PA Certification Prep Syllabus

Lackawanna College

EDU 100: PA Teacher Certification Exam Prep Syllabus

Spring 2017: January 22 – March 17, 2019

Online 

1 credit

 

Instructor

Office

Dr. Carlie I. Nicastro

214 Healey Hall 

E-mail

 

professorcarlie@gmail.com

Please DO NOT use LC email

Office Hours

MWF 10-11 AM. Also, by appointment online or in person

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Although online courses follow shorter sessions, your studies will be intense. The requirements of this course are in no way reduced. This course maintains the same rigorand meets the same course objectives using the same corresponding assessmentsas its on-campus traditional 15-week counterpart.

 

Late, emailed, or improperly submitted work, or inquiries/excuses regarding these will not be accepted. Without Exception.

Texts

There is no text for this course. However, you may wish to purchase some test guides at your own discretion.

 

Late, emailed, or improperly submitted work, or inquiries/excuses regarding these will not be accepted. Without Exception.

Description

This course is designed to provide education majors with a forum for enhancing their skills in the area of writing, reading, math, speech, and test-taking strategies. Emphasis will be on preparation for the PA Teacher Certification general exam.

 

Late, emailed, or improperly submitted work, or inquiries/excuses regarding these will not be accepted. Without Exception.

Objectives

By the end of this course, the student shall be able to satisfy the following outcomes and expectations. Students will be able to:

  1. Identify personal weaknesses and locate corresponding resources to practice and increase critical reading, writing, and math skills 
  2. Use test-taking strategies, including planning and preparation and time management, to complete practice tests
  3. Explain the basics of the exam format and logistics, including times and dates, costs, and required cutoff scores   
  4. Employ Bloom’s Taxonomy to reflect on learning improvements, to evaluate resources use, and to develop a comprehensive preparation plan 

 

Late, emailed, or improperly submitted work, or inquiries/excuses regarding these will not be accepted. Without Exception.

Requirements

The table below provides a list of all of the course assessments, and will help you keep track of your grade. To calculate your grade as a percent, simply add your assignment scores and divide by 500.  

 

Project

Available Points

Score Received 

Points Needed to Get the Grade I Want

Discussion & Interaction

160

 

 

Practice Tests (6)

180 (30 points each)

 

 

Reflection on Critical Thinking, Study Strategies, and Time Management

160

 

 

 

Late, emailed, or improperly submitted work, or inquiries/excuses regarding these will not be accepted. Without Exception.

Evaluation

Rubrics provide details on the objectives of your assignments. These are an interactive tool and you must use these as a guide, checking off each item and identifying where each objective has been met within your work, before turning in your assignments. In this way, you are building a good habit of self-monitoring, which not only enables you to focus on the most important course concepts, but also helps you to recognize your own level of understanding. 

 

Rubrics empower you to earn all available points on an assignment, but they also ensure that you are learning and that you are able to successfully express that learning. Detailed rubrics will be provided for each assignment as the course progresses. 

 

Late, emailed, or improperly submitted work, or inquiries/excuses regarding these will not be accepted. Without Exception.

 

Online Course Attendance Policy 

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.

 

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes making posts and replies in a course-related graded discussion forum or submitting a course-related written assignment. Activities (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) not related to the aforementioned activities will notcount for attendance purposes. 

 

Students that fail to participate in an academic activity as described above in the online classroom prior to the last day to drop/add, will automatically be dropped from the course. 

 

  • You are required to engage in discussion by making an initial post to your instructor’s prompt by the assigned day of the week, and then submitting the required number of replies by the end of the week. 
  • Students who do not participate in any course-related discussions AND who do not submit any course-related assignments for ONE week will be DROPPEDfrom the course. It is the responsibility of the student to formally withdraw from the course at the Registrar’s office.

 

Online Course Discussion Policy

You must join in at least TWICE on any TWO days for discussion/interaction credit. These replies should be substantive (See Good Discussions in Course Resources) and can be in response to me and/or your classmates and on any of the discussions/journals/activities for the week in the Discussions link. 

 

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said. 

 

Good Discussionsin Course Resources will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

 

Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you in having a great discussion: 

  •  Did I answer the discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material that promoted conversation?
  •  Did I support my answers to the discussion questions with research and reading?
  •  Did I make the required number of replies to my classmates?
  •  Did I continue the conversation with peers that replied to my discussion?
  •  Did I answer any additional questions the instructor may have asked?
  •  Are all of my responses detailed and clear?
  •  Did I make my initial post and replies by the assigned due dates?
  •  Did I relate my responses to the course reading, notes, and/or personal life?
  •  Did I provide the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learned from what I have contributed and can continue the conversation
  •  Did I use proper grammar, spelling and netiquette?

 

Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will negatively affectyour weekly score. 

 

Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

 

Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy. 

 

Late, emailed, or improperly submitted work, or inquiries/excuses regarding these will not be accepted. Without Exception.

Online Policies

  • All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within one day.
  • All assignments will be graded within 3 days of the assignment due date

 

Instructor Policies

You are grown ups. Welcome to the real world. These policies reflect what living here is like. 

 

Attendance/Participation

The following will result in a ZEROfor your daily score, without exception: 

  • Failure to engage in discussions in any one week results in an irreversible drop
  • Rude/ignorant/disruptive behavior

 

Assignments

Assignments are due on the portal by 11:55 PM on their due date. 

 

The following will not be accepted. Ever.  

