EDU105 Career Inquiry in Education

for SP 2008

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The School for Education at Park University, an institution committed to diversity and best practice, prepares educators to be effective school professionals, reflective change agents, and advocates for equity and excellence for all learners.

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Park University School for Education  Conceptual Framework


EDU 105 Career Inquiry in Education


SP 2008 HOA


Lowe, Denise


Assistant Professor of Education/Diversity


MS Instructional Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction
BA English/Liberal Studies

Office Location

MA 319A

Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10-12:00

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

January 14, 2008 to May 9, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 9:50 AM

Credit Hours


Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Notebook (Three ring Binder)

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Course Description:
Students will visit a variety of schools, ranging from preschool to high school, including both public and private. Students will be expected to react both orally and in writing to these observations as well as to issues involved in choosing teaching as a career. Frameworks, standards and portfolios will be introduced. 2:1:3.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Experience the classroom at various levels and contexts.
  2. Reflect and write on the professional preparation and responsibilities of teachers.
  3. Write journals, essays and various other critiques that include their professional interpretation of the School of Education Frameworks, current trends in education, and their on-site observations.
  4. Read the text chapters and utilize them in class discussion, chapter summaries, journals, and observation reports.
  5. Discuss and prepare initial portfolio documents.

Core Assessment:

Classroom observation reports (see rubric) compiled into a notebook with a final reflective essay (160 pts.= more than 20% of total points)


Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Six Classroom Observations & Observation Reports: The observations are intended to give the student an overview of the education system. Depending upon the interest of the student (Early Childhood Education, Elementary or Secondary). the visits are to be divided into two per level: two elementary, two middle school and two high school/early education. Students should also select a variety of school districts to visit: urban, rural and suburban; public and private. Three observations are scheduled as class meetings-see syllabus. The remaining three are to be scheduled by the student and are not to interfere with class dates. There will be a written notes observation report form signed by the observed teacher and a typed report for each observation. All observations will be compiled into a notebook which will include a final summative reflective essay-see rubric.
Autobiography:  Each student will write an autobiography to fulfill one requirement for admission to the School of Education. The final copy is no more than two pages typed in 12 pt. font. A rubric will be attached to the informational handout.
Chapter Summary Presentations: Although the entire text will be read and discussed, each student will present a chapter summary as assigned in the syllabus schedule. The presentation will include a discussion of the chapter theme/issue, new terminology and points that will assist one in becoming a more effective educator. A presentation outline and closure activity for the class will be provided by the presenter. All outlines with notes will be compiled into a notebook.
Critiques and Journals: Critiques and Journals will be in-class activities upon readings, presentations, experiences and discussions. These critiques will demonstrate a short review of ideas, including agreement or disagreement with those ideas, clarifying points and reflection for their part in the profession. These in-class assignments will not be made up if a student is absent as they are attendance/participation grade.
Attendance &Class Participation: In preparation of a career as an educator it s assumed that attendance at all classes in mandatory, Attendance is reflected in the Park University Frameworks, (Dispositions: 5,6,10,20,21). Students should demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and their desire to become an educator by attending class regularly and completing assignments as scheduled. One absence will be excused with prior notice to the instructor or a doctor's excuse.
Midterm: The midterm is a take-home two question essay reflection which is based on the Frameworks and Dispositions of the School for Education.
Final:  The Final is the final draft of Standard 1.1 of the Education Portfolio.



6 Classroom Observations, each 25 points=150 points (See Core Assessment Rubric)
6 Observation Reports (120 points), Final Observation Essay (25 points), Notebook (15 points)= 160 points (See Core Assessment Rubric)
Autobiography= (100 points)
Chapter Summary Presentation with outline and Activity = (50 points)
In Class participation, activities and journals (40 points)
Midterm 2 questions (50 points each)= 100 points
Final= 100 points
Attendance= 100 points
Total points = 700
Class Assessment:

Late Submission of Course Materials:


The syllabus dates may upon class discussion be altered if there is a problem not forseen when it was written. The observation reports, chapter summaries, autobiography, and midterm are due as scheduled. As all assignments are due on the scheduled class date, any work handed in after the date will be considered late and drop a letter grade each week past due. Late work should be left in the instructor's mailbox in the education office, room 309, Copley Hall.
In class writings and activities are considered participation grades and cannot be made up if absent.
All work must be in the instructor's possession by the end of the assigned final's session on 04/28/08.

