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Principles of Education
EDUC-200

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

Students will examine historical, philosophical, legal, and sociological principles of education. Emphasis will be placed on current issues and terminology in the field of education.

Requisites

Prerequisites: None

Rationale

The candidate will be introduced to major concepts in the field of education. This introduction will assist the candidate in developing and refining choices related to his/her involvement in education. The course will help the candidate determine his/her motivations for becoming a teacher, what vocational areas exist in education, and what he/she can expect to encounter in the educational field.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Analyze essential characteristics of professionalism and teaching skills.
  2. Evaluate some of the rewards and challenges in the teaching profession.
  3. Interpret cultural diversity and its influence on student learning.
  4. Appraise ways in which schools respond to challenges students face.
  5. Trace the historic roots of education while describing issues involving religion in America today.
  6. Compare philosophies of education.
  7. Describe the legal and ethical aspects of teaching.
  8. Determine the relationship among curricula, instruction, measurable standards, and assessments.
  9. Critique the impact that societal changes make on the education profession.

 

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resource, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

Ryan, K., Cooper, J., & Bolic, C.M. (2016). Those who can, teach (14th ed.). Boston, MA; Cengage.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. APA formatting information: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. In the Indroduction/Welcome Discussion Board you will have the opportunity to get to know your classmates. In Discussion Board Forum 1, 2–3 tips learned from viewing Blackboard tutorials or Online Writing Center presentations are applied. In Discussion Board Forum 2, the candidate must incorporate at least 2 citations and references (1 Scripture, 1 textbook) in current APA format in the thread and 1 course text citation in at least 1 of the 2 replies. (MLO: A, D, G, I)

APA Guideline Quiz

The candidate will complete an APA quiz to evaluate knowledge gained from the APA guideline sheet provided. This information will be valuable for the APA requirements for this course and assist in acclimating to APA requirements.

Video Lesson Evaluation

The candidate will view and evaluate 1 of 2 provided video lessons using a supplied form to articulate responses. The candidate will demonstrate knowledge of diverse students and differentiated instruction by answering, and critically analyzing, all the evaluative questions provided with no less than 30 words per question. (MLO: A, B, C, H)

Learning Strategies Reflection

The candidate will select and view 1 of the 4 provided videos. Each selection is of a teacher demonstrating a different learning strategy. The candidate will write at least 425 words in current APA format describing and reflecting on the effectiveness of the learning strategy. The video must be cited in current APA format and include a title page and reference page for this assignment. (MLO: A, B, C, H)

Select Your Own Assignment (SYOA)

Selection

The candidate will choose 1 of the assignments below to complete. (MLO: A, B, C, D, G, H, I)

  1. Board Meeting/PTO Meeting

The candidate will attend a school board, PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization), or faculty meeting. The candidate will then submit a report of at least 500 words in current APA format detailing different aspects of the meeting.

  1. Mock Teacher’s Application

The candidate will complete a fictional application for a teaching position. The candidate’s responses to the application template questions must total at least 500 words in current APA format.

Interview Assignment

The candidate will be required to create questions in addition to those provided, interview a teacher, and summarize the findings in the assignment template. This assignment will be submitted in 2 parts: submission of the questions and details of the interview and submission of the completed template that is based on the candidate’s interview responses. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)

Part 1

The candidate will create 5 open-ended questions in addition to the 5 provided in the course. These questions will be based on the textbook readings and used for the purpose of interviewing a teacher. These questions will require information about the interviewee and the assignment questions he/she will be asked.

Part 2

The candidate will conduct an interview of a teacher using all 10 questions from Part 1 and will complete the provided template that will showcase the questions and answers received. This will be posted in the discussion board area. The candidate will respond to the posts of at least 2 other classmates. Each reply must be at least 100 words. A textbook reference or biblical integration will be required in at least 1 reply. Current APA format must be ultilized.

Article Review

The candidate will locate an article on a given topic from the Phi Delta Kappan journal and give the selection. After reading the article, the candidate will write a review covering the required criteria as expressed to the candidate. The review must be at least 500 words and follow current APA style. A title and reference page in current APA format are required for this assignment. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, G, I)

Philosophy Essay

The candidate will write an essay explaining his/her philosophical view(s) based on the results of a calculated philosophy of education self-inventory found in Chapter 9 of the Ryan et al. textbook. This essay will include the application of the candidate’s philosophy to a given scenario. The essay must be at least 650 words and in current APA format. The essay must include 2 citations, 1 of which must come from the textbook, and 3 pieces of evidence to support the use of the philosophy in practical teaching methods in a classroom setting. A title and reference page in current APA format are required for this assignment. (MLO: E, F)

Final Essay

The candidate will complete an open-book/open-notes essay of at least 800 words in response to the given prompt as the cumulative activity for this course. It must also include 3 citations from the textbook in current APA format. A title and reference page in current APA format are required for this assignment. (MLO: A, B, D, I)

Quizzes (5)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and have a 90 minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (2 at 60 pts)

120

APA Guideline Quiz

20

Video Lesson Evaluation

50

Learning Strategies Reflection

65

Select Your Own Assignment

Board Meeting/PTO Meeting

OR

Mock Teacher’s Application

75

 

 

 

Interview Assignment

Part 1

Part 2

 

20

90

Phi Delta Kappan Article Selection

5

Phi Delta Kappan Article

65

Philosophy Essay

100

Final Essay

140

Quiz (5 at 50 pts ea)

250

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

EDUC 200

Textbook: Ryan, et al. Those Who Can, Teach. (2016).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Ryan, et al.: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

1 article

2 websites

1 document

Course Requirements Checklist

Introduction/Welcome DB

Advising Guide Acknowledgement

DB Forum 1

APA Guideline Quiz

10

0

0

60

20

2

Ryan, et al.: chs. 3–4

Select Video

Video Lesson Evaluation

Quiz 1

50

50

3

Ryan, et al.: chs. 5–6

1 presentation

Select Video

1 tutorial

Learning Strategies Reflection

Interview Assignment – Part 1

Phi Delta Kappan Article Selection

Quiz 2

65

20

5

50

4

Ryan, et al.: chs. 7–8

3 presentations

DB Forum 2

Phi Delta Kappan Article Review

60

65

5

Ryan, et al.: chs. 9–10

1 presentation

Philosophy Essay

Quiz 3

100

50

6

Ryan, et al.: chs. 11–12

1 presentation

Interview Assignment – Part 2

Quiz 4

90

50

7

Ryan, et al.: chs. 13–14

1 presentation

Final Essay

Quiz 5

140

50

8

Ryan, et al.: ch. 15

2 presentations

SYOA – Board Meeting/PTO Meeting or Mock Teacher’s Application

75

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

SYOA = Select Your Own Assignment

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.