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Methods of Teaching Driver Education: Behind the Wheel

  • Template 2019
  • Section TMPL
  • 3 Credits
  • 12/17/2018 to 07/29/2100
  • Modified 08/15/2023

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 candidates with the knowledge, methods, materials and procedures for teaching the driving phase of driver education.  The course will provide the best practices for developing and instructing a behind-the-wheel curriculum to develop the knowledge, attitudes and motor skills necessary to achieve low-risk driving behaviors and attitudes of novice teen drivers.  This course will prepare prospective driver education teachers with the necessary instructional and curricular skills to develop, maintain and evaluate new and existing driver education behind-the-wheel programs in public schools.


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 content material to administer and develop a quality Driver Education behind-the-wheel (BTW) program in a high school environment.    


Candidates will prepare novice teen drivers to develop the knowledge, perceptions, attitudes, choices, and motor skills necessary to achieve low-risk driving behaviors that will promote incident-free driving on the highway transportation system


Candidates that complete the driver education endorsement program will become more marketable in an increasingly competitive education field.


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 utilize best practices of teaching the behind-the-wheel phase of Driver Education Standards.  NTDETAS:  3.2.1, L, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0, C2.0-C 11.0
  2. Candidates will meet the requirements of the Illinois Secretary of State (ISOS), the Cooperative Driver Training Program (CDTP), and other operational and licensing procedures pertinent to obtaining a novice teen driver’s license in the State of Illinois. Standards:  NTDETAS: 2.1.2a-d, 2.1.4,, 3.2.1, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0:  NTDETAS:  3.2.1, L, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0, C2.0-C 11.0
  3. Candidates will pre-assess and evaluate novice teen driver performance in the behind-the-wheel (BTW) phase. Standards:  NTDETAS:  3.2, 1, J and K, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0, C 1.0, C2.0-C 11
  4. Candidates will apply defensive and safe driving principles through the integration of state and national standards during the behind-the-wheel phase of driver education. Standards:  NTDETAS:  3.2.1, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0, C2.0-C 11.0
  5. Candidates will instruct novice teen drivers in the proper skills, maneuvers, safety procedures, including Evasive and Emergency Procedures and Advanced Driving Techniques, to operate a vehicle safely on the highway transportation system. Standards:  NTDETAS:  3.2.1, I, 3.2.2, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0
  6. Candidates will identify and develop a variety of evaluation tools and methods that can be shared with students and parents / guardians in a timely manner to enhance communication in the learning process and improve student performance when operating a vehicle on the highway transportation system. Standards:  NTDETAS: 2.1.2a-d, 2.1.4,, 3.2.1, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0
  7. Candidates will develop a variety of instructional commands and intuitive methods of interaction with novice teen drivers in the behind-the-wheel phase of driver education. Standards:  NTDETAS:  2.1.2, 2.1.3, 3.2, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0
  8. Candidates will utilize instructional techniques used to correct common mistakes made by novice teen drivers in the behind-the-wheel phase of driver education. Standards:  NTDETAS:  2.1.2, 2.1.3, 3.2, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0
  9. Candidates will incorporate the Search, Identify, Predict, Decide, Execute (SIPDE) learning process when teaching novice teen drivers the basic, intermediate and advanced levels of instruction during the behind-the-wheel phase of driver education. Standards:  NTDETAS:  2.1, 3.2, 3.5, 4.2.2, 5.0
  10. Candidates will research, analyze and implement local parent / teen BTW Guides in order to enhance student improvement and establish a rapport between the instructor, student and parent. Standards:  NTDETAS:  3.2.1, I, 3.2.2, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0


Content and Text Related Discussions

Candidates will be assigned discussion topics to complete each week/module.  The discussion assignments relate to readings and topics pertaining to the design and maintenance of a driver education program.

Personal Video Introduction / Pre-Assignment – Parent / Teen Driving Guide

  • Outcome 1, 3
  • NTDETAS: 2.1, I, 3.2.2, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0, C2.0-C 11, J and K

Develop a Teen / Parent Guide for BTW and Communicating with Parents / Teens

  • Outcome 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10
  • NTDETAS: 1, 2.1.2 a-d, 2.14, 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 3.2.1, 3.2, 3.2.2, 3.5, 4.0, 4.2.2, 5.0, C2.0-C 11, I, J, K

Questionnaire & Reflection: Examination of Teaching Styles, Cues, Commands & Evaluation Tools

  • Outcome 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9
  • NTDETAS: 1.2, 2.1.3, 3.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.5, 4.0, 4.2.2, 5.0, I, J, K and C 1.0, C2.0-C 11

 Outline: Fundamental BTW Driving Skills

  • Outcome 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9
  • NTDETAS: 1.2, 2.1.3, 3.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.5, 4.0, 4.2.2, 5.0, I, J, K and C 1.0, C2.0-C 11

 Observational Notes: Slow-Speed Maneuvers

  • Outcome 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
  • NTDETAS: 1.2, 2.1.3, 3.2.1, I, 3.2.2, 3.2, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0 C 1.0, 2.0-C 11.0 J and K

Road Classifications List: Identification of Roadway Systems and Reading Intersections Properly

  • Outcome 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9
  • NTDETAS: 1.2 a-d, 2.1.3 2.1.4, 2.2.2, 3.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.5, 4.0, 4.2.2, 5.0 C 1.0, C2.0-C 11, J, K, L,

Instructional Plan: Development of a Comprehensive Instructional Plan for Teaching the 3 Stages of Lane Changing

  • Outcome 1, 2, 3, 7, 8
  • NTDETAS: 2 a-d, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 3.2, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0 I, J, K, L, C 1.0, C2.0-C 11

 Lane-Changing Overview: Correcting Novice Teen Driver Errors

  • Outcome 1, 2, 3, 7, 8
  • NTDETAS: 2 a-d, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 3.2, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0 I, J, K, L, C 1.0, C2.0-C 11

 Paragraph & Reflection: Advanced Communicaion Between Roadway Users

  • Outcome 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
  • NTDETAS: 1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2 a-d, 3.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.5, 4.0, 4.2.2, 5.0, C2.0-C 11.0, I

Reflection: Evaluating Student BTW Driving Performance, Record Keeping and Final Road Exams / CDTP

  • Outcome 1, 4, 6, 7, 10
  • NTDETAS:  2.1.2, 2.2.2, 2.1.3, 2a-d, 2.1.4, 3.2, 3.2.1, I, 3.2.2, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0 C2.0-C 11

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