Principles of Education – EDUC 200

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

Course Description

Students will examine historical, philosophical, legal, and sociological principles of education. Emphasis will be placed on current issues and terminology in the field of education.

Prerequisites: None


The candidate will be introduced to major concepts in the field of education. This introduction will assist the candidate in developing and refining choices related to his/her involvement in education. The course will help the candidate determine his/her motivations for becoming a teacher, what vocational areas exist in education, and what he/she can expect to encounter in the educational field.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze essential characteristics of professionalism and teaching skills.
  2. Evaluate some of the rewards and challenges in the teaching profession.
  3. Interpret cultural diversity and its influence on student learning.
  4. Appraise ways in which schools respond to challenges students face.
  5. Trace the historic roots of education while describing issues involving religion in America today.
  6. Compare philosophies of education.
  7. Describe the legal and ethical aspects of teaching.
  8. Determine the relationship among curricula, instruction, measurable standards, and assessments.
  9. Critique the impact that societal changes make on the education profession.


Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. In the Indroduction/Welcome Discussion Board you will have the opportunity to get to know your classmates. In Discussion Board Forum 1, 2–3 tips learned from viewing Blackboard tutorials or Online Writing Center presentations are applied. In Discussion Board Forum 2, the candidate must incorporate at least 2 citations and references (1 Scripture, 1 textbook) in current APA format in the thread and 1 course text citation in at least 1 of the 2 replies. (MLO: A, D, G, I)

APA Guideline Quiz

The candidate will complete an APA quiz to evaluate knowledge gained from the APA guideline sheet provided. This information will be valuable for the APA requirements for this course and assist in acclimating to APA requirements.

Video Lesson Evaluation

The candidate will view and evaluate 1 of 2 provided video lessons using a supplied form to articulate responses. The candidate will demonstrate knowledge of diverse students and differentiated instruction by answering, and critically analyzing, all the evaluative questions provided with no less than 30 words per question. (MLO: A, B, C, H)

Learning Strategies Reflection

The candidate will select and view 1 of the 4 provided videos. Each selection is of a teacher demonstrating a different learning strategy. The candidate will write at least 425 words in current APA format describing and reflecting on the effectiveness of the learning strategy. The video must be cited in current APA format and include a title page and reference page for this assignment. (MLO: A, B, C, H)

Select Your Own Assignment (SYOA)


The candidate will choose 1 of the assignments below to complete. (MLO: A, B, C, D, G, H, I)

  1. Board Meeting/PTO Meeting

The candidate will attend a school board, PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization), or faculty meeting. The candidate will then submit a report of at least 500 words in current APA format detailing different aspects of the meeting.

  1. Mock Teacher’s Application

The candidate will complete a fictional application for a teaching position. The candidate’s responses to the application template questions must total at least 500 words in current APA format.

Interview Assignment

The candidate will be required to create questions in addition to those provided, interview a teacher, and summarize the findings in the assignment template. This assignment will be submitted in 2 parts: submission of the questions and details of the interview and submission of the completed template that is based on the candidate’s interview responses. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)

Part 1

The candidate will create 5 open-ended questions in addition to the 5 provided in the course. These questions will be based on the textbook readings and used for the purpose of interviewing a teacher. These questions will require information about the interviewee and the assignment questions he/she will be asked.

Part 2

The candidate will conduct an interview of a teacher using all 10 questions from Part 1 and will complete the provided template that will showcase the questions and answers received. This will be posted in the discussion board area. The candidate will respond to the posts of at least 2 other classmates. Each reply must be at least 100 words. A textbook reference or biblical integration will be required in at least 1 reply. Current APA format must be ultilized.

Article Review

The candidate will locate an article on a given topic from the Phi Delta Kappan journal and give the selection. After reading the article, the candidate will write a review covering the required criteria as expressed to the candidate. The review must be at least 500 words and follow current APA style. A title and reference page in current APA format are required for this assignment. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, G, I)

Philosophy Essay

The candidate will write an essay explaining his/her philosophical view(s) based on the results of a calculated philosophy of education self-inventory found in Chapter 9 of the Ryan et al. textbook. This essay will include the application of the candidate’s philosophy to a given scenario. The essay must be at least 650 words and in current APA format. The essay must include 2 citations, 1 of which must come from the textbook, and 3 pieces of evidence to support the use of the philosophy in practical teaching methods in a classroom setting. A title and reference page in current APA format are required for this assignment. (MLO: E, F)

Final Essay

The candidate will complete an open-book/open-notes essay of at least 800 words in response to the given prompt as the cumulative activity for this course. It must also include 3 citations from the textbook in current APA format. A title and reference page in current APA format are required for this assignment. (MLO: A, B, D, I)

Quizzes (5)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and have a 90 minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)