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3 Graduate Credits through CSU-Pueblo

*this course will yield a S/U grade on transcript. It is graduate level coursework.


Instructor:  Brendan Hair 


Course Description: Middle school offers unique challenges for an educator. As a teacher, you will teach middle school or have students that will be going to middle school or have been in middle school. Understanding the mind of a middle schooler will help you regardless of what level you teach. This class provides a strong knowledge of child and adolescent development and current research that supports best practices in education. This program is centered around contemporary design-based research principles..


Required Text(s) and Other Materials: All materials provided by the instructor via the learning management system Canvas.


Course Objectives:

  • The student will be able to become familiar with theories of human development, intelligence, and psychology
  • The student will be able to understand how the psychology of early adolescence impacts education
  • The student will be able to examine the influence of students’ individual development on their learning and performance, including cultural differences and student exceptionality to become a culturally competent teacher
  • The student will be able to recognize the impact of a variety of instructional strategies on learning outcomes
  • The student will be able to know the most effective ways to design instruction to meet students’ levels of development and learning needs
  • The student will be able to understand basic assessment concepts for use in crisis situations

The Middle School Brain

  • Once registration is complete, you will receive a welcome letter from the instructor within 48 hours with access codes and instructions for the course. If you do NOT hear from the instructor, please email

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