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Course Details

Course Code: EDUC503 Course ID: 2786 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is intended to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the Master of Education program. Students will explore what it means to develop as a professional educator and how this impacts teaching and learning. The course examines the significance of various educational theories, historical developments, philosophies, pedagogical approaches, basic research designs, and educational paradigms. Students will discover how different social, emotional, physical, and ethical issues impact various aspects of K-12 classrooms, and other instructional settings. Effective use of technology as a tool in educational situations will be emphasized, as well as how educational research can alter classroom practice.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, candidates will be able to:

  1. Apply the on-line platform for effective communication and learning. (WVPTS: 2D, 4A, 4B, 4D); (ISTE/NETS.T: 2A); (NCATE: 1, 2, 3)
  2. Apply the APUS on-line library for research and information. (WVPTS: 1A, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D); (ISTE/NETS.T: 5A); (NCATE: 1, 2)
  3. Analyze the various research techniques used in K-12 education, with a special emphasis on Action Research. (WVPTS: 3E, 4D, 5B, 5G, 5H, 5I); (ISTE/NETS.T: 5B); (NCATE: 1, 2)
  4. Apply effective use of media and technology for writing, learning, teaching, and professional development. (WVPTS: 3A, 3F, 4C, 5G, 5H); (ISTE/NETS.T: 5D); (NCATE: 1, 2)
  5. Evaluate the various past and present issues, ideas, and trends that shape educational environments today. (WVPTS: 2A, 3F, 4A, 4C, 5H); (ISTE/NETS.T: 2B); (NCATE: 1, 2, 4)
  6. Analyze one’s classroom experiences as it relates to the formation of an educational philosophy and student achievement. (WVPTS: 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 2A, 2C, 3C, 3D, 3F, 4A, 4C, 5G); (ISTE/NETS.T: 1A); (NCATE: 1, 2, 4)
  7. Create a vision for growth as a professional educator who creates and sustains active learning environments. (WVPTS: 1A, 3D, 4A, 4C, 4D, 5F, 5G); (ISTE/NETS.T: 5A) (NCATE: 1, 2, 4)

Required Text for this degree program:

Candidates are expected to adhere to APA style throughout the program. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) should be purchased and used in all courses.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.