Course Syllabus: ED 200

Course Description

Welcome to ED 200, the next season of your educational journey!

ED 200 is a cornerstone of secondary teacher preparation at BYU-Idaho. Teaching is an eternal principle with application in our homes, church, classrooms, and selves. To succeed as a teacher, you will need to develop firm educational roots through broadened perspectives and enlightened discernment.

Throughout the secondary education program, you will be encouraged to grow roots, increase in wisdom, and to follow the Savior as you strive to become a master teacher. In this course, we will use the parable of a journey. As we travel along this journey, we will explore principles such as acting versus being acted upon, and establish important patterns within our learning, thinking, and teaching.

In this course, you will develop a firm educational foundation (the roots) upon which you can build a life of learning and teaching. You are invited to continue building a foundation (system of roots) upon which you can construct a productive personal ministry.

This course does not cover a list of teaching tools you will memorize, rather it is designed to help you become capable of forging your own tools (1 Nephi 17:7-10). You will focus on questions such as, "What do I teach?" and "Why do I teach?" which will help you in the creation of these tools. Answering these questions will lead to your understanding the principles and doctrines that drive our practice. Our aim, then, is to identify true doctrine that applies to teaching, principles that align themselves with those doctrines, and tools that will result in understanding. Once again, we will not be satisfied if you leave this institution with a bag of tools. Just as the brother of Jared was asked to propose a method for The Lord to light his barges, you must strive to understand the "doctrine" and "principles" of teaching well enough to produce tools and methods to help the unique students and situations you will encounter as a teacher (Ether 2:23-25).

For example, consider the gospel application of Family Home Evening (FHE). Each week, families meet in family rooms for a session of planning, teaching, singing, and treats. FHE is a tool, an application. To what principles might FHE align? Unity? Gathering? Teach one another? Why would the tool of FHE be valuable? To what doctrine does it ultimately align? The eternal nature of families? You are invited to recognize and thoughtfully apply this pattern to build a structure for continued learning and becoming.

Learning Model Principles

You will find, in all your assignments, principles of the BYU-Idaho Learning Model. Consider how each of these principles is rooted in pure doctrine and look for them as you go throughout the course. Learners and teachers at BYU-Idaho: 

  1. Exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as a principle of action and power.

  2. Understand that true teaching is done by and with the Holy Ghost.

  3. Lay hold upon the word of God-as found in the Holy Scriptures and in the words of the prophets-in all disciplines.

  4. Act for themselves and accept responsibility for learning and teaching.

  5. Love, serve and teach one another.

Through Lines (The 7 Essential Questions)

Course throughlines are overarching course goals. They are the most important understanding you should gain. The following questions are called "essential" questions. They will give direction to our thinking and serve as the foundation or "big picture" of the course. In this course we will explore educational ideas from multiple perspectives and develop philosophies to guide our practice-these questions will help us take meaning from other perspectives and focus our personal philosophies. 

  1. Who am I and what motivates me?

  2. How do I view those I teach? 

  3. What is my work as a learner and teacher?

  4. What is worth teaching? 

  5. How do I learn? 

  6. Upon what foundation are US public schools built? 

  7. What is the role of school in society? 

Your Course Take-aways

To accomplish these goals, you will create these major assignments that will continue with you in future courses and throughout the secondary education program:

Concept map

In the course, you will chronicle your learning journey using a concept map. You will use a program called CMAP to create your concept map. In your concept map, you will fill in the course's seven essential questions and connect your thoughts, concepts, questions, ideas, impressions, etc. as well as any doctrines, principles and tools that you've discovered. You will modify your map throughout the semester.


Develop a construct that will allow you to align (connect, synthesize) the doctrines, principles, and tools (pattern) of learning and teaching. For example, members of the secondary education program have chosen a tree to represent their understanding of learning and teaching. The tree itself has meaning as well as a place to organize doctrine (roots), principle (trunk and branches), and tools (leaves and twigs). Clarify your personal metaphor; explain its significance to you and to the work of learning and teaching. Provide an example of the doctrine/principle/tool pattern connected to parts of your metaphor (in our example roots = doctrine). Annotate your example with course authors. Create a website to house your work. We prefer Googlesites.


