EDUC 220 - Introduction to Educational Psychology

This course focuses on human development, theories of learning, and the application of psychological principles in educational settings. Conditions essential to efficient learning, including psychological testing and the measurement of learning outcomes, will also be covered.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks:  15




Non-Course Prerequisites: 




Course Content:
- Learning, Teaching, and Educational Psychology
- Cognitive Development and Language
- Self and Social and Moral Development
- Learner Differences and Learning Needs
- Culture and Diversity
- Behavioural Views of Learning
- Cognitive Views of Learning
- Complex Cognitive Processes
- The Learning Sciences and Constructivism
- Social Cognitive Views of Learning and Motivation
- Motivation in Learning and Teaching
- Creating Learning Environments
- Teaching Every Student
- Classroom Assessment and Grading


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
- Distinguish age-appropriate behaviors as they relate to teaching
- Describe the interrelationships among the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical developmental influences that affect students
- Identify states and developmental characteristics of students (includes cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development)
- Apply knowledge of behaviorist learning theory, especially the principles of reinforcement, to instruction
- Apply knowledge of information processing theory, cognitive learning theory, humanistic approaches, and principles of motivation to instruction
- Apply information regarding the theories of the teaching-learning process (i.e., how people learn, what motivates them, and how they retain knowledge)
- Explain the difference between measurement and evaluation, and understand the implications of each with respect to assessing student progress
- Describe the principles of testing and measurement, including the purpose of testing, the principles of reliability, validity, basic measurement statistics, and interpretation of the results of standardized tests
- Discuss implications of ethnicity on learning, including the influence of multiethnicity in the classroom, bilingualism and bilingual education
- Develop critical and independent thinking


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade:  D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.