PEDU 9006: Curriculum Development Through Special Projects

Your course. Your timeline. Your way. Earn up to 3 graduate level credits upon completion of this course. You choose how many credits you want to earn when you register.

· June 8, 2020
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Course Description

Designed to help educators enhance their curriculum, this course provides the opportunity to develop special projects, either to use instructionally or as project-based learning experiences for students, to broaden and deepen curriculum in interesting and engaging ways. Besides improving their curriculum with projects customized to meet the learning nuances of individual classroom demographics, this course offers educators graduate-level credit upon completion and implementation of five projects/attempted credit hour. Strengthen your curriculum through the provision of classroom experiences with practical applications that students see value in completing. Create special projects with real-life applications for your students to complete: investigation projects, design projects, reading/writing projects, etc. that will capture their interest and cause them to learn by doing. Or develop projects that will improve your effectiveness in teaching the curriculum, such as interactive PowerPoints, short reteaching videos to reinforce lessons or provide extra online at-home help, emotive photo montages that illustrate information or concepts to be learned, a home-made life-sized gyroscope or a convection tank demo from an aquarium, a name-the-atom/ name-the-country/name the author game the entire class can play…. The hardest part will likely be limiting your ideas to only the required number of projects! Once you have completed the projects and implemented them in your classroom, you can submit them, along with your time log, for evaluation.

Create five different learning activities or projects (per credit) to implement directly into your curriculum. The curriculum ideas, strategies, or techniques you develop can be tailored to your goals and educational setting.

 

1 Credit = 5 activities/projects 

2 Credits = 10 activities/projects

3 Credits = 15 activities/projects

 

Suggested activities and projects to help you earn credit:

Educational games, learning activities, PowerPoint presentations, video presentations, worksheets, educational websites, classroom visuals, classroom assignments and projects, bulletin boards, learning centers, anchor charts, assessments, teacher-created books, physical education activities, reflection reports, technology-related activities, storytelling activities, units of study, STEM-related projects, mindfulness-based projects, etc.

 

Designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to complete your coursework, and extensions are always granted upon request. All curriculum projects you choose to develop will ultimately demonstrate the application of time you invest in professional development experiences, such as research, videos and readings, as you endeavor to accomplish your goals. An additional expectation is to complete a time log that documents the time spent for this course. 

 

Overview of Requirements

 

1. Develop and incorporate new activities, projects, strategies or techniques (of your choice) into existing or new curriculum: For each graduate-level credit, you will choose and develop 5 different learning and teacher-made activities and/or projects to create and implement. You may always modify, change, adapt or incorporate new ideas throughout the entire course duration.

 

2. Develop a self-created time log: Create a log to document the effort and time that you dedicate to the process of completing your coursework requirements. You can also document hours for projects created previously by backtracking the date in your log. Your log must be specific and include dates, times, accomplishments and proof. For each graduate-level credit, you will document 15 hours of academic involvement. 

 

Whether you spend time brainstorming, researching, reading, typing, writing, watching educational videos and films for ideas, or constructing visuals, putting together new curriculum & rubrics, you are able to document all the professional time you have invested amplifying and enriching your professional needs.

 

3. Demonstrate mastery of curriculum enhancement: When all your curriculum goals are finally met, you will submit your final work for evaluation.

 

*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.

 

Opportunities are available across all teaching grade levels, disciplines, and subjects or topics. The overall course objective is aimed at implementing the best practices of education while meeting educational standards set by your school district or state. 

Completed courses are letter graded and will appear on an official transcript from University of the Pacific, Benerd College. An Official Transcript with your final course grade(s) is available from Pacific upon successful completion of coursework. The course ending date that will appear on your transcript will reflect the date on which your completed coursework was reviewed and graded.

Choose 1-3 credits
Pay only $79 per credit
100% Online & Self-Paced
Up to 1 year to complete your course
Earn an Official Transcript from University of the Pacific, Benerd College

About University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific, established in 1851, is California’s oldest private chartered university and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester units of credit, provided directly through University of the Pacific, Benerd College. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of educators for Salary Advancement and Recertification.  The credits/units are acceptable where local districts approve and applicable to state licensing where authorized. We always encourage you to check with your employer for acceptability of these credits/units. Course participants are responsible to determine acceptability of these credits for their intended use. Each graduate-level semester credit is equivalent to 15 hours of academic involvement.

Course Objectives

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify areas of the curriculum in which learning can be enhanced  by the introduction of special projects.
  • Identify specific learning goals and objectives that you want to supplement through special projects. 
  • Create five classroom-ready special projects that target specific learning goals and objectives and will engage students in a meaningful learning process.
  • Integrate the new projects into your lesson plans and/or presentations.
  • Engage students in meaningful activities that support authentic learning experiences through the completion of special projects.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the special projects in helping students meet targeted learning goals.
  • Reflect on how the projects served to engage students and strengthen the learning process.
  • Reflect on the professional development experiences, specific to your future growth.
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Course Includes

  • 2 Sections

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