Foundations of Education – EDUC 360

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/15/2023

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. Candidates will be expected to articulate their personal philosophy of education as a result of this course.

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


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.

Course Assignment

(CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

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

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt. The threads for the discussions must be a minimum of 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to two other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100 words. Each thread must be supported by at least 2 scholarly citations and each reply must be supported by at least 1 scholarly citation. All citations must be in APA format. (CLO: A, B, C)

The candidate 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 handout that includes brief biographical information and the thinker’s ideas and influences. A minimum of three current APA formatted sources is required. Each of the required content segments must be a minimum of 100 words each. (CLO: 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: Initial 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. (CLO: E)

  1. Biblical Worldview: Paper Assignment

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 Canvas. (CLO: 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 his/her 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 of Education: Survey and Reflection Assignment

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. (CLO: B, D, F)

  1. Philosophy of Education: Video Assignment

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 philosophy paper is submitted.  Follow the directions provided in LiveText. The video will be graded based on professionalism and clarity of the presentation. (CLO: B, D, F)

  1. Philosophy of Education: Paper Assignment

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 Canvas. (CLO: B, D, F)

The candidate will write five 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). (CLO: B)

SchoolSims Assignments (6)

The candidate will complete six interactive scenarios. After viewing each scenario, the candidate will submit his/her Feedback Report to Canvas. (CLO: E)

This eight-topic online module, developed by Gateways to Better Education must be purchased by the student. After purchasing the modules from the bookstore, an enrollment key will be emailed to the student. For each module, watch the video for the week and take the module quiz in Canvas. Each quiz will contain five questions, and have a 15-minute time limit. (CLO: B)

SchoolSims Quizzes (6)

The candidate will complete six interactive scenarios. After viewing each scenario, the candidate will complete a five-question, multiple-choice quiz. The candidate must achieve at least 80% mastery by getting four out of five questions on each quiz correct to meet the target. These quizzes have no time limit and allow unlimited attempts. (CLO: E)