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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:

EDUC 100 is an introduction to the teaching profession and the Teacher Certification Program at Columbia College. Students will 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 will reflect upon their related beliefs, motivations, and goals. Information will be 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. Pre-requisite: none. Offered Fall and Spring. $40 lab fee.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):


Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall and Spring.

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

By Koch, J (Cengage Learning)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrates knowledge of the academic language of the certification area(s) sought as defined by the Subject Competencies for Beginning Teachers in Missouri.
  2. Demonstrates understanding of how to engage students in the methods of inquiry and research in his or her respective discipline.
  3. Demonstrates an understanding that instruction should be connected to students' family, culture, and community.
  4. Demonstrates an understanding of the components and organization of an effective curriculum, how to create aligned learning experiences, and how to locate national and state standards and align them to learning outcomes.
  5. Demonstrates an understanding of how to select appropriate strategies for addressing individual student needs in meeting curriculum objectives.
  6. Demonstrates an understanding of the concept of differentiated instruction and short­ and long-term instructional goal planning to address student needs in meeting curriculum objectives.
  7. Demonstrates knowledge of classroom management, motivation, and engagement, and how they relate to one another; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and techniques for promoting student interest and learning.
  8. Demonstrates an understanding of managing time, space, transitions, and activities to create an effective learning environment.
  9. Recognizes and identifies the impact of classroom, school, and community culture on student relationships, classroom environment and learning.
  10. Demonstrates an understanding of in basic classroom management techniques that reduce the likelihood of student misbehavior and address any misbehavior that does occur with the least disruption of instruction.
  11. Demonstrates understanding of the importance of and develops the ability to use effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques.
  12. Demonstrates sensitivity to differences in culture, gender, intellectual, and physical ability in classroom communication and in communication with families.
  13. Determines “goodness of fit” of self to the teaching career.
  14. Applies the Missouri Teaching Standards 1-9 and Seven C’s of Effective Teachers to the personal decision to teach.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Thinking about teaching and learning
  • 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: Linda Bradley Date: April 14, 2015
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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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