The American History for Educators Series: The Civil War and Reconstruction

  • CPE Course #20120158

    Upcoming Session Dates

    March 4 - April 1, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is February 21, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU #10 office on or before February 21, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after February 21, 2019.

    April 4 - May 1, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is March 28, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before March 28, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after March 28, 2019.

    May 4 - May 31, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is April 23, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before April 23, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after April 23, 2019.

    June 3 - June 26, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is May 21, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before May 21, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after May 21, 2019.

    June 29 - July 22, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is June 19, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before June 19, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after June 19, 2019.

    July 25 - August 17, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is July 16, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before July 16, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after July 16, 2019.

    Course Description

    This graduate-level course is designed to provide educators with an in-depth exploration of American history from the Civil War through Reconstruction up to an including the settling of the last frontier (1861-1900), and how they can use this knowledge not only when teaching social studies, but to implement cross-curricular lessons in all subject areas consistent with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards. This is an online Moodle class, and each session contains a series of lessons, videos, written responses, and other activities.

    This course, which lasts approximately 30 days, will be completed strictly online using the Moodle platform. The instructor for this course is Agolino Educational Services. Pending receipt of payment, participants will receive an email from Agolino Educational Services containing their log-on information the night before the course begins.

    Participants who successfully complete all requirements of this course will earn Three (3) PDE Graduate Level Credits, equal to 90 Act 48 Hours.

    Participants will be able to:

    • interpret why Missouri's application for admission to the Union created a crisis, and how that crisis was settled.
    • determine how the issue of slavery continued to cause trouble from 1850 to 1854.
    • list and identify the states that joined the Confederacy, and the states that were referred to as the "border states".
    • compare the war aims and strategies of the North and South.
    • deduce why Lincoln at first opposed freeing the slaves, and then why he changed his mind and issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
    • summarize the main issues in the election of 1864, and explain why this election was a victory for representative government.
    • list, identify, and discuss the main terms of Lincoln's reconstruction plan.
    • explain and discuss to what extent reconstruction policy was a struggle between the two major political parties and also a struggle between two federal branches of government.
    • review the impeachment of Andrew Johnson and the consequences of his impeachment.
    • clarify why Ulysses S. Grant's administration was a dark page in the history of the American Presidency.
    • explain how the Presidential Succession Act of 1886 and the Electoral County Act of 1887 helped to prevent a potential national problem.
    • describe and explain the purpose behind the following policies toward the Indians: concentration, reservations, and military force.
    • explain why many historians believe that much of United States policy toward Indians during the 1800s consisted of broken promises and acts of injustice.
    • justify why the federal government helped finance the building of the railroads, and how the railroads repaid the government for federal aid granted to them.
    • list, identify, and discuss the provisions of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, and explain why this law was difficult to enforce.
    • investigate and discuss how the Supreme Court decisions in the late 1800s aided big business.
    • analyze and discuss the problems faced by wage earners as a result of increasing mechanization.
    • analyze and discuss the historical evidence that supports how immigrants have helped to transform the United States.
    • conclude why public opinion in the late 1800s usually supported employers rather than workers.
    • analyze and discuss the major problems American farmers faced in the period following the Civil War.
    • list, identify, and discuss the changes that were made in the courses of study in public schools to meet the needs of new industrial society.

    Graduate Level Requirements

    Act 48 requires 42 hours of instruction plus 48 hours of out-of-class activity, including a course project. Participants' out-of-class assignments include but are not limited to:
    • completing activities that incorporate the Pennsylvania Academic Standards.
    • completing a final examination assessing their knowledge and application of course content.
    • creating a research project presentation that will elaborate on a important person or event during the Civil War and Reconstruction era.

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