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 Course Title:   Intro to Education

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO TO EDUCATION

 Department:    EDUC&

 Course #:    202

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    131501

 EPC:    839

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Introduction to the history, philosophy, principles, learning theories, issues, and trends of education. Includes observations of educational models and exploration of career paths.


Prerequisite: Completed ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Social Sciences, Required for ATA degree, Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
EWU 201
Gonzaga 101
PLU 262 State and private four-year schools may provide different models for teacher prep, but all must meet OSPI requirements.
WWU 131

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Outline milestones in the history, philosophy and principles of education.
  2. Compare the educational philosophies and models of influential figures in the development of education.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of child development and their implications for program and instructional planning.
  4. Describe the professional role of the educator in the program setting and the relationship of the educator to the child, family and community.
  5. Identify factors that influence children's ability to learn.
  6. Demonstrate a familiarity with the laws, standards and policies regarding education locally, statewide and nationally.
  7. Articulate an understanding and appreciation for the diversity of learners and their cultural, social and community context.
  8. Discuss issues and trends that currently impact children, families, educators and educational programs.
  9. State his/her philosophy of education.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.1 Understand the impact of their own and other’s actions on local/global communities and environments and how those communities/environments affect them in turn.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.4 Use self-reflection to recognize and define a sense of self-identity in personal, social/gender, and/or cultural/global terms and in relationship to others.

Course Contents

  1. Characteristics of effective teachers.
  2. Sociological, cultural and historical perspectives on the functions of school.
  3. Trends in education.
  4. Philosophical & historical foundations and theories of education.
  5. Legal and ethical issues in teaching.
  6. Classroom management.
  7. Effective instructional strategies.
  8. The school curriculum.