Introduction to Education
This is an introductory course for prospective education majors, designed to explore the teaching profession. Students will gain insight into the practical elements of becoming an educator through an overview of the foundational philosophies of education, best practices, classroom management, education law and policies and trends. Students will be introduced to Michigan standards and requirements for teacher certification. Students will complete 15 hours of relevant field work.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
- Reading: CPT 70 or above or ACT 18 or above.
- English: CPT 71 or above, ACT 18 or above.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Examine the roles and responsibilities of effective teachers.
- Explain key philosophies and principles that guide effective teaching and learning.
- Examine the effects of governmental laws and policies that impact K-12 school systems.
- Explain what it means to "optimize" students' learning.
- Compare and contrast different types of assessment, both formative and summative.
- Develop a comprehensive lesson plan.
- Develop a classroom management plan.
- Demonstrate the use of technology to enhance learning.
- Explain the importance of collaboration as a professional educator.
- Document personal observations of classroom behavior and interactions of students and the classroom teacher.
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