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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Foundations of Education (EDU-501)


Varies (self-study; self-paced). 

Varies; distance learning format

September 2016 – Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: identify the causes of the increased professionalization of teaching in the United States today and the ramifications of this phenomenon; link educational philosophies to applied educational practices; describe the development of American education and the factors that have influenced it, from roots in classical western civilization through the current times; compare/contrast and apply different theories of education, curriculum and instruction; apply principles of multicultural education to classroom instruction; identify at-risk behaviors and proper responses to such behaviors; and identify methods that can decrease or remove racial, ethnic or gender gaps in education.


This graduate-level course is a broad study of the philosophical and social foundations of education in the United States. Students become proficient in terminologies, educational theories, practice and legislation relevant to the American educational system. Students link previously developed educational ideas to present practices and compare and contrast the benefits and deficiencies of the applications of these ideas.  After being exposed to this information, students are encouraged to implement these theories into practice. In addition to taking a final examination on course content, students are required to write two research papers on assigned topics and must successfully complete both of these assignments in order to receive credit recommendations. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in Education (9/16) (5/21 revalidation).