An educational foundations and policy studies approach to the field of education. Course topics will include but will not be limited to the history of U.S. education from the 1500’s until today, history of the philosophies of education from Plato to the current testing philosophy, multi-culturalism/diversity, historical record of educational reform movements from the 1500’s until today. Other material covered within the course includes social issues such as socioeconomic status (SES), race, gender, and culture affecting educational achievement, teacher certification process, professional organizations (such as unions) and their purpose, differentiated teaching methods from a diversity perspective, classroom management, and historical changes of school financing from the 1500’s to today. Students will be introduced to lesson planning, instructional techniques, and classroom instruction through their co-requisite EDU-202 section. They will incorporate integrated essays into their e-portfolio, a program requirement.
EDU-201 is to be taken concurrently with the corresponding section of EDU-202, which involves placement in a classroom setting at the grade level/special education area of interest at which the student wishes to teach. Course assignments are coordinated with EDU-202.