In addition to meeting the requirement of teaching certification, students also earn graduate credits towards their master‚s degree. Since most of the graduate students are in-service teachers, the on-line format of the course provide flexible schedule for student learning. This course will be offered on-line using Blackboard course management tool.

Course Description for Catalog:
Educational Psychology focuses upon the application of learning theory principles in educational settings. This course emphasizes the educational implications and applications of research on child development, cognitive science, learning, and teaching. Students will learn how information and ideas drawn from research in educational psychology can be applied to solve the everyday problems of teaching.


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