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. As a professional certification class, students should conduct themselves  as such and dress appropriately, even if casual. PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL SITE VISITS AND CLASSROOM OBSERVATIONS.
Students need to turn off all electronic devices and are not permitted to text message or leave class for phone conversations. Students are expected to arrive to class on time and participate in class activities.
Students are expected to complete all assignments on the computer. Thus, students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of work and print copies as back-up. DO NOT expect your instructor to accept assignments on email or to print your assignments.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

This is a tentative schedule.
It is subject to change.


D. Lowe

Class Meeting Dates

Course Topics

Class Assignments and

Due Dates

Monday, 1/14/08

“Who are you” and “Why teach?” Introduction, Syllabus Explanation & Chapter summary Presentation assigned

Read Ch. 1 “Why teach?” & Ch. 14 What can the new teacher expect?” Journal: What are your motives for teaching? Due 1/28/08

Monday, 1/21/08

No Parkville day classes in observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day



Monday, 1/28/08

Labor Day

What can a new teacher expect?” Discuss classroom observations & Autobiography assignment

Read Ch. 2, “What is a school & What is it for?” and Ch. 3. Who are today’s students in a diverse society?” Write Autobiography-Rough Draft.

Monday, 2/04/08


Meet at…

Write Observation Report #1, Work on your autobiography. Due 2/11/08

Monday, 2/11/08

MO Standards and Park Frameworks. Discuss Midterm, Share/Peer Edit Autobiographies.


(Presentations Ch. 2 &3)

Read Ch.4 “What social problems affect today’s students?” & Ch. 5 “What is taught?” Write Final Draft Autobiography & Midterm Due 02/25/08

Monday, 2/18/08

No Parkville day classes due to President's Day

Schedule 3 remaining observations-contact list due 03/03/08 Work on Autobiography due 2/25/08
Midterm Due 03/03/08

Monday, 2/25/08


Meet at…
Observation report due next week

Read Ch. 6, “What makes a teacher effective?” & Ch.7, “What should teachers know about technology?”

Confirm remaining observations.

Monday, 03/03/08

What is your role as an educator? Midterm, Contact List, Observation Report #2 and Autobiography collected Today.

 (Presentation Ch. 4 & 5)


Have a safe and relaxed Spring Break!

Monday, 03/10/08

Spring Break (No School)

 Week Off
Monday, 03/17/08

Observation report #3 Due 03/24/08

Monday, 03/24/08

What makes a teacher effective? Return Midterms, Collect Observation Report #3


(Presentation Ch. 6 & 7)

Read Ch. 8, “What are the ethical & legal issues facing teachers?” Journal: What “everyday ethics” will you practice in your classroom?

Monday, 3/31/08

What are the legal & Ethical Issues in Teaching? What’s Your Philosophy?  Explanation of Observation Notebook & Final Essay

(Presentation Ch. 8)

Read Ch. 9, “What are the philosophical functions of Am. Education?” & Ch. 10, History of Am. Education” Observation Reports #4,#5,#6 Due 04/07/08

Monday, 4/07/08

Where are we headed? School Reform, DESE, Licensure, the Praxis, Certification & Portfolios. Collect Observation Reports



(Presentation Ch. 9 & 10)

Read Ch. 11, “How are schools governed, influenced and financed?” & Ch. 12, How should education be reformed?” Prepare to discuss. What does No Child Left Behind mean to you? Observation Notebook & Final Essay due 04/21/08

Monday, 04/14/08

Begin Drafts in Class of Writing Standard 1.1, 1.1.1 & 1.1.2 for final in class


(Presentation Chapters 11 & 12)

