EDUC503 - The Professional Educator

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC503 Course ID: 2786 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is intended to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the Master of Education program. Students will explore what it means to develop as a professional educator and how this impacts teaching and learning. The course examines the significance of various educational theories, historical developments, philosophies, pedagogical approaches, basic research designs, and educational paradigms. Students will discover how different social, emotional, physical, and ethical issues impact various aspects of K-12 classrooms, and other instructional settings. Effective use of technology as a tool in educational situations will be emphasized, as well as how educational research can alter classroom practice.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
05/29/2023 - 11/03/2023 11/06/2023 - 12/31/2023 November Fall 2023 Session I 8 Week session
06/26/2023 - 12/01/2023 12/04/2023 - 01/28/2024 December Fall 2023 Session D 8 Week session
07/31/2023 - 12/29/2023 01/01/2024 - 02/25/2024 January Winter 2024 Session B 8 Week session
08/28/2023 - 02/02/2024 02/05/2024 - 03/31/2024 February Winter 2024 Session I 8 Week session
09/25/2023 - 03/01/2024 03/04/2024 - 04/28/2024 March Winter 2024 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, candidates will be able to:

  1. Apply the on-line platform for effective communication and learning. (WVPTS: 2D, 4A, 4B, 4D); (ISTE/NETS.T: 2A); (NCATE: 1, 2, 3)
  2. Apply the APUS on-line library for research and information. (WVPTS: 1A, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D); (ISTE/NETS.T: 5A); (NCATE: 1, 2)
  3. Analyze the various research techniques used in K-12 education, with a special emphasis on Action Research. (WVPTS: 3E, 4D, 5B, 5G, 5H, 5I); (ISTE/NETS.T: 5B); (NCATE: 1, 2)
  4. Apply effective use of media and technology for writing, learning, teaching, and professional development. (WVPTS: 3A, 3F, 4C, 5G, 5H); (ISTE/NETS.T: 5D); (NCATE: 1, 2)
  5. Evaluate the various past and present issues, ideas, and trends that shape educational environments today. (WVPTS: 2A, 3F, 4A, 4C, 5H); (ISTE/NETS.T: 2B); (NCATE: 1, 2, 4)
  6. Analyze one’s classroom experiences as it relates to the formation of an educational philosophy and student achievement. (WVPTS: 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 2A, 2C, 3C, 3D, 3F, 4A, 4C, 5G); (ISTE/NETS.T: 1A); (NCATE: 1, 2, 4)
  7. Create a vision for growth as a professional educator who creates and sustains active learning environments. (WVPTS: 1A, 3D, 4A, 4C, 4D, 5F, 5G); (ISTE/NETS.T: 5A) (NCATE: 1, 2, 4)
NameGrade %
Discussions 30.00%
Week 1: Introductions 3.33%
Week 1: Library Visit 3.33%
Week 2: Philosophy of Education 3.33%
Week 3: Rights Responsibilities and the Law 3.33%
Week 4: Current Movements in Education 3.33%
Week 5: Learning Styles 3.33%
Week 6: Reflection as a Professional Educator 3.33%
Week 7: Being a Change Agent 3.33%
Week 8: Action Research 3.33%
Assignments 45.00%
Week 1: Dalton Sherman Video Response 15.00%
Week 3: Ethics 15.00%
Week 8: Professional Educator Profile 15.00%
APA Quiz 1.00%
W1Q1 - APA Quiz 1.00%
School Community Profile 19.00%
Week 7: School Community Profile 19.00%
Self-Assessment Dispositions for Teaching Programs 5.00%
Self-Assessment Dispositions for Teaching Programs 5.00%

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.