This course was designed to present proven methods for teaching students through group teaching and learning. Based on research and years of practice, this model helps teachers avoid the common pitfalls and capitalize on the many benefits of cooperative learning. The skills and procedures taught in this course and practiced in applied assignments will enable educators to motivate students by shaking up tired lesson plans. Students will become more involved, not only with their own learning, but in the learning of others as well, and the classroom as a whole will benefit as a result. This will enable students to develop important life skills for working in teams while learning subject matter more completely through increased retention.
Carlow University ED 622 • Madonna University EDU 5960.06 • Notre Dame College ED 550 D • The College of Saint Rose EDC 665
The required text for this course is Circles of Learning: Cooperation in the Classroom, 6th Edition by David Johnson et al. 978-0-939603-12-1
Graduate participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional development participants will receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.
Session 1: Overview of Issues About Group Learning
Session 2: Cooperative, Competitive & Individualistic Approaches
Session 3: Benefits and Needs for Team Skills
Session 4: Maximizing Individual Differences in Groups
Session 5: Skills Needed by Students for Group Work
Session 6: Insuring Fair Participation & Grading of Group Projects
Session 7: Many Structures, Many Outcomes
Session 8: Teacher Competencies To Facilitate Group Learning
Session 9: Options, Functions & Types of Groups in All Subjects
Session 10: Planning, Implementation & Obtaining Support
Online 3-graduate credit courses are 13 weeks in length.
On-site weekend courses are held Friday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8:30am-5:30pm.
Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:00am- 6:00pm.
It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district, or school to ensure that all requirements are being met by the course you're taking.
Check the Partner Universities page for specific university information as well as course numbers which are specific to the university partner.
Students are required to purchase their own textbook, the information for which can be found here. If no book is required it will be specified on the list. We have copies of many of the textbooks should you wish to purchase directly from TEI.
Professional development (PD) participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face to face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes. These certificates are mailed within one week of the end of the class and reflect the course title, dates of attendance, and credit hour information.