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PSY 235 - Educational Psychology

Course Description

This course introduces students to theories, research, and applied topics related to teaching and learning. It studies developmentally appropriate education with learner diversity and multicultural influences. Emphasis is on how to effectively motivate learners through appropriate teaching design, class management and assessment, and how to connect theory to teaching and learning practices in today’s global contexts.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Identify and evaluate major theories and approaches related to cognitive development, teaching and learning;
Analyze and evaluate learners’ physical, cognitive and social-emotional characteristics of development;
Describe and analyze teacher’s role in motivating learners;
Identify and discuss effective instructional design, class management, assessment, and other teaching/learning practices in today’s global contexts;
Identify and analyze social/cultural influences (including discrimination and inequality) on learner distress, and accommodations for students from diverse (such as special needs, poverty, multicultural, multilingual and other) backgrounds;
Apply effective principles to promote self-understanding and personal/career development.

College Academic Learning Goals Designations: Critical Reasoning (CR), Diversity and Social Justice (DJ) and Global Understanding (GU)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: PSY 140