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Methods of Teaching Driver Education: Classroom

  • Template 2018
  • Section TMPL
  • 3 Credits
  • 10/03/2018 to 07/29/2100
  • Modified 12/06/2021

Mission Statement

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership. 


This course provides the candidates with the knowledge of methods, materials and procedures for teaching the classroom phase of driver education.  Candidates will examine best practices for developing and mapping a classroom curriculum that provides novice teen drivers with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and motor skills necessary to achieve low-risk driving behaviors.  This course will prepare prospective driver education teachers with the necessary instructional and curricular skills to evaluate, maintain and develop driver education classroom programs.


College of Education Mission

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.


Candidates will gain knowledge of best practices to administer and develop a quality Driver Education Classroom Program..


Candidates develop student’s knowledge, perceptions, attitudes, and skills necessary to achieve low-risk driving behaviors essential for a safe community.     


Candidates will serve as role models by improving personal knowledge and instructional skills related to facilitating the safe and correct techniques for operating a motor vehicle.


Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE

By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Candidates will develop and implement effective instructional practices to teach the classroom phase of Driver Education.  NTDETAS:  2.1, 3.2, 3.2.2 a-m, 3.5 C 1.2, C 1.4 INTASC 6,7,8
  2. Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of Illinois and national driving laws including the Graduated Driver Licensing Program  NTDETAS:  3.2, 1, J and K, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0, C 1.0, C2.0-C 11.0 INTASC 3,4
  3. Candidates will integrate state/national educational curricular standards into the driver education classroom  NTDETAS:  3.2.1, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0, C2.0-C 11.0 INTASC 3,4
  4. Candidates will develop effective classroom lessons that apply the content knowledge of driver education course standards and curricula  NTDETAS:  2.1, 3.2, 3.5, 4.2.2, 5.0 INTASC 6,7,8
  5. Candidates will identify the Illinois Secretary of State (ISOS) Instructional Permit process and operational procedures pertinent to Driver Education in Illinois NTDETAS: 2.1.2a-d, 2.1.4,, 3.2.1, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0 INTASC 3,4
  6. Candidates will be able to enter data into IWAS, understand the application of the data as it pertains to state appropriation, and interpret the anticipated reimbursement to school districts. NTDETAS: 1.2.5, 1.2.7, 1.3.1, 2.1, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0 INTASC 3,4, 9
  7. Candidates will demonstrate a general knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and apply this knowledge to help Special Education students navigate the Driver Education program. INTASC 1,2,3


Content and Text Related Discussions

Candidates will be assigned discussion topics to complete each week/module.  The discussion assignments relate to topics pertaining to the designing and maintaining of a safe and effective driver education program.

Development of a Parent/Teen Night Program

Candidates will create an electronic presentation outlining key Driver Education Classroom information for a Parent/Teen Night. 

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4 ,6, 7
  • Standards: NTDETAS:  1.4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 INTASC 1,2,3, 6,7,9

Application for Driver’s Permit

Candidates will identify and evaluate the processes and procedures for obtaining student permits and enrolling in the ISOS electronic system.

  • Course Outcomes: 4, 6 ,7
  • Standards: NTDETAS: 3.2.2, 4.0, 4.1, C 1.0 INTASC 1,2,3,4 6,7,8,9

ISBE-IWAS Processes

Candidates will identify and evaluate the data entry and operational procedures for submitting student enrollment and collecting reimbursements from ISBE through the IWAS system.

  • Course Outcomes: 4, 6, 7
  • Standards: NTDETAS: 3.2.2, 4.0, 4.1, C 1.0 INTASC 1,2,3,4 6,7,8,9

Curriculum Map

Candidates will develop and outline a plan of study for classroom instruction using the Drive Right Textbook. 

  • Course Outcomes:  2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Standards: NTDETAS:  3.1, 3.2, 2, 3.5, C 1.0 INTASC 3,4,6,7,8

Plan for a 30-hour Classroom Rotation Schedule

Candidates will identify and outline the elements needed to create an effective and inclusive Driver Education Curriculum Map for 30-hours of classroom instruction based on ADTSEA Curriculum Standards.

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 3, 5
  • Standards: NTDETAS:  3.1, 3.2, 2, 3.5, 4.1, C 1.0 INTASC 3,4,6,7,8,

Learning Engagement Strategies

Candidates will research and develop engaging learning strategies to support student learning for the driver education classroom curriculum. 

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 5
  • Standards: NTDETAS:  3.1, 3.2, 2, 3.5, C 1.0 INTASC 3,4,6,7,8

Driver Education Lesson Plan

Candidates will choose a unit of study and create a series of lesson plans to support the chosen unit using the NTDETAS standards.

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 3, 5
  • Standards: NTDETAS: 3.2, 4.0 INTASC 3,4,6,7,8

Observation of a Driver Education Classroom Teacher

Candidates will observe a driver education classroom teacher and keep a journal of the observations. 

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 5
  • Standards: NTDETAS: 1.1.2, 2.0, 3.0, 3.2.3, 3.3, 3.5, INTASC 3,4,6,7,8

Description of Guest Speakers

Candidates will research and identify appropriate guest speakers for state required presentations.

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 5
  • Standards: NTDETAS:  1.2, 3.2, 4.0, 5.0, C 12.0 INTASC 3,4,6,7,8

Parent and Teen Communication

Candidates will identify and share effective methods for keeping parents informed of teen progress in the Driver Education class and for keeping teens informed about upcoming assignments and assessments. 

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 5
  • Standards: NTDETAS: 4.0, 5.0, , C 12.0 INTASC 3,4,6,7,8

Final Summative Assessment

Candidates will create a summative assessment to analyze student learning.

  • Course Outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Standards: NTDETAS: 1.3.2, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, C12.0 INTASC 1,2,3,4 6,7,8,9

Digital Portfolio

Candidates will maintain and share a classroom portfolio.

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Standards: 2.3, 3.2.3 INTASC 1,2,3,4 6,7,8,9

Institutional Policies

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Academic Integrity

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Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (ADA)

The University strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). A student who requires special accommodations or arrangements due to a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services. This contact preferably should occur no later than the first week of classes. Early contact before the semester starts is encouraged to allow sufficient time to provide accommodations. Extra time is needed for some types of accommodations such as sign language interpreters or special text formatting. Should a need arrive after the start of a semester; the student is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible. Note that accommodations are not retroactive. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

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