Read Ch. 13, “What are your job options in education?” & Ch. 15

 “What does it mean to be a professional?” Write Rough Draft 1.1  Due 04/21/08 Observation note book due 04/21/08

Monday, 04/21/08

Observation reports returned. Preparing the Portfolio: Edit Writing Standard 1.1, 1.1.1, and 1.1.2 in class

(Presentation Ch. 13, 14 & 15


Read Ch. 16, “Why Teach?” Revised rough draft of 1.1, 1.1.1 & 1.1.2 for final Due 04/21/08


Monday, 04/28/08

Turn in final draft for Standard 1.1. 1.1.1 and 1.1.2; Collect Notebook

(Presentation Ch. 16)

Class complete!!!

Monday 05/05/08 Finals Week



Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case 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: .

Conceptual Frameworks

Career Inquiry

Autobiography Rubric

EDU 105 Career Inquiry in Education.doc


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Report includes assessment of the teacher's check for understanding, student time on task, and the school's promotion of student achievement Report reflects assessment of effective instruction and notes student engagement in lesson Report is a personal statement assessing the students' or teacher's involvement in the lesson No evaluation of class experience-See instructor for rewrite. 
Accesses DESE or school website to include five contextual factors re.:  student skills & characteristics, prior learning, instructional planning & assessment results or achievement, community/school socioeconomic status Includes 3 contextual factors based on discussion with staff &/or observation (student skills & characteristics, prior learning, instructional planning & assessment results, community/school socioeconomic status) Includes two contextual factors in observation report (student skills & characteristics, prior learning, instructional & assessment planning, community/school socioeconomic status) Contextual factors are not discussed or are explained inadequately.

See instructor.

Describes school and classroom climate and culture as related to course text, chapter 2. Observes hallways, classroom d├ęcor, class structure, and adult-student interaction to describe climate Climate described as school or classroom only Classroom or school climate are not described. 
Describes classroom management observed specific to text, chapter 6.

(academic engaged time, scaffolding, wait-time)

Reflects on students' time on task, teacher directed activities & independent student work States classroom activity and reflects on its purpose or student engagement Classroom activity not clearly identified or explained 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Observes and reports on more than the 6 required classrooms. All are typed and submitted on time.

Organized notebook contains the original observations with rubrics, and the final reflective summative essay describing the experience.

Completes the required 6 observations and typed reports at the appropriate levels/districts as scheduled.

A notebook is submitted with reports organized in a sequential manner and contains the final

reflective summative essay.

Observation reports are completed, but are not varied in grade level or location as assigned. Reports are contained in a folder. Observations and reports incomplete

Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
The final summative essay reflects upon the total observation experience making comparisons between schools. The report discuss all 4 components and are written in professional style with correct

grammar, spelling and punctuation.

The final summative essay compares experiences and reflects upon the differences and similarities of the schools by addressing 3 of the 4 components.  Written in professional style and logical organization with varied sentence structure. Few grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. No slang. The summative essay contains half of the required items, and/or is not reflective in nature. Uses slang, a lack of transitions or organization.

Frequent mechanical errors.

Report does not contain the required items and errors distract from the content. Slang, lack of transitions and organization 
First Literacy Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Applies problem-solving strategies to independently contact all (3) school personnel, schedules and fulfills commitment to observe in all required settings on time. Applies problem-solving strategies to independently contact two schools; schedules and fulfills commitment to observe in required settings in a timely manner. Requires instructor's assistance to obtain most school contacts, does not attend observation as scheduled, or fails to visit a variety of levels/school districts. All classroom observations are not completed, or all are within one district. 
Second Literacy Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Practices professional ethical standards by dressing professionally for all school observations, and writing thank you notes to all (6) host  teachers/schools. Practices professional ethical standards by dressing professionally for nearly all school observations. Writes  thank you notes or calls to thank at least three host  teachers/schools. Dresses casually for some school visitations.

Verbally thanks host school/teacher. 
Dresses unprofessionally.



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