NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

Course Descriptions

SC Instruct Plan/Method/Assess

CNED 2000

This course is designed to provide School Counselor candidates who do not have a degree in Teacher Education with an opportunity to study, reflect, question, become knowledgeable about, and develop skills in instructional planning, methods and assessments. Major topics include: characteristics of effective teaching; student diversity, social justice and how understanding students influences learning; planning for instruction; lesson preparation; classroom management; and assessment of student learning.


The purpose of this course is to help future School Counselors who do not have a degree in Teacher Education develop knowledge and skills in the areas of instructional planning, multiple instructional strategies and assessment of student learning.


Students enrolled in the class will…   

  1. Create short-range lesson plans that are based on subject matter, needs of learners, community and school needs and curriculum goals.
  2. Reflect on his or her current practice and the adjustments and revisions that become necessary in working with a diverse group of students.
  3. Acquire and utilize a wide range of instructional strategies and models suitable for the elementary through high school setting.
  4. Reflect upon teaching strategies and student learning outcomes.
  5. Make effective decisions about instruction and assessment through the careful consideration of student information.
  6. Evaluate and create reliable, valid, and fair assessment measures.
  7.  Align instructional objectives, instruction, and assessment.

Required Textbooks & Readings:

Moore, K.D. (2015). Effective instructional strategies: From Theory to Practice, 4th Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN: 978-1483306582

Dean, C. B., Hubbell, E.R., Pitler, H., and Stone, B.J. (2013). Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, 2nd Edition. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. ISBN: 978-1416613626

Further assigned readings are listed in the Readings section of the Blackboard course site.

"Instructor knew what she was talking about and modeled a lot of the knowledge. She did a great job at tailoring the material to school counselors."

"Instructor was willing to provide concrete answers for different strategies. She validated the challenge of using some technology and encouraged me to focus on one device to master at a time."

"Instructor offered constructive feedback; friendly and approachable."

"Most valuable part of this course was not only showing techniques for a class but having us actually do the activities. It allows us to be able to understand what students will be going through."

"It was a fun course and I learned a lot."

"It was very helpful to have technology resources to use as a counselor."