Introduction to Education
In California, this course has program status as an elective in social sciences (g) as a California Partnership Academies (CPA) a-g course. CPA teachers wishing to add any CPA program status course to their school's official a-g course list must participate in a half-day course-specific training offered through CDE. Introduction to Education is an introduction to the philosophical, historical, legal, and societal principles that form the foundations of American education. Students acquire knowledge of both classical and contemporary issues in teaching and learning. Students engage in substantial reading, analysis, writing, and oral arguments and presentations regarding essential topics in education as well as beyond-the-classroom observations and practicum. In addition, each student completes at least one major research paper and a professional portfolio, demonstrating mastery and growth. Author: Please contact Patricia Clark, Director of Teaching and Learning at CCASN, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives
Course objectives include the following:
➢ Identify patterns of the American education system as it has developed from European precedents to the present, as well as understand the impact of different philosophical systems on our education system.
➢ Analyze the relationship between educational theory and actual classroom practice through various readings, films, and focused activities including observation-based field experiences.
➢ Compare and contrast the professional and ethical aspects of teaching.
➢ Explain the school as an agent of socialization, a basic cultural institution that serves and values a diverse population.
➢ Apply knowledge of the philosophical theories of American education and begin to cultivate a philosophic perspective on life in schools.
➢ Understand the changes that innovations in technology bring to the classroom.
➢ Identify the characteristics of effective teachers. ➢ Examine the critical issues for the contemporary teacher, specifically
regarding employment opportunities and the required knowledge base, in addition to how our changing educational system will impact the future of teaching.
➢ Understand some basic yet critical issues regarding characteristics of today’s students
Description of Activities
Choose specific projects and essays that demonstrate mastery or growth related to any of the learning outcomes identified for this course for inclusion in a professional portfolio. In addition to gaining knowledge and skills in educational psychology, students will learn to:
* take notes efficiently and effectively
* access, interpret, select, synthesize, use, and integrate information and data from a variety of sources
*communicate effectively in appropriate and accurate written and oral forms
* analyze and frame tasks, problems, and issues; develop and successfully implement action plans; achieve resolutions/ solutions
* identify and evaluate material with conflicting conclusions
* monitor personal progress, identify own strengths and weaknesses and implement ways of improving her/his own learning.
*participate in observations, field work in K-12 classrooms.
Culminating Activity and/or Assessment
Develop a professional portfolio
Instructional Materials Needed
Computers, internet access, textbooks, optional supplementary materials
Instructional Materials Provided
Detailed course outline, classroom activities, handouts, lecture slides, etc. Also detailed documentation on connection to Common Core standards.
Curriculum type: Course
Academic subject areas: History/Social Sciences; Career-Technical Education; Career Exploration
States' Career Clusters: Education & Training
California Industry sector(s): Education, Child Development, and Family Services
Duration: 1 year
Grade Targets: 10, 11, 12
Levels of Expertise for CTE: Capstone/Advanced, Concentration/Skill building
Targeted Support Materials: Community Involvement, Industry Involvement
Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, NGSS, C3 or CTE Standards provided
Professional Development Requirements/Recommendations: CPA teachers wishing to add any CPA program status a-g course to their school's official a-g course list must participate in a half-day course-specific training offered through CDE.
Keywords: Education, teachers, history, elective
Organization/Publisher: California Partnership Academy (CPA)