- 1.1 Describe the characteristics of teaching as a profession, along with its advantages and challenges.
- 1.2 Describe how reform movements in education impact the teaching profession.
- 1.3 Explain the concept of philosophy, its major branches in education, and the importance of developing a personal teaching philosophy.
Foundations of Education
This course will help potential teachers understand teaching and help them decide if they should pursue the profession as a career. The course presents the foundations of education, which includes topics such as the history of education, educational governance, education law, curriculum, assessment, classroom management, effective instruction strategies, education reform, and guidance on how to enter the teaching profession. The chapters in this course are intended to provide information to encourage participants to become teachers and also to continue to develop once they are in the profession.
- 2.1 Examine the birth of U.S. education in the Colonial and Early National eras, the role of religion, and its legal implications in schools today.
- 2.2 Explain how the common school movement influenced the concept of secondary schools.
- 2.3 Describe how the changes in society have led the educational system to become an instrument of purpose in the modern era.
- 3.1 Describe the structure and issues of education governance at a state and local level.
- 3.2 Distinguish among the different sources and issues of educational funding.
- 4.1 Identify the federal, state, and local laws that influence education.
- 4.2 Examine the legal and ethical influences on the teaching profession and their impact on a teacher’s personal life.
- 4.3 Explain students’ legal rights in the education system.
- 5.1 Explain the relationship between curriculum and assessment.
- 5.2 Describe the components, influences, and controversies of curriculum in the education system.
- 5.3 Describe the types and purposes of assessment.
- 6.1 Describe productive learning environments and approaches that promote responsible behavior in the classroom.
- 6.2 Explain how parental involvement influences a productive learning environment.
- 7.1 Describe the types of schools, grade levels, components of a school’s organization, and the characteristics of an effective school.
- 7.2 Identify teaching strategies that motivate students and promote effective learning.
- 7.3 Describe the essential teaching and planning steps for classroom instruction.
- 8.1 Explain how socioeconomic status and cultural groups influence instruction and educational equality.
- 8.2 Describe the major instructional approaches for English learners (EL) and students with exceptionalities.
- 8.3 Identify gender differences and how effective teachers respond to them in the classroom.
- 9.1 Evaluate how educational reforms have influenced current curriculum and classroom instruction.
- 9.2 Describe how educational reforms have changed schooling by focusing on standards, testing, and accountability.
- 9.3 Identify how educational reforms affect teachers and influence their role in the classroom.
- 10.1 Describe the factors involved in finding a desirable job and having a successful first year of teaching.
- 10.2 Identify professional development opportunities offered to teachers