PEDU 9212: Activities to Develop Accelerated Curriculum

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

The accelerated curriculum has increased in importance as schools provide advanced and honors courses, scaffolding for students with disabilities or language barriers and, more recently, students with learning gaps created by inconsistent school attendance during COVID-19. This course, designed for all educators in every classroom, provides the opportunity to earn graduate-level credit for developing activities to enhance their curriculum with activities that accelerate learning based on their own travel-related experiences. You can create activities and experiences based on or inspired by your travels that will engage your students and help them learn. For example, you may choose to expand your students’ appreciation of cultural differences, both within America and between their own culture and that of other countries. You may already have ideas for activities from your travels, or can easily research for inspiration: activities may focus on traditions practiced in different cultures, e.g., social, economic, cultural, religious; ways environmental characteristics or geographical features influenced and/or currently affect a culture’s development, etc. Have your students celebrate traditional holidays, festivals, and foods of other countries; conduct video chats with other students in other countries, using teacher- or student-created guidelines for information to be learned; write an article or create a news- or podcast about an upcoming tradition, holiday, or the life of student in a foreign country (can be based on internet research or on a video chat); host a cultural event such as a dance or festival…and these are just a few of the possibilities! 

You might prefer to complete the activities yourself to use in your classroom: a video detailing relevant highlights of your journey; a PowerPoint connecting your travels to specific lesson objectives; a road trip game for students to play…. Immersion into the essence of another land or culture through guided activities puts your students on the fast track to learning and understanding the world around them. To earn credit, you simply submit your travel journal, a 25-30 slide PowerPoint or Google presentation demonstrating the professional outcomes of your travel experience (including proof of implementation of what you have learned into the learning process of your students), and a 1-2 page write-up describing your utilization and/or professional application of the material you have developed.

Integrate your travel study experiences into your educational setting. Opportunities are available across all teaching grade levels, disciplines, and subjects or topics. Designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to complete your coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted upon request.

 

Overview of Requirements

 

1. Define your travel objective(s): When registering for this course option, you will be required to provide a short description of your travel objectives, and how you plan to create and implement your learning experiences into your program. You may also utilize previous travel experiences for this course option as long as the materials developed are relevant to your curriculum or programs.

 

2. Create a Travel Journal with times, academic points of interest, and activities relating to your travel experiences and objectives. Your travel journal will document the effort and time that you dedicate to the process of completing your coursework requirements and learning objectives. 

 

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

 

3. Develop a 25-30 slide PowerPoint or Google presentation (per credit) to demonstrate the professional outcomes of your travel experience, and implement what you have learned directly into the learning process of your students. 

 

1 credit = 30 Slides

2 credits = 60 Slides

3 credits = 90 Slides

 

4. Complete a 1-2 page write-up: A minimum one to two page write-up describing utilization and/or professional application of material developed.

 

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

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 meaningful activities based on your travels that will enhance student learning.
  • Integrate activities  into your curriculum for multi-level student engagement that promote deeper understanding and knowledge of the world as you have viewed it through your travels.
  •  Apply strategies and insights gained from your travels to a specific activity that you will use or present in your classroom..
  •  Reflect on how the addition of your newly-created activities to your curriculum impacts student learning.
  • Integrate authentic activities you create based on your travel experiences into your classroom .
  • Reflect on the professional development experiences, specific to your future growth.
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Course Includes

  • 4 Sections
  • 1 Quiz

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