Foundations of Education – EDUC 360

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A comprehensive survey of the historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological foundations of American education. Emphasis is placed upon the educational foundations as found in the Scriptures, and the applicability of these to both the Christian School Movement and the public school system. Students will be expected to articulate their personal philosophy of education as a result of this course.


EDUC 201 and Education Gate 2 with a score of 3.

Note: Admission to Educator Preparation Program


The purpose of this course is to expand the candidate’s awareness of how one’s own personal beliefs about education compare to those in the knowledge base of the field.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe contemporary issues and current trends in education, including the impact of technology on education.
  2. Describe local, state, and federal governance of schools, including the roles of teachers and schools in communities.
  3. Articulate the historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations of American education from various perspectives.
  4. Apply a personal perspective to learning theories and strategies.
  5. Articulate a biblical worldview related to educational philosophy.
  6. Articulate a personal educational philosophy.
  7. Examine legal, ethical, and professional requirements related to the field of education.

Course Assignment

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

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The threads for discussion boards 1 and 2 must be a minimum of 500 words and the thread for discussion board 3 must be a minimum of 250 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 100 words. (MLO: A, B, C)

The candate will complete research and application in understanding the historical influence of an individual’s life and influence on educational theory and practice.  The candidate will first choose a person from a provided list of historical figures and research the thinker’s educational ideas and influences on education. From the research, the candidate will produce a one page handout that includes brief biographical information and the thinker’s ideas and influences. A minimum of 3 APA formatted sources is required. (MLO: C)

The candidate will complete two assignments to assist in building a personal biblical worldview with application to educational theory and teaching practices.

  1. Biblical Worldview Pre-Assignment

Provided a template for completion, the candidate will, in preparation for writing the biblical worldview paper, write four paragraphs of 100 words each in response to four provided question prompts and then apply the replies to completion of an included educational philosophy chart. Responses must be supported by Scripture. (MLO: E)

  1. Biblical Worldview Paper

The candidate will write a 3–4 content page paper to convey understanding of a biblical worldview and a Christian philosophy of education, applying the implications of this view to educational practice. The title page and reference page are not counted as content pages. An abstract is not required. The document must be written in current APA format and include, in addition to the Bible, a minimum of 4 references. The candidate will submit the paper in LiveText and in Blackboard through SafeAssign. (MLO: E)

The candidate will complete three assignments to assist building a personal philosophy of education.  First, the candidate will take an online survey designed to assist the candidate in understanding their personal philosophical leanings.  Second, the candidate will complete a video response to a typical interview question, “What is your philosophy of education?”.  Finally, the candidate will develop a full philosophy of education paper. 

  1. Philosophy Survey and Reflection

The candidate will complete an online philosophy survey and reflect on the results.  The reflection will include a minimum 100 word paragraph describing what was learned about the candidate’s personal philosophical leanings that would impact methodological choices in future lesson planning preparation and teaching style. (MLO: B, D, F)

  1. Philosophy Video

The video must be 1–3 minutes and is to be a recording providing a verbal response that the candidate might give in a job interview when asked, “What is your philosophy of education?”  Embed the video into the same LiveText template where the candidate’s philosophy paper is submitted.  Follow the directions provided in LiveText.  The video will be graded based on professionalism and clarity of the presentation. (MLO: B, D, F)

  1. Philosophy of Education Paper

The candidate will write a 3–4 page paper (not including the title page, abstract, and reference page) describing his/her personal philosophy of education. This paper must be in current APA format and include a minimum of 4 references in addition to the Bible. The candidate will submit the paper in LiveText and in Blackboard through SafeAssign. (MLO: B, D, F)

This 8-topic online module, developed by Gateways to Better Education, is accessed by a code sent to candidates during the first week of the course. For each module, watch the video for the week and take the module quiz in Blackboard. Each quiz will contain 5 questions, and have a 15-minute time limit. (MLO: G)

Candidates will complete an introduction and 7-module program online.  For each module, candidates will complete an online quiz that covers the material in the module.  In week 6, candidates will follow the directions in LiveText and Blackboard to submit the completion certificate and screenshots of the grades earned on each module quiz. (MLO: G)

The candidate will write 5 brief paragraphs (50 words each) providing evidence to support personal practices that, as a future practicing teacher, would demonstrate each of the School of Education SCRIP dispositions (Social Responsibility, Commitment/Work Ethic, Reflection, Integrity, and Professionalism). (MLO: G)