Colonial Williamsburg (prev #: EDU-592H)

3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for Teachers Attending the Bob and Marion Wilson Teacher Institute of Colonial Williamsburg Week-Long Program

Designed for elementary and secondary school U.S. history, social studies, and civics/government teachers, these intensive week-long sessions immerse participants in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching social studies with American history as the focus. The Institute experience provides:

  • Primary source-centered, standards-based historical content
  • Inclusive approach to analyzing people and events of the past from multiple perspectives
  • Innovative, engaging teaching strategies to bring history to life in the classroom
  • Immersive experiences throughout the Historic Area and with character interpreters with suggested classroom applications
  • Collaborative idea sharing with Colonial Williamsburg educators and fellow teachers
  • Classroom-ready instructional resources, including lesson plans, primary sources, and media through the Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for participants who have already completed their onsite week-long Teacher Institute sessions in Williamsburg.



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Elementary School Sessions: A Multifaceted American Heritage: Colonization, Conflict, and Compromise (1607–1781)

  • Identify and analyze significant 17th- and 18th-century economic, political, and social events that led to American independence from Great Britain
  • Chart the evolution of citizenship, from being British subjects to becoming American citizens
  • Explain how Native American, European, and African interactions shaped and defined the American character
  • Examine colonial social levels, gender roles, and specific populations such as gentry, middling sort, lesser sort, free and enslaved African Americans, and Native Americans
  • Integrate primary, secondary, and technology resources in classroom instruction focused on early American history and citizenship

Secondary School Sessions: Evolving Perspectives on American Identity: Resistance, Revolution, and Reform (1607–1870)

  • Chart the evolution of citizenship and American identity from the settlement of Jamestown through the U.S. Civil War and make connections to the present-day United States
  • Evaluate the way historical events from 1606 to 1865 have impacted American identity
  • Apply instructional strategies that encourage civil discourse from multiple perspectives using primary and secondary sources
  • Identify and analyze four pairs of seemingly contradictory American values that, while in tension, influence the course of American history


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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