EDU 111 - Foundations of American Education
This course is an introduction to the profession of teaching. The social, economic, and political history of American education will be explored. Contemporary goals, practices, and issues will also be investigated. Specific topics include: diversity; special education; child/adolescent development; legal issues; ethics; professionalism; curriculum; philosophy; learning theories and pedagogy. Thirty hours of field and additional hours of service learning experiences are required. This course is appropriate for L.A.G.S. Teacher Education (A.S. Degree) transfer majors who wish to pursue Childhood (Grades 1-6), Middle Childhood (Grades 5-8), Adolescence (Grades 7-12), Physical Education (K-12), Art Education (K-12) or Music Education (K-12) teacher certification.
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Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Recognize and explain the central philosophies, issues and disputes surrounding American education via class discussions, field experiences and written assignments.
2. Apply knowledge of child/adolescent development to educational practice and curriculum via class discussions, field experiences and written assignments.
3. Relate developments in American education and schooling to broad themes in our social, economic and political history via class discussions, field experiences and written assignments.
4. Appraise the teaching profession as a career choice via examination of the field and written reflection.
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