Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

EDUC 508: Integrative Project

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  Course Description

The application of portfolio research skills needed to document the accomplishments of program goals.  Students must demonstrate analysis, synthesis, and creativity through the completion of a written portfolio and oral presentation.  The integrative project requires acceptance by graduate faculty, as well as submission of a program evaluation.  Students should consult their advisor in the semester prior to enrollment to begin planning this experience.

Prerequisite: EDUC 500, instructor's permission, and full MAT status

Proctored Exams: None


As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.


  •  American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American psychological association (6th). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.  eText

Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.

  Course Overview

During this course you will complete an integrative project and make an oral presentation of your work.  Over the course of the session you will write a series of reflective essays addressing the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards:

Goal 1: Teachers are committed to students and their learning.

Goal 2: Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.

Goal 3: Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.

Goal 4: Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience

Goal 5: Teachers are members of learning communities.

Your essays will be compiled into a portfolio, with accompanying exhibits, that demonstrates your abilities as a teacher. Your final presentation will be presented to your committee via speaker phone, if you are at a distance, or on campus if you are local to the Columbia area.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Understands how to make knowledge accessible to all students. (1.1)
  2. Recognizes the individual differences that distinguish students from one another and takes into account these differences in practice. (1.2)
  3. Understands how students develop and learn. (1.3)
  4. Respects the cultural and family differences students bring to the classroom. (1.4)
  5. Demonstrates concern for students’ self-concept and motivation, and the effects of learning on peer relationships. (1.5)
  6. Demonstrates concern for the development of students’ character and civic responsibility. (1.6)
  7. Demonstrates a deep understanding of the history, structure and real-world applications of the subject matter. (2.1)
  8. Demonstrates skill and experience in teaching subject matter and is familiar with gaps and preconceptions students may bring to the subject. (2.2)
  9. Uses diverse instructional strategies to teach for understanding. (2.3)
  10. Delivers effective instruction, moving fluently through a range of instructional strategies, keeping students motivated, engaged and focused. (3.1)
  11. Engages students to ensure a disciplined learning environment and organizes instruction to meet instructional goals. (3.2)
  12. Implements formal and informal assessments to engage individual students as well as the class as a whole. (3.3)
  13. Uses multiple methods for measuring student growth and understanding, and can clearly explain student performance to parents. (3.4)
  14. Models what it means to be an educated person - they read, question, and create, and are willing to try new things. (4.1)
  15. Demonstrates familiarity with learning theories and instructional strategies, and stays abreast of current issues in American education. (4.2)
  16. Critically examines their practice on a regular basis to deepen knowledge, expand their repertoire of skills, and incorporate new findings into their practice. (4.3)
  17. Collaborates with others to improve student learning. (5.1)
  18. Actively seeks to build partnerships with community groups and businesses. (5.2)
  19. Works with other professionals on instructional policy, curriculum development and staff development. (5.3)
  20. Evaluates school progress and allocation of resources in order to meet state and local education initiatives. (5.4)
  21. Collaborates with parents to engage them productively in the work of the school. (5.5)


Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 450-500 90-100%
B 400-449 80-89%
C 350-399 70-79%
F 0-349 0-69%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Introduction 10 2%
Goal Outline and Statements 275 55%
Integrative Project 100 20%
Project Presentation 100 20%
Handbook Quiz 15 3%
Total 500 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Handbook Quiz 15 Prior to Goal Statement Outline
Introduction 10 Saturday
Goal Statement Outline 25

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Goal 1 50 Saturday

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Goal 2 50 Saturday

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Goal 3 50 Saturday

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Goal 4 50 Saturday

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Goal 5 50 Saturday

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Final Integrated Project 100 Saturday
Project Presentation PowerPoint -

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Project Presentation 100 Saturday
Program Evaluation 0
Total Points: 500

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Handbook Quiz

The EDUC 508 Handbook is an important guide for this course. To be successful, you will need to understand the requirements and restrictions of the written and oral presentation pieces. Read the Handbook thoroughly and then complete the quiz.  You will not be able to turn in your Goal Statement Outline (due in Week 1) until you have completed the quiz. The quiz is worth 15 points and is open book. It does not have a time limit and is not proctored.

Introduce yourself to your classmates.  Tell us something about your professional experience and what you plan to do with your degree.  Feel free to share as much as you would like about family, pets, interests, and hobbies that will help us get to know you.
Goal Statement Outline

Submit your Goal Statement Outline for the portfolio you will be developing throughout this session. The outline is due Saturday by 11:59pm Central Time.

NOTE: You will not be able to turn in your Goal Statement Outline until you have completed the Handbook Quiz.

Goal 1

This assignment is a reflective essay (2-3 pages) with accompanying exhibits addressing Goal 1: Teachers are committed to students and their learning. Your goal statement and accompanying exhibits should be submitted to the Dropbox.

Goal 2

This assignment is a reflective essay (2-3 pages) with accompanying exhibits addressing Goal 2: Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students. Your goal statement and accompanying exhibits should be submitted to the Dropbox.

Goal 3

This assignment is a reflective essay (2-3 pages) with accompanying exhibits addressing Goal 3: Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning. Your goal statement and accompanying exhibits should be submitted to the Dropbox.

Goal 4

This assignment is a reflective essay (2-3 pages) with accompanying exhibits addressing Goal 4: Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.  Your goal statement and accompanying exhibits should be submitted to the Dropbox.

Goal 5

This assignment is a reflective essay (2-3 pages) with accompanying exhibits addressing Goal 5: Teachers are members of learning communities. Your goal statement and accompanying exhibits should be submitted to the Dropbox.

Final Integrated Project
Perform final revisions as indicated for the Integrative Project and submit the completed project to the Dropbox in its final form.  This must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to your Project Presentation.
Project Presentation PowerPoint

Submit a copy of your PowerPoint for your oral presentation. A sample PowerPoint Presentation is available in the Content area for you to use as a guide.

Project Presentation
You will present your project during Week 8, either in person or via speakerphone, if at a distance. Contact the instructor to make arrangements in advance.
Program Evaluation
The MAT Program Evaluation is to be completed and submitted to the Dropbox. 

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.


There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
  • For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
  • For students who have concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, please contact the Title IX Office at titleixcoordinator@ccis.edu. More information can be found at http://www.ccis.edu/policies/notice-of-non-discrimination-and-equal-opportunity.aspx

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Late dropbox assignments will be accepted, but a 10% penalty will be imposed per day that the assignment is late.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.