Course Description

Creating a learning environment in the classroom is a prerequisite to effective teaching.  No (or little) learning will take place if this learning environment is not there.  Hence, it becomes important to take all the necessary measures to create such an environment.  Creating this environment requires knowledge, planning, organization, and skills.  These may range from just simply learning how to manage student behavior to deep knowledge and skills of the different domains related to classroom management.

Some equate classroom management with classroom discipline. However, according to this definition, classroom management will cease if there is no classroom discipline problems. In today’s world, classroom management means much more than just creating a good classroom discipline. This course will explore three philosophies that are outlined in Harden’s textbook (2008). These are: 1. Classroom management as a discipline, which explores the traditional classroom management from the perspective of the behavioral science. 2. Classroom management as a system, which emphasizes that management starts much earlier than the class starts and continues throughout the year. 3. Classroom management as instruction, which emphasizes the importance of building character education and teaching students skills that enable them to be productive and ethical citizens. Under each of these three categories, we will study models that represent that philosophy. We will explore these models through the eye of a Muslim teacher. We will contrast these methods with the Islamic philosophy standpoint of view.

Course Code: MAIE750

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course,

  • Students will be able to write a description of the different philosophies and definitions of classroom management.
  • Students will be able to identify different classroom models and state the philosophical background upon which each model is based.
  • Students will be able to select the model that fits their needs in their school.
  • Students will be able to identify the main components of each model.
  • Students will be able to state when circumstances under which each model can ideally be used.
  • Students will be able to come up with their own model that fits their circumstances.
  • Students will be able to analyze these models from an Islamic perspective.
  • Students will be able to come up with their own models using a hybrid of different models.
  • Students will be able to come up with their own Islamic classroom management model that is compatible with modern theories of classroom management.
  • Students will demonstrate the skills that enable them to become leaders in the area of classroom management and its applications in Islamic education.
  • Students will be able to state the incremental knowledge they gained that would make them better critical thinkers.
  • Students will be able to identify some Quranic and Prophetic ideas that support their findings in classroom management.

Main Textbook:

Effective Classroom Management – Models and Strategies for Today’s Classrooms by Harden, Carlette J.

Other papers and material that will be provided by the instructor.

Grading and Evaluation

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Homework Assignments/Projects/Presentations: 40%
  • Attendance: 10%
  • Mid-Term exam: 15%
  • Research paper: 20%
  • Final exam: 15%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

 1- A part of the course requirements is to submit a research paper, except for certain courses.

 2- The chosen topic must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.

 3- Joint project / research is allowed, up to 3 students, and upon the instructor’s approval.

 4- The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • Consider either MLA or APA guides for writing research papers
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs
  • When quoting Hadeeth, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly

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  • If sending emails directly to the Instructor, please include appropriate label in the subject line (Action Required/Info/Admin) and allow up to 3 working days for reply.
  • Limit telephone communication with the Instructor to the office hours only.
  • When leaving a voicemail, please clearly state your name, course code, and contact number.

Additional Information:

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To attend live – online lectures (on their scheduled time):

Virtual Class Room

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You will need a user name and password to:

  • View the recorded lectures if you missed the live online ones.
  • Interact with your teacher and classmates.
  • Upload and submit your assignments, research papers, and exams.
  • View your grades.
  • All attempt must be made to submit assignments by the agreed due dates. Late submissions will be penalized.
  • Your work will be checked and graded on weekly basis, in sha Allah.

Vision Statement:

Guidance College shall be one of the top well-recognized universities in the United States that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in specialized Islamic fields aiming at preparing moral and well-knowledgeable leaders who provide research-based Islamic alternatives that enable the Muslims to contribute to the success of their country.

Mission Statement:

Guidance College is the place where students gain their undergraduate degrees in authentic and professional specialized Islamic knowledge that recognizes modern-time realities and allows them to examine different branches of knowledge from an authentic Islamic perspective which enables them to think ethically, logically, analytically, and critically while making responsible and moral decisions aiming at improving the quality of life for all inhabitants of the earth with a full understanding and appreciation of the cultural and human differences.