2016-2017 Graduate Catalog

EDUA 5242 Teaching the American Presidency

George Washington was not just the first president of the United States, he also defined the role of president and its place in American government. This course brings the teacher back to George Washington’s time, to the roots of the United States, and the origins of our government, to explain how federalism developed, how the office of president came to be, and how the role of the president has expanded over time.

This course will provide background information and historical resources to enhance the teacher’s U.S. History or Civics curriculum. The teacher will analyze five essential qualities of effective presidents, as well as explore the fiascoes that have arisen from the absence of these qualities. By the end of the course, the teacher will have the ideas and strategies necessary to create an engaging curriculum about American presidents with lesson ideas for presenting to students a deep analysis of the successes and failures of presidents throughout American history.