Instructional Practices for Content Teachers – EDUC 303

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 08/20/2021

Course Description

This course addresses effective principles of instruction for planning and instruction across the content areas. A focus is on the instructional process of planning, teaching, assessing, and reflecting.

Please note, this course is not part of a program leading to eligibility of a Virginia state teaching license (or license in any other state). Individuals seeking to obtain a state teaching license should contact for recommended course options.

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


This course provides a variety of innovative teaching approaches through different learning venues that meet standards established by state offices and learned societies. Such approaches enable the candidate to be better prepared for teaching in various educational settings.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the characteristics of an effective teacher.
  2. Develop teaching methods and materials that will allow for diversity of culture, learning styles, and special needs.
  3. Write instructional objectives that measure a specific outcome and are directly linked to a state standard.
  4. Incorporate content-appropriate materials into subject-specific learning units with logical connections to other disciplines within the core curriculum.
  5. Develop integrated lessons that have a biblical focus.
  6. Integrate appropriate technology into lessons to enhance student learning.
  7. Develop questioning techniques that allow students to think at different levels of cognitive complexity.
  8. Design appropriate, alternative approaches to assessment methodology in every lesson plan.
  9. Create a learning environment using individual and group motivation that encourages positive interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  10. Identify how to collaborate and communicate with colleagues and parents.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations


Course Requirements Checklist Assignment

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

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. The candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt to discuss experiences among candidates related to relevant current course topics. In response to each prompt, the candidate is required to post one thread of 250–300 words. The candidate must post two replies of 150 words each. For each thread, the candidate must support his/her assertions with at least two citations in current APA format. Each reply must incorporate at least one citation in current APA format. Acceptable sources include the textbooks, the Bible, and other credible sources. (CLO: A, E, I)

Lesson Plan Project Assignment

The Lesson Plan Project Assignment is a plan for teaching, enabling the candidate to start with a standard, develop an objective that students must meet, and demonstrate that specific learning has occurred. The Lesson Plan will be submitted in five separate stages, plus a final submission. At each stage, the candidate will be asked to add information to the plan until the project is completed. (CLO: B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)

Objectives Rewrite Assignment

The candidate will be required to rewrite a given number of objectives applying the principles of the CPC (condition, performance, criterion) method covered in the course and to give a brief explanation of the changes made. (CLO: C, G, H)

Classroom Management Plan and Presentation Assignment

After reviewing the Module 3: Week 3 Learn materials on classroom management, the candidate will choose and create a presentation of those rules for classroom use and locate a classroom management system to support them. A paper in current APA format and a presentation will be created. (CLO: A, B, I)

Biblical Worldview Paper Assignment

The candidate will complete a paper that answers the questions given in the assignment instructions. Each question must be answered in a separate paragraph of at least 100 words and must follow current APA format. For each paragraph, the candidate will include at least one citation in current APA format. (CLO: E)

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes from the Olich,et al textbook, contain 15 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. (CLO: A, B)

Lesson Plan Project: Reflection Assignment

After creating the lesson plan, the candidate will teach their lesson either in classroom or with friends/family. The candidate will then complete the Lesson Reflection to give their input about the lesson plan. (CLO: A, I)