Teaching the College Student – EDUC 758

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

A study of the nature of the college student from a sociological, cultural, and psychological perspective. Opportunity will be given to analyze, synthesize, and discuss ways to bring about maximum impact, growth and satisfaction.

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


College students may experience difficulty making the transition to the college setting, whether the student is a recent high school graduate or a person returning to the college classroom with career experience. College instructors can enhance success of students in their courses by increasing their knowledge and application of college learners and effective college teaching practices. “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15 American King James Version).

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, lecture presentations, and websites

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (3)

There will be 3 Discussions throughout this course. The candidate is required to provide a 300-word thread in response to the provided prompt. The thread must be supported with at least 2 sources to include the textbook in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmate’s thread except for the final Discussion (1 reply required). Cite a minimum of 1 source in each reply using current APA format, as applicable. Each reply must be 150 words. (CLO: A, C, D, E)

Support Services Report Assignment

The candidate will research the support services available at a college for students and instructors. The candidate will develop a list, table, or brochure of services, contact persons, contact numbers, and description of services available. (CLO: B, D, E)

Journal Critique Assignment

The candidate will research and select 1 article written 5 years ago or less that details the current trends in college teaching or challenges facing college students today. The candidate will briefly summarize the article and offer a critique of the article. This assignment must be 2–3 pages. (CLO: C, D)

Final Project Assignments (3)

Final Project: Part 1 – Professor and Student Interview

The candidate will conduct an interview with a current professor (other than the instructor for this course) and student in a college or university. These findings will be included in the Final Project: Clergy and Counselor Interview. The candidate will also include a research strategies plan in this assignment. This assignment must be a minimum of 11 pages. (CLO: D, E)

Final Project: Part 2 – Clergy and Counselor Interview

The candidate will interview 1 member of the clergy and 1 higher education counselor/advisor who both interact with college students. In each interview, you will ask questions to gain a better understanding of the emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of college students. In addition to submitting the Final Project: Clergy and Counselor Interview, you must integrate your findings in the Final Project: PowerPoint Presentation. The candidate will also include an instructional strategies plan in this assignment. This assignment must be a minimum of 9 pages. (CLO: C, D, E)

Final Project: Part 3 – PowerPoint Presentation

The candidate will create a PowerPoint presentation for college students, taking everything that you have learned from the Final Project: Professor and Student Interview and Final Project: Clergy and Counselor Interview Assignments to teach students 5 essential strategies you determine to be most important. Additionally, you must type a script to align with the PowerPoint for a 30-minute presentation to college students, incorporating sources used in the previously submitted assignments of the Final Project and adding at least 2 additional sources. (CLO: B, C, D, E)

Syllabus Critique Assignment

The candidate will examine the sample syllabus provided. Based on knowledge of college learners acquired in the course, the candidate will determine if the syllabus meets the needs of college students. The candidate will also suggest at least 5 research-based strategies for improvement. This assignment must be 2–3 pages. (CLO: B, D, E)