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Course SummaryStudy around your busy schedule with the video lessons and quizzes in this American Government for Teachers professional development course. Our self-paced learning materials can help you prepare to earn three college credits that will apply towards your teacher's license renewal requirements.
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- Detailed video explanations for wrong answers
How It Works
Earn professional development credits to renew your political science teaching license with American Government for Teachers. Brush up on American government topics so you can better teach government, history, political science and other related subjects. Learn on your own schedule and at your own pace. You can complete this course in under two weeks - perfect for teachers who need to earn American government credits in a hurry!
- Watch engaging video lessons about the American political system and the U.S. Constitution.
- Check your knowledge of things like civil rights and foreign policy with practice quizzes and exams.
- Ask clarification questions from our expert American government instructors.
- Earn 3 college credits by taking the CLEP American Government exam.
Always check with your school district or state Department of Education to ensure that the course credits will be accepted before beginning the course. CLEP credits are accepted by over 2,900 schools and directly by many state departments of education.
Who's It For?
American Government for Teachers is ideal for any teachers looking to earn credits to use towards licensure renewal. The flexible, self-paced format makes it easy to fit your studies into a busy schedule. The course is fully online, so you can study anytime, anywhere. This course also benefits:
- Political science teachers who want to brush up on American government
- Teachers who want to incorporate engaging American government videos into their instruction
- Teachers planning an American government unit or course
- Aspiring American government teachers
Why It Works
- Fun and Engaging: Animations and interesting examples make American government easy to learn.
- Expert Instructors: Expert American government instructors break difficult concepts down so they are easy to remember.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Quizzes and practice exams let you review American government terminology and key concepts and track what you've mastered.
- Quick and Flexible: Learn on your own schedule and on any device. You could earn American government credits in less than two weeks.
- Access our full library of professional development courses for teachers, including U.S. History for Teachers, Western Civilization for Teachers, and Political Science for Teachers.
- Find 10,000 engaging lessons that you can use in your classroom or assign out to students.
- Watch more lessons in American government as well as history, political science, the humanities, and other relevant topics.
- Earn transferable college credit for dozens of courses.
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Course Plan for Earning Credit in Less Than Two Weeks
Follow this course plan if you want to complete American Government for Teachers and be ready to earn transferable credit in less than two weeks. For each chapter assignment, take all of the lesson quizzes and the practice chapter exam at the end of each chapter. If you miss any questions, review the video lesson to master the concept.
|Day||Chapter||What You'll Learn|
|Day 1||Chapter 1||Introduction to the Study of American Government (definition of government, types of governments, core principles and values of the American system, definition and types of political power)|
|Day 2||Chapter 2||Constitutional Democracy (the roots of the Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, the structure of the U.S. Constitution, the process for amending the Constitution, the Bill of Rights)|
|Day 3||Chapter 3||Federalism in the United States (description of federalism, how federalism developed, division of powers in the U.S. government, responsibilities of local and state governments)|
|Day 4||Chapter 4||American Political Culture, Opinion, and Behavior (description of America's political culture, public opinion, political socialization, costs and benefits of voting)|
|Day 5||Chapter 5|
|Civil Liberties (origin of civil liberties in the U.S., various freedoms, including the press, religion and assembly, the role of the courts in deciding civil liberties)|
Civil Rights (the struggle for racial equality, Brown vs. the Board of Education, rights for women and the disabled)
|Day 6||Chapter 7||Political Parties in the United States Government (function of America's political parties, history of political parties, the electoral system, current state of America's political parties)|
|Day 8||Chapter 8|
| Interest Groups and American Democracy (early American groups, concept of interest groups, their influence on American politics)|
The Media and American Democracy (development of American journalism, types of media, media bias, media regulations)
|Day 9||Chapter 10|
|The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States (role of bureaucracy in government, the president and cabinet, elections and public perceptions)|
The Presidency: Election, Powers, and Practice (the nomination process, elections, campaign finance, presidential powers and image, the development of the role of the president)
|Day 10||Chapter 12||The Congress: Election, Powers, and Representation (description of Congress and its role, how a bill is passed, how to measure Congress' effectiveness, demographic makeup of Congress)|
|Day 11||Chapter 13|
|The Federal Judicial System (the state court system, the federal court system, steps in the appeals process, strategic litigation by special interest groups)|
Public, Social, and Environmental Policy (stages in the policy-making process, social insurance programs, public assistance programs, how the political parties view education policy)
|Day 12||Chapter 15|
|Economic and Fiscal Policy (regulatory policy, the business cycle, the Federal Reserve system, how government protects the U.S. economy)|
Foreign and Defense Policy (a look at foreign policy over the past 60 years, powers of the president regarding foreign policy, use of the military, national security and the economy)
|Day 13||Final Exam||Take the practice final exam to see what you've mastered and make sure you are ready to earn credit for American government|
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