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Administrative Unit: Education Department
Course Prefix and Number: EDUC 100
Course Title: Introduction to Education
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Introduction to the teaching profession and the Teacher Certification Program at Columbia College. Students examine the evolution of teaching and the current understanding of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of an effective teacher. Global, national, state and local perspectives are presented through contemporary issues facing teachers and schools, and students reflect upon their related beliefs, motivations and goals. Information is provided about certification requirements, content area majors, Missouri Department of  Elementary and Secondary Education requirements, and portfolio construction. Successful completion of 15 clock hours in the field is required. Students must complete the Field Experience Application at least one term prior to taking this course. $40 lab fee.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall and Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current edition of the texts listed below.  All texts are required.  There is a choice between text 1 or text 4.

Observation Skills for Effective Teaching
By Borich, G.D. (Pearson)
By Koch, J (Cengage Learning)
Teaching with Poverty in Mind
By Jensen, E. (ASCD)
Observation Skills for Effective Teaching
By Borich, G. D. (Pearson)
Course Objectives
  • To understand what is meant by being a qualified and competent teacher.
  • To develop awareness of the rationale and content of the Teacher Certification Program content areas.
  • To begin to develop an initial statement of educational philosophy.
  • To test level of interest as a teacher.
  • To understand the organization and operation of a school.
  • To observe characteristics of teachers and students in schools.
  • To maintain classroom records, produce teaching materials, design bulletin boards, and other miscellaneous duties necessary in the classroom.
  • To interact with students on an individual and/or small group basis.
  • To develop an awareness of state teaching standards (all MoSPEs) and student learning standards.
Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the historical foundations of education and the multiple roles of a teacher.
  • Describe the global and societal issues that impact today's students and schools.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professionalism.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the teacher certification requirements.
  • Explain the portfolio.
  • Explain different careers available to teaching professionals.
  • Explain requirements for the content area major and college graduation requirements.
  • Interview a teacher educator and draw conclusions about the teaching profession.
  • Engage in group discussions of classroom observations.
  • Evaluate and analyze the organization and operation of a school.
  • Evaluate and analyze the characteristics of teachers and students in schools.
  • Develop proficiencies in related classroom activities such as maintaining classroom records, producing teaching materials, designing bulletin boards, and other miscellaneous skills necessary in the classroom.
  • Develop a rapport and interaction with students on an individual and/or small group basis.
  • Evaluate and analyze decisions concerning teaching as a career choice.
  • Evaluate and analyze proficiencies in participant observation.
  • Evaluate and collect portfolio materials based on the MoSPE requirements.
Topical Outline:
  • Thinking about teaching
  • The evolution of schools and teaching practices
  • Looking at today's students
  • Classrooms as learning communities
  • The impact of social forces on education; diversity, poverty, technology, globalization, etc.
  • Observing, preparing, implementing, and reflecting upon instruction
  • Proctoring and scoring tests; developing and assessing learning tasks
  • Professional responsibilities: Parent-teacher conferences, IEP meetings, etc.
  • Certification, contracts and salary schedules
  • Continual professional development and improvement
  • Observing classroom interactions and assisting with resulting behavioral interventions
  • Self-reflection

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Karen Weston Date: November 16, 2012
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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