Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen (Both semesters/3 credits)
A study of American education today as viewed from historical, philosophical and social perspectives. Emphasis is placed on what constitutes effective teaching and learning. Major themes include productive learning environments, planning for effective instruction, models for instructional delivery and assessment for all learners and teaching within an organizational context. Students in this foundations course demonstrate proficiency in technology productivity and communication skills, as well as safe and ethical uses of technology. Includes a half day per week course-related field experience in a PDS for early childhood education, dual certification in elementary and special education and secondary education. This course is for students considering a major in education. The field placement experience is mandatory.