  • Late assignments (including in-class presentations)
  • Emailed assignments 
  • Hard copy assignments
  • Extra credit assignments
  • Technical excuses (We have FIVEcomputer labs, free wi-fi, and on-call IT at support@lackawanna.edu) 

 

Five points will automatically deducted for assignments: 

 

My Expectations of You

 

There will be NO exceptions to these policies. Please do not present excuses in an attempt to circumvent them. In the spirit of fairness and to avoid miscommunication or misunderstanding about your responsibilities, you will receive no response to these excuses. 

 

Late, emailed, or improperly submitted work, or inquiries/excuses regarding these will not be accepted. Without Exception.

Grading

The assignments in this course are tracked by points and calculated by simple addition. 

 

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Points Value

Quality Points

A

96 – 100 

480-500

4.0

A-

90 – 95 

450-479

3.67

B+

87 – 89

435-449

3.33

B

83 – 86 

415-434

3.0

B-

80 – 82 

400-414

2.67

C+

77 – 79

385-399

2.33

C

73 – 76

365-384

2.0

C-

70 – 72 

350-364

1.67

D+ 

67 – 69 

335-349

1.33

D

60 – 66

300-334

1.0

F 

0 – 59 

0-299

0

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties

Nothing will be accepted if it is late. This applies to everything: discussions, essays, etc. 

There is no extra credit beyond that which I offer to you. Technical difficulties are NOT an acceptable excuse.Emailed assignments will be deleted without acknowledgment or response. 

 

Late, emailed, or improperly submitted work, or inquiries/excuses regarding these will not be accepted. Without Exception.

Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated either in the online or traditional classrooms. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. 

 

The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied: 

 

(Please see the student handbook for more information.)

 

Late, emailed, or improperly submitted work, or inquiries/excuses regarding these will not be accepted. Without Exception.

Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses. 

Late, emailed, or improperly submitted work, or inquiries/excuses regarding these will not be accepted. Without Exception.

 

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 

 

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students.The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 

 

Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

 

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589, piggam@lackawanna.edu

 

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries:Anita Cola, Affirmative Action Officer/Dean of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C,Vine Street, Scranton PA(570) 961-7815, colaa@lackawanna.edu or Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer/Dean of Students, Angeli Hall, Room 104, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1579, lamagnad@lackawanna.edu.   

 

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   

 

Late, emailed, or improperly submitted work, or inquiries/excuses regarding these will not be accepted. Without Exception.

Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.

 

Course Schedule

 

PLEASE NOTE: Although online courses follow shorter sessions, your studies will be intense. The requirements of this course are in no way reduced. This course maintains the same rigorand meets the same course objectives using the same corresponding assessmentsas its on-campus traditional 15-week counterpart.

 

Class Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Assessment

Weeks 1-2

What is the Praxis? Demystifying the Test

Reading Questions and Strategies and Time Management

Explain the basics of the exam format and logistics, including times and dates, costs, and required cutoff scores   

 

Use test-taking strategies, including planning and preparation and time management, to complete practice tests

Review samples of reading questions

 

Devise reading strategies

 

Complete a full-length practice reading test

Weeks 3-4

Grammar Basics: Foundation for Writing

Writing: Commonly Confused Words and Essay Analysis

Identify personal weaknesses and locate corresponding resources to practice and increase critical reading, writing, and math skills 

 

Review the most common grammar errors, parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation, and grammar rules

 

Complete grammar practice

 

Review commonly confused words and idiomatic expressions

 

Identify the two types of multiple-choice writing questions

 

Review sample essay prompts and learn how the essay portion of the test is scored

 

Analyze examples of strong and weak essays

 

Practice the writing process with consideration for time allotted by completing a sample test

5-6

Math Basics: Number Line, Positives and Negatives; Exponents and Square Roots; Decimals and Fractions

Math Basics: Percentages and Algebraic Equations

Math Basics: Geometry, Statistics, and Measurements

Identify personal weaknesses and locate corresponding resources to practice and increase critical reading, writing, and math skills 

 

Use test-taking strategies, including planning and preparation and time management, to complete practice tests

 

Add, subtract, multiply, and divide positive and negative numbers, decimals and fractions

 

Complete a sample test

 

Convert numbers to percentages and percentages to numbers

 

Convert percentages into fractions and decimals and vice versa

 

Review scientific notation, ratio and proportion

 

Define algebraic expressions, learn to combine like terms, and solve equations and inequalities

 

Complete practice problems

 

Review area, perimeter, volume, lines, angles, shapes, congruence, similarity, and the Pythagorean theorem

 

Define and calculate mean, median, mode, andrange

 

Identify types of graphs including pie graphs, bar graphs, and pictographs 

 

Construct a Venn diagram and discover a useful formula for probability questions 

 

Identify and convert measurements

 

Create xy tables, plot points, and graph lines

 

Complete practice problems on a sample test

7-8

Preparing a Strategic Plan

Employ Bloom’s Taxonomy to reflect on learning improvements, to evaluate resources use, and to develop a comprehensive preparation plan 

Reflect on basic knowledge, skills, and strategies learned throughout the course

 

Prepare a study guide for learning

 

Submit final reflection

 

Late, emailed, or improperly submitted work, or inquiries/excuses regarding these will not be accepted. Without Exception.

How will I pass this course?

In order to successfully earn a Pass in this course, you must: 

  •  Read all Home Page Messages and the weekly to-do list. 
  •  Complete all discussion questions in their entirety and as per online requirements.
  •  Complete all assignments posted in Assignments.
  •  Ask for help via text or General Questions immediately.