Applications of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Part A
4 UNITS | TERM 2
This course is designed for candidates to apply content knowledge of her or his chosen discipline (e.g., Math, Science, English Language Arts, Social Science or Multiple Subjects) with the models of teaching introduced in this program by utilizing a repertoire of pedagogical practices responsive to the needs and interests of diverse learners. Candidates will enroll in discipline-/content-area specific sections of this course. The major goals related to introducing and implementing pedagogical models and practices are to engage learners in the study of a chosen discipline by using various forms of inquiry and direct instruction that enable learners to become collaborative and independent problem-solvers, as well as critical and creative thinkers. The understandings of the theories and research related to curriculum design and instructional models is a prerequisite to the development of professionalism and prospective teachers’ abilities to implement and advocate for appropriate practices responsive to needs, interests and abilities of K–12 students in all educational settings. The explicit knowledge of curriculum designs and instructional models is intended to provide the foundation to assist educators in becoming “teacher leaders” within the classroom, school, district and community/state/federal context.
The essence of this course is to learn and apply how curriculum should be developed according to basic curricular principles; what curriculum should be taught; and how the content should be delivered to develop the cognitive, affective, and social skills that facilitate a set of given learning outcomes. This course is completed in two parts, Part A and Part B, across Terms 2 and 3, respectively. In other words, successful completion of Part A is a prerequisite to enrollment in Part B.