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EDU 105 Career Inquiry in Education
Wentz, C. Ann


COURSE TITLE: Career Inquiry into Education

COURSE DESCRIPTOR: ( not applicable )



TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER:  Associate Professor of Education


FACULTY OFFICE HOURS :  Monday 10-12pm., Tu./Thur. 9-11





DATES OF THE TERM:  August 22 to December 9

CLASS MEETING DAYS: Mondays that alternate with visits at sites


PREREQUISITE(S):  This is a required class for certification - none




The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.



Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.


COURSE DESCRIPTION:   Career Inquiry into Education – Students will visit a variety of schools, ranging from  pre-school to high school, including both public and private. Students will be expected to react both orally and in writing to those observations as well as to issues involved in choosing teaching as a career. Students will write the autobiography for the portfolio.


FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:  We are beginning a career search by reading, observation, and discussion. A serious attempt in all areas is necessary to make a decision.  Students will be expected to react in writing and orally to the readings and visits made to  site visits.  The course will focus on some basic questions: the history of teaching, the  what of teaching, the product, and process



1.  Students will experience the classroom at various levels and contexts. (Mo STEP 1.2.3, 1.2.9, K1, 4,

      8,   9; S 8,9,16: D 1-10,14,16,20, 21,23.

2.      Students will read and discuss the current environment for teaching.(MoSTEP1.1.1,1.1.2 ; K 1,11,7,9,10 ; S  16, 17; D 10,18.20,21,25)

3.      Students will reflect on the professional preparation and responsibilities for teachers.

(Mo STEP 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.2.5, 1.2.6, 1.2.7, 1.2.8,1.2.9,1.2.10; K 1-11: S 8,9,10,11,16,17,18 ; D  begin work on each of these.)

4.      Students will write a position paper and various other smaller critiques that include their

professional opinion in view of current trends in education. (MoSTEP 1.2.9;K 6, 8, 10, D 16,17,19,20, 21)

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COURSE TEXTBOOK(S):   Ryan, K. and Cooper, J. ( 2004).  Those Who Can Teach.  10th edition  Boston:                    Houghton  Mifflin Co.

Schultz, F.  (ed.) (2005/6).  Annual Editions: Education .  Sluice Dock, Guilfor,  C.T.

McGraw Hill/ Dushkin Publishing.



ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”


PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”


ATTENDANCE POLICY: Notice that under “Participation in class” that each day of class is worth points. However, the professor will expect to be notified in extreme cases of  reasons to be absent.  Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.


LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:– The syllabus dates may upon class discussion be altered if there is a problem not for seen when it was written. The article critiques are due on the dates printed. The visits summaries may be submitted as they are finished, but all but one need to be done by the last class  on the syllabus.  Assignments and papers/tests are due on time and will drop a letter grade each week past due.  Writing done in class for a small number of points will not be made up when students are absent.



COURSE ASSESSMENT A traditional 90% = A, 80%= B, 70% =C , grades below this not acceptable in the profession.


            20% A Mid Term on chapters read and a  Position paper on reflections  entering the education profession. The mid term is based on chapters and readings done. The position paper is a 3-5 page paper due on the last session of class.  This will contain each student’s personal opinions about entering the education profession.  What context of teaching seems more appropriate?  What things will be a fit? And what areas could be difficult?  You will get a handout on this closer to the time needed.

30% Critiques:  There will be 12 reading reactions to research articles in Annual Editions. These critiques will demonstrate a short review  of ideas on the critique sheet handed out .  These are read on the weeks of observations and are due the next class time. We will have discussion in small groups on some of these.

20% Reflective Journal:  Ten entries with the 10th  final entry based on reflections concerning the semester. Journal writing can include reflection on  what was said in #105  class discussions, observations,  readings, newspaper articles and your opinions. Check the syllabus for dates of collection for grading.


            30% Participation as a expectation of being prepared for chapter and reading discussions and attendance for campus classes  (15% -each class is worth points, attendance for observations and short writes   15%).  You will be asked to turn in a full signature signed sheet from the teacher for observations.  Visitation sheets may be turned in whenever you get them done before the last two weeks. Those handed in during  the last two weeks are docked to the B grade.  Remember to divide the visits over several contexts, like urban, rural, suburban; and at the various levels .  There is also the issue of private,  public, charter, etc.  I note in the grade book two visi at grade or early elementary, two at middle, and two at high school. No work is accepted after the last week of class.


CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Career Inquiry into Education will often hold discussions that require students to be civil to each other when viewpoints differ on topics. The students need to turn off phones and pagers and not leave class for this type conversation. As a professional certification class, students should conduct themselves and dress appropriately even if casual.

DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:


COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:  Due to Monday Holidays on Jan 17 and

Feb. 21, one of the six visits to school sites must be worked into the semester by the student.




Week 1


Introduction to class, paper work, Review of Ch. 15 &13.Assignment is read ch.15 &13 in Those Who Can. ”Why Teach “, and What Can a New Teacher Expect

Week 2


Class at Park University- Discussion of chapters from Those Who Can. Assign: Do Readings in Annual Editions and Reading Reactions #1 and #40. Read chapter 9 and 11 in Those Who Can

Week 3


Visitation to a school (you are responsible for setting this up-probably two weeks ahead. Use the letter about the assignment if needed) Assign: Chapter readings and  Articles for doing  Reading Reactions from last week.

Week 4

Sep. 19

CLASS AT PARK UNIVERSITY – Discussion of chapters  9 and 11. Hand in Reading Reactions for #1 and #40.


Week 5


Sep. 26

Visitation to a school. Assign. Read chapter 1 & 2 in Those

 Do Reading Reactions for #44&45

Week 6

Oct. 3

CLASS AT PARK UNIVERSITY  Discussion of Chapters 1 & 2.  and  hand in Reading Reactions  # 44 &45

Week 7

Oct. 10

 Visitation to a school.  Assign: Do readings # 32 &33 . (Think about the mid-term. The mid-term is a take home. There will be a choice of two questions from total of three. Each answer will be at least two typed pages.) Plan for the next class as several things are due!!!


Week 8




Week 9 

Oct. 24

CLASS AT PARK UNIVERSITY – Discussion on what you have been observing, hearing, ideas, reactions ??  Midterm is due today and Journal  with 5-6 entries. Hand in Reading Reactions for #32 & 33. .

Week 10 

Oct. 31


Visitation to a school. Assign: Do the readings  and reactions for #7&10   Read chapter 14 in Those Who Can.

Week 11

Nov. 7

CLASS AT PARK UNIVERSITYDiscussion of Chapter 14. Hand in Reading Reactions #7& 10.  Your autobiography for portfolio is due.   

Week 12


 Visitation  to a school  Assignment: Do Readings and reading reactions. Read Chapter 5 in Those Who Can. This chapter will  help you write the position paper, especially the portion about what you hope to improve at as an effective teacher. Read Annual Ed. #15 & 18

Week 13

Nov. 21 

 CLASS AT PARK UNIVERSITYAll school visits and critiques are due for full credit ( possibly one remains for some people). Final Journal is Due today. Hand in Critiques for 15 & 18.  Discussion of the position paper and possible ways to incorporate ideas, structure, citation with APA style.  Assign. Reading Reactions  # 25 & 27  

Week 14


 Visitation to a school – last visit.  All other visit should have been turned in so there is only this last one.

Week 15

 Dec. 5

Final Class. Hand in position paper and reactions# 25 & 27

Hand in the last school visit sheet. We will have some discussion about the papers.  Great Job!! (Probably a shorter class time.)