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EDUC 1045 - Orientation to Education

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab None
Course Description: The course is designed to introduce potential educators to the U.S. education system through historical, philosophical, social, curricular, and assessment foundations. Other topics include current theories in areas such as student learning, instructional strategies, and learning environment. Students are required to participate in 10 hours of field experience activities in K-12 schools and must provide their own transportation.  A Minnesota Human Services background study with no restrictions may be required.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Subject Matter
    1. educational principles
    2. belonging and family connectedness
  2. Student Learning
    1. developmental progressions
    2. developmental characteristics
    3. levels of readiness in learning
    4. strategies for organizing and supporting individual and group work
  3. Instructional Strategies
    1. cognitive processes
  4. Learning Environment
    1. motivation and behavior
  5. Communication
    1. sensitive communication
  6. Reflection and Personal Development
    1. history and philosophies of education
    2. implications for teachers
    3. reflective practice
    4. mindset
    5. professional dispositions
  7. Collaboration and Ethics and Relationships
    1. schools as organizations
    2. operations of systems
    3. influence of factors outside of school
    4. data practices
    5. mandatory reporting laws and rules
  8. Basic Skills Testing
    1. plan for passing exam
  9. Special Education legislation
    1. inclusion
    2. least restrictive environment
    3. individualized education programs
    4. disability areas

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

  1.  explain educational principles relevant to physical, social, emotional, moral, and cognitive development of young children.
  2.  examine the concepts of “belonging” and “family connectedness” as crucial to the development of young children.
  3. explain developmental progressions of learners and ranges of individual variation within the physical, social, emotional, moral, and cognitive domains.
  4. explain the cognitive processes associated with various kinds of learning and how these processes can be stimulated.
  5. explain human motivation and behavior.
  6. identify factors and situations that are likely to promote or diminish intrinsic motivation and strategies to help students become self-motivated.
  7. evaluate sensitive communication by and among all students.
  8. explain the historical and philosophical foundations of education.
  9. analyze schools as organizations within the larger community context and understand the operations of the relevant aspects of the systems within which the teacher works.
  10. examine how factors in a student’s environment outside of school, including family circumstances, community environments, health and economic conditions, may influence student life and learning.
  11. identify data practices.
  12. explain mandatory reporting laws and rules.
  13. plan for passing the MN NES EAS/Basic Skills testing–Reading, Writing and Math subtests.
  14. knowledge of the Special Education legislation to the classroom setting.
  15. apply developmental characteristics of students by age level, including physical, cognitive, emotional, and social characteristics.
  16. describe implications for teachers of gender, culture, language and socio-economic diversity.
  17. describe mindset and professional dispositions and their impact on the methods used in teaching children.
  18. explain an awareness of the process of reflective practice in teaching.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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