Current Issues in Education – EDUC 380

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

Course Description

An examination of current issues in the field of education with classroom implications and case study.


Education Teacher Licensure with a score of 5 or (Background Clear Out of State with a score of 5 or Background Clear Virginia with a score of 5 or Background Clear International with a score of 5 or Background Check Clearance with a score of 5) and EDUC 200 and EDUC 205

Note: This is the capstone course. It should be the last education course taken.


Research in specific areas of academic interests are necessary for professional growth and development. This course is for candidates who are not pursuing licensure or ACSI certification.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss how the three components in the Conceptual Framework integrate into the context of teaching situations. (PRE-A1)
  2. Discuss how the five components in the SCRIP Dispositions integrate into the context of teaching situations. (PRE-C5)
  3. Develop a project related to the field of education which demonstrates the professional development of a Christian world view pertinent to Christian, public, and private schools. (PRE-A1; PRE-C5)
  4. Use grading rubrics to assess various written and verbal presentations. (PRE-A1; PRE-B2, B3,B4)
  5. Discuss with other educational professionals elements pertaining to continual professional growth. (PRE-C5).

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is expected to participate in Discussion Board Forums based on the instructor’s prompt. Each forum is completed in 2 parts: the candidate’s original response should be at least 300 words in length in a new thread, followed by 2 reply posts at least 150 words in length for each reply. The initial post must include at least 2 citations in current APA format and each reply must include at least 1 citation in current APA format. All posts to the Discussion Board Forum must adhere to the communication policy provided through the Student Expectations link. (MLO: B, D, E)

Course Project

This research-based Course Project contains several related parts which are described below. The candidate will be permitted to research a relevant topic in the field of education to create a project. Writing lesson plans, unit plans, or a research paper does not qualify as a project. The candidate will upload the completed Course Project in Blackboard.

  1. Project Proposal: The candidate will submit a proposal that outlines the premise of his/her project idea. The proposal consists of 5 elements: Purpose, Rationale, Research, Application, and Outcomes. Each of these elements is described and explained in the Assignments Instructions folder. All project proposals must be approved by the course instructor prior to beginning work on the project. (MLO: C, D, E)
  2. Grading Rubric: The candidate will create a Grading Rubric which will evaluate the project. The candidate must include five or more categories in your rubric to evaluate your specific project. Each category should be clear and specifically related to the topic approved for the final project. The total points for a perfect score should be 100 points. The rubric should have no spelling or grammatical errors. (MLO: C, D, E)
  3. Self-Evaluation: The candidate will use the Self-Evaluation Grading Rubric provided in Blackboard in order to self-evaluate his/her completed project. (MLO: C, D, E)
  4. Completed Course Project: The course project is a research-based assignment that the candidate will individually complete. In addition to the course textbook, the candidate should locate scholarly, peer-reviewed academic journal articles to find current information concerning your chosen topic. The journal articles used for this assignment should be published within the last 5 years. The candidate will not submit this assignment in the form of a research paper; instead, the candidate will present the project idea using the form of communication most suited to the topic. The candidate can use a YouTube video, iMovie, Photo Story, PowerPoint, Prezi present this project. (MLO: A, B,C, D, E)


In Module/Week 7, the candidate will create and submit a portfolio. This portfolio will include five different required sections, including the Cover, Resume, Degree Completion Plan Audit (DCPA), Benchmark Assignments, and the Media Gallery. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)