General Course Information for TED434: Methods of Teaching Social Sci

Course: TED434 - Methods of Teaching Social Sci
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description:

Prepares candidates in History/Social Science to be effective and reflective teachers, emphasizing current research. Comprehensive study of teaching methods in the social sciences: economics, history, political science, and geography. Candidates learn pedagogical content knowledge, methods of teaching and learning, classroom management strategies, lesson planning, and assessment of student learning.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Utilize developmentally appropriate grade level content using the Health Framework and History- Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools in the following areas: history, economics, political science, and geography.
  • Explain the role of the classroom teacher as a role model and leader in relation to student learning and academic achievement; development of students' physical, emotional, and social well-being.
  • Choose supporting positive learning environments in management strategies that ensure development within the cross-cultural, linguistically diverse classroom.
  • Demonstrate social science teaching materials, use of technology, methods, and strategies appropriate for secondary school age.
  • Identify the local, state, and national community and educational resources and agencies, and Internet resources necessary for meeting the social science requirements of all learners.
  • Design lesson plans in an approved format that meet grade level social science expectations as identified in the Health Framework and History- Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools.
  • Discuss the professional standards, ethics, and reflective practices of the classroom teacher in order to effectively enable, promote, and reinforce learning among students.
Course Requirements:

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Students are expected to participate in all activities and discussions, complete readings as assigned, complete projects and exams as scheduled, and turn in all assignments on time.

Reflective Journal - The reflective journal will be a short (4-5 pages) reflection on what was learned in the readings overall in class and how that learning can be used to improve one's teaching. Candidates are to utilize the template provided addressing what they learned, what they learned that will help students learn, what new metacognitive understanding they have gained as a teacher and learner. Reflective journal is to be submitted twice during the course

Field Experience - Observation: Candidates will observation of a social science education class. Candidates will complete a written analysis of teaching and learning.

Lesson Plans -signature assignment: Candidates must design 2 social science lessons for a particular group of students and for different domains of social science. The specific Lesson Plan format MUST be used for planning. All parts of the lesson plan must be completed and align with the Social Science Framework And Social Science Content Standards For California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade 12. TPEs and the TPA Task 2 requirement.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures