EDUC 1128

Fall 2014

I. Course Information

Course Number: EDUC 1128

Course Title: Foundations of Modern Education

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite(s): None

Division and Discipline: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Education


Course Description: This course is designed to provide the student with the groundwork for entering the teaching profession. The course will address itself to the real issues in education and place the emphasis on where the action is and where it appears likely to be in education. Supervised laboratory experiences are an integral part of the course.


Instructor Information: Ange Sullivan
Email: sullivana@bartonccc.edu
Phone: 785-784-6606 leave message
Office Hours: Determined as needed

II. Classroom Policy

Students and faculty of Barton County Community College constitute a special community engaged in the process of education. The college assumes that its students and faculty will demonstrate a code of personal honor that is based upon courtesy, integrity, common sense, and respect for others, both within and outside the classroom.


All students are required to produce their own work unless the activity has been designated a collaborative activity by the instructor. Any student(s) found to be guilty of dishonest course work risk losing credit for that particular activity. The college reserves the right to suspend a student for conduct that is detrimental to the college’s educational endeavors as outlined in the college catalog.


Plagiarism on any academic endeavors at Barton County Community College will not be tolerated. Learn the rules of and avoid instances of intentional or unintentional plagiarism.


Anyone seeking an accommodation under provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act should notify the Student Support Services.

III. Course as Viewed in the Total Curriculum

This course serves as an introduction to the field of education as it exists. It provides the student with the necessary background to make a knowledgeable decision as to whether they should enter the teaching profession. It traces the development of education from its beginnings in the U.S. and attempts to project them into the future.

IV. Assessment of Student Learning

Barton County Community College assesses student learning at several levels: institutional, program, degree and classroom. The goal of these assessment activities is to improve student learning. As a student in this course, you will participate in various assessment activities. Results of these activities will be used to improve the content and delivery of Barton’s instructional program.


Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the motivations for entering the teaching profession.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the process of being licensed to teach, and find a teaching job.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of a profession as it relates to the teaching profession
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and characteristics of effective teaching and schools.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of educational philosophy.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical and legal aspects of teaching.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical aspects of education.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of the themes of American education and current theories for school improvement
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of school governance and finance.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum types and concepts.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and trends in elementary, middle, and secondary schools.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge of the profile of and problems associated with American students.
  13. Demonstrate knowledge of the problems associated with American schools.
  14. Demonstrate knowledge of the possible solutions to the problems in American education.

V. Course Competencies

History of Educational Development in America

  1. Describe and/or identify the significance of the key figures in education.
  2. Describe and/or identify the signifcance of key educational terms.
  3. Contrast elementary education in the American Colonial Period 1620-1774 between the New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies.
  4. Describe and/or identify the significance of John Dewey's Progressive Education Principles on American education.
  5. Describe and/or identify how changes in American society has affected education since World War II.
  6. Compare and contrast key topics in education.
  7. Describe the history of education in cultural areas.
  8. Describe and/or identify the significance of Kansas’ Quality Performance Accreditation (QPA).
  9. Describe the “Nation at Risk” report and discuss its significance.


The Development of American Educational Philosophies and the Types of Schools That Have Resulted

  1. Discuss and/or identify the differences between: education and schooling.
  2. Discuss and/or identify what studies reveal about the nature of schools.
  3. Discuss and/or identify the characteristics of an “effective school”.
  4. Describe the major aspects of terms and how they relate to education.
  5. Describe the major aspects of John Dewey’s educational philosophy.
  6. Describe how current education trends relate to educational philosophies.
  7. Formulate a personal educational philosophy.


How Schools are Governed, Financed and Influenced

  1. Discuss and/or identify the significance of the national profile of local school board members, superintendents, and principals in contrast to public school populations.
  2. Discuss and/or identify the role of property taxes and mill levies as they relate to funding of public schools.


School Curriculum: Development and Influences