Candidates will gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the field of educational psychology and apply this to their personal career interests. An advanced study of the latest topics gives candidates a theoretical foundation and will provide practical ways to implement interventions to promote learning in academic environments.
Textbook readings and presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Candidate Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore the candidate will participate in two Discussions. Each discussion will be completed in two parts. At least 400 words addressing the provided prompt and 2 replies at least 200 words each to other classmates’ threads. All writing must follow current APA format, including in-text citations and references. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)
Elevator Speech Assignment
The candidate will review current research to formulate an opinion on brain-based learning activities. The candidate will explore alternate opinions and determine if current programs are overreaching. After examining ten different sources they will submit a references page in APA format and a one minute elevator speech related to their research findings. The video-taped elevator speech must not exceed one minute and must include arguments related to the literature examined. (CLO: A)
Career Interest PowerPoint Assignment
The candidate will construct a 10-15 slide PowerPoint Presentation that completes an investigation on potential career opportunities in the field of educational psychology. The candidate will identify a career and interest and include positions currently available, credentials required to enter this field, and why they are interested in pursuing this field as a career. The PowerPoint must include at least five sources and must include a Biblical worldview. (CLO: A, E)
Data Analysis Assignment
The candidate will write a 1,000-1,500-word analysis after a comprehensive review of data from the lowest performing school in the district. The candidate will use the end of year report card data to synthesize the strengths and areas for improvement. The paper will be written in current APA format. (CLO: C)
Critical Literature Review Assignment
The candidate will write a 1,500-2,000- word paper in current APA format. The paper must reflect upon the comprehensive review of data from the lowest performing school in the district. The candidate will use make recommendations as an Educational Psychology consultant. The candidate must integrate a theory to address the problem(s) and create interventions to improve the learning environment. (CLO: B, C, D, E)
Collaborative Learning Reflective Journal Assignment
Collaborative learning continues to hold an important position in educational psychology and the learning sciences. The candidate will construct a reflective journal after reading Chapter 26 in the required text. This journal will compare and contrast instructional methods and how this topic has impacted them professionally. Topics that can be integrated include technology support, knowledge building, inquiry-based learning and different theoretical approaches. (CLO: A, B)
There will be a 20-question quiz for the candidate to complete after they have reviewed the chapter readings. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes and the candidate will be given two hours to complete each quiz. (CLO: B, C)