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Foundations of Education




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course introduces students to the teaching profession. Historical foundations, professionalism, the role of technology, and trends and issues in education are introduced. Students will examine personal reasons for wanting to teach and will create a personal philosophy of education. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of  Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, New York, Wisconsin, Wyoming  and individuals who reside outside the United States.



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Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Describe the evolution of American education from the colonial period to the present.
  • Identify the current organizational structure of the American educational system.
  • Summarize government involvement in education at both the state and federal level.

Week 2

  • Identify current issues and trends in education.
  • Examine the various opportunities available for educating students.
  • Investigate limitations associated with school choice.
  • Analyze trends in effective educational practices.

Week 3

  • Examine the philosophical foundations and principles of education.
  • Relate specific educational philosophy to classroom practice.
  • Develop a personal philosophy of education.
  • Relate the National Education Association (NEA) Code of Ethics to personal beliefs about teaching.

Week 4

  • Describe how technological advancements have influenced education.
  • Critique technological tools and applications for meaningful use in the educational setting.

Week 5

  • Explain the professional responsibilities and conduct of an elementary teacher.
  • Describe professional development opportunities for elementary teachers.
  • Identify state, national, and program standards for teachers.


Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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