Design and Process of Teaching

Course Description

Candidates integrate principles of learning theories and factors influencing human development when designing instruction and evaluating instructional effectiveness. Candidates will utilize a four-stage cyclical model of planning, teaching, analyzing and reflecting in the process of learning-and-teaching to ensure all students equitable access to the curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the function of each stage of a cyclical model utilized to prepare for learning and teaching that reflects evidence of high expectations and meets the needs of all learners.
  • Design an instructional plan based on data from multiple measures and sources (e.g. IEPs, student work, self-assessment, EL proficiency data, etc.) selecting methods and strategies to ensure all learners (including the full range of English learners and students with exceptionalities and other learning needs) thrive (e.g. socially, emotionally, intellectually, academically, etc.) within (a) an equitable and inclusive learning environment, but also (b) in real-world environments.
  • Implement the instructional plan developed in the planning stage of a cyclical model to guide and monitor student learning and engagement, and modify instruction in real time.
  • Analyze multiple forms of evidence gathered during and after instruction (e.g. instructional plan, learners’ products, observations notes, various assessments and student self-assessment, etc.) to determine if the objective(s) was/were met and instruction was effective.
  • Reflect upon new and/or revised understandings about learning and teaching (e.g. strategies, multi-tiered instructional approaches, instructional technology/assistive technology, developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate learning activities, instructional materials and resources, etc.) needed to apply in future planning and teaching for all learners, including the full range of English learners as well as students with exceptionalities and other learning needs.


  1. Students are expected to attend all class sessions, participate in all class activities, and complete assessment measures/assignments as scheduled.
  2. Students are expected to complete an assignment requiring four-hours in a K12 school/classroom and/or with one or more educators representing a variety of roles and responsibilities.
  3. Students are expected to integrate textbooks, internet resources, educational research and literature, and lecture concepts into all appropriate assignment requirements.


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