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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:

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.

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Additional criteria

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

Source: Colleague

Organization/Publisher: California Partnership Academy (CPA)

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