Current Issues in Content Areas – EDUC 539

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

Course Description

An examination of current content standards in a subject area. Research in the subject area will enhance content knowledge in preparation for content assessment required for teachers.




Each of the content competencies represents an area that is part of best practice in instructional delivery. Demonstration of skill of each of the content competencies is necessary to prove growth in both the program and as a professional. In addition, the models and theories are translated into a working document that affords the best opportunity for implementation in a school setting. This course is designed to provide learners an opportunity to strengthen demonstration of content competencies in order to demonstrate competence and scholarship in a respective area of instruction. Students will review and complete tasks necessary for successful completion of their respective program. Students will also review research in their respective content area.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of content competencies in the candidate’s respective field of study.
  2. Synthesize scholarly research related to content competencies in the candidate’s field of study.
  3. Demonstrate improvement in at least one content competency area in the candidate’s respective field of study.
  4. Describe the requirements for successful completion of the program.

Course Assignment

Assigned readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Group Discussion Board Forums (8)

For this collaborative discussion board, the candidate will be assigned into a group based on his/her area of specialization (elementary or secondary). The purpose of Group Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among candidates with regard to relevant current course topics. The candidate is required to post 1 thread of at least 300 words. The candidate must also post 2 replies to other candidates of at least 150 words. For each thread, the candidate must support assertions with at least 1 citation in current APA format. Acceptable sources include peer-reviewed articles, web resources, books, interviews, and observations.

Content Competency Plan

The candidate will review content competencies in his/her field and identify a competency for which he/she feels least prepared. The candidate will create a plan for improving in the area (competency) identified, discuss what resources are needed for improving in the targeted competency area, and identify search topics to be used for finding scholarly articles for review of the targeted competency area identified as needing improvement.

Artifacts and Activities Papers (6)

During each module/week, the candidate will identify 1 content competency and discuss in a 1–2-page paper what artifacts, activities, etc. have been completed to demonstrate mastery of the respective competency.

Content Competency Chart

The candidate will complete a content competency chart.

Content Competency Paper

The candidate will create a 7–10-page paper that discusses a content competency identified as a weak area in completing program requirements. The paper will include a description of the competency, a discussion of how the plan for competency improvement was followed, and a discussion of the outcome of efforts to follow the plan. Also included must be a discussion of findings within the literature on the identified competency and how the information contained in the resources did or did not serve to assist the candidate in completing the plan.


The candidate must locate and submit a copy of his/her official or unofficial transcript(s).