Maricopa Community Colleges  EDU221   20026-20055 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 06/25/02

EDU221  20026-20055


3 Credit(s)

3 Period(s)

Introduction to Education

Overview of education and educational institutions in our society, including current issues, responsibilities, and qualifications of educators. Opportunity for students to assess their interest in this area. Prerequisites: None.


Course Note: Requires minimum of 30 hours of field experience in elementary or secondary classroom environment.


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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:



EDU221  20026-20055

Introduction to Education



Articulate arguments and reasons for and against choosing education as a career. (I, II)


Evaluate statistics, trends, and personal motives when considering education as a career. (I, II)


Explain the system of funding public education in Arizona. (III)


Identify and explain the current issues confronting public education. (III)


Trace the historic events that have shaped American education. (IV)


Compare and contrast American public education with that of other countries. (V)


Explain and evaluate the major philosophies of education. (VI)


Participate as a volunteer teacher aide for a minimum of 30 hours. (VII)


Describe and evaluate the experience of being a volunteer teacher aide. (VII)


List and explain appropriate classroom management strategies for a variety of situations. (VII)



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MCCCD Official Course Outline:



EDU221  20026-20055

Introduction to Education



I. Education as a Career Choice

A. Necessary preparation and credentials

B. Status of educators in American society

C. Personal gratifications

D. Related careers

E. Self-assessment

II. Statistics and Trends Influencing Education

A. Student/teacher ratios

B. Analysis of results of national polls

C. Enrollment

D. Geographic areas

E. Attitudes toward the public schools

F. Others

III. Challenges Confronting the Public Schools

A. Financial issues in public education

1. Federal

2. State

3. Local

B. Decline of academic standards and resulting public reaction

C. Violence and vandalism in the schools

D. Drugs in the schools

E. Multicultural and social challenges

F. Bilingual education

G. Ethical dilemmas

H. Others

IV. Historic Background of American Education

A. 1787-1899

1. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787

2. The Massachusetts Compulsory Attendance Law (1852)

3. Kindergarten movement begins in 1873

4. John Dewey at the University of Chicago (1894)

5. Other significant events and figures

B. 1900-Present

1. The G.I. Bill of Rights in 1944

2. Brown vs. Topeka (1954)

3. Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965)

4. Native American Acts (1972-75)

5. Bilingual Education Act (1964)

6. Public Law 94-142 (1975)

7. Vocational Education Act (1984)

8. Other significant events and figures

V. Comparative Education in a World Context

A. The European scene

B. Third World countries

C. Japanese education

D. Other significant events and figures

VI. Major Philosophies of Education

A. Perennialism

B. Essentialism

C. Progressivism

D. Social reconstructionism

E. Existentialism

F. Other philosophies

VII. The Teacher Aide

A. Roles and tasks of a teacher aide

B. Climate of the school and the classroom

C. Relations with professional staff

D. Field experience

E. Classroom management techniques

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