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Education 101: Foundations of Education

Course Category: 
Location: 

Various; distance learning format.

Length: 

30 hours (12 weeks).

Dates: 

December 2014 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: summarize education in colonial times, the Freedmen's Bureau, school desegregation, the impact of the Space Race on math and science education, modern divisions of public schools and standardized testing efforts in the 21st century; examine the impact of several well-known pioneers in the field of education throughout history and modernity; break down the major thinkers and theories presented by Jerome Bruner, Alfred Binet, B.F. Skinner and Howard Gardner, Bloom's Taxonomy, the Eight Stages of Psycho-social Development, Piaget's Cognitive Development theory and Thorndike's behavioral theory; appraise philosophies as behaviorism, constructivism, critical theory and humanism and present practical teaching applications for information processing theory, Jeffersonianism, pragmatism, realism and progressivism; explain the impact of A Nation at Risk, the Education For All Handicapped Children's Act, Goals 2000 and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Morrill Land-Grant Acts and discusses No Child Left Behind and Title IX; compare and contrast the role of the local Board of Education, the state and federal government play in public education; describe the function and purpose of Individualized Education Plans, Section 504 regulations for public schools, and current efforts in improving gender equality in education; and Identify requirements and political activism of the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers.

Instruction: 

Major topics include: history of education in the United States; pioneers of education; psychology's impact on education; major philosophies of education; education court cases, legislation, and federal documents; special and inclusive education; and national professional organizations in education.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Teacher Education Pre-K-12 (12/16). 

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