Content Instructional Design – EDUC 235

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 10/27/2022

Course Description

A systematic approach to instruction for diverse classrooms, including purpose, process and practice. Each teacher candidate will prepare content lessons which follow the Liberty University model. Teacher candidates will be expected to present these lessons in the practicum. Topics include elements of the desired model: objectives, instructional process, systems of evaluation and resources. Field experience required.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Within the field of education, instructional design has been found to be critical to the impact on student academic progress.

The purpose of instructional design is to expose the candidate to the responsibility the professional has for:

  • Designing of engaging instruction.
  • Planning for classroom management through positive instructional preparation.
  • Researching for available resources for implementing instruction.
  • Providing differentiated instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners in grades preK-8, including students with exceptionalities, differences in language, and/or SES.

To comply with the aims of the University, this course will focus on the following:

  • Enable the candidate to engage in a major field of study in career-focused disciplines built on a solid foundation in the liberal arts.
  • Encourage a commitment to the Christian life, one of personal integrity, sensitivity to the needs of others, social responsibility and active communication of the Christian faith, and, as it is lived out, a life that leads people to Jesus Christ as the Lord of the universe and their own personal Savior.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100 words. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Standards Assignment

The candidate will use the template provided to compile a document including state, national, and InTASC standards, according to to his or her specific content/endorsement area. (CLO: B)

Context for Learning Assignment

The candidate will complete the Context for Learning portion of edTPA to demonstrate knowledge of the practicum classroom. The submission will include an understanding of the diverse needs of the students the candidate is working with throughout the practicum. (CLO: B)

Instructional Materials and Assessments Assignment

The candidate will gather all instructional materials and assessments needed for the three lesson plans written in the course. (CLO: B, C, D)

edTPA Task 1 Research Assignment

The candidate will select and incorporate research into the edTPA portfolio. (CLO: A, B)

edTPA Planning Commentary Assignment (Part 1 and 2)

The candidate will use the edTPA Planning Commentary Template to reflect on the planning process. (CLO: A, B)

First Lesson Plan Assignment (Part 1 and 2)

Part 1: The candidate will complete Part 1 of the lesson plan template including Grade, Subject, Standards, Objective, Instruction, and Assessment. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

Part 2: The candidate will complete Part 2 of the lesson plan template including Materials, Technology, Differentiation, Academic Language, and Research. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

Second and Third Lesson Plan Assignment

The candidate will write two additional lesson plans that follow the first lesson plan completed to represent a learning segment. (CLO: A, B, C, D,)

Livetext: edTPA Task 1 Assignment

The candidate will use the Pre-edTPA Resources folder in LiveText to gather all documents for edTPA Task 1. These assignments will be completed throughout the course and scored based on the edTPA Rubrics for Task 1. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

Quiz: edTPA Overview

The candidate will take a quiz covering knowledge of edTPA based on the edTPA Overview video. This quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, will allow one attempt, and will have a 1-hour time limit. (CLO: A)

Quiz: Lesson Planning

The candidate will take a quiz based on the lesson plans submitted for the course. This quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, will allow one attempt, and will have a 1 hour time limit. (CLO: B, C)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the textbook readings from the respective module: week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 true/false and multiple-choice questions, will allow for two attempts, and will have a 90-minute time limit. (CLO: A, B, C, D)