Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education – EDUC 504

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

A comprehensive survey of the philosophical development of education and the teaching-learning process. Topics include learning theory, human development, and teaching methodology. Emphasis is placed upon analysis of religious and public educational trends. Candidates will be required to formulate a personal, Christian worldview philosophy.

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


The purpose of this course is to expand students’ awareness of how their own personal beliefs about education compare to those in the knowledge base of the field.  When educators have an understanding of educational philosophy, advanced learning theories, and current research, they are better prepared to apply the most appropriate and effective theories and approaches in various educational settings, which increases the academic and behavioral success of their learners.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes (MLOs: A–G)

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 300 words (minimum), demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 2 sources. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100 words (minimum). The candidate must cite any references in current APA format. (CLO: E, G, H)

Philosophy Matrices Assignments (3)

Using the template provided, the candidate will define the philosophies that will be discussed in this course. (CLO: D)

ProEthica Scenario Assignments (2)

After receiving an e-mail from ProEthica with access information, the candidate must complete the online scenarios. ProEthica is not a required product purchase, but is already included in the course fee for this course. The candidate will be registered for ProEthica by Liberty University through Educational Testing Services. The candidate will receive an e-mail notification of the access information. The candidate must complete 7 different scenarios and submit a Certificate of Completion; these requirements are divided up between 2 separate assignment submissions. (CLO: F)

Educational Thinker Presentation Assignment

The candidate will research the educational ideas and educational influences of the chosen thinker and create a five minute presentation and a one-page handout reflecting this information. The handout must include 3 sources cited in current APA format. See the provided rubric for more on how the presentation and handout will be graded. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

Vocabulary Chart Assignment

Using the provided template, the candidate will define the terms and concepts that will be discussed in this course. (CLO: C, D)

Philosophy Survey Assignment

The candidate will complete an online philosophy survey using the provided link. The candidate will then paste the results into a Word document and upload the document to the course submission area. (CLO: A)

Biblical Worldview Paper Assignment

This 4-page paper is to convey an understanding of a biblical worldview and the implications of such on the field of education. The paper must follow current APA format, include at least 4 references (1 of which is the course textbook), and follow the instructions provided. (CLO: A, C, D)

Dispositions Assignment

For each disposition, the candidate will write 2 sentences. (There are 5 dispositions, for a total of 10 sentences in the assignment.) The first sentence will describe the disposition that the candidate displayed in this course. The second sentence will describe how the candidate has exhibited this disposition in other settings outside of the course, such as church, community, family, or work. The candidate will submit this assignment in Canvas and LiveText.

Video Scaffolding Assignment

The candidate will view the teaching video and answer questions provided. Each question must be answered in at least 150 words. Responses must be in current APA format and include a title and reference page. At least 1 source must be cited in current APA format. This paper will be submitted as a Word document. (CLO: E, F, H) 

Compare and Contrast Moral Development Assignment

The candidate will complete a template based off the video, A Child’s Mind: How Kids Learn Right from Wrong, and readings from the Slavin & Schunk textbook. All sources must be cited in current APA format. (CLO: E, F, H) 

Social Cognitive Theory Analysis

The candidate will complete a template based on viewing the video “Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory” (F. Davidson, 2003). Each question must be answered using complete sentences and must follow current APA format. The final question must be answered with 1–2 solid paragraphs of at least 400 words each. At least 1 scholarly source must be included in this assignment. (CLO: E, F, H) 

Final Paper Assignment

The candidate will create his/her own customized theory of human learning and development. The paper must be 7 pages: 5 pages for the body, 1 title page, and 1 reference page. It must include at least 6 scholarly sources, plus both course textbooks (Gutek and Slavin & Schunk). All sources must be published within the past 5 years. (CLO: E, F, G, H)