CCOG for ED 100 Summer 2024

Course Number:
ED 100
Course Title:
Introduction to Education
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Course Description

Introduces future educators to critical historical, societal, legal, ethical and equity issues that have shaped the US school system, as well as their implications for educators. Examines career options and pathways in the field of education. Includes student reflection on their own readiness for careers in education. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Analyze historical, legal, and ethical issues and patterns of the US education system as it has developed from colonial times to the present and their impact on schools today.
  • Analyze issues of equity and access as it pertains to different groups and how that has shaped US society.
  • Examine different career pathways in the educational system and reflect on individual readiness.
  • Create career and academic related profile for the education field (e.g. resume, cover letter, interviewing, etc)

Aspirational Goals

Students create legacy assignments that can be used beyond this course, in future ED 100 courses. Students will be encouraged to create assignments that draw on their strengths. Legacy assignments could include "how to videos" for future assignments, personal stories, power points, and illustrations of their learning. Students will be motivated to learn from other students.

Course Activities and Design

Course Design: if the course is taught fully online and asynchronously, students work their way through the modules. If the course is taught remotely and synchronously , students also work through modules, and collaborate through group work and presentations.

Activities include:

  • A series of films provides the main text for the course
  • Written assignments with options to complete presentations including: video, collage, brochure, visuals, and comics.
  • Group discussions
  • Group presentations
  • quizzes

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students’ progress will be evaluated and criteria for assigning a course grade by the following tools: written assignments, presentations, quiz, discussion/debate of current issues, portfolio of pre-employment materials, and attendance/participation.  Options for culturally appropriate presentations have been built into every assignment such as video, collage, brochure, visuals, and comics, allowing for diverse learners to best express themselves.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Students will:

  • Identify, analyze, and discuss legal, ethical and historical issues pertaining to US schools

  • Explore, reflect and discuss equity issues in education 

  • Describe the various roles of paraprofessional educators, teachers and other jobs in school settings.

  • Reflect on their own readiness and prepare: cover letter, resume, application and interview.

  • Analyze, reflect and learn how to use effective communication and conflict resolution strategies

Related Instruction

Human Relations
Hours: 90

The following activities will support learning and practice of course content:

  • Apply legal and ethical principles to school situations to determine appropriate responses.
  • Relate contemporary social, ethical and legal school issues to their historical context
  • Differentiate the various roles of educators and school personnel to enhance effective collaboration.
  • Demonstrate communication skills in situations relating to students, parents, and professional colleagues.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use reason, decision-making, and complex problem-solving in school-related situations especially those regarding ethics and confidentiality.
  • Gather and prepare pre-employment materials (e.g., resume, cover letter, interviewing) to present themselves as viable candidates in the workplace.