Core Online Module

The segments below provide just-in-time access to content and information covered in the Education Core at Winthrop University. The content is intended for use by teacher candidates, university faculty/staff, and school partners. It is organized by Core course with references to the Initial Preparation Unit Standards.

Through deliberate sequencing, concepts and skills are found throughout the Education Core versus in singular courses. Such reinforcement leads to skill acquisition through three stages: fluency (use of skill without error), maintenance (maintain use of skill over time), and generalization (apply skill in various contexts).

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For key terms and concepts applied throughout Education Core, visit Common Terminology.


    Warmth and Control (PDF - 3K) (Unit Standard 5: Instruction and Learner Engagement)

    Module Design (PDF - 55K)

      Physical Development (PDF - 117K) (Unit Standard 5: Instruction and Learner Engagement)

      Cognitive and Language Development PDF - 111K) (Unit Standard 5)

      Social Emotional Development (PDF - 119K) (Unit Standard 5)

      Poverty Effect on Development (PDF - 195K) (Unit Standard 1: Diverse Needs of Learners)

      Focus on Assets (PDF - 128K) (Unit Standard 1 and Unit Standard 5: Instruction and Learner Engagement)

      Context of Poverty (PDF - 90K) (Unit Standard 1)

      Universal Design for Learning (Unit Standard 3: Technology and Unit Standard 4: Assessment)
      Ethics and Grading (Unit Standard 4)
      Three Assessment Purposes (PDF - 43K) [Diagnostic, Formative, Summative] (Unit Standard 4)
      Reliability and Validity (Unit Standard 4)

      National Assessment of Educational Progress (PDF - 174K) (NAEP) (Unit Standard 4: Assessment)
      Measures of Academic Progress (PDF 87K) (MAP) (Unit Standard 4)

      Teacher-Made Assessments (PDF - 100K) (Unit Standard 4: Assessment)
      Creating Rubrics (PDF - 63K) (Unit Standard 4)

    Co-Teaching Models (PDF - 24K)

    Language Acquisition (Unit Standard 1: Diverse Needs of Learners)

    Laws and Legislation (Unit Standard 1)

    ACCESS Overview (Unit Standard 1)

    WIDA Overview (Unit Standard 1)

    WIDA Can-Do Philosophy (Unit Standard 1 and Unit Standard 5: Instruction and Learner Engagement)

    Principles for EL Instruction (PDF - 538K) (Unit Standard 1)

      Co-Teaching Models (PDF - 24K)
      Differentiating Instruction for Gifted Learners and Students with Disabilities
      Five Principles (PDF - 318K)

      Legal Foundations of Special Education (Unit Standard 1: Diverse Needs of Learners)
      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Unit Standard 1)
      Autism Spectrum Disorders (Unit Standard 1)
      Emotional and Behavior Disorders (Unit Standard 1)
      Intellectual Disabillities (Unit Standard 1)
      Learning Disabilities (Unit Standard 1)
      Speech and Language Impairments (Unit Standard 1)

      History and Foundations (Unit Standard 1: Diverse Needs of Learners)

      Task Analysis (Unit Standard 1: Diverse Needs of Learners and Unit Standard 5: Instruction and Learner Engagement)
      Self-Monitoring (Unit Standard 1 and 5)
      Systematic Instruction (Unit Standard 1 and 5)
      Visual Supports (Unit Standard 1 and 5)

      Overview (Unit Standard 2: Learning Environment)
      Positive Reinforcement (Unit Standard 2)
      Social Problem Solving (PDF - 147K) (Unit Standard 2)

      Check in, Check Out (PDF - 29K) (Unit Standard 2: Learning Environment)
      Peer Support Strategies (PDF - 22K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Priming (PDF 12K)(Unit Standard 2)
      Social Narratives (PDF - 11K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Video Modeling (PDF - 12K) (Unit Standard 2)

      Classwide Peer Tutoring (PDF - 12K) (Unit Standard 2: Learning Environment)
      Differential Reinforcement (PDF -12K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Discrete Trials (PDF - 8K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Extinction (PDF - 8K)(Unit Standard 2)
      Explicit Instruction (PDF - 14K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Graphic Organizers (PDF - 33K) (Unit Standard 2)
      High Probabilty Instructional Sequences (PDF - 7K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Picture Exchange Communication System (PDF - 7K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Peer Mediated Instruction and Intervention (PDF - 14K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Positive Reinforcement (PDF - 8K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Prompting and Fading (PDF - 20K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Self Management (PDF - 9K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Shaping (PDF - 7K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Task Analysis Chaining (PDF - 7K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Time Delay (PDF - 7K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Visual Supports (PDF - 12K) (Unit Standard 2)

      Cover Copy, Compare Copy (PDF - 8K) (Unit Standard 2: Learning Environment)
      Explicit Vocabulary Instruction (PDF - 13K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Instructional Conversations and Literature Logs (PDF - 12K) (Unit Standard 2)
      PALS Literacy (PDF - 8K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Partner Reading (PDF - 10K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Phonological Awareness Training (PDF - 12K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Reciprocal Teaching (PDF - 13K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Repeated Readings (PDF - 12K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Self-Regulated Strategy Development (PDF - 31K) (Unit Standard 2)

      Cover, Copy, Compare (PDF - 8K) (Unit Standard 2: Learning Environment)
      Concrete - Representational - Abstract (PDF - 8K) (Unit Standard 2)
      PALS Math (PDF - 8K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Schema-Based Instruction (PDF - 8K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Taped Problems (PDF - 27K) (Unit Standard 2)

      Differentiated Instruction (PDF - 7K) (Unit Standard 2: Learning Environment)
      Project-Based Learning (PDF - 10K) (Unit Standard 2)
      Universal Design for Learning (PDF - 8K) (Unit Standard 2)

    What is Positive Classroom Management?
    Student Learning and Behavioral Characteristics