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EDU 2050 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

EDU 2050 - Classroom Management

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to K-6 classroom management techniques.

The topics studied in this course include:

  • physical space
  • behavioral norms
  • safety
  • time management
  • managing student work
  • managing other special classroom needs
Course Outcomes:

A. Describe the characteristics of the classroom environment.
B. Design a classroom that will support educational goals, using Steele's six functions of the environment.
C. Examine the establishment of behavioral norms as related to the classroom setting, focusing on rules for general conduct and routines for specific situations.
D. Identify methods of building caring relationships with and among children.
E. Identify benefits and challenges of school/family cooperation.
F. Develop time management skills as related to the classroom setting.
G. Identify strategies to stimulate students' motivation to learn.
H. Develop pro-active classroom management strategies.
I. Examine techniques for managing group work, recitations, and discussions.
J. Explore unique aspects of the classroom including special needs and violence. 

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:


Course Topics:

1. Classroom Management in a Crowded, Complex Environment
2. Designing the Physical Environment
3. Building Respectful, Caring Relationships
4. Establishing Norms for Behavior
5. Helping Your Students and Their Special Needs
6. Working with Families
7. Making the Most of Classroom Time
8. Enhancing Students' Motivation
9. Managing Independent Work
10. Managing Small-Group Work 
11. Managing Recitations and Discussions
12. Responding Effectively to Problem Behaviors
13. Preventing and Responding to Violence 

Specific Course Requirements:

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Grades will be calculated using four components: Field Experience assignments 1 & 2; Module tests 1,2,3 & 4 exams; Essays 1,2,3 & 4; Final exam, and 12 online discussions. The four module exams will have two parts: an online component and an essay component. The final exam must be administered in a pre- arranged proctored setting. The remaining components of the course grade will come from participation in online discussions and completion of field experience assignments. 

Grading Procedures:

The 4 module exams (which include the essay section) will count 20 points each (for a total of 80 points) and comprise 40% of the course grade. The final exam will count 60 points and comprise 30% of the course grade. Online discussions will count 40 points and comprise 20% of the course grade. The two field experience school visit assignments will count 10 points each (for a total of 20 points) and comprise 10% of the course grade. 

Grading Scale:


Assignments and Projects:

Module 1

Reading Assignment 1: pp. 5-22 
Online Discussion 1: Students are to refer to the bulletin board for specific discussion topics.
Field Experience Assignment 1: Students are to refer to the course modules for specific field experience assignment details.
Reading Assignment 2: pp. 29-88
Online Discussion 2
Exam 1 and Essay 1: Students are to refer to the course calendar and bulletin board for deadline dates.

Module 2

Reading Assignment 3: pp. 93-112 Online Discussion 3
Reading Assignment 4: pp. 117-154 Online Discussion 4
Reading Assignment 5: pp. 163-193 Online Discussion 5
Field Experience Assignment 2
Exam 2 and Essay 2

Module 3

Reading Assignment 6: pp. 201-218 Online Discussion 6
Reading Assignment 7: pp. 224-248 Online Discussion 7
Reading Assignment 8: pp. 254-270 Online Discussion 8
Reading Assignment 9: pp. 276-299 Online Discussion 9
Exam 3 and Essay 3

Module 4

Reading Assignment 10: pp. 309-327 Online Discussion 10
Reading Assignment 11: pp. 335-375 Online Discussion 11
Reading Assignment 12: pp. 380-392 Online Discussion 12
Essay 4 & Exam 4
Final Exam 

Discussion 13
Discussion 23
Discussion 33
Discussion 45
Discussion 53
Discussion 63
Discussion 73
Discussion 83
Discussion 93
Discussion 103
Discussion 113
Discussion 125
Field Experience 110
Field Experience 210
Essay 110
Essay 210
Essay 310
Essay 410
Test 110
Test 210
Test 310
Test 410
Final Exam60


Class Participation:

Students must actively and respectfully participate in all online discussions. Online discussions will allow the students to reflect and expand upon the reading assignments. Students are also expected to communicate with other students and the instructor via the chat room and email. Students must check the course bulletin board and calendar frequently for announcements. 

Late Policy:

All course deadlines for assignments, discussions, exams, and the final are posted on the course calendar. Assignments not submitted by the deadline will receive 1/2 credit if they are received within one week of the deadline. No assignments will be accepted after the one week grace period. Attendance is recorded by completing assignments by their deadlines. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017