This course will focus on exploring today’s students in a diverse society and the qualities of effective educators. Other topics include the historical, legal, philosophical, social, and practical aspects of American education. Students will evaluate current educational trends, issues, and practices. They will also explore teaching as a career and what it means to be a professional. (3 credits)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Examine the major reasons why teachers teach and relate to personal intrinsic and extrinsic motivations to teach.
- Analyze the idea of schools as distinctive cultures and the role of schools in society.
- Identify and describe effective educational practices that consider diverse populations in the classroom.
- Identify critical social issues that directly influence the students’ academic success in the classroom.
- Explain current trends and issues related to curriculum in today’s schools.
- Describe the competencies, skills, and qualities of effective teachers.
- Discuss ways technology tools are used to enhance teaching and learning.
- Identify the ethical and legal issues facing teachers.
- Compare and contrast the essential philosophies of education.
- Begin to develop a personal philosophy of education.
- Identify various governing structures and funding sources for today’s schools.
- Outline career options available in the field of education.
- Discuss the issues facing new teachers related to administrators, colleagues, students, and families.
- Evaluate the developmental stages of teachers and how they relate to being a professional in the field of education.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Discipline Search.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8) 10 x 16 points each
Blogs (Weeks 1-8) 8 x 25 points each
Assignments (Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6) 5 x 50 points each
Infographic (Week 2)
Why Teach? Statement of Purpose
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Ryan, Cooper and Bolick.Those Who Can, Teach. 15th ed. Cengage Learning US, 2022. ISBN-13: 9780357518427
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignments|
Topic: School & Students, Part 1
Topic: School & Students, Part 2
Topic: Teachers, Part 1
Topic: Teachers, Part 2
Topic: Foundations & the Future, Part 1
Topic: Foundations & the Future, Part 2
Topics: The Teaching Profession, Part 1
Topics: The Teaching Profession, Part 2
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.