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PSYC 2310 - Educational Psychology

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: PSYC 1010 

This course is designed to integrate psychological principles with teaching and learning. Emphasis will focus on developmental theories, cognitive and behavioral learning theories, information processing, motivation, individual differences, instructional approaches, and assessment.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to explain the developmental theories as related to learning and teaching.


  1. Describe the ways in which theories of cognitive development as related to learning and teaching.
  2. Summarize the influence of Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development influence on a student’s personality development.
  3. Identify the ways in which cognitive development influences moral thinking and behavior.

Outcome 2: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to apply the different views of learning and motivation to learning and teaching.


  1. Relate behavioral and social cognitive approaches to learning and teaching.
  2. Apply the components of the informational processing theory to learning.
  3. Explain how thinking, problem solving, and social constructivism apply to learning and teaching.
  4. Illustrate how the theories of motivation apply to learning and teaching.

Outcome 3: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able analyze the impact of individual differences on learning.


  1. Interpret the research on differences in intelligence, learning styles and creativity to improve instruction and assessment.
  2. Identify group differences in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender and language as related to learning and instruction.
  3. Describe how to accommodate for student variability in the classroom including intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, emotional disturbances and gifted and talented students.

Outcome 4: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to analyze different methods of teaching and assessing.


  1. Differentiate between the different approaches to classroom management.
  2. Contrast the different approaches to classroom instruction.
  3. Compare the different classroom assessment, grading, and standardized testing techniques.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES

  1. Introduction to Educational Psychology
    1. Research Methods of Educational Psychology
    2. Developmental Theories Related to Learning
      1. Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development
      2. Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory
      3. Erikson’s Psychosocial Development
  2. Individual Variations in Learning
    1. Intelligence
    2. Learning Styles
    3. Students with Disabilities
    4. Gifted Students
  3. Group Differences in Learning
    1. Socioeconomic
    2. Culture and Ethnicity
    3. Gender
    4. Language
  4. Approaches to Learning
    1. Behavioral Approach
    2. Social Cognitive Approach
    3. Informational Processing Approach
    4. Thinking and Problem Solving
    5. Social Constructivist Approach
  5. Methods of Teaching and Learning
    1. Motivation and Achievement
    2. Classroom Management Techniques
    3. Lesson Planning
    4. Technology and Education
    5. Classroom Assessment and Grading
    6. Standardized Testing

Primary Faculty
Willard-Yakushev, Autumn
Secondary Faculty
Chrustowski, Paul
Associate Dean
Williams-Chehmani, Angie
Pritchett, Marie

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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