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MTEL History: Federalism in the U.S. - Chapter Summary
Use the lessons in this chapter to prepare for questions on the history and powers of the U.S. federal government as you study for the MTEL History exam. These lessons will cover material similar to exam questions on topics like:
- Describing how federalism differs from other types of governments
- Exploring the development of federalism in the United States
- Identifying sovereignty in the U.S. political system
- Explaining how powers are divided between the federal and state governments
- Exploring devolution or how powers may be shifted from higher to lower levels of government
- Stating the responsibilities of local and state governments
These lessons are developed by expert instructors and are designed to give you a solid foundation for success on the MTEL History exam. You'll enjoy watching these videos and taking the self assessment quizzes as you brush up on your knowledge.
Objectives of the MTEL History: Federalism in the U.S. Chapter
All certified history teachers in Massachusetts must pass the MTEL History exam. The topics examined in the Federalism in the U.S. chapter are in the exam's subarea on geography, government and economics, which accounts for 25% of the total test score.
All the questions in this subarea are multiple-choice, like the questions in the short quizzes that follow each of our lessons. These quizzes let you practice answering questions in a format similar to what you'll find on the MTEL exam and also offer a chance to assess your knowledge and see what requires further study.
1. What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption
The United States government is based on federalism, with governmental power divided between several entities. This lesson explores federalism and explains the factors that led to its use in the U.S.
2. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937
Though federalism is written into the United States Constitution, federalism hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism through the Great Depression.
3. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present
Federalism is written into the United States Constitution, but it hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism from the Great Depression to today.
4. Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History
The United States is a sovereign nation with two levels of sovereignty. This lesson takes a look at the history of U.S. sovereignty, including the principles of dual sovereignty and nullification.
5. Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States
The U.S. Constitution uses federalism to divide governmental powers between the federal government and the individual state governments. This lesson explores this division of powers by looking at Supreme Court decisions.
6. Devolution: Definition & Examples
Devolution is the transfer of certain powers from the federal government to the states. This lesson explains devolution and examines several programs that are a part of the 'devolution revolution.'
7. Competing Values of Federalism: Equality vs. Participation
Federalism is designed to leave governmental power to the people, but there are two competing values of federalism: equality and participation. This lesson takes a closer look at federalism and at how these two ideals often conflict.
8. Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings
Though we have federalism, the federal government still controls certain aspects of state government. This lesson takes a look at the ways the federal government controls state government, such as federal court decisions and mandates.
9. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges
Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.
10. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges
The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.
11. US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities
This lesson will delineate the procedure of U.S. naturalization. It will also explain the responsibilities and mandatory duties of citizenship, as well as the Selective Service Act.
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- MTEL History: Early North American Settlements
- MTEL History: Road to the American Revolution
- MTEL History: The American Revolution
- MTEL History: Ratification of the U.S. Constitution
- MTEL History: The Virginia Dynasty
- MTEL History: Jacksonian Democracy
- MTEL History: Manifest Destiny
- MTEL History: American Civil War
- MTEL History: American Reconstruction
- MTEL History: Industrialization & Urbanization in the U.S.
- MTEL History: The Progressive Era
- MTEL History: American Imperialism
- MTEL History: The Roaring 20s in the U.S.
- MTEL History: The Great Depression in the U.S.
- MTEL History: World War II
- MTEL History: The Cold War
- MTEL History: Protests, Activism & Civil Rights
- MTEL History: America in the 1970s
- MTEL History: Contemporary American Presidents
- MTEL History: The Stone Age
- MTEL History: The Bronze & Iron Ages
- MTEL History: Ancient Civilizations
- MTEL History: Ancient Middle East & India
- MTEL History: Early China & Japan
- MTEL History: Foundations of Religion
- MTEL History: Hinduism
- MTEL History: Buddhism
- MTEL History: Confucianism
- MTEL History: Judaism
- MTEL History: Christianity
- MTEL History: Islam
- MTEL History: Classical Greece
- MTEL History: The Roman Republic & The Roman Empire
- MTEL History: Government & Culture in the Middle Ages
- MTEL History: War, Revolution & Culture in France & England
- MTEL History: European Renaissance & Reformation
- MTEL History: African Cultures Before European Colonization
- MTEL History: Exploration & Colonization of the Americas
- MTEL History: Revolution & War in the Americas
- MTEL History: Revolution & Independence in Europe & the U.S.
- MTEL History: The Industrial Revolution & Enlightenment
- MTEL History: Germany During the World Wars
- MTEL History: A World at War
- MTEL History: Cold War
- MTEL History: Scientific Thinkers & Discoveries
- MTEL History: Introduction to Geography
- MTEL History: Spatial Processes
- MTEL History: Geography Tools
- MTEL History: The Dispersal of Humans & Culture
- MTEL History: Settlement Patterns
- MTEL History: Basic Terms & Concepts of Political Science
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- MTEL History: Founding Documents of U.S. Government
- MTEL History: Types of Legislatures in Government
- MTEL History: U.S. Electoral Systems
- MTEL History: U.S. Political Parties
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- MTEL History: Economic Theories
- MTEL History: Economic Systems
- MTEL History: U.S. Economy
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