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Course Code: EDUC502 Course ID: 2785 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction course focuses on applying curricular theory to best practices to the 21st century classroom setting. Planning for instruction and evaluation of learning are the two focal points of this experience. This course is designed as an introduction to the systematic process of planning for effective classroom instruction and assessment, as these tasks relate to contemporary curricular concepts. The skills needed for writing learning objectives and instructional plans for various domains of learning will be taught by placing an emphasis on setting goals and objectives for instruction; planning activities and assessments based on cognitive, social, affective, and psychomotor factors; and designing appropriate means of assessing those learning objectives. Special attention will be given to the related use of technology in the development of effective and systematic learning environments in the 21st Century classroom. This will include a basic recognition of computer hardware and software, capabilities and limitations of technology, evaluating programs and technological resources, and the effective use of various technologies in the classroom.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 09/26/21 Spring 2021 Session C 16 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 11/21/21 Summer 2021 Session K 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, teacher candidates will be able to:
1. Develop instructional goals based upon best practices (WVPTS: 1A1, 1B1, 1C2, 3A2, 3F1, 4A1); (ISTE: 5C);
2. Assess learners’ skills and characteristics. (WVPTS: 1C2, 1D2, 1E2, 2A3, 3F2, 4C1); (ISTE: 2A, 2C);
3. Construct measurable objectives that attend to cognitive, affective, social, and psychomotor development. (WVPTS: 1C1, 1E1, 2A1, 2A3); (ISTE: 2C);
4. Design instructional plans that address different domains and levels of learning. (WVPTS: 1A3, 1B1, 1B3, 1D1, 2A3, 2D2, 3A2, 3A3); (ISTE: 2A, 2C, 4B, 5A, 5C);
5. Design lesson plans based upon principles of effective instructional design and applied curricular theory (WVPTS: 1B3, 1D1, 3A3); (ISTE: 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3D);
6. Construct an assessment plan that effectively monitors diverse aspects of student learning. (WVPTS: 1E1, 1E2, 3E1); (ISTE: 2D);
7. Use assessment data to modify instruction. (WVPTS: 1E2, 3E1, 3E2, 5F1); (ISTE: 3C);
8. Analyze appropriate procedures for reporting assessment results to parents, administrators, and other school constituents. (WVPTS: 1E2, 3E1, 3E2, 5F1); (ISTE: 3C);
9. Integrate technology effectively in instructional planning. (WVPTS: 3A3); (ISTE: 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D);
10. Examine professional journals in one's subject area discipline, (WVPTS: 4D1); (ISTE: 5C);
11. Apply research and the reflective process to make valid instructional design decisions (WVPTS: 4C1); (ISTE: 5C),

Required Course Textbooks: (all available in APUS online Library)

Dean, C. B., Hubbell, E. R., Pitler, H., & Stone, B. (2012). Classroom instruction that works: Research-

based strategies for increasing student achievement (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Fisher, D., & Frey, N. (2007). Checking for understanding: Formative assessment techniques for

your classroom. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Jacobs, H. H. (2012). Curriculum 2: Essential education for a changing world. Alexandria, VA:


Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. (2006). Understanding by design. Upper Saddle River: Prentice


Foster, B., Walker, M. and Song, K. (2007). A beginning teaching portfolio handbook:

Documenting and reflecting on your professional growth and abilities. Upper Saddle

River: Prentice Hall.

Required Web Resources

Professional Standards:

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). (2011). InTASC model core teaching standards:

A resource for state dialogue. Retrieved from

International Society for Technology in Education. (2008). Standards for teachers. Retrieved


NCATE. (2008). Unit standars in effect 2008. Retrieved from

West Virginia Department of Education. (2011). West Virginia professional teaching standards.

Retrieved from[1]%208-5-11.pdf

K-12 Curriculum Standards:

Common Core State Standards Initiative. (n.d.). The standards. Retrieved


West Virginia Deptartment of Education. (n.d.). Csos - content standards and objectives policies.

Retrieved from

Recommended Professional Books

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological

Association. (6th ed.). Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Brookhart, S. (2010). How to assess higher-order thinking skills in your classroom. Alexandria,


Tomlinson, C.A., & McTighe, J. (2006), Integrating differentiated instruction and understanding

by design: Connecting content and kids. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. (2011). The Understanding by design guide to creating high-quality

units. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Additional Recommended Web Resources

ISTE National Educational Technology Standards. Available online:

NCSS Ten Thematic Strands in Social Studies. Available online:

NCTE and IRA Standards for the English Language Arts. Available online:

ACTFL National Standards for Foreign Language Education. Available online:

NCTM Principles and Standards for Mathematics. Available online:

NSES National Science Education Standards. Available online:

U.S. Department of Labor – Roles of Education Administrators -

Book Title:Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, 2nd ed. (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Pearson
Author:Dean, Hubbell, Pitler and Stone
Unit Cost:$27.10
Book Title:Understanding by Design - Expanded, 2nd ed.- e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:ASCD
Author:Wiggins, Grant / McTighe, Jay
Unit Cost:$29.72
Book Title:Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Assoc. for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Author:Jacobs, Heidi Hayes
Unit Cost:$41.24

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.