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Current Issues in Content Areas
EDUC-539

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

An examination of current content standards in a subject area. Research in the subject area will enhance content knowledge in preparation for content assessment required for teachers.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Each of the content competencies represents an area that is part of best practice in instructional delivery. Demonstration of skill of each of the content competencies is necessary to prove growth in both the program and as a professional. In addition, the models and theories are translated into a working document that affords the best opportunity for implementation in a school setting. This course is designed to provide learners an opportunity to strengthen demonstration of content competencies in order to demonstrate competence and scholarship in a respective area of instruction. Students will review and complete tasks necessary for successful completion of their respective program. Students will also review research in their respective content area.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of content competencies in the candidate’s respective field of study.
  2. Synthesize scholarly research related to content competencies in the candidate’s field of study.
  3. Demonstrate improvement in at least one content competency area in the candidate’s respective field of study.
  4. Describe the requirements for successful completion of the program.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

www.LiveText.com membership: This is a website for portfolio development and the submission of major course assignments. Please note: Your one-time LiveText subscription purchase lasts for a period of 5 years and is required for all candidates seeking licensure.  LiveText is required in the following Virginia state-approved, licensure programs: M.A.T. in Elementary Education, M.A.T. in Middle Education, M.A.T. in Secondary Education, M.A.T. in  Special Education, M.Ed. Reading Specialist, M.Ed. Math Specialist, M.Ed. Administration & Supervision, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction – Gifted Education, and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction – Early Childhood Education. ISBN: 9780979663567.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (current edition). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning 

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Assigned readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Group Discussion Board Forums (8)

For this collaborative discussion board, the candidate will be assigned into a group based on his/her area of specialization (elementary or secondary). The purpose of Group Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among candidates with regard to relevant current course topics. The candidate is required to post 1 thread of at least 300 words. The candidate must also post 2 replies to other candidates of at least 150 words. For each thread, the candidate must support assertions with at least 1 citation in current APA format. Acceptable sources include peer-reviewed articles, web resources, books, interviews, and observations.

Content Competency Plan

The candidate will review content competencies in his/her field and identify a competency for which he/she feels least prepared. The candidate will create a plan for improving in the area (competency) identified, discuss what resources are needed for improving in the targeted competency area, and identify search topics to be used for finding scholarly articles for review of the targeted competency area identified as needing improvement.

Artifacts and Activities Papers (6)

During each module/week, the candidate will identify 1 content competency and discuss in a 1–2-page paper what artifacts, activities, etc. have been completed to demonstrate mastery of the respective competency.

Content Competency Chart

The candidate will complete a content competency chart.

Content Competency Paper

The candidate will create a 7–10-page paper that discusses a content competency identified as a weak area in completing program requirements. The paper will include a description of the competency, a discussion of how the plan for competency improvement was followed, and a discussion of the outcome of efforts to follow the plan. Also included must be a discussion of findings within the literature on the identified competency and how the information contained in the resources did or did not serve to assist the candidate in completing the plan.

Transcripts

The candidate must locate and submit a copy of his/her official or unofficial transcript(s).

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Group Discussion Board Forums (8 at 40 pts ea)

320

Content Competency Plan

40

Artifacts and Activities Papers (6 at 60 pts ea)

360

Content Competency Chart

50

Content Competency Paper

200

Transcripts

30

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

EDUC 539

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

1 presentation

4 websites

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Advising Guide Acknowledgement

Group DB Forum 1

Content Competency Plan

10

0

0

40

40

2

1 presentation

1 website

Group DB Forum 2

Artifacts and Activities Paper 1

Content Competency Chart

40

60

50

3

1 presentation

1 website

Group DB Forum 3

Artifacts and Activities Paper 2

40

60

4

1 presentation

1 website

Group DB Forum 4

Artifacts and Activities Paper 3

40

60

5

1 presentation

1 website

Group DB Forum 5

Artifacts and Activities Paper 4

40

60

6

1 presentation

1 website

Group DB Forum 6

Artifacts and Activities Paper 5

40

60

7

1 presentation

1 website

Group DB Forum 7

Artifacts and Activities Paper 6

40

60

8

1 presentation

1 website

Group DB Forum 8

Content Competency Paper

Transcripts

40

200

30

Total

1010

Group DB = Group Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.