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Course Syllabus Guidelines
Woodring College of Education
Implementation Date: Fall 2004, Rev 6.06

Foundation for the development of all course syllabi:
Consistent with the Woodring College of Education mission and vision, courses should reflect best professional practice including the use of research-based instructional strategies and technology, where appropriate.  In addition, courses should include content and/or objectives addressing diversity.

Required Elements:

Course prefix, title, number of credits, quarter and year

Conceptual Framework Statement (must appear in all syllabi for educator preparation programs)
Preparing thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective educators for a diverse society.

Instructor name, office location, office hours, telephone number and e-mail address

Course Description

  • Taken directly from WWU Catalog
  • Include prerequisites, if any

Targeted Standards

  • List specific program standards targeted in the course.

Course Outcomes (no more than 4)

  • Statements of what students will know and be able to do upon completion of the course.
  • Course objectives should be aligned with targeted standards

Learning Activities including Textbook(s) and/or Assigned Readings that align with standards and inform outcomes


  • How performance (knowledge and skills) relative to the targeted standards and objectives will be evaluated. (If attendance/participation or professionalism is included in grading it must be clear how this requirement relates to standards and objectives)
  • It is the instructor’s responsibility to grade all assignments.  While peer review can be used, it should not be figured into grading criteria.
  • An instructor’s decision to give a group grade needs strong justification.  Group grades can only be justified if there is a clear link to standards/objectives.

Grading Scale

  • Include the relative value of each assessment and point scale to be used in assigning grades. 
  • Grading criteria for each assessment must be provided to students with assignment instructions/directions for completion
  • All syllabi should include a late assignment policy that is consistent with the instructor’s educational philosophy and expectations
  • Expectations for attendance should be clearly delineated.

Academic Dishonesty Policy (use the following paragraph)

Western Washington University students are responsible for reading, understanding, and following the policy and procedures regarding academic dishonesty as set forth in the WWU Academic Dishonesty Policy and Procedure (see Appendix D of the University Bulletin).

Reasonable Accommodation Policy (use the following paragraph)

It is the policy of Western Washington University to provide reasonable accommodation to the known physical, sensory, or mental limitations of qualified individuals except where such accommodation would impose undue hardship on the institution. To request accommodation, students must contact WWU disability Resources for Students at 360-650-3083 or www.drs.wwu.edu

Course Outline

  • Include session dates, topics, and reading assignments.

Reference List

  • List major professional literature/resources used by the instructor.

Student Feedback Process (use the following statement)

All students will be given the opportunity to evaluate the instructor and the content of the course at the end of the quarter.