Teaching and Learning – EDCO 725

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An examination of established and emerging teaching and learning perspectives and practices, viewed through the lens of biblically framed pedagogy. Students will develop and reflectively practice their own philosophy of education in community contexts.




One of the goals of the Ed.D. program is to prepare students to function effectively in a variety of academic settings. Students must possess the knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to design, teach, and evaluate a course delivered to a diverse student population. This course prepares students with essential skills they need to perform as a course instructor.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze the utility of various teaching/learning strategies for diverse students in the human services educational context.
  2. Compose a lesson plan consistent with masters-level course expectations that reflects:
    1. Current knowledge of adult learner characteristics
    2. Sound application of pertinent learning theories
    3. Incorporation of active learning strategies
  3. Describe the core content of a syllabus

Course Assignment

Course Requirement Checklist

As the first activity in this course, please read the syllabus and Student Expectations.  After reading the syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will then complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Class Introduction

In Module/Week 1, you will create a brief personal biography introducing yourself to the instructor and to the rest of the class. This question will be a little different compared to typical class introductions, as it will focus on aspects related to teaching and learning. See the Class Introductions online discussion forum for more information.

Draft Lesson Idea

In this course, you will be doing things that a professor does. One of the most enjoyable things about being a professor is being able to develop classes that you have a passion for and teach them. For this assignment, you get to create a lesson in an area of interest. It’s important that the lesson be masters level human services, counseling-related, school counseling-related, or pastoral care-related. Please see the class instructions for details. Instructor approval is needed for the topic area so you will interact with me about your topic ideas. (Meets learning outcome B)

Online Discussion Forums (2)

Discussion board assignments are collaborative learning tools which are designed to help you learn essential components of your class project. Please see directions in class related to the discussion board assignments.

(Meets learning outcomes A-C)

Designing Instruction Assignment (DIA)

How does a professor develop a lesson plan for a residential class or a workshop? You will develop a lesson related to a masters-level course of your interest. This lesson will incorporate adult learner characteristics and clear active learning strategies (i.e., not just an hour of lecture). You will design the specific teaching and learning aspects of your lesson based on content in the class texts, videos, and supplemental documents

(Meets learning outcomes A-B)

Teaching Demonstration With Peer-Evaluation

The main class project is your teaching demonstration that is recorded and posted online. The specific instructions are provided in class. Your original teaching demonstrated is then critiqued by your peers and on the basis of that feedback, you have the option of re-recording and submitting that final demonstration, or submitting your original teaching demonstration as your final.

(Meets learning outcome A-B)

Teaching Example Critiques

Based on content you learn in class, you will critique examples of university level teaching.