EDUC100 Foundations of Education
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Education
Course Number and TitleEDUC100 Foundations of Education
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
PrerequisitesReading Placement Test score Level 3 or READ110 (C or better), or
CorequisitesReading Placement Test score Level 2 and enrollment in a paired section of READ110
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionThis course is primarily for students interested in pursuing a career in education. A survey of the history and philosophy of education with emphasis on current problems in education, on significant educational innovations, and on the school as a social institution. Field experiences may be provided.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Provide an opportunity for prospective teachers and other interested persons to have an overview of the history, current problems, and future trends of public education.
- Provide each student with an opportunity to explore the responsibilities for, and significance of oneself in relation to American public education as a: teacher, parent, student, and taxpayer.
- Help students in the decision making process for those who are considering teaching as a profession.
- Demonstrate mastery of the topics by passing tests, writing reports, presenting oral reports, or demonstrating applications of principles such as mini lesson presentations.
- Provide students with sufficiently broad and detailed exposure to the realities and intellectual context of teaching.
- Describe models in effective teaching, including direct teaching, cooperative learning, mastery learning, and project-based instruction.
- Analyze the role of local, state, and federal governments in the governance of America''s schools.
- Identify the sources of state and local education funding and examine advantages and disadvantages of alternative school funding methods.
- Identify the contributions of major philosophers and the key educational philosophies and practices of the United States as well as those of several Western and non-Western countries.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Effective Teaching Methods
- Student Diversity
- Rules, Rituals, and Routines of Schools
- The Curriculum and Its Shaping Forces
- History of American Education
- School Governance: Local and State Structures
- Legal and Ethical Issues
- School Finance
- Philosophy of Education
- Contemporary Social Problems and the Influences on Education
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Departmentally selected textbook. Details provided by the instructor of each course section.
Teaching Methods EmployedUse of lecture, group discussions, and projects to be specified at the individual instructor's discretion.
Review/Approval Date -2/99