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EDC 250 - Introduction to Teaching

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Introduction to teaching as a profession in the United States educational system. Includes professional teaching standards, school governance, and various perspectives on education (including historical, philosophical, social, legal, and ethical issues). Also includes an introduction to lesson planning, data literacy, and school culture and climate.

Information: Post-Degree Teacher Certification Program approval is required before enrolling in this course. 

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the history of education in the United States. (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) 10; Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 6)
  2. Identify ethical and legal issues in education. (InTASC 9; CEC 6)
  3. Describe strategies to promote a positive school culture & climate. (InTASC 3; CEC 2)
  4. Explain data literacy and assessment literacy. (InTASC 6; CEC 4)
  5. Identify components of Essential Elements of Instruction. (InTASC 7; CEC 6)
  6. Develop a professional learning plan. (InTASC 9; CEC 6)

  1. Teaching as a Profession
    1. Standards Continuum Guide for Reflective Teaching Practice
    2. Rewards and challenges of teaching
    3. Teachers as lifelong learners
  2. Student Diversity
    1. Understanding student differences
    2. Culturally responsive pedagogy
    3. Impact of diversity on instructional decision making
    4. Strategies for accessing learners’ prior knowledge and interests
    5. Encouraging learners to respect and value each other
  3. History of Education
    1. History of education in the U.S.
    2. Educational reforms in the U.S.
    3. Standards and accountability
      1. No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
      2. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
      3. Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
      4. Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS)
    4. Alternative school settings
  4. School Governance and Ethics
    1. Governing entities in the U.S. school system
    2. Educational funding
    3. Ethical and legal issues in education
      1. Code of ethics
      2. FERPA
      3. Mandatory reporting
  5. School Culture and Climate
    1. Culture vs. climate
    2. Characteristics of effective teachers
    3. Strategies for creating positive learning environments
    4. Creating a communal atmosphere
    5. Classroom management
  6. Data Literacy
    1. Data literacy vs. assessment literacy
    2. Formative vs. summative assessment
    3. Portfolios, rubrics, & performance assessments
    4. Teacher feedback
    5. Students’ role in data-driven instruction
      1. Students analyzing their own data
      2. Students setting learning goals
  7. Lesson Planning
    1. Essential Elements of Instruction (EEI)
    2. Student engagement
    3. Technology integration
  8. Professional Learning
    1. Reasons for entering the teaching profession
    2. Strategies for remaining in the profession
    3. Using student/parent feedback to improve practice
    4. Setting professional goals

Effective Term:
Spring 2021