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MTE/516

Foundations of the Professional Educator

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Foundations of the Professional Educator

Course level: EDU Graduate

This course introduces teaching as both an art and a science. Teacher candidates will examine the historical foundations of education as well as current issues and trends. Candidates will reflect on their dispositions and motivations to teach and will explore basic philosophies, professionalism, and legal and ethical ramifications in education. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming and individuals who reside outside the United States.

Prerequisites

This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Analyze the evolution of American education.
  • Explain the current organizational structure of the American educational system.
  • Examine the role of government and community in education.

Week 2

  • Examine certification requirements for your state.
  • Explain the significance of teacher standards in professional practice.
  • Explain the legal and ethical responsibilities of teachers.

Week 3

  • Examine the philosophical foundations and principles of education.
  • Describe the relationship between educational philosophies and classroom practice.
  • Assess the role of teacher dispositions and motivation in student learning.
  • Develop a personal philosophy of education.

Week 4

  • Analyze current issues and trends in education.
  • Examine school choice considerations for parents.
  • Discuss the implications of state standards on teaching.
  • Describe the role of assessment in teaching.
  • Describe the effects technological advancements have made on education.

Week 5

  • Describe the challenges of teaching in today’s diverse classrooms and schools.
  • Discuss the impact a teacher’s own bias and personal beliefs have on teaching practice.
  • Assess the benefits multicultural education has on student learning.
  • Explore ways to create an inclusive classroom environment.

Week 6

  • Describe how teacher participation in professional development enhances student learning.
  • Describe methods for collaborating with stakeholders to enhance learning.
  • Examine practices that lead to becoming a reflective practitioner in the field of education.

Prerequisite details

Prerequisites details

A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process.

To meet a course prerequisite requirement, a student must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Successfully completed the prerequisites course at University of Phoenix

  • Provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution.

  • Have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.

Prepare your documents

During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution, be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript.

Still have questions?

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Why UOPX

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University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) or its predecessor 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.

 

Next steps

Start a conversation about your future with an enrollment representative today.

Start a conversation about your future with an enrollment representative today.

Transfer credit

Credit Transfer

Need to transfer credits to another college or university?

Before you enroll in a course, check with your school of choice to make sure they will accept our transfer credits and to understand any requirements or limitations. Then you can complete your course, and request your official transcript be sent to your school. That’s it!

How to request your transcripts

Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice. If you have a question contact us at (866) 354-1800.

The University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses. Although our continuing teacher education courses are accepted by some state agencies in the United States toward teacher certifications and endorsements, this may not be the case in all states or foreign jurisdictions. If you plan to use courses for certification or endorsement, please check with your own state agency and your school district for applicability. Continuing teacher education courses are not eligible to apply to degree programs at University of Phoenix. These courses are not eligible for federal financial aid. Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice. While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative. If you have a question contact us at (866) 354-1800.

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