Building a Foundation
Coursework to build upon for teacher preparation
As a teacher education student, you’ll take four courses from Educational Psychology, Foundations & Leadership (EPFLS) faculty as part of the professional sequence of core courses. Together, these courses provide a shared foundation of the psychological and social foundations of educational practice that you'll experience at all educational levels (early childhood, elementary, middle level and secondary).
“I have learned more than I could have imagined over the course of this semester. This class has really opened my eyes to what assessment really is... I really appreciate all of the knowledge that I have acquired because I know it will help me and my future students.”
Doing quality assessments is integral to being a teacher. In this junior level course, EPFLS faculty help you gain the an understanding of the purpose of assessment, the different types of measurement, ethics, standards of quality, how to communicate about your dat and use it in making decisions, and the role of standardized assessment.
Radhi Al-Mabuk, PhD
Professor & Coordinator, Professional Development for Teachers Program (on-campus)
Robert Boody, PhD
Associate Department Head & Professor, Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies
Coordinator, Doctor of Education (EdD) Program
Dynamics of Human Development
Every student brings differing perspectives, experiences and backgrounds to a classroom. In this class, you’ll use a cross-cultural lens to uncover the cultural nature of development and how that impacts teaching and student learning.
Kerri Clopton, PhD
Associate Professor, School Psychology Program
Suzanne Freedman, PhD
Professor, Co-chair of the COE Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
Learning and Motivation in Classroom Contexts
How do students learn? What motivates them? How do your personal theories on learning impact this process? Delving into educational psychology and the various factors that influence student learning is at the core of this class.
Benjamin Forsyth, PhD
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies & Teacher Education
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
Elana Joram, PhD
Professor & Coordinator, Professional Development for Teachers Program (on-line)
Schools and American Society
Perspective, context, policy, practice. EPFLS faculty help bring it all together in this review of the many social, political and economic issues and policies that affect school practices. Better understand patterns and trends and learn to critically analyze the issues before you.