You will create a website as part of this course. At the end of the semester you will link this website to BYU-Idaho's "Secondary Education-Majors" course to act as a database of knowledge for future students. The website will include your major assignments from the course. 

Outcomes and Assessments

These items, listed in the table below, are the things we hope you will know, do, and become and the assignments that will help you get there. 


Assignments that will help you reach these goals

Become disciple leaders by living and teaching in the Savior's way.

Concept map, metaphor, teaching video, professionalism

Employ the pattern of doctrine/principle/tool to enhance our learning journey.

Concept map, metaphor

Employ the pattern of doctrine/principle/tool to become intentional in our decision-making.

Concept map, metaphor, content generative topics.

Become capable of success in school settings as skilled professionals by deepening your understanding of course essential questions (throughlines).

Concept map, metaphor, presentations, generative topics, website, video.

Become capable of success as skilled professionals through demonstrated competency of multiple technologies.

Websites, online collaboration tools

Develop further questions to continually guide learning.

Concept map, metaphor, questions prompt

Core Texts

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The following texts are required for this course:

Purchase: Increase in Learning, David A. Bednar.

Core Technology Tools

CMAP: You need to download a concept-mapping tool called CMAP. The tool is free, but the downloading process can be difficult.Click here for the CMAP download tutorial. When you are ready, you can follow this link to the CMAP download page.

Realtime Board: You will create an account on and be invited by your instructor to share a board where you will complete some of your assignments. Click here for a tutorial on how you will use RealtimeBoard in this class.

Googlesites: You will build your own website using Googlesites where you will upload some of your assignments throughout the semester. Click here for a tutorial on how to build a website using Google sites.

Schedule and Mastery Performance


Your mastery performance assignments will be graded as pass/fail. You MUST pass ALL mastery performance assignments in order to pass the class!

You need to attend at least one office hour during the semester. Your professor will inform you of the time of the office hour and how to attend. He/She will note your attendance each time you attend. 

Module 01: Introduction

Module 02: Big Picture

Module 03: Philosophical Journey

Module 04: Historical Journey

Module 05: Where I Stand


Your grade for this course will be determined using the following criteria*: Be aware that you must pass with a C- or better to move forward in the education program

A = Course tenets visible in your journey. Pattern of professionalism. Contribution to course through extended resources, teaching others, growth mindset. Completion of all assigned work to mastery. Significant learning demonstrated in Mastery Performance assignments (Concept Map, Cornerstone, Metaphor, Generative Topics). Final Concept Map captures significant, deep understanding.

B = Course tenets visible in metaphorical journey with pattern of professionalism. Satisfactory completion of all daily and weekly work to mastery (all checks) and on time. Satisfactory completion of final concept map (final). 

C = Satisfactory completion of most daily assignments. All weekly assignments completed. Unprofessional behavior (even if coursework complete). C- is required for continuance in an education program. 

D = Participation in class, and course projects attempted, but not completed to mastery.

F = Lackluster performance; insufficient evidence of becoming a teacher.

*Your mastery performance assignments will be graded as pass/fail. You must pass all of them in order to pass the class.

Individual assignments will be graded as follows:

4 = ✓+ Finished and exceptional. You are qualified to help struggling students with their assignments.

3 = ✓ Successful Completion

2 = R Incomplete, on the right track, resubmit

1 = R Very incomplete, resubmit


If any technical difficulties arise throughout the course contact the Online Support Center or the Help Desk before contacting the instructor.

Online Support Center

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Help Desk

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University Policies

Academic honesty is required and any violation with be dealt with according to the University Academic Honesty Policy.

Policy on Sexual Discrimination/Harassment

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an education program or activity that receives federal funds, including Federal loans and grants. Title IX also covers student-to-student sexual harassment. If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or gender based discrimination, please contact the Personnel Office at (208) 496-1130.

Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office, (208) 496-1158. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by this office. If you need assistance or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures. You should contact the Personnel Office at (208) 496-1130.

Personal Conduct

All of your correspondence with the teacher or other classmates must be respectful. Writing something disrespectful or "venting" is unprofessional and not becoming of a university student. In addition, it is not in accordance with the Honor Code of BYU-Idaho and you will be subject to discipline accordingly. You are invited to re-read the BYU-I Honor Code and the "Principles of Personal Honor."