PSYC190 Educational Psychology

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Psychology

I. Course Number and Title
PSYC190 Educational Psychology
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
PSYC110 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information

Field experience required.

This course meets the General Education requirement for Critical Thinking.
This course meets the General Education requirement for Diversity

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. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. apply theories of learning and development to classroom environments [Critical Thinking];
    2. describe theories of motivation and apply them to the motivation of students;
    3. use descriptive research methods to describe children and classrooms; and
    4. identify prejudice, stereotypes, and misuses of power that affect the lives of women and/or minorities in educational settings [Diversity].
  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 Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or online participation, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor's course format will be utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 12/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 5/03; Revised 4/2010; New Core 8/2015