EDU107 Career Inquiry in Education

for U1T 2011

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EDU 107 Career Inquiry in Education


U1T 2011 DL


Dr. Alicia Hayes


DL Adjunct Faculty of Education


PhD in Post Secondary and Adult Education
MEd. in Secondary Education with specialization in Counseling Psychology
B.S. in Social Science Area with 7-12 teaching certification and specialization in Psychology, History, Political Science

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Office Hours

I am in the courseroom a minimum of 4 days a week. If you would like to schedule an appointment via online chat or phone, please send me an email via the courseroom mail.

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Semester Dates

June 6-July 31

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Credit Hours




Those Who Can, Teach by Ryan Cooper 12th Edition 
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 ( with the following information:
            1.  Your Name
            2.  Your 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 (, 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!! 

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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 or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information
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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 visit 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 verbally and in writing which includes classroom assignments and weekly e-Campanion assignments. Course topics include teaching as a career, knowledge, skills and dispositions in education. Frameworks, standards and Foliotek will be introduced. 1:1:2
The course description has been modified to accommodate an online learning environment.  

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on discussions, readings, lectures, quizzes, examinations, and writings.  I believe that knowledge is constructed through active participation, critical thought, and reflection about subject and self which contributes and advances effective teaching practices.  I am more of a guide rather than a direct instructor as learners construct knowledge and use andragogical principles in learning.

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
  4. Application: Describes classroom management observed specific to text, chapter 6 (academic engaged time, scaffolding, wait-time. Outcomes.
  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

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.  The observations will need to begin the first week of class in order to complete all six observations. 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 an electronic notebook which will include a final summative reflective essay. All 6 Required to pass course.

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.

Resume/Cover letter: Each student will write a cover letter and resume to fulfill one requirement for the course. Additional information and formatting is available in the course room.

Critiques and Discussions: Critiques and discussions are assigned that assist in showing the instructor that students have an understanding of text and assignments.. 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. 
This occurs in the form of weekly discussions, essays and journals.
Teacher Interviews: Students will complete an interview of a teacher.

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, and 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. (This is an online course so students need to complete assignments as schedule.)

Midterm and Final: There is a midterm exam using a quality indictor. The Final is the final draft of Standard 1.1 of the Education Portfolio.




120 pts -- 6 Observation Reports 20 points each
 25 pts -- Final Observation Essay
100 pts -- Autobiography
100 pts -- Personal Interview of teacher -- Presentation
100 pts -- Midterm

400 pts -- 8 Discussions at 50 points each
100 pts -- 4 Essays
100 pts -- Resume & Cover Letter
100 pts -- Final Summative Essay
1145 Total Points

Points = Grade
1031 - 1045 = A
916 - 1030 = B
802 - 915 = C
687 - 801 = D
686 or less is failing
Grading is based on rubrics provided in the course and attention to the requirements posted during weekly assignment descriptions.  Please review rubrics and assignment descriptions before submitting your assignments. 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Latework is not accepted except in extreme circumstances and with required documentation.  Because of the amount of work required for this class, I highly recommend you develop a schedule and work on each assignment as soon as it is posted.  Please allow time for technical glitches as they do arise. Please contact me ASAP (the day of the occurrence and no more than 2 days afterwards) if you are experiencing an extenuating circumstance which affects your ability to abide by the due dates, and this policy will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. However, only in extreme situations will a reconsideration be granted. 
Any actions for course work involving military TDY or deployments are to be documented in writing via Park University policy.  Therefore, if you are a servicemember and experience a deployment or TDY which affects your ability to meet the course deadlines, please let me know ASAP and provide supporting documentation (TDY orders, letter from supervisor stating TDY, etc.).
Please be advised of the weekly due dates as our week is considered a
All discussion responses are due by midnight on Wed. CST of the week they are assigned (day 3 of week).  Your two responses or replies are due by midnight on Friday CST (day 5 of week).   
All homework, exams, and assignments are due by Sunday evening at midnight CST of the week they are assigned. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Class participation and discussion are a critical component of the course.  It is expected that all learners will conduct themselves in a professional manner.  Likewise, any discussions and dialogues are to be courteous and respectful.  Online posting, like email, can be misconstrued.  Please be mindful of how others may interpret your words or tone.  Furthermore, please be open-minded of others' perspectives, opinions, and thoughts.  We may not all agree, but how we disagree matters greatly!  
Please be respectful of others by responding to their questions and/or comments!
I will be in the discussion threads a minimum of 4 times a week, posting comments and questions to help delve deeper and/or more broadly in our discussion of a specific content. I also focus on applicability and transference of learning to encourage you to apply the information to yourself as a learner or as a teacher as well as challenge you to consider why you think what you do and what contributes to your viewpoints. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Please see course room under "Course Overview" and the weekly course content for assignment topics, readings, assignments, and due dates. 

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 ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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: .


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