NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Preparing Students and Teachers: Teaching in an Advanced Placement Program

EDUC 600




Instructor: Judy Kvaale


Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $350

Partner Class Offered Through eEducators

Course Description:

This course will focus on the purpose of an Advanced Placement (AP) program, the reasons for its existence, and its success in secondary schools. Theories addressed are: whether students should be able to take AP courses, whether the AP program should be treated as a gifted/talented program, and whether coursework should be differentiated. Common myths of AP programming will be debunked and teachers should be able to answer questions about their current AP program, one that is being considered, or a program that is currently being developed in their school or district, and be able to design an AP program for implementation at their school/district.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should be able to:

1.  Articulately convey the current AP program in their current school situation.

2.  Summarize and determine current research and best practices in suggested by the College Board.

3.  Complete a table outlining current curriculum in their school, proposed curriculum changes, analysis, and discussion of changes/additions.

4.  Scrutinize and compare AP programs offered at different schools and why they are/are not successful.

5.  List current teacher, school, and district experiences with AP programs.

6.  Develop a plan to implement an AP program, propose changes, or evaluate a current program.

7.  Differentiate myths from accurate conceptions of AP programs.


The required reading is found in 23 articles and a series of article reprints (PDF) which will be available online in the course for students. 

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