Educational Psychology


  2. A. Course Title: Educational Psychology
    B. Course Number: PS 213F - 10473
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Newman, Lynda
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129C
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2826
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST);1:30:00 PM-02:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: Office times will vary due to teacher observations conducted off campus.
    If you would like to meet with me but are unable to during my regular office hours (above), I will be happy to schedule an appointment with you.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This is an introduction to the principles of educational psychology for use by teachers. This includes a study of various ways to apply educational psychology concepts and principles for working with students in the classroom and meet the complex challenges of teaching. This course is the equivalent to ED 213F. This is a three credit hour course.


    Please note that if a student intends to transfer to another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to verify the transferability of this course with the receiving school or institution. It is not guaranteed.



    Educational Psychology
    by Anita Woolfolk
    14th edition
    ISBN-13: 978-0134774329
    (The ISBN above is for the paper-bound version of the textbook, which will be available in the NMJC bookstore. You will NOT need an access code or an online supplement.)


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Note:  The following information may be adjusted, as needed, at the discretion of the instructor.






    (Number of assignments may vary)

    Practice Tests

    (14) 1 per chapter = 10 points ea.


    (12) Discussions = 20 points ea.

    (3-4) Assignments = 100 points ea.


    (7)  Tests (2 chapters/test) = 100 ea.




    1.    Grading Schedule:  Depending on the amount of detail in a written assignment, students can normally expect to have written assignments graded within one to two weeks.  Some assignments will be returned more quickly, especially if the information is needed for a subsequent assignment.  Exams are graded upon submission, so students will be able to see their scores and the questions missed immediately. 

    2.    Course Grades:  Students may view their grades and their current average in class through the Canvas Gradebook, which averages the scores as soon as each grade is posted.  The standard NMJC grading scale is utilized.  Final Grades can also be seen through NMJC’s T-Bird Web-Portal (see website).

    3.    Canvas Messages (use Inbox) – Students can expect me to reply to Canvas messages within 24 hours, Monday – Friday (noon).



    Late work will only be considered under unusual circumstances, deemed unavoidable by the professor, such as an emergency. Students must contact me within ONE WEEK of a missed deadline in order to have a late assignment or make-up test considered. Late work is noted and will not be accepted on a recurring basis. 


    If you are having difficulty at any time during the semester, please contact me as soon as possible.  I will be happy to discuss possible solutions with you.  If you feel you may need to withdraw from the course, please discuss it with me, first.  A student who is unable to successfully complete the course must submit the proper paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline, or is in jeopardy of receiving an “F”.  Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to do so, not the instructor’s.


    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Departmental student learning outcomes for this course are:

    • Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
    • Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.
    • Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.
    • Students will employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.
    • Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.
    • Students will engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    This course will introduce students to educational psychology concepts and principles and practical ways of applying these concepts and principles when working with students in a classroom setting.

    By the conclusion of the course, the student should be able to meet the follwing objectives:

    -Discuss the characteristics of a solid teaching foundation as it pertains to educational psychology.
    -Identify the major theories of development, including cognitive, personal, social, and moral aspects.
    -List characteristics of both childhood and adolescent development and compare how different settings and programs can affect that growth.
    -Explain the possible impact a student's cultural background and the familiy's socioeconomic status can have on student diversity and development.
    -Classify various behavioral theories of learning apply those theories to classroom settings.
    -Discuss how theories of information processing and cognitive theories of learning can impact memory, study strategies, and how certain teaching techniques can help students learn.
    -Describe characteristics of an effective lesson.
    -Explain the basis for student-centered and constructivist appraches to instruction.
    -Evaluate the best means of accommodating instruction to meet individual needs and differences.
    -Identify various methods to motivate students and create effective learning environments.
    -Describe various theories to accommodate learners with exceptionalities and discuss various aspects of inclusion.
    -Discuss methods to assess student learning and identify aspects of informal and formal testing.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    How to get started:

    Students should log-in to Canvas the first day of class (see preceding section on Academic Calendar).  After logging in, click on YOUR COURSE in one of the colored boxes in the middle of the page, rather than clicking on the Do List on the right.  After you have clicked on the colored box/your course, you’ll see the course title and my name in the middle of a gray box.  Under the course title, click “To Get Started Click Here.”  The week-by-week modules contain all assignments, tests, and information for you to read.  Click on the first link to get started!


    --Read chapter in textbook

    --Discussion Board with classmates

    --Practice Tests

    --Assignment (possibly)

    --Tests (two chapters per test)         


    Outline/schedule for semester:


    The following schedule will be adjusted to coincide with NMJC holidays during the semester.  Please go by the Modules in Canvas, grouped by weeks. 


    Note:  The schedule below may be changed at the discretion of the professor, if needed, to best meet the needs of the students and the pace of the course.


    Week 1

    First assignments (Module Zero) to be completed in Canvas and submitted by Sunday.

    Learn, Teaching, & Educational Psychology

    Week 2

    Cognitive Development

    Week 3

    The Self, Social, and Moral Development

    Week 4

    Learner Differences and Learning Needs

    Week 5

    Language Development, Language Diversity, & Immigrant Education

    Week 6

    Culture & Diversity

    Week 7

    Behavioral Views of Learning

    Week 8

    Cognitive Views of Learning

    Week 9

    Complex Cognitive Processes

    Week 10

    Constructivism and Designing Learning Environments

    Week 12

    Social Cognitive Views of Learning and Motivation

    Week 13

    Motivation in Learning and Teaching

    Week 14

    Managing Learning Environments

    Week 15

    Teaching Every Student

    Week 16

    Classroom Assessment, Grading, & Standardized Testing

    Week 17

    Final Exam (Online)

    Those with “A” average will be exempt from Final Exam

    Lowest test score dropped