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Introduction to Urban Education and Reflective Practice (EDUC 1500)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 2
Lab Credits: 1

Description: This course gives prospective educator's perspective on the rewards and challenges of teaching. You will discuss a historical survey of schooling and educational philosophies in the United States. You will discuss current issues facing students, teachers, schools, districts and communities. You will learn strategies for working with and engaging families and communities. You will be expected to critically observe and participate in K-12 schools and community life for at least 30 hours outside of the course time as a requirement for successfully completing the course. Must be taken A-F.

Topical Outline:
1. History of Schooling in the US
2. Philosophies of Education & Practical Implications
3. Current Trends in Educational Policy (laws and funding, charter schools, early childhood education, testing, including the foundations of the “achievement gap," etc.)
4. The Reflective Practitioner
5. The Legal, Ethical, Moral Responsibilities of the Profession
6. Role of Families & the Community in Schooling

Learning Outcomes:
1. Reflect on and evaluate personal educational history on their approach to teaching and learning
2. Trace and describe the historical foundations and philosophical roots of education through multiple lenses and experiences
3. Contrast different educational philosophies, analyze how these philosophies practically would function and justify their personal educational philosophy
4. Use critical discourse analysis to explore how local and federal education policy produces the potential for disparate outcomes with regard to race, gender, class, and other markers of identity 
5. Outline the path to licensure, the legal and ethical responsibilities, and the on-going professional duties of being an educator
6. Demonstrate an understanding of socioeconomic contexts that affect urban schooling and urban communities, principally in relation to issues of race, class, and the distribution of opportunity

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042