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MTEL History: The American Presidency - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter will aid you in understanding how the American president is elected and exploring the powers and responsibilities of the position as you get ready for the MTEL History exam. The videos and quizzes will help you prepare for these types of questions on the exam:
- Understanding the nomination and election process for the president
- Differentiating between primary and general elections
- Exploring how the electoral college functions
- Looking a campaign finance standards
- Identifying factors that may influence voters
- The evolution of electoral processes
- Seeing how presidential staff and cabinet members are selected
- Examining types of presidential powers, including checks and balances
- Discussing factors that contribute to the president's image
Our instructors, experts in the field, have designed lessons and quizzes that will leave you well prepared for test day. The lessons are enjoyable and informative, and they break each topic into understandable bits.
Objectives of the MTEL History: The American Presidency Chapter
All Massachusetts history teachers must pass the MTEL History exam as a condition of certification. The information discussed in the American Presidency chapter is in the exam's subarea on geography, government and economics, which accounts for 25% of the test's total score.
All the exam questions in this subarea are multiple-choice, and the quizzes that follow our lessons can give you experience answering questions in this format. They also allow you to gauge your knowledge of the subject.
1. Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses
The nomination process for United States president contains several different steps. This lesson outlines the modern nomination process for the offices of president and vice president and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the process.
2. Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences
In the United States, we use two different types of presidential elections. Both primary and general elections are used to determine a winning candidate. This lesson explains primary and general elections, including the differences between the two.
3. The Electoral College: Definition & Process
In the U.S., our presidential elections are decided using the Electoral College. The system is meant to balance election power between the federal and state governments. This lesson explains what the Electoral College is and how it works.
4. Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform
Modern presidential campaigns often last up to two years and involve extensive media operations. This means a successful campaign will be expensive. This lesson discusses campaign finance, including sources, regulations, and reform efforts.
5. Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections
Many factors influence voters during presidential elections. The voter's background, party identification and view of the government's past performance are some of the important influences. This lesson examines influences on voter behavior.
6. The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election
Presidential elections have changed a great deal over time. These days, elections are well-publicized and hard-fought. This lesson takes a look at contemporary presidential elections and campaigns.
7. Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process
The United States president appoints, or selects, people to serve in many different positions in the federal government. This lesson identifies the various positions appointed by the president and explains the appointment process.
8. Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions
The United States President must make many important decisions on behalf of the nation. This lesson explores presidential decision making, including the role that the national constituency and partisan constituencies play.
9. Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples
Our United States Constitution established three branches of government, including an executive branch headed by the U.S. president. This lesson discusses the powers and roles of the president.
10. The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors & Importance
A president's public image, or perceived character, plays an important role in the presidential campaign. It also plays an important role in the president's popularity and lasting reputation. This lesson takes a look at the presidential image.
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