PSYC190 Educational Psychology

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Psychology

I. Course Number and Title
PSYC190 Educational Psychology
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
PSYC110 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
Field experience required.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course surveys the nature of the learning process and application of the principles of psychology to the problems of learning and teaching. Individual differences, special problems of learning, and evaluation techniques are among the topics covered. Field experiences are provided to acquaint students with an authentic teaching-learning environment.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. apply theories of learning and development to classroom environments;
      2. describe theories of motivation and apply them to the motivation of students; and
      3. use descriptive research methods to describe children and classrooms.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category III
      Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
      Students will:
      1. use methods, concepts and theories in new situations (Application Skills).

      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. identify prejudice, stereotypes, and misuses of power that affect the lives of women and/or minorities in areas such as education, business, politics, religion, or industry.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    The following topics are presented:
    1. teachers, teaching and educational psychology
    2. cognitive, personal, social, emotional and language development
    3. behavioral, cognitive, social, social cognitive and constructivist views of learning
    4. motivation, teaching and learning
    5. culture and community
    6. learner differences
    7. creating learning environments
    8. teaching for learning
    9. standardized testing
    10. classroom assessment and grading
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or online participation, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor's course format will be utilized.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Critical Thinking: A written assessment in which students will be able to identify and apply theories of learning and motivation to classroom situations. A minimum of five examinations will be administered.

      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives: A written assessment that describes techniques/teaching strategies to reduce prejudice, stereotypes and bullying in the schools.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 12/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 5/03; Revised 4/2010