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Introduction to Education

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EDN 101

       Course Name: Introduction to Education

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides overview of American professional and a public education.  Content includes perspectives of social, historical, and philosophical foundations for examination of current issues, policies, trends in education, including cultural diversity, organizational structure, finance, law and ethics.  Course includes fifteen hours in local school setting.

IV.   Learning Objectives

On successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

A.    evaluate teaching as a profession and analyze the impact of various social forces on the practicing teacher.

B.    explain historical, philosophical and sociological influences on education.

C.    relate basic sociological concepts to American society and American schools.

D.    demonstrate a knowledge of prevalent organization and governance patterns in education systems.

E.    define federal, state, and local responsibilities for education.

F.    identify and discuss current and emerging issues in education.

G.    demonstrate a knowledge of the meaning and benefits of multicultural education.

H.    demonstrate knowledge of basic needs, characteristics, and behavioral patterns in the teaching/learning process.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Foundations of American Education
1.    Philosophical
2.    Historical
3.    Sociological

B.    The System
1.    American Public Education
2.    Key Positions
3.    Legal Rights and Responsibilities

C.    The Student
1.    Cultural Pluralism in the Student Body
2.    Characteristics of Individual Students

D.    Curriculum and Instruction
1.    Organization
a.    objectives
b.    nature of subject matter
c.    method and content selection
d.    evaluation

E.    Current Trends and Issues in Public American Education

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, role-play, discussion, use of appropriate audiovisual materials.  May include observation supervised by certified teachers.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

A.    Reading:  Assigned text, trade book and periodical readings.

B.    Writing:  Students will be required to write for the class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded.  This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of journal articles, and/or a series of shorter, analytical papers.

C.    Oral presentations:  Individual and/or group work reporting.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Varies by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students will be graded on their written work, including exams and in class assignments or projects.  Individual instructors may require additional work such as individual or group presentations.

XI.   Other Course Information

A.    Attendance is expected and required.

B.    Late assignments, make-up exams, and incomplete grades are to be arranged at the instructor's discretion.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.