Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education – EDUC 504

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

Course Description

A comprehensive survey of the historical and philosophical development of education. Emphasis is placed upon analysis of religious and public educational trends in the past and present. The candidates will be required to formulate a personal, Christian worldview philosophy.



Registration Restrictions

Background Check Required


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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the history of education from various perspectives.
  2. Evaluate values concerning various historical events impacting the philosophy and practical application of education.
  3. Apply Christian perspectives to learning theories and strategies.
  4. Compare various educational systems and their socio-cultural contexts.
  5. Articulate a personal educational philosophy.
  6. Define metaphysics, epistemology, axiology, and logic as major philosophical categories and their major subdivisions.
  7. Critique major philosophies in terms of the assumptions made from a Christian perspective.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards 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 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. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Philosophy Matrices (11)

Using the template provided in the Assignment Instructions folder, the candidate will define the philosophies that will be discussed in this course. (MLO: F, G)

ProEthica Module Completion

The School of Education has adopted ProEthica as a scenario-based tool to introduce all candidates to the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE). Once the candidate gains access to ProEthica (see the Assignment Instructions folder), all modules must be completed by the due date. The estimated total time for all modules is three to four hours. Once all modules and assessments are completed, the candidate will upload scores and certificate of completion into LiveText.

Educational Thinker Presentation (MLO: A, B, C, D, F, G)

Part I. The candidate will choose an educational thinker from the list on DB and will prepare a 5-minute presentation that discusses this thinker’s educational ideas and impact. The candidate will record presentations and upload them in the Discussion Board section. The candidate may record using YouTube (see the instructions in the Assignment Instructions folder) or any other method that he or she prefers. Please review the grading rubric for this assignment.

Part II. The candidate will research the educational ideas and educational influences of the chosen thinker and create 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 handout will be graded.

Vocabulary Chart

Using the template provided in Assignment Instructions folder, the candidate will define the terms and concepts that will be discussed in this course. (MLO: E, F)

Philosophy Survey

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 Blackboard.

Group Presentation (MLO: A, B, C, D, F, G)

This is an activity that will require the designated candidate groups (determined by the instructor) to develop a school based on one of the chosen philosophies in this course and prepare a 15–20-slide PowerPoint presentation to describe this school. The presentation must include at least 3 sources and follow current APA format. The presentation will be submitted in the assigned module/week’s Assignment folder. For more details, see the instructions document in Blackboard. Also, review the rubric for grading details.

Biblical Worldview Paper

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 in the Assignment Instructions folder. The 4-page requirement excludes the title, abstract, and reference pages. (MLO: C, E, F, G)

Personal Philosophy Paper

This 5-page paper is to convey the candidate’s personal philosophy of education supported by and situated within the body of knowledge for philosophies and theories related to education. The paper must follow current APA format, include at least 4 references (1 of which is the course textbook), and follow the instructions and guidelines provided in the Assignment Instructions folder. The 5-page requirement excludes the title, abstract, and reference pages. (MLO: C, E)

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 candidate displayed the disposition 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 LiveText.

Faith, Freedom, & Public Schools Quizzes (8)

FFPS is an online course material that is purchased through MBS Direct in the same way that a textbook is purchased. Once purchased, the code to access the website will be provided. The candidate must complete each of the 8 modules and take a 5-item quiz after each one. (MLO: A, B, D)

Final Exam

The exam is open book and has a 3-hour time limit. The exam is made up of 10 fill-in-the-blank questions, 4 multiple-choice questions, 1 matching set, 3 brief essays, and 1 full essay. (MLO: A–G)