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EDU 361 Ethics and Professionalism in the Classroom
Pate, Victoria J.


COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER:   EDU361

COURSE TITLE:   Ethics & Professionalism in the Classroom

COURSE DESCRIPTOR:  NA

TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT:  Fall, 2005 (FA)

NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER:  Victoria Pate, J.D.

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER:  Adjunct Professor

FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: 

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS:

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER:  (816) 781-7987

FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS:  Victoria.Pate@park.edu

OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS:  VJPJD53@aol.com

FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS:  http://captain.park.edu/education

DATES OF THE TERM:  Aug. 22 to Dec. 18, 2005  

CLASS SESSIONS DAYS:  Wednesdays

CLASS SESSION TIME:   9:00 – 9:50 am

PREREQUISITE(S):  ED210 and admission to the School of Education.  To be taken simultaneously with Practicum.

CREDIT HOURS:   1 credit hour

 

MISSION STATEMENT

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.

 

VISION STATEMENT

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

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to the legal values and ethical standards of behavior that govern the profession of teaching.  Focus is on the legal and ethical duties owed by educators to students, parents, colleagues and the school district.  Emphasis is placed on appropriate intervention and response strategies to problems frequently faced by new teachers.  Due to the brevity of this course, it is not intended to represent an in-depth study of the laws pertaining to all aspects of public education.  It is intended to alert beginning teachers to common legal and ethical problems that arise daily in the course of their professional duties.  Topics include sexual harassment, student discipline, the law of negligence, students' rights to free speech and religion, special education students and principled negotiation skills.  The goal is to arm new teachers with sufficient information to accurately identify potential problems, to recognize the duties imposed by such problems and to respond appropriately.  This is a required course.

 

 

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: To provide an interactive and interdisciplinary learning opportunity for students in which the student will develop an ethical and legal approach for responding to problems commonly faced by new teachers in the education profession.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: On completion of this course, students will be able to:

 

* Recognize conduct that legally constitutes sexual harassment ( MoStep 1.2.6 & 1.2.2)

 

* Identify appropriate responses to inappropriate student behavior (MoStep 1.2.6 & 1.2.2)

 

* Recognize "duties owed" with regard to student safety (MoStep 1.2.9)

 

* Identify issues concerning students' rights to free speech/expression and religion (MoStep 1.2.3 & 1.2.5)

 

* Distinguish the teacher's right to exercise free speech/expression and religion (MoStep 1.2.4)

 

* Demonstrate familiarity with the Procedural Safeguards that apply to the education of students with special needs (MoStep 1.2.3 & 1.2.10)

 

* Demonstrate an understanding of the term "principled negotiation" (MoStep 1.2.7 & 1.2.10)

 

 

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): None required; course readings and other materials provided by the instructor.

 

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: 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.  Since participation is an integral part of this course, missing any class will result in zero participation points for that day regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused.  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:  Students are responsible for all missed work.  The mid-term and/or final exam may be taken at an alternate time only with pre-approval by the instructor and only with an excused absence. 

 

COURSE ASSESSMENT:

     1.  Participation in class discussions and mock classroom problems is required.  Each topic will conclude with a "classroom problem."  Roles will be assigned and students will be expected to resolve the problem utilizing their knowledge and understanding of the material most recently covered in class.

 

     2.  Mid-term exam (take home; due on Oct. 26) covering material presented prior to Fall break.

 

     3.  Final exam ( Dec. 14, 8:00 – 10:00 am)  covering material presented subsequent to Fall break.

 

 

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom or whose behavior interferes with the learning of other students will be subject to disciplinary action ranging from dismissal from the classroom to expulsion from Park University.  Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive tardiness and excessive absences.

 

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: www.park.edu/disability

 

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:

Week

Date

Topics/Assignments

1

Aug. 24

Intro to Course

2

Aug. 31

Negligence

3

Sept. 7

Negligence

4

Sept. 14

Sexual Harassment

5      

Sept. 21

Sexual Harassment

6

Sept. 28

Discipline

7

Oct. 5

Discipline

8

Oct. 12

Review (Take home mid- term)

                                                 Oct. 19                                      Fall Recess

9                                               Oct. 26                                      Principled Negotiation Skills

10                                             Nov. 2                                       Principled Negotiation Skills

11                                             Nov. 9                                       Special Education Students

12                                             Nov. 16                                     Special Education Students

13                                             Nov. 23                                     Free Speech and Religion

14                                             Nov. 30                                     Free Speech and Religion

15                                             Dec. 7                                       Review

16                                             Dec. 14                                     Final Exam

 

 

GRADING PLAN:

     Participation =  5 points each day  ( no participation points on final exam day )

     Mid-term     =  25 points

     Final exam   = 25 points

                        _________

     Total           = 125 points

 

     90%  (113 points) - 100% (125 points) = A

     80% - 89% = B

     70% - 79% = C

     60% - 69% = D

     Below 60% = F