This course is a critical and theoretical exploration of the "Foundations of Education" and engages students in observations, interactions, and analyses of critical and contemporary educational issues. Students will investigate issues influencing the social and political contexts of educational settings in Georgia, the United States, and globally. Students will actively examine the teaching profession from multiple vantage points both within and outside the school. Against this backdrop, students will reflect on and interpret the meaning of education and schooling in a diverse culture and examine the moral and ethical responsibilities of teaching in a democracy. Successful completion of 10 hours of field experience is required.
Degrees and Certificates
Fundamental knowledge of understanding culture and teaching children from diverse backgrounds. Specifically, this course is designed to examine the nature and function of culture; the development of individual and group cultural identity; definitions and implications of diversity; and the influence of culture on learning, development and pedagogy. Successful completion of 10 hours of field experience is required.
The study of educational psychology concepts through examination of learning and teaching processes, with the goal of applying this knowledge to enhance the learning of all students in a variety of educational settings and contexts. Successful completion of 10 hours of field experience is required.
Provides the student with the opportunity to gain a supervised experience in an actual work environment allowing demonstration of techniques obtained from course work. Internship topics include ethical, moral and professional conduct, effective communication skills, use of technology in the classroom, lesson delivery for varied genders, cultures, intellectual abilities, and/or varied learning styles. The student will observe, document, and assess the support of students and the teacher, deliver a group activity, and assist with the development and delivery of a classroom assessment.
Review of education as it pertains to the Georgia State certifications administered by Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE). Emphasis on the skills and knowledge in reading, writing, and math possessed by prospective and practicing professionals. This review will guide future educators in the certification of their ability and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction.