COUN 307 Educational Psychology

COUN 307 IS Sec 3, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Philip G. Cooker, Ph.D.

Instructor name:
Philip G. Cooker, Ph.D.

Dr. Cooker is Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi, where he served as Program Coordinator and Director of Training of the CACREP doctoral program in Counselor Education.

He has experience in public schools as a teacher and elementary school counselor and at Florida State University teaching, consulting, and counseling. Dr. Cooker has served as an officer in various state and national organizations, and has served on the Executive Council of the Mississippi Psychology Association. He has completed a five-year term as an appointee to the Mississippi Board of Psychology and during that time receive the 2016 Service Award from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

As a licensed psychologist, he maintains a private practice, providing services to individuals, couples, and families, as well as engaging in consulting, forensic work, and training on a variety of topics. In addition to presenting at national and international meetings, he has published in a number of professional journals.

Contact Information:

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Course Description

This course is designed to provide an introductory overview of the psychological principles and research findings applied to the educational process. A total of 15 lessons comprise this three credit-hour undergraduate course.

Considering a traditional classroom course, a typical 15-week semester would require approximately 42 contact hours. Beyond classroom time, the typical expectation for students enrolled in a three-credit hour course is to spend seven or more additional hours/week preparing and reviewing. Allocate time for completing this course with these considerations in mind.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

General objectives include (but are not limited to):

  • Examining and applying theories and principles that impact the educational process.
  • Understanding how factors such as culture, family, learning environments, cognitive development, and motivation affect learning.
  • Describing how educators can examine and utilize research findings relevant to education.
  • Providing an introduction to classroom assessment, testing.
  • Providing an introduction to standardized and high stakes testing.
  • Providing case studies and examples of the typical challenges and problems faced by today's teachers.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 15 instructional modules (or lessons) and 3 proctored examinations.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Pacing Guide
to complete the course in a traditional semester

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*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz

Week 1


 Preface course materials

Introduce Yourself Discussion Board

  Week 1


Chapter 1: Learning, Teaching, and Educational Psychology

Topics and Quiz

Week 1


Chapter 2: Cognitive Development

Topics and Quiz

Week 2


Chapter 3: The Self, Social, and Moral Development

Topics and Quiz

Week 3


Chapter 4 Learner Differences and Learning Needs

Topics and Quiz

Week 4


Chapter 5: Language Development, Language Diversity, and Immigrant Education

Topics and Quiz

Week 5


Chapter 6: Culture & Diversity

Topics and Quiz

Week 6


Chapter 7: Behavioral Views of Learning

Topics and Quiz

Week 7

 Test #1 (midterm)

Proctored essay test covering chapters 1-7

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Week 8


If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course

The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.


Chapter 8: Cognitive Views of Learning

Topics and Quiz

Week 9


Chapter 9: Complex Cognitive Processes

Topics and Quiz

Week 10


Chapter 10: Constructivism and Designing Learning Environments

Topics and Quiz

Week 11


Chapter 11: Social Cognitive Views of Learning and Motivation

Topics and Quiz

Week 12


Chapter 12: Motivation in Learning and Teaching

Topics and Quiz

Week 13


Chapter 13:Managing Learning Environments

Topics and Quiz

Week 14


Chapter 14: Teaching Every Student

Topics and Quiz

Week 15


Chapter 15: Classroom Assessment, Grading, and Standardized Testing

Topics and Quiz

Week 16

Test #2

Proctored essay test covering chapters 8-15

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Week 17

Final Exam

Comprehensive exam from all chapters (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam)

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit

Week 18


Lessons will be graded by assigning points as follows:
91 - 100% = A
81 - 90% = B
71 - 80% = C
61 - 70% = D
Below 61% = F


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.