Course Description

Engage in World War II Content to Enhance Your Teaching

Historical Spotlights - World War II is designed for K-14 educators to critically examine WWII, the historical context and diplomatic relations that led to the war, key events throughout the war, and the lasting legacy of the war. This course will be guided by an audio-course, published by Recorded Books Modern Scholar, in a journey that begins by studying and reflecting on the multi facets of this global conflict.  Participants will conclude with a final course project in which a virtual learning experience is created for K-14 students.

Learner Outcomes

  • Examine the origins, history, and lasting impact of World War II
  • Describe ways in which an understanding of the history of World War II, and how it shaped the modern world, is valuable as an educator
  • Utilize materials related to the history of World War II to create media-rich instruction for K-14 students

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend:  This course provides continuing education for teachers (Grade K-14) looking to reignite their passion for history, interested in a cross-curricular approach, and interested in developing civic-minded students.

Course Materials: Audio Course, The Modern Scholar: Total War: World War II and Its Lasting Legacy by Mark Polelle, available online at audible.com, iTunes, and Amazon.com to download.  Materials may also be available at or from: eBay, Craig's List, public libraries, or your school library.

Technical Requirements

ADA Accommodations:  Professional and Continuing Education is committed to promoting knowledge and academic excellence for all learners. The University of San Diego's Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center helps students with verified disabilities obtain meaningful academic accommodations and support to help improve access to Professional and Continuing Education programs and courses.  If you are a student who would like to be considered for academic accommodations, please visit USD's Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center's website and follow the instructions under Requesting Services.


"Fabulous instructor with great modules. Excellent learning experience and final project I can not only be proud of, but can use for many of my classes." -- P. Wolter, Folsom-Cordova Unified School District, CA

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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
EDU PD - $317 credit (2 units) $317.00
Available for Extension Credit
2 units
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