In the context of individual values and beliefs and the complexity of an increasingly diverse society, providing effective learning environments for all students is a continual and complex challenge. Participants take up this challenge by considering a variety of research-based approaches for crafting inclusive, active, and engaging learning environments. These include pedagogically sound technology integration, differentiated instruction, and Understanding by Design.

Practice teaching methods specific to the teaching of social studies. Develop an understanding of social studies and the purposes they serve. Exploration of issues in curriculum development. Survey methods of teaching; planning for teaching; study and research skills in social studies; professional and community resources for the social studies teacher; and current trends in social studies.

This is a graduate level course with graduate level expectations.