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Course Syllabus

Course: EDUC 1010

Division: Social and Behavioral Science
Department: Education and Family Studies
Title: Introduction to Education

Semester Approved: Fall 2019
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2024
End Semester: Summer 2025

Catalog Description: The primary focus of this course is to educate students on the attributes of an effective professional teacher and also introduces the field of Education. Opportunities for assessment of personal qualifications are provided through self-analysis, discussion and experience as an observer/aide for a minimum of 24 hours in public school classrooms. This course also includes discussions of the history of American education, and the roles of various professionals engaged in education.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 2; Lab: 2

Justification: This course is a required course for all education majors. It serves as an introduction to the career as a professional educator and is offered at each of the USHE sister institutions. It is a perquisite to most university teacher-education programs and recommended in others. It has a common course number with most colleges and universities in the State of Utah system. (Southern Utah University - EDUC 1010; University of Utah - TL 1010; Utah State University - TEAL 1010; Utah Valley State College - EDEL 1010; Dixie State College - EDUC 1010; Weber State University - EDUC 1010).

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to recognize and discuss the importance of the Utah Effective Teaching Standards in helping teachers be more effective in the classroom.  The outcome will be assessed through class discussion and lab observation.

Students will be able to discuss the importance of problem solving and reflection for the professional teacher.  This will be assessed through lab observation, group work, and written assignment.

Students will be able to describe three strategies from classroom observation.  The strategies will be assessed through written assignment.

Students will gain the knowledge to begin to create a professional portfolio that will be used throughout their educational experience.  Students will be assessed through written assignment and research.

Students will evaluate their knowledge on the opportunities available for teachers to increase their effectiveness and continue their professional growth.  This outcome will be assessed through written assignment and group discussion.

Conceptual topics would include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Teaching: Your Chosen Profession
• Learning to Teach
• Ideas and Events That Have Shaped Education in the United States
• Social Realities Confronting Today's Schools?
• Struggles for Control of Schools in the United States
• Ethical and Legal Issues in Education in the United States
• Teaching Diverse Learners
• Addressing Learner's Individual Needs
• Creating a Community of Learners
• Developing and Implementing the Curriculum
• Teaching with Technology
• Teachers as Educational Leaders
• Your First Teaching Position
The lab portion of this class will include students having the opportunity to observe teachers in a real classroom dealing with real classroom situations and formulate ideas about classroom management, content delivery and the real world of teaching. They will also evaluate what they learn from the course and the text in terms of real world application.

Key Performance Indicators:
Class attendance & participation 0 to 20%

Exams 30 to 40%

Assignments 15 to 20%

Lab Observation/Journals 20 to 30%

Representative Text and/or Supplies:
The Essential 55: by Ron Clark

I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever had: by Tony Danza

Teach Like Your Hair is on Fire: by Rafe Esquith

Additional materials will be provided on Canvas.

Pedagogy Statement:
This course is taught by class lecture, class discussion, written assignment, exam, and lab observations. This class provides students with a realistic, engaging, hands-on experiences, and academically informative introduction to the discipline of education.

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Maximum Class Size: 35
Optimum Class Size: 25