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Contemporary Issues In American Education

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This course provides an overview of the teaching profession. It introduces the student to the various issues affecting teachers. Its primary focus will be on contemporary issues teachers and educators face in today’s schools. Throughout the course, all aspects of the teaching profession will be incorporated from the diversity of students in the classroom, to school organization and governance, to teaching philosophies and instruction. This course provides a foundation for understanding the education profession.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9

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    Philosophical Foundations of Education

    • Contrast Eastern, Western, and Native North American ways of knowing.
    • Compare teacher- and student-centered instruction.
    • Compare behaviorist with constructivist learning theories.

    Personal Philosophy of Education

    • Relate a personal philosophy of education to classroom management.
    • Develop a plan to create an effective classroom environment.

    Standards-Based Education

    • Identify decision makers in curriculum development.
    • Summarize the educational implications of No Child Left Behind.
    • Discuss both positive and negative affects of teacher accountability in the classroom.

    Organization of Education

    • Describe the various funding issues for school districts.
    • Discuss the school choice options available to parents.
    • Identify the influence of district, state, and federal government decisions at the local school level.

    Curriculum Issues and Education

    • Assess strategies that accommodate the needs of English language learners.
    • Discuss the integration of technology in curriculum and instruction.

    Current Debates in Education

    • Debate a current issue in American education.

    Challenges and Opportunities in Teaching

    • Identify challenges and opportunities in teaching and how to overcome them.
    • Describe the value of diversity in the classroom.
    • Outline state requirements for teacher certification and licensure.

    Societal Issues in Education

    • Recognize social challenges students may face outside the classroom.
    • Identify the role of schools in society.
    • Describe elements that promote a multicultural learning environment.
    • Describe strategies for ensuring social justice in the classroom.

    Legal Issues in Education

    • Discuss issues with regard to separation of church and state in education.
    • Compare student rights to teacher responsibilities of maintaining a learning environment.
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