Educational Psychology

Course Details

Course Number
EPSY 3153
Section Number
EPSY 3153
Spring 2016
Ferguson Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times


TR: 9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Dr. Suzanne F. Lindt (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives



TExES Compe-tencies


Prof. Respons.

Students recognize, understand, and address in both writing and discussion the implications of the many developmental phenomena associated with teaching and learning

001, 002

1.1k, 1.2k, 4k

Students recognize, understand, and address both in writing and discussion the implications of the many cognitive and behavioral phenomena associated with teaching and learning

001, 005

2.4k, 2.5k,

Students recognize, understand, and address in writing and discussion, the many aspects of developing a culture for learning and a positive environment of respect and rapport. Specifically, candidates will verbally discuss and write about factors affecting children’s learning, including candidates’ understanding of the school community, students’ developmental level, students’ racial, cultural, and gender diversity, and the needs of special populations.


002, 004, 005

2.1k, 2.2k

2.3k, 2.4k,

Diversity: Students will develop a vision of learning that promotes the success of all students based on relevant knowledge and theories, including but not limited to an understanding of the diversity of learners and learners’ needs, and schools as interactive, social, and cultural systems. Specifically, candidates will read, discuss, and write about students from diverse social, ethnic, and cultural systems.



 Students recognize, understand, and address in writing and discussion the nature and implications of both student-centered and teacher-centered approaches to teaching and learning. Specifically, candidates will analyze instructional techniques that influence student learning.

001, 005


 Students learn and practice reflective habits while in the classroom.

 001, 002, 004

4.12k, 5.2k



Course Expectations



Classroom Policies

Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment which is conducive to learning.  In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from time spent in class, unless otherwise approved by the instructor, students are prohibited from engaging in any form of distraction—this includes, but is not limited to, pagers and cell phones. Electronic communications devices will be turned off anytime the class member is in the school building—in our classroom or in a field experience classroom. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom shall result, minimally, in a request to leave class and a Professional Fitness Form will be filed for review with the college. If the instructor must file a Fitness Alert Form for any reason, including failure to demonstrate appropriate teaching dispositions, the student may receive an instructor drop with an "F" for the course.


Your participation in classes at a Professional Development School is a privilege, not a right. Our relationship with these schools is critical to the development of strong teachers. If, for ANY reason, you are asked to leave a Professional Development School, you will be dropped from the course in accordance with the Instructor Drop policy (see below) of the academic catalog. This is your warning as required by the policy. If a candidate is taking ‘blocked’ courses that are taught at a Professional Development School, requiring field experience, the candidate will be dropped with an F from those classes as well.


Instructor Drop. An instructor may drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct. The instructor must give the student a verbal or written warning prior to dropping the student from the class. An instructor’s drop of a student takes precedence over the student-initiated course drop of a later date. The instructor will assign a grade of either WF or F through the first 8 weeks of a long semester, the first 6 weeks of a 10 week summer term, or the 11th class day of a 4 or 5 week summer term consisting of 20 days. After these periods the grade will be an F. The date the instructor drop form is received in the Office of the Registrar is the official drop date.


Other Class Policies


  • Teaching Disposition: Students will reflect and learn from practice.
  • Disposition toward children: Students will demonstrate determination and persistence in developing abilities to work successfully with children. This will be demonstrated by identifying instructional methods that help children learn.
  • Disposition toward inquiry:  Working with others collaboratively to gain new perspectives on the complexities of teaching.
  • Personal Disposition: Appreciation of the need for good rapport and strong relationships with professionals and students.

Grading Standards





Points Possible

Tests: Essay Test (50 points), Mid-term (150 pts) - multiple choice,

Final (200 pts) – cumulative and multiple choice

400 points


Projects: Motivation and Engagement (150 pts),

Class Lead (100 pts), and Lesson Plan (200 pts)

450 points

Attendance and Assignments:  Attendance will be taken each class and points will be added to the total attendance grade at the end of the semester as a bonus grade. The expectation is that you will be present on time and remain present throughout each class. A total of 5 assignments should be completed prior to classes to prepare for class discussions. Some assignments will be submitted online prior to class and are specified in class schedule posted below.

50 points



Quizzes: Quizzes will be completed online before classes for a total of 100 possible points. The expectation is that prior to each chapter, you will read the chapter, watch a lecture, and take a comprehension quiz on D2L.

100 points


Final Exam

05/12/2015 9:30am - 10:50pm

Submission Format Policy


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


1.      Due Dates and Late Penalties: Assignments are expected to be turned in by the due date. Ten percent of the total points will be deducted per date late, and any assignment submitted more than two weeks late will receive no more than 50% of the possible points. Arrangements must be made at least two days in advance for any exceptions to be given. 

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

Professional teachers are dependable, reliable, and responsible. Therefore, candidates are expected to be on time and in attendance at every class, and to stay for the entire class. Tardiness, leaving early, and excessive absences (3) are considered evidence of lack of dependability, and are taken seriously. Candidates will receive a grade of F on the third absence. If a candidate is taking ‘blocked’ courses that are taught at a Professional Development School, requiring field experience, the candidate will be dropped with an F from those classes as well.

Note: If you are absent for an exam, you will have one week to make it up.  If you do not make it up within one week of missing the exam, you will receive a 0 for the exam.

Other Policies


1.       Written work – Should be completed in a professional style.  Using correct spelling and grammar are important writing skills you must know well because your students will learn from you. Therefore, most written assignments will have 10% - 20% of the grade based on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and a professional writing style. Expectations are for quality work. 


2.       Adhering to professional ethics – When using professional sources in your writing, please cite sources you have used or ideas you have adapted when completing assignments.  Use of copyrighted materials must adhere to legal and ethical guidelines.  If part of an assignment is submitted for credit in more than one course, both professors must pre-approve this dual credit and the dual use should be referenced clearly on both assignments.


3.       Speech Screening: If you have not been screened and released by Anita Beeks, Speech Therapist, you will not be allowed to student teach.  If you have not previously been screened, please contact Sherri Johnson, 397-4370, to set up an appointment.  Screening is not conducted during the summer months.


4.       Americans with Disabilities Act: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities.  Students with a disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided. If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs.


5.       Plagiarism Statement: “By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes.” from Student Handbook



6.       Submission of Assignments: All assignments must be submitted to the assignment page for this course on D2L prior to class on the date due.  Please plan ahead for assignment submission, in case you have difficulty attaching your assignments.  A minimum of 5 points will be deducted for assignments not submitted through D2L into the appropriate folder.  Hard copies will not be accepted.


7.      Due Dates and Late Penalties: Assignments are expected to be turned in by the due date. Ten percent of the total points will be deducted per date late, and any assignment submitted more than two weeks late will receive no more than 50% of the possible points. Arrangements must be made at least two days in advance for any exceptions to be given.


8.       Cell phones: Please silence all cell phones and put them away.  Students who are texting in class may be asked to leave.  If you must answer your phone, please get up and leave the class.  You will be responsible for missing class.


8.    Inclement Weather: In case of inclement weather, the instructor will post an announcement regarding the status of the class on D2L. Students are also encouraged to call the department if they have no immediate access to the Internet.


Additional Readings “APA Documentation” see


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

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at