PROJECT-BASED LEARNING – VCSU COURSE

(3 Credits) In this course, you will learn each component of the Project-Based Learning (PBL) Lesson Cycle and how to implement it effectively across your curriculum. Throughout the course, you will design a cross-curricular and standards-aligned PBL cycle that culminates in an engaging product designed and delivered by students. The course guides you through the development process with step- by – step modules that include templates, tools, and resources to support your planning. Learn about the importance of PBL in your curriculum, design methods to support your students in the PBL process, and build a strong plan of action for successful implementation.

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COURSE DETAILS:
  • Total Price: $359
  • This price includes a $149 One-time fee now + $70/Credit when you finish your course

  • Credit Type: Graduate-Level Credit
  • Credits: 3 Semester Credits
  • 32 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course

CONTENT AREAS:

  • 21st Century Learning
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Lesson & Curriculum Planning
  • Teaching Strategies
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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • Learn The Key Components & Strategies Behind Project Based Learning (PBL)
  • Receive Step-By-Step Training On How To Implement PBL In Your Classroom, Using the Provided Tools, Templates, & Lesson Plans
  • Learn How to Plan PBL Cycles Aligned to Cross-Curricular Content Standards

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

What is Project-Based Learning and how can I implement it into my own classroom?

Great course and tons of resources!

I found this course to be a great help to get started with PBL! The course was very thorough and covered exactly how to create and implement a full PBL cycle with my students. It also had tons of great resources to help, from lesson planning through assessments. Definitely recommend!

-8th Grade Science Teacher

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  3 Graduate-Level Semester Credits:

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 3 Graduate-Level Semester Credits

This course falls under Valley City State University’s (VCSU) EDUC 2000 numbering system, for the purposes of credential/licensure designed primarily for electives or professional development/salary advancement purposes. This course is for 3 Credits and requires a minimum passage grade of 80%. Model Teaching is an accredited partner with VCSU. Upon course completion, you will be provided with 3 graduate-level semester credits, along with an official transcript and letter grade from VCSU for you to submit to your district or state department of education for your licensing and/or salary advancement needs.

REGIONALLY ACCREDITED · OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT PROVIDED · INCLUDES A LETTER GRADE

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.  This course is offered in partnership with Valley City State University.

VCSU is a public, regional university originally founded in 1890. Since its founding, VCSU has grown into an innovative state university, offering exceptional learning programs and learner-centered education throughout the central midwest. Regionally-accredited, including accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), VCSU offers continuing education courses to educators through private partnerships such as Model Teaching. Model Teaching’s graduate-level credit courses provided through VCSU are designed primarily for professional development/salary advancement & license renewal purposes. All online VCSU-partnered courses taken through Model Teaching will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

Valley City State University is regionally-accredited and accredited by the following bodies:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC), formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL-CAEP)

All VCSU-partnered Model Teaching courses will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

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Please confirm your specific district or state requirements for license renewal prior to registering and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about our graduate-level courses.

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.  This course is offered in partnership with Valley City State University.

VCSU is a public, regional university originally founded in 1890. Since its founding, VCSU has grown into an innovative state university, offering exceptional learning programs and learner-centered education throughout the central midwest. Regionally-accredited, including accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), VCSU offers continuing education courses to educators through private partnerships such as Model Teaching. Model Teaching’s graduate-level credit courses provided through VCSU are designed primarily for professional development/salary advancement & license renewal purposes. All online VCSU-partnered courses taken through Model Teaching will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

Valley City State University is regionally-accredited and accredited by the following bodies:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC), formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL-CAEP)

All course work completed will include an Official Transcript and Letter Grade, ready to submit to your district or state authority.

Please confirm your specific district or state requirements for salary advancement prior to registering and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about our graduate-level courses.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – An Introduction to Project Based Learning (PBL)

  • The definition of Project Based Learning (PBL)
  • The components of effective PBL
  • Common Misunderstandings about PBL

Section 2 – A Sample Project Based Learning Cycle

  • What a full PBL cycle looks like in a classroom setting

Section 3 – Aligning Content Standards on a Calendar

  • Learn the 10 steps to planning a successful PBL cycle
  • Learn how to align your content standards on a cross-curricular calendar (Step 1)

Section 4 – Developing a Big Idea Based on Content Standards

  • Learn how to develop your big idea in the form of a driving question or problem posed (Step 2)

Section 5 – Identifying Content Area Standards

  • How to identify the knowledge and skills embedded within a standard
  • How to identify content area lessons (Step 3)

Section 6 – Identifying Student Performance Goals

  • How to identify student performance goals based on rigorous questions from Bloom’s Taxonomy and rigorous questions from Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (Step 4)

Section 7 – Choosing a Final Product

  • Learn how to choose a final product (Step 5)
  • Learn about the different roles students can hold in a small group

Section 8 – Planning for Community Involvement

  • Learn how to plan for community involvement in your Project Based Learning lesson (Step 6)

Section 9 – Identifying Assessments

  • The two types of checkpoints
  • The difference between formative, summative, and informal assessments
  • How to choose appropriate assessments and checkpoints (Step 7)

Section 10 – Scaffolding Student Work

  • How to support student work through purposeful scaffolding (Step 8)

Section 11 – The Final Presentation

  • The purpose of having a presentation
  • How to plan for a presentation with an appropriate audience (Step 9)

Section 12 – Reflections

  • The difference between personal and work-related reflections
  • How to utilize reflection questions (Step 10)
Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 32 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • Assessment Planner, With Sample
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy Question Stems Chart
  • Calendar for Content Area Standards, With Sample
  • Community Involvement Tracker, With Sample
  • Develop a Big Idea Template, With Sample
  • DOK Based Student Activities Worksheet, With Sample
  • Effective Scaffolding Strategies for PBL Groups
  • Final Activity Planner, With Sample
  • Final Presentation Planner, With Sample
  • Final Project Worksheet, With Sample
  • Identify Content Area Lessons Worksheet, With Sample
  • Group Reflection Resource
  • Sample Reflection Questions
  • Scaffolding Student Success Planner, With Sample
  • Self Reflection on Project Work
  • Student Knowledge & Skills Worksheet, With Sample
  • Teacher Reflection Resource
  • Turning a Learning Activity into a PBL Cycle Template, With Samples
  • Webbs Depth of Knowledge Guide

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  • Once your course is complete you may then request your graduate credit(s) and official transcript

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