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Ch 61: NMTA: The American Presidency

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Refresh your memory on a range of issues concerning the U.S. presidency with this engaging chapter. You'll get to check your readiness for potential NMTA Middle Grades Social Science questions by taking the chapter's practice quizzes.

NMTA: The American Presidency - Chapter Summary

This chapter will let you brush up on presidential powers, decision making factors and much more relating to the American presidency in its engaging video lessons that prepare you for the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science test. The chapter helps ensure your awareness of the following topics that you may see on the test:

  • How a presidential candidate is nominated
  • The process behind presidential appointments
  • Differences between primary and general elections
  • Presidential image and how it can be influenced
  • The Electoral College process
  • Campaign finance regulations

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NMTA: The American Presidency Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Middle Grades Social Science test is used to establish whether you're eligible to be licensed as a teacher in the state of New Mexico. Topics from this chapter's video lessons that surface on the test will come from the Government content domain. All questions that are written from this content domain have a multiple-choice structure.

10 Lessons in Chapter 61: NMTA: The American Presidency
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Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses

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.

Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences

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.

The Electoral College: Definition & Process

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.

Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform

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.

Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections

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.

The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election

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.

Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process

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.

Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions

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.

Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples

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.

The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors & Importance

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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