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Course Descriptions

Driver Ed 1/Task Analysis

EDUC 600

This course is the first of four courses to prepare students to become driver education instructors and is designed to provide the prospective driver education instructor with the content knowledge and skills necessary to teach driver education.


Students will recognize the:

  • Importance and complexity of the Highway Transportation System (HTS) and consequences of system failures.
  • Social nature of and the mental and physical requirements for effective performance of the driving task.
  • Magnitude and nature of the risk inherent in the operation of a motor vehicle within the HTS.
  • Multitude of variables that influence an individual’s awareness of and ability to manage risk.
  • Importance of developing behaviors that better enable an individual to manage risk when operating a motor vehicle within the HTS.
  • Critical nature of pre-driving preparation and visual performance to effective operation of a motor vehicle.
  • Importance of operator knowledge and conformity to traffic rules and regulations.
  • Influence of physiological, neurological, and psychological well being on an individual’s ability to operate a motor vehicle effectively.
  • Importance of evaluating a vehicle: relative to user needs, fit, visibility, handling and response capabilities, prior to purchase.
  • Importance of vehicle maintenance to safe and efficient operation.
  • Social, moral obligations regarding the safety of self and others an individual assumes when operating within the HTS.
  • Importance of trip planning (timing and routes) in everyday travel.

Materials Needed:          

  1. Michigan Traffic Safety Education Student Manual
  2. A copy of “What Every Driver Must Know”
  3. Latest version of the ADTSEA Curriculum
  4. Michigan GDL “A Guide for Parents”
  5. Michigan Department of State Driver Education Curriculum Guide