Educational Psychology

Course Details

Course Number: EDUC 3153  Section Number: 203

Spring 2012

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 129

Days & Times:

Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 - 10:50 a.m.

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Robert Redmon   
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Course Objectives

 Knowledge and Skills: [measure]

 Candidates describe ways to facilitate the learning of challenging Candidates by applying behavior and learning theory in a virtual classroom environment. (1a, 1b, 2a, 3a, 3c, 3e) [contextual factors project, exams]

  1. Candidates recognize, understand, and address in both writing and informed discussion the implications of the many developmental phenomena associated with teaching and learning. (1b) [contextual factors project, exams]
  2. Candidates recognize, understand, and address both in writing and informed discussion the implications of the many cognitive and behavioral phenomena associated with teaching and learning. (1a) [contextual factors project, exams]
  3. Candidates recognize, understand, and address both in writing and informed discussion the implications of the many issues influencing student motivation and engagement. (3c) [contextual factors project, exams]
  4. Candidates recognize, understand, and address both in writing and informed discussion the many aspects of developing culture for learning and a positive environment of respect and rapport. (2a, 2b) [discussion, exams]
  5. Candidates recognize, understand, and address both in writing and informed discussion the nature and implications of both student-centered and teacher-centered approaches to teaching and learning. (1a) [contextual factors project, exams]
  6. Candidates recognize, understand, and address both in writing and informed discussion the role of assessment and its impact on learning. (3d)  [contextual factors project, exams]
  7. Candidates recognize, understand, and address both in writing and informed discussion models of student-teacher interaction and the related affective influences that impact learning.  (2a, 3a) [exams]
  8. Candidates develop a vision of learning that promotes the success of all Candidates based upon relevant knowledge and theories, including but not limited to an understanding of the diversity of learners and learner's needs, and schools as interactive, social and cultural systems. [contextual factors]
  9. Candidates develop an awareness of learning differences, multicultural awareness, gender sensitivity, and ethnic appreciation in the campus community. [contextual factors, book report]

 Dispositions: [measure]

 Candidates are punctual and attend class regularly.  They arrive on time for classes and other professional activities and regularly attend all classes and related experiences. 

  1. Candidates work productively with faculty and peers.  They accept and act upon constructive criticism, are positive and productive participants of collaborative groups, engage in professional dialogues, and demonstrate respect and understanding for Candidates, instructors, supervisors, and peers. [direct observation of group work]
  2. Candidates demonstrate effective and appropriate use of both written and oral communication skills. [various written assignments and class discussion]
  3. Candidates demonstrate personal and scholastic integrity. They are truthful and forthcoming, claim credit only for original work, and scrupulously document the work of others.  [study questions and book report]
  4. Candidates maintain positive and appropriate relationships with peers and faculty.  These relationships are void of all forms of threat, harassment, and abuse.  [direct observation]
  5. Candidates exhibit emotional, intellectual, and physical characteristics requisite to effective teaching.  [direct observation]
  6. Candidates with disabilities that impinge upon their ability to complete coursework or teach effectively must notify the Office of Disabilities and provide documentation as needed to insure reasonable accommodation. [direct observation] 

Course Expectations

Reading is an essential element of this course. All assigned texts should be read carefully and notes should be taken. Candidates are responsible for the content of all assigned reading and are expected to participate actively in (informed) class discussions of the reading.

Discussions are conducted online and allow students to test their understanding of concepts related to teaching and learning and to broaden their perspective by interacting with other students on relevant topics.  

The Movie Report provides access to a wider and richer source of teaching related knowledge and an opportunity to reflect upon what has been learned in class and the reality of the classroom. Book Reports are based upon either fiction or non-fiction books about teaching or teachers who work in high schools and are 2 page reports relating the contents (characters, setting, etc.) of the book to topics and issues discussed in this class.  Book Reports are presented to the class on the due date. 

The Contextual Factors Report is a written report that demonstrates an awareness of the contextual factors that influence teaching decisions. It is based upon virtual teaching contexts and includes a description of a school, the community it serves, and a classroom.  

TExES PPR Preparation is integrated into the course and aligns course content with the state licensure examination. Educational Psychology addresses many of the standards measured by the Professional Pedagogy and Responsibilities TExES. TExES preparation involves direct instruction in TExES biases and the use of practice questions for the PPR exam. A complete practice Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility exam for 8-12 and EC-12 certification is completed toward the end of this course, followed by discussion and review.

Examinations include periodic quizzes, the mid term exam, and the final exam. All are multiple choice cumulative examinations that mimic the licensure exams in style.

Grading Standards

Movie Report = 10 points

Contextual Factors Report = 20 points

Online Discussion = 20 points

Quizzes = 5 points each (40 points)

Mid Term Exam = 15 points

Final Exam = 30 points





F= below 60%                                   

Final Exam5/10/2011  8:00 a.m.

Submission Format Policy


Written assignments are submitted electronically in MSWord or Rich Text File format. Specific requirements and details regarding content and style are provided in the course syllabus. 

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


Late work is not accepted.

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, 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

The professional blocks are about learning the behaviors and dispositions related to the teaching profession. Professional educators are dependable, reliable, and responsible. Therefore, as a teacher candidate, your prompt and regular attendance is expected.  I do not "excuse" absences. If you are not able to attend, for any reason, you will be counted absent. I will not remind you of your absences or warn you of consequences. On your 4th absence, you will be dropped from the course and a fitness (for the teaching profession) report will be filed.  

Other Policies

Other Class Policies

 As the faculty of the West College of Education, we are dedicated to helping meet the needs of our students with disabilities and are eager to provide the accommodations to which such students are entitled.  If you have a documented disability and are registered with the Office of Disability, please let your instructor know to expect a letter from that office describing the accommodations to which you are entitled.  If you have a documented disability but are not registered with the Office of Disability, please contact that office immediately to register.

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." (Student Handbook)

 Plagiarism is defined as claiming credit for the work of another or improper/inadequate citation and documentation of sources of information (ideas) or direct quotations.  Plagiarism is a serious form of academic dishonesty.  If you are found to have committed plagiarism in this class, you will be dropped from the class with an F.   

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 English 1113 and English 1123 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.