Educational Psychology

Course Details

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Fall 2012
Ferguson Hall
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Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:50 at FE 303.

Christina McIntyre (view Profile)


Ed Psych Modules

Course Objectives

Course Objectives


Knowledge and Skills: [measure]


  1. Candidates describe ways to facilitate the learning of challenging Candidates by applying behavior and learning theory in a virtual classroom environment. (1a, 1b, 2a, 3a, 3c, 3e) [virtual classroom project, exam]
  2. Candidates recognize, understand, and address in both writing and informed discussion the implications of the many developmental phenomena associated with teaching and learning. (1b) [virtual classroom project, teaching philosophy, quizzes, exam]
  3. Candidates recognize, understand, and address both in writing and informed discussion the implications of the many cognitive and behavioral phenomena associated with teaching and learning. (1a) [virtual classroom project, teaching philosophy, quizzes, exam]
  4. Candidates recognize, understand, and address both in writing and informed discussion the implications of the many issues influencing student motivation and engagement. (3c) [virtual classroom project, teaching philosophy, quizzes, exam]
  5. Candidates recognize, understand, and address both in writing and informed discussion the many aspects of developing culture for learning and a positive environment of respect and rapport. (2a, 2b) [discussion, group activities, exam]
  6. Candidates recognize, understand, and address both in writing and informed discussion the nature and implications of both student-centered and teacher-centered approaches to teaching and learning. (1a) [virtual classroom project, exam]
  7. Candidates recognize, understand, and address both in writing and informed discussion the role of assessment and its impact on learning. (3d)  [virtual classroom project, quizzes, exam]
  8. Candidates recognize, understand, and address both in writing and informed discussion models of student-teacher interaction and the related affective influences that impact learning.  (2a, 3a) [virtual classroom project, quizzes, exam]
  9. Candidates develop a vision of learning that promotes the success of all Candidates based upon relevant knowledge and theories, including but not limited to an understanding of the diversity of learners and learner’s needs, and schools as interactive, social and cultural systems. [virtual classroom project]
  10. Candidates develop an awareness of learning differences, multicultural awareness, gender sensitivity, and ethnic appreciation in the campus community. [virtual classroom project]

Course Expectations


  1. Candidates are punctual and attend class regularly.  They arrive on time for classes and other professional activities and regularly attend all classes and related experiences.  [direct observation]
  2. Candidates work productively with faculty and peers.  They accept and act upon constructive criticism, are positive and productive participants of collaborative groups, engage in professional dialogues, and demonstrate respect and understanding for Candidates, instructors, supervisors, and peers. [direct observation of group work]
  3. Candidates demonstrate effective and appropriate use of both written and oral communication skills. [written assignments, group work, class discussion, presentation]
  4. Candidates demonstrate personal and scholastic integrity. They are truthful and forthcoming, claim credit only for original work, and scrupulously document the work of others.  [written assignments, group work]
  5. Candidates maintain positive and appropriate relationships with peers and faculty.  These relationships are void of all forms of threat, harassment, and abuse.  [direct observation]
  6. Candidates exhibit emotional, intellectual, and physical characteristics requisite to effective teaching.  [direct observation]

Candidates with disabilities that impinge upon their ability to complete coursework or teach effectively must notify the Office of Disabilities and provide documentation as needed to insure reasonable accommodation. [direct observation]

Grading Standards

Grading Procedures


Participation                         145 points

Teaching Philosophy             50 points

Virtual Class Project              60 points

Quizzes                                  100 points

Midterm  Exam                   100 points           

*Final Exam                         100 points

Total                                      555 points


A= 499-555 points              A = 90 – 100%

B=444-498  points              B = 80 – 89%

C=388-443  points              C = 70 – 79%

D=333-387  points              D = 60 – 69%

F= 0-332 points                    F = 59%-below    


*If you do not show up for and take the Final Exam, you will be dropped a letter grade.


Final Exam

12/11/2012 12:30

Submission Format Policy

All work is to be turned via Blackboard unless otherwise stated in syllabus.  All papers must be typed, double space, 12 point, Times New Roman font.  All work must follow APA guidelines for publication.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late work is not accepted.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is mandatory.  Students will not be allowed to make up any missed quizzes and participation grades will be docked for every class missed.  Stidents grades will be dropped one letter grade if students do not show up for the final.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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