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SPED 200. Introduction to Education

Credits: 3
Department: Special Education
Description: Introduces students to the broad field of education including focus on children and families, the role of the teacher, the role of schools and educational programs in communities and the broader society, history and philosophy of education, educational futures, teacher education knowledge base, and contemporary issues. Same as CFS/ED 200.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the history of the U. S. educational system and how its philosophy has changed and evolved since its inception.
2. Define the role of a teacher as a public employee and the responsibility for obtaining and maintaining licensure.
3. Articulate the role of schools as an organization within the larger community context.
4. Identify the relevant aspects of the systems within which the teacher operates.
5. Evaluate how curricular emphases differ within the context of cultural and global changes.
6. Identify student rights and teacher responsibilities to obtain equal and appropriate educational opportunities for all students.
7. Identify factors in a student`s environment outside school; including family circumstances, community environments, health and economic conditions that may influence student learning.
8. Describe issues related to confidentiality, privacy, and appropriate treatment of students.
9. Describe situations of known or suspected abuse or neglect that would require mandated reporting.
10. Apply the standards of professional conduct in the Code of Ethics for Minnesota teachers to classroom situations.






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