Course Abstract Details

EDUC-120, Introduction to Education

Credits: 3

Course Description

EDUC-120, Introduction to Education, is a survey of the historical, philosophical, sociological, and psychological aspects of the education process. Students will be introduced to the goals and practices of the school through a number of experiences. In addition to classroom lecture and discussions, students will participate in the direct observation of learners and teachers in the school setting at the early childhood, elementary, and secondary levels, as well as a number of formats representing special education for the exceptional child. This course is designed to assist the student in selecting a career in education. External classroom observation will occur on students' own time. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of ENG-097 and READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. Students enrolled in EDUC-120 must be concurrently enrolled in EDUC-121, Field Experience for Introduction to Education. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW Offered Spring and Fall terms.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:  

1. Identify the historical, social, cultural, political, economic, and social impacts on the American educational enterprise. (GE 1, 2, 4, 6, 7; PG 2, 3) 

2. Recognize the goals that educators have and reflect on how these goals will influence one's teaching behavior. (GE 1, 2, 7; PG 2, 3) 

3. Develop and reflect on a personal philosophy of teaching. (GE 1, 2, 5, 6, 7; PG 2, 3) 

4. Explain current issues and controversies in American education and see their impact on the classroom. (GE 1, 2, 4, 6, 7; PG 2, 3) 

5. Examine the rights and responsibilities of teachers, students, and parents in public schools and the role that the judicial system plays in defining those rights and responsibilities. (GE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 ; PG 2, 3) 

6. Analyze the structure, functions and roles of the local, state, and federal government in education. (GE 1, 2, 4, 7; PG 2, 3) 

7. Formulate an understanding of the teaching profession from the perspective of an aspiring professional. (GE 1, 2, 5, 6, 7; PG 2, 3) 

8. Analyze how schooling influences, and is influenced by, equality issues (social, gender, cultural, economic, racial, and ethnic differences). (GE 1, 2, 6, 7; PG 2, 3) 

9. Develop and demonstrate reflective practitioner skills. (GE 1, 2, 3, 7; PG 2, 3)     

Field Placements: All students are required to enroll in EDUC 121, Introduction to Education Field Placement. Students in EDUC 121 will be assigned a 15-hour field placement in Carroll County Public Schools. 

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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