EDUC100 Foundations of Education

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Education

I. Course Number and Title
EDUC100 Foundations of Education
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Reading Placement Test score Level 3 or READ110 (C or better) or
Reading Placement Test score Level 2 and enrollment in a paired section of READ110
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This 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.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    1. 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;
    2. 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;
    3. Help students in the decision making process for those who are considering teaching as a profession;
    4. Demonstrate mastery of the topics by passing tests, writing reports, presenting oral reports, or demonstrating applications of principles, such as mini lesson presentations;
    5. Provide students with sufficiently broad and detailed exposure to the realities and intellectual context of teaching;
    6. Describe models in effective teaching, including direct teaching, cooperative learning, mastery learning, and project-based instruction;
    7. Analyze the role of local, state, and federal governments in the governance of America's schools;
    8. Identify the sources of state and local education funding and examine advantages and disadvantages of alternative school funding methods; and
    9. 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.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Topics include, but are not limited to:

    1. Effective Teaching Methods
    2. Student Diversity
    3. Rules, Rituals, and Routines of Schools
    4. The Curriculum and Its Shaping Forces
    5. History of American Education
    6. School Governance: Local and State Structures
    7. Legal and Ethical Issues
    8. School Finance
    9. Philosophy of Education
    10. Contemporary Social Problems and the Influences on Education
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Departmentally-selected textbook. Details provided by the instructor of each course section.

Review/Approval Date -2/99; New Core 8/2015