Foundations of Education – COSC 604

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is a comprehensive survey of the historical development of education. Emphasis is placed on American education and the emergence of the Christian School Movement.


(COUC 504 or EDCE 504 or CMHC 504 or COUN 504) and (COUC 522 or EDCE 522 or COUN 522 or CMHC 522) and (COSC 501 or EDCE 501) and (COSC 505 or EDCE 505) and (COSC 512 or EDCE 512) and (COSC 611 or EDCE 611) and (COSC 660 or EDCE 660) and (COSC 661 or EDCE 661) and (COUC 698 or COUN 698 or CMHC 698 or EDCE 698)


Professional school counselors should have an understanding of the historical and philosophical foundations of education so that they can evaluate educational trends, articulate their own personal philosophy of education in context of existing theories, and practice in the profession with intentionality.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Analyze the history of school counseling and the history of education from various cultural perspectives.
  2. Apply a biblical worldview to learning theories and educational developments.
  3. Discuss how educational theories and practices serve each other in historical contexts.
  4. Compare public, private, Christian, and home schools and their socio-cultural contexts.
  5. Critique various interruptions of the history of education.
  6. Discuss the ultimate moral purpose and proposed nature of education.
  7. Discuss national mandates and how they impacted education and society.
  8. Describe change and stability in education and society
  9. Analyze the role and effectiveness of the school counselor.
  10. Discuss the ethical standards in school counseling.
  11.  Evaluate spirituality in school counseling

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

See the directions in the Discussion Board Forum.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, for each forum, the candidate will provide a thread presenting a thought-provoking question for the rest of the class. In addition to the thread, the candidate will reply to 1 classmates’ thread. Replies must go beyond simple agreement by extending discussion of the topic. Each thread must be a minimum of 200 words, and each reply must be a minimum of 150 words. All writing must comply with current APA format, including in-text citations and references. (MLO: A and K)

You will post a 2–3-minute video thread following your weekly readings. In your video, discuss the prompts listed each week of the video discussion board. You will also post a 1-minute video reply to the video threads of at least 1 of your classmates. Submit your video thread by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of Module/Week 2, and submit your video replies by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the same module/week (MLO: I, J, and K)

The student will take 8 quizzes corresponding to Topics 1–8 in the Faith, Freedom, and Public Schools Online Module. Each quiz will consist of 5 questions and have a 10-minute time limit. (MLO: D, G, H)

Two open-book/open-notes quizzes are assigned during this course. Each quiz will contain 25 questions. The candidate will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete each quiz. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K)

Pre-writing assignments are portions of the Biblical Worldview Paper and the Educational Philosophy Paper submitted prior to the final assignment.  These will be peer-reviewed in the discussion board forum. (MLO: B, F)

After receiving an e-mail from ProEthica with access information, students will complete the online scenarios. ProEthica is not a product you need to purchase.  It is part of the course fee that you pay.  Liberty University will register you for it through Educational Testing Services.  You will receive an e-mail notifying you of the access information. (MLO: F)

See specific directions and rubric in Blackboardfor this 4-page paper.  It is a paper conveying an understanding of a biblical worldview and the implications of such on the field of education. (MLO: B)

The candidate will write 5 statements on each of the School of Education SCRIP dispositions: Social Responsibility, Commitment/Work Ethic, Reflection, Integrity, and Professionalism.  The instructor’s assessment will include a review of the assignment submission and also consideration of how the candidate displayed the dispositions throughout the course.  (MLO: F)

See specific directions and rubric in Blackboard for this 5-page paper. The paper will relate a personal philosophy of education in the context of course content. (MLO: A, B, C, and H)