Planning Your EDU homepage

In my previous post, I discussed the need to determine which courses you should include in your Integrated Curriculum Development (ICD). In this post, I will discuss the reasons why it is important to have these requirements for students. In short, I will explain why it is more important to have an integrated curriculum than it is to simply choose a standard course of study. In addition, I will provide a brief guideline on how to determine what course of studies should be considered as a part of an ICD.

Course of Study

Typically, when selecting a course of study, most schools include all of the core subjects in their curriculum, which includes a reading list, a math course, and a social science course. If you are developing an ICD, you may want to add other subject areas such as psychology, anthropology, and business management into the mix. However, if your school does not offer any of these core curriculum subjects, then you will want to select a curriculum that only includes the core curriculum subjects. It is not necessary to have all of these subjects in your ICD, but having them may allow you to fulfill some ICD requirements.


The first step in developing a course of study that is aligned with your institution’s needs is to identify which subject areas are important to your school-based preparatory experiences. If you are considering a particular subject area, you will need to research the curriculum requirements for that particular subject. For example, a mathematics class at my college required that all students take a placement test, which assessed my students’ abilities in the use of calculators. As a result, my math department prepared many students for the placement test, including many who were unfamiliar with the calculator subject.


Once you know which subject areas are of important to your institution, you will need to consider how those subjects will fit within your educational setting. In particular, you will need to decide if you plan to take a semester of AP Calculus, a set of classes in algebra, and a capstone course in calculus. (One of my students recently completed an entire capstone course in applied behavioral analysis, and upon completion she went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in psychology.) For students planning to major in an area of study that requires a capstone class, you will also need to determine how those courses will fit into your schedule. Will you need to dedicate one or more hours each week to this class? If so, how much time will you need to allocate to this class?

List of Prerequisites

Once you have decided what area you will be focusing your learning efforts on, you will need to consider your list of prerequisites. Your list of prerequisites should include any upper level subjects that you require to earn your bachelor’s degree, as well as core academic courses that you took throughout your two years of college. If some of your courses are listed as prerequisites for your capstone course, those requirements will need to be taken into account when determining your GPA for that course. For instance, many students who are required to take an Introduction to Psychology class as their first course will find that their GPA requirements are based upon their AP courses. If they had taken, say, a second-year art class, they would be unable to fulfill their requirements for their capstone. Thus, it is important to think through all of the requirements that you will be addressing as a student to ensure that you meet them throughout your academic career.

Course Page

Your edu homepage will likely display the Course Page option. If so, then you have several options from which to choose. In addition to the typical options for displaying course information, you can choose to compare your edu homepage to the edu 620 textbook. You will see many similarities, such as the use of the same fonts and the same colors. You can even choose to download the text for use in your own copy of the textbook!

  • The fourth section of your edu homepage is the pre-campus portion.
  • If you have chosen to do a post-campus program, your edu homepage should display a link leading to the pre-campus portal.
  • Here, students will be able to complete their assignments online and attend online classes.
  • Your course of study will be affiliated with the school’s department of education, making it easy for you to complete your course online.

Once you have completed your capstone course, it is important to evaluate what kind of institution gave you your degree. Some schools may offer a student the opportunity to transfer credit; others require that the student complete a specific number of units within their own program prior to enrolling in another. Some colleges will allow you to complete your degree completely online, while others will require that you enroll in some on-campus classes as well. The edu homepage should provide you with information on which courses are offered via the Internet. After you have found an institution that meets your particular needs, you can then utilize the pre-campus and on-campus portals on your edit profile!

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