EDUC 4118 -- Curriculum Methods P/J

Course: Overview

This course includes a total of 24 hours of class time (2 hours x 12 weeks) and is only offered in the first term. The course will address two main areas: Classroom Planning and Instructional Techniques. The EDUC 4118E course enables students to achieve a level of competency in observing the classroom environment, planning lessons, implementing lesson plans, interacting with students and assessing instruction. Students will gain confidence in exercising professional judgement.

Course Delivery

A variety of formats will be used to explore the program components. Because the topics are interrelated, they may be interspersed throughout the term rather than being presented in an entirely consecutive manner. Student participation is expected. Related readings and in-class activities will form part of the requirements for this course.

Program Components

The program components are highly integrated and closely connected to the practice teaching component of our education program. The knowledge, skills, values and tools presented are applicable to a variety of subject areas and learning environments. Related pedagogical issues will be addressed as they arise from various sources such as practice teaching, media stories and Ministry of Education initiatives.


Faculty of Education (2005-2006). Practice Teaching Handbook, North Bay, ON: Nipissing University
Schwartz, S.& Pollishuke,M (2005). Creating the Dynamic Classroom: A Handbook for Teachers, Toronto, ON: Irwin Publishing.


Students should note that the final standing in EDUC 4118 is a composite grade based on:
Organizing the Classroom Oct.31 30%
Investigating the Ontario Curriculum Planner Nov.14 30%
Lesson Planning Nov.21 30%
Weekly Learning Logs ongoing 10%
Further details for each assignment will be provided in class.


All assignments of EDUC 4118/4218 are to be successfully completed in order to meet the course requirements.

Assignments have "identified" due dates. Extensions beyond the identified due dates are not granted except in the most justified circumstances. Requests for extensions must be received by the instructor in writing prior to the identified due date of the assignment.

All submitted assignments will identify the assignment topic/title, course name and number, due date, instructor's name, and student's name on a separate cover page. All assignments must be submitted directly to the instructor, in class, unless permission is granted to do otherwise.


Nipissing University has a required attendance of 80% of class time. Three late classes will equate to one class absence. Please refer to the Concurrent Policy on Wilfrid Laurier University web site: Brantford, Concurrent Program, Policy.


Although there should be no need for a discussion of academic dishonesty in a course at this level, please refer to Nipissing University's Policy on Academic Dishonesty (see Nipissing University Calendar, 2005-2006).