NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

The Holocaust

EDUC 600




Instructor: Rhea Sprecher

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $695

Course Description:

This course is intended to provide broad-based knowledge and introduce teachers to the tragedy of the attempted, systematic elimination of European Jews during World War II. Related theories, principles, and concepts will be covered. The examination of the Holocaust is an important event to teach students because it marks a period in history in which the first systematic or planned killing of an entire cultural or racial group of people takes place. The course will also stress the proper methodology that teachers should use in teaching this content. This methodology will focus on student achievement to the end that it will positively effect the student’s knowledge of the history of this period. This course will present the Holocaust as history with the use of literature, audio-visual materials, moral dilemmas, and lesson plans with handouts for use in the classroom.  The projected outcome is to provide classroom teachers with the knowledge, understanding and methodologies needed to help students learn about the Holocaust and, as a result, have a positive effect on student achievement. Many new ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be presented, analyzed and evaluated. A tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp near Munich and the National Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C. will be in part of the course.


As a result of participation in this course, participants should know and understand and/or be able to:

  1. Possess a working knowledge and understanding of the related research and resources available on the subject with an emphasis on the content’s theoretical base together with related underlying principles and concepts.

  2. Develop knowledge and understanding of what anti-Semitism is and what its origins are and why it is important to K-12 curriculum.
  3. Help the student understand the cultural, political, and economical environment that existed in Germany prior to World War II that would allow the Holocaust to happen there.
  4. Assist the student in understanding how Adolf Hitler and the Nazis carried out the Final Solution.
  5. Help the student develop an understanding of how to gather and implement primary sources to use in teaching the history of the Holocaust while exercising specific strategies that will help students to understand and retain content.
  6. Help the student find and implement web-based information into lessons.
  7. Develop knowledge and understanding of planning and implementing student-driven lessons on the Holocaust.
  8. Help the student develop a specific plan to incorporate appropriate segments of this course in their teaching objectives.
  9. Develop a detailed Plan of Action with a focus on student achievement.


The texts are:

  • Bauer, Yehuda. (1987). A History of the Holocast (Single Title Social Studies). Toronto, Lester & Orpen Dunnys.
  • Berenbaum, Michael. (1993). The World Must Know: A History of the Holocaust as Told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.. Boston, MA, Little Brown.

About The Instructor

Rhea Sprecher
Rhea Sprecher

Rhea Sprecher earned an M.A.Ed.. from Concordia College, where she also earned a B.S. in Education, Drama, and Art. Rhea has over 50 years of experience teaching art, drama, and art history. Rhea also has experience as an adjunct faculty teaching graduate level art history classes. Rhea has studied art history internationally, participating in tours in Europe and across the United States.