Introduction to the Teaching Profession

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Course Description:
This is a survey course including historical, sociological, and philosophical foundations of education, governance and finance of education, educational policies, legal, moral and ethical issues and the profession of teaching. Students will be provided information on the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices, state-adopted standards, and the Professional Educator Competencies. The students will complete a minimum of 15 hours of field-based experience with students in schools.

Course Details


Mackenzie Johnson




Required textbooks/ course materials:

Sadker, D.M., and Zittleman, K.R. Teachers, Schools, and Society (Florida Edition), 10th ed.  New York: McGraw Hill. ISBN: 9780077411152


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

E – 1   Designs and plans effective instructional lessons.

E – 2   Maintains a student-centered learning environment that is safe, organized, equitable, flexible, inclusive and collaborative.

E – 3   Delivers and facilitates effective instruction.

E – 4   Analyzes and applies data from multiple assessments to diagnose learning needs and inform instruction.

E – 5   Designs purposeful professional goals for continuous improvement to strengthen instructional effectiveness and impact student learning.

E – 6   Practices professional responsibility and ethical conduct and fulfills expected obligations to students, the public, and the education profession.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Relate historical trends to today’s educational practices
  • Identify key factors associated with effective schools and teachers
  • Identify the legal aspects of education and how governance, laws, and policies are enacted at the local, state, and federal level
  • Compare and contrast key educational philosophies and their influence on education
  • Identify local, state, and federal sources of funding and how each affects education
  • Identify major rights and responsibilities of teachers and students
  • Describe the attributes of a professional educator
  • Identify characteristics of ethical behavior in teaching and how they relate to appropriate decision making
  • Identify key social factors that impact learning
  • Discuss career options in education

E-1, E-2, E-3, E-4, E-5, E-6

Pre- and Post-Tests, Case Study, Discussion Board, Practicum, Project, Report/Presentation, Skills Demonstration, Writing Assignments, Objective Tests, Unit Tests, Quizzes, Final Exam


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Attend and participate in class regularly.
  • Read all assigned material before class.
  • Study in-class notes and on-line materials.
  • Complete assigned projects in a timely manner to enable reflections and revisions on the final product.
  • Collaborate with peers and other education professionals.


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