Catalogue 2016 - 2017

ED 403 Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools


3 cr.


Senior standing and acceptance into the Secondary Education Program.

Course Description

This course will introduce students to curriculum planning, instructional methods, student assessment, and classroom management for secondary school teaching. In the first half of the course, the focus will be on the nature of curriculum and the teaching/learning process. Students will learn how to develop lessons based on the learning standards in the most current Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Students will be introduced to a variety of instructional techniques, including the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and activities for teaching English Language Learners using the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) model, which students will be able to practice in microteaching sessions during the course. Students will also learn diverse approaches for assessing student learning, using diagnostic, formative and summative strategies, and using assessment data to drive instruction decisions. Students will be exposed to a number of management tasks faced by teachers, including prevention of classroom problems and management. This course will assist students in developing and refining teaching and assessment skills and help develop own personalized plan for classroom management.


Concurrent with this course, student will be completing student's final pre-practicum (25 hours).