Based on the current ideas about teaching in America today, this course is a practical introduction to the teaching profession. It explores the knowledge attitudes, behaviors, and skills of good teachers and provides a realistic foundation for understanding the field of education and teaching as a profession. Students build a foundation of self-knowledge, knowledge of education as an institution and as a career, knowledge of teaching competencies and of issues in education. Students are required to spend a minimum of 12 hours in an elementary or secondary school classroom observing and recording child behaviors.

In this course, students learn to be reflective educators by documenting and assessing student learning, analyzing classroom management strategies, collecting information relating to instruction, and evaluating professional relations to support the process of teaching and learning. This course is a one-hour lecture for a full semester and complements the fieldwork requirements of the courses in the Education degree programs.

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