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EDU 107 Career Inquiry in Education
Lowe, Denise


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.

School For Education Mission Statement
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.



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

School For Education Vision Statement
The School for Education at Park University is to be known as a leader in the preparation of educators who will address the needs, challenges, and possibilities of the 21st century.

Park University School for Education  Conceptual Framework


Course

EDU 107 Career Inquiry in Education

Semester

S2T 2011 DL

Faculty

Lowe, Denise

Degrees/Certificates

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

Office Location

Copley 213

Office Hours

M 11:00 to 12:00 and T/Th 10:00 to 1:00

Daytime Phone

Office 816-584-6789

E-Mail

Denise.Lowe@Park.edu

Semester Dates

March to May

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

2


Textbook:

Cooper, R. (2010). Those Who Can, Teach. (12th ed.). Boston, MA
 
Foliotek
 
 All Park University teacher candidates seeking certification and licensure must purchase Foliotek, the School for Education's electronic portfolio system. As purchasing and accessing Foliotek is a multi-step process, please follow these instructions:
 
A.  Decide the Contract Period and fee for which you will be paying. Minimally, you must purchase a contract which extends to the year you expect to graduate, however some students purchase a contract extending one year beyond graduation.

 Contract Period    

 Contract Fee

Per Student (Prepaid)

Cost Breakdown

Per Student, Per Year

 1 year

 $30.00

$30.00

 2 years

 $59.00

$29.50

 3 years

 $87.00

$29.00

 4 years

 $112.00

$28.00

 5 years

$120.00

$24.00

6 years

$125.00

$20.83

 
 B.  Send an email to Carol Williams (carol.Williams@park.edu) with the following information:
 
               1.  Your Name
               2.  The Contract Period you wish to purchase
               3.  Your student identification number
 
C.  Within a few days, you will receive from Foliotek an email with online purchasing information. Upon receipt of this email, purchase your Foliotek contract.
 
D.  Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive your login information. You must then send a final email to Carol Williams (carol.williams@park.edu), requesting she provide your current education professors and a academic advisor (list them) access to view your portfolio. It is imperative you complete this final step!!
 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

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.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


Course Description:
EDU107 Career Inquiry in Education with Lab Students will meet online for eight (8) weeks.  Students are required to observe six (6) schools. Your observation visits consist of a variety of urban, suburban, and rural public, charter, and private school settings; ranging from preschool to high school. Students are expected to react to observations in writing which includes classroom assignments and weekly discussion thread assignments. Course topics include teaching as a career, knowledge, skills and dispositions in education. Frameworks, standards and Foliotek will be introduced. 1:1:2

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactive instruction based on online lectures, quizzes, discussion threads, internet, videos,  writing, and other learning strategies as appropriate. This course presents the basics of teaching in K-12 schools, and provides teacher candidates with opportunities to reflect upon and apply those basics. Reflective inquiry is a key element of the course. Its purpose is to facilitate the teacher candidate’s development of critical reflection skills, the building of an individual but theory-based philosophy of K-12 school teaching, and the beginnings of a dynamic repertoire of teaching strategies that complement the teacher candidate’s individual philosophy and style in the effort to meet the individual needs of all students. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluation: Report includes assessment of the teacher's check for understanding, student time on task, and the school's promotion of student achievement Outcomes 1,2,3
  2. Syntheses: 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. Outcomes 1,2,3,4
  3. Analysis: Describes school and classroom climate and culture as related to course text, chapter 2. Outcomes 1.2.3.4
  4. Application: Describes classroom management observed specific to text, chapter 6 (academic engaged time, scaffolding, wait-time. Outcomes. 1.2.3.4
  5. 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. Outcomes 1.2
  6. Technical Skills in Communicating: The final summative essay reflects upon the total observation experience making comparisons between schools. The report discusses all 4 components and is written in professional style with correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. Outcomes 2.3.4
  7. First Literacy Discipline Competencies: Applies problem-solving strategies to independently contact all (3) school personnel, schedules and fulfills commitment to observe in all required settings on time. Outcomes 1. 2. 9. 1
  8. Second Discipline Competencies: Practices professional ethical standards by dressing professionally for all school observations, and writing thank you notes to all (6) host teachers/schools. Outcomes 1.2.9.3


Core Assessment:

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. There is a typed observation form with the required information questions to review for each observation. On this form you are to write notes for your observation report and have the form signed by the observed teacher. A typed report from your notes is required for each observation. You will write a final summative reflective essay-see rubric from the six observations.

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. See attached rubric.

Chapter Summary Presentations: Although the entire text will be read, you will complete the weekly assignments and post your required discussion threads weekly. Pay close attention to your weekly online directions and make sure you post your assignments on the required days.

Attendance & Class Participation: This is an eight week online course. In preparation of a career as an educator it is assumed that attendance at all classes are mandatory, attendance is reflected in the Park University student handbook.

Final:  The Final is an essay proctored exam. Make sure you have your proctor approved by your instructor.

 

Grading:
See Rubrics in online course guide.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

This is an online course and therefore all of your assignments are due by Sunday evening at 12 midnight. As all assignments are due on the scheduled class date, any work turned in after the date will be considered late and a drop of letter grade each week past due. Late work must be discussed with the instructor (for approval) prior to late submission.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

Career Inquiry will often hold discussions that require students to be civil to each other when viewpoints differ. As a professional certification class, students should conduct themselves professionally when posting discussion threads. If you have questions, use the course email and or the office telephone number provided to contact your professor. PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL SITE VISITS AND CLASSROOM OBSERVATIONS.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See online Course Guide.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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Last Updated:2/17/2011 11:21:43 AM