Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Introduction to Education
Course: EDU221

First Term: 2005 Fall
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Course Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Overview of the historical, political, economic, social, and philosophical factors that influence education and make it so complex. Opportunity for students to assess their interest and suitability for teaching.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Evaluate current statistics and trends in the field, and personal motives when considering education as a career. (I, II)
2. Analyze the political and economic influences on education at the federal and state levels. (III)
3. Identify and explain the current issues confronting public education, including legal and ethical concerns. (IV)
4. Analyze historic events in education and their importance and impact on education today. (V)
5. Evaluate the major philosophies of education and describe your personal philosophy of education. (VI)
6. Explain how national and state standards influence curriculum development, assessment, accountability, and classroom practices. (VII)
7. Synthesize the factors that influence education and make it so complex. (IX)
8. Participate in a K-12 classroom field experience for a minimum of 30 hours. (VIII)
9. Analyze instruction, relationships, and classroom management strategies observed in your 30-hour field experience. (VIII)
10. Develop a portfolio to demonstrate your abilities, teaching philosophy, experience, growth and potential as an educator. (VIII)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Statistics and Trends Influencing Education
   A. Student/teacher ratios
   B. Analysis of and national polls
   C. Enrollment
   D. Geographic areas
   E. Attitudes toward the public schools
II. Education as a Career Choice
   A. Necessary preparation and certification
   B. Status of educators in American society
   C. Personal rewards
   D. Related careers
   E. Self-assessment
III. Political and Economic Influences on Education
   A. Public opinion
   B. World events
   C. Media
   D. State and federal legislation
   E. School funding
   F. State and national economic factors
   G. School governance
IV. Issues Affecting Education
   A. Academic standards and student performance
   B. Social Issues (drugs, violence, vandalism)
   C. Multiculturalism
   D. Professional ethics
   E. Legal rights and responsibilities
V. Impact of History on Education
   A. Influence of religion
   B. Development of common schools
   C. Equalization of educational opportunities (civil rights, women, disabilities)
   D. Response to global competition/historical events
VI. Major Philosophies of Education
   A. Essentialism
   B. Perrenialism
   C. Existentialism
   D. Social reconstructionism
   E. Progressivism
   F. Other
VII. Influence of National and State Standards
   A. Curriculum development
   B. Assessment
   C. Accountability
   D. Classroom practices
   E. Teacher preparation
VIII. Portfolio Development
   A. Field experience documentation
   B. Philosophy of education
   C. Classroom management strategies
   D. Teaching strategies
   E. Personal accomplishments
   F. Field experience reflection
IX. Teaching as a Complex Endeavor
   A. Myriad of outside influences and educational responses
   B. Variety of stakeholders
   C. Unpredictability of outcomes
   D. Continuing professional development
   E. Public trust and accountability
   F. Academic, social, and emotional differences in students
   E. Classroom management techniques
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  5/24/2005

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