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America’s Political Heritage: An Educator’s Guide

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CPE Course #20120004

Upcoming Session Date


October 15, 2021 – November 12, 2021

Registration deadline for this session is October 8, 2021.  Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before October 8, 2021. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after October 8, 2021.

February 2, 2022 – March 1, 2022

Registration deadline for this session is January 26, 2022. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before January 26, 2022. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after January 26, 2022.


Course Description

This online graduate level course is designed to provide educators with an in-depth exploration of American Government and how they can use their knowledge not only when teaching social studies, but to implement cross-curricular lessons in all subject areas consistent with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards to increase students’ scores on state and local assessments, mainly the PSSAs. The instructor will present the material via Moodle through lectures, discussion boards, and a review of current historical and educational research.

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:

  • explain and discuss how self-government became part of our heritage as Americans.
  • describe the view of government expressed in the Declaration of Independence.
  • explain and discuss why the Constitution was finally ratified.
  • explain how the 435 seats in the House of Representatives are divided among the states.
  • explain how Congress can pass a law despite the President’s veto.
  • list, identify, and discuss the various rules of the President, and explain how the duties and powers of each role require the President to work with Congress.
  • list, identify, and discuss the three basic economic decisions that are made in any society.
  • discuss why it is appropriate that the science of economics was born around 1776.
  • discuss the history of labor unions and why workers formed them.
  • discuss how a political party establishes positions on issues and sets goals for what the government should accomplish.
  • discuss why there is more split-ticket voting than there used to be.
  • explain and discuss how the electoral college works.

Graduate Level Requirement

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:

  • complete activities that incorporate the Pennsylvania Academic Standards.
  • complete a final examination assessing their knowledge and application of course content.
  • create a research project presentation that will elaborate on the life of a U.S. President.