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EDUC 1045 - Orientation to Education

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3Lab None
Course Description: This course is designed to introduce potential teachers/paraeducators to the foundations of the American education system. Throughout this course students will examine the teaching profession through the historical, philosophical, social, curricular, and assessment foundations of education. Students may have the opportunity to participate in field experience activities in K-12 schools. Students must provide their own transportation. A Minnesota Human Services background study with no restrictions may be required.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement in RDNG 1000  or completion of RDNG 0900  or RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. The Teaching Profession Learning to teach
  2. Historical and Philosophical Foundations Historical development of education Pioneers in education Philosophical roots
  3. Social Foundations Multicultural education Ethical and legal issues Governmental funding
  4. Curricular Foundations Curriculum and instruction Individual student needs Community of learning Technology
  5. Assessment Foundations Formal and informal Standards-based

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. describe the daily world of teachers and students from a teacher¿s perspective.
  2. describe the elements that shape the foundations of the American education system i.e. historical, philosophical, legal, and financial.
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the structure, culture, and curriculum of a K-12 public school through structured field experience.
  4. define terminology related to the field of education.
  5. apply learning styles theory in supporting instructional practices.
  6. apply ethical practices for confidential communication about students.
  7. describe the challenges and expectations of various learning environments.
  8. describe the areas of exceptionality in learning, including learning disabilities, perceptual difficulties, and special physical or mental challenges, gifts, and talents.
  9. apply different motivational strategies that are likely to encourage continuous development of individual learner abilities.

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