Educational Philosophy for Teachers – EDUC 305

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 08/20/2021

Course Description

This course addresses the role of philosophy in the classroom. Emphasis is placed on analysis of current religious and education trends, and major philosophies impacting education.


Please note, this course is not part of a program leading to eligibility of a Virginia state teaching license (or license in any other state). Individuals seeking to obtain a state teaching license should contact soelicensure@liberty.edu for recommended course options.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

In order to understand and present oneself clearly and consistently in the classroom, it is important to know what one believes about teaching and learning. Every teacher should be able to explain and defend his/her philosophy and explain how it differs from other philosophical positions. It is beneficial, if not imperative, for Christian educators to understand the philosophical and ideological issues that impact education.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the history of education from various perspectives. (PRE-A1)
  2. Evaluate values concerning various historical events impacting the philosophy and practical application of education. (PRE-A1)
  3. Apply Christian perspectives to educational philosophy, learning theories and strategies. (PRE-A, B, C)
  4. Compare various educational systems and their socio-cultural contexts. (PRE-A1, B2)
  5. Articulate a personal philosophy of education. (PRE-A1, C5, B4, B2)

Course Assignment

The candidate will read the assigned chapters, other readings and watch the lecture presentations associated with each module. Quizzes will come from this information. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

The candidate will be assigned to one of seven educational philosophies. Individually, each student will create one teaching tool that helps others learn about the core tenets of the educational philosophy chosen. A comparison of the assigned philosophy to Biblical principles should be included. Three citations from three sources in addition to the Bible are required in current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge, including required readings, presentations and the Bible. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply should be 100 words. Threads and replies should be formatted using current APA.

For each thread and reply, the instructions given in the post and reply prompts should be carefully followed. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

The candidate will complete an inventory designed to assist the student in discovering their personal views and preferences regarding philosophy of education. (MLO: D, E)

The candidate will write a 3-4-page paper to convey their understanding of a biblical worldview and a Christian philosophy of education. Also, the implications of these principles in their application to educational practice should be discussed. This paper must be in current APA format and include a minimum of four references in addition to the Bible.  (MLO: B, C, D, E)

The candidate will view six video scenarios. After viewing each scenario, the candidate will complete a quiz.   (MLO: B, D)

The candidate will write five brief paragraphs (50-100 words each) on evidence to support their practice of each of the School of Education SCRIP dispositions (Social Responsibility, Commitment/Work Ethic, Reflection, Integrity, and Professionalism). The candidate will submit the paragraphs through a quiz format. (MLO: B, C, D, E)

This is the benchmark assignment. The candidate will write a 4-5-page paper (not including the title page, abstract, and references page) describing their personal philosophy of education. This paper must be in current APA format and include a minimum of four references in addition to the Bible. (MLO: B, C, D, E)

The candidate will take a quiz each module throughout the course, covering the assigned text and presentations. Each quiz is open book/open note. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)