EDU107 Career Inquiry in Education

for U1T 2013

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EDU 107 Career Inquiry in Education


U1T 2013 DL


Dr. Alicia G. Hayes


Adjunct Professor of Education; Course Developer


PhD in Post Secondary and Adult Education
MEd Secondary Education; Counseling Psychology
B.S. Social Sciences (Political Science,  History, Psychology)

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Office Hours

I am in the course room daily and am happy to meet with you via chat, IM, or phone as needed. Please email me with your request so we can establish a mutually convenient date/time.

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Semester Dates

June 3, 2013-July 28, 2013

Class Days

As an online course, you are able to log in as desired as long as you meet the due dates and deadlines for assignments.

Class Time

As an online course, there are no specific class times. The course is available 24/7.



Credit Hours



Those Who Can, Teach by Ryan Cooper 12th Edition

ISBN-10: 0547204884 ISBN-13: 9780547204888   

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Course Description:
EDU 107 Career Inquiry in Education:  The course is designed to introduce students to the American educational system. An overview of the various types of PK-12 educational opportunities including public, charter, and private schools in urban, suburban, and rural settings is provided. Course topics include teaching as a career, knowledge, skills and disposition in education, agencies that regulate educational opportunities in America, standards, frameworks, and accountability. 2:0: 2

Educational Philosophy:

My educational philosophy is focused in the Constructivist philosophy encouraging student learning through construction of knowledge. To accomplish this, I believe interaction in discussions, readings, lectures, quizzes, and writings are vital to construction of knowledge, application of knowledge to teaching, development of self-reflective skills, and critical thinking. I also believe that engagement and interaction contributes and advances effective teaching practices. I perceive my role as a guide and mentor rather than a direct instructor as learners construct knowledge and use Andragogical principles in learning.
As a former public education teacher, cooperating teacher for student teachers, and mentor to first year teachers,  I embrace the role of a scholar-practitioner.  I use research, best practices, professional development and continued participation in course work to enhance my professional knowledge while also applying scholarly elements to practical application in the classroom. 

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:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant Departmental Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. The core assessment for this course is the final proctored exam and will account for 20% of the total final grade. This 1-2 page exam is a summative, reflective essay on course content, observations, and critical reflection of course learning and teaching.   The other forms of assessment in this course will include reflective journals, participation, a mid term essay, quizzes, handouts, and e-entries. See the "Learning Outcomes" and "Grading Plan" for more information.

Class Assessments:
The course includes discussions, e-entries, quizzes, reflective journal writings, essays, observations, teacher interview, and a handout.


Students will participate weekly in a discussion. The discussion topics are provided for you in the course room with further instructions provided as needed. Each discussion topic focuses on the weekly content and its application to self as teacher. 


The course includes 2 e-entries which are short essay responses to a provided topic based on weekly content.


The course includes 2 quizzes based on weekly content and learning. These are available and completed within the course room.

Reflective Journal Writings:

The course includes 8 reflective journal writings that are completed and submitted weekly. The focus of the reflective journal writings is applying weekly content to self as teacher and the development of self-reflective skills.


The course includes 1 essay: final proctored exam. 


The course requires 3 teacher observations which you will schedule. Further information is provided in Week One in the course room. You are to submit the locations, grades, dates, and times of your scheduled observations in the course room during week 3.

Teacher Interview:

The course includes an interview with a teacher of your choice.


The course includes development of a handout in week 3. Further information is provided in week 3 in the course room.



All assignments in the course include point values and rubrics for scoring. Please review the rubrics and point values for each assignment.

Grading Scale

A 900 - 1000 points 90 - 100%
B 800 - 899 points 80 - 89%
C 700 - 799 points 70 - 79%
D 600 - 699 points 60 - 69%
F 599 or less is failing 0 - 59%

Discussions: 8 @ 25 pts. each=200 pts.  or 20% of grade

E-entries: 2 @ 25 pts. each=50 pts. or 5% of grade

Quizzes: 2 @ 10 pts. each=20 pts. or 2% of grade

Reflective Journal Writings: 8 @ 25 pts. each=200 pts. or 20% of grade

Essays: 1@ 200 pts. each =200 pts. or 20% of grade

Observations: 3 @ 50 pts. each=150 or 15% of grade

Observation site submission in week 3: 1 @ 30 pts=30 pts. or 3% of grade

Teacher Interview: 1 @ 100 pts. =100 pts. or 10% of grade

Handout:  1 @ 50 pts. = 50 pts. or 5% of grade

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 reconsideration be granted.

Any actions for course work involving military TDY or deployments are to be documented in writing per Park University policy. Therefore, if you are a service member 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 Monday thru Sunday. Each new week begins on Monday for our course and each week ends on Sunday at midnight CST.

All discussion responses are due by Wed., 11:59 p.m. CST of the week they are assigned. The two responses to peers are due by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CST.  

All e-entries, quizzes, teacher interviews, exams, observations, observation sites, and reflective journal entries are due by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CST. 

The handout for week 3 is due by Wed., 11:59 p.m. CST and is submitted into the week 3 discussion thread.

Any changes to this schedule will be emailed and posted in the course room announcements.

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 and use differing opinions and perspectives as a means to think outside our own experiences and understanding.  We are learners in a diverse world and will teach diverse students.  Learning from one another and with one another allows us to be teachers who are truly representative of our students' diversities, perspectives, opinions, and understandings. 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 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:

W   Week One

Why Teach? What is the Purpose of Education?

  • Read pg. 1-24 in your text.
  • Read pg. 29-42 in your text
  • Read pg. 288-319 in your text.
  • Read 2 articles provided for you in Week One Reading.
  • Review Lecture 1 and 2 provided for you in the course room.


  • Complete Discussion; topic is provide in the course room.
  • Complete 1st reflective journal on the reasons you want to teach (rewards, motivations, etc.)
  • Complete e-entry.
  • Prepare for observations.

Week Two

Teacher Demeanor, Dispositions, and Ethics

  • Read Read pg. 236-248 in your text.
  • Review “Code of Ethics and Teaching Standards” pg. 246-247 in your text.
  • Read pg. 171-177 in your text. These pages provide additional insight into the attitudes of effective teachers which correlates to the dispositions and demeanors of teachers and their interactions and collaboration with students, parents, and peers. These readings also present you with additional self-reflection and how this also impacts your teaching dispositions
  • Review lectures in course room.
  • Complete discussion; topic has been provided for you in the course room.
  • Complete quiz in the course room.
  • Complete reflective journal entry.
  • Prepare for observations

Week Three

 What is meant by “ECE, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Education”?

  •  Review the lecture in the course room.
  • Read various websites about certifications for development of your handout.
  • Develop a handout on provided topic and post in discussion area.
  • Complete reflective journal entry.
  • Submit names of schools, date and times of observations. 

Week Four

 What are the types of schools in the U.S.?

  • Read and Review the week 4 lecture provided in the course room.
  • Complete the discussion for this week. The topic has been provided for you.   
  • Complete your 4th reflective journal writing. 
  • Complete the midterm exam.    

Week Five

Professional Organizations

  • Read pg. 506-514 in your text.
  • Review week 5 lecture in the course room.
  • Complete the discussion for this week. The topic has been provided for you.   
  • Complete your 2nd e-entry.
  • Complete your 5th reflective journal writing.  

Week Six

Teacher Competencies and Porfolios.  

  • Review the lecture 1 provided in the course room.
  • Read about Teacher Competencies found at Review the webpage and locate the grade (early childhood, elementary, middle, high school) areas and the subjects you desire to teach. Click on the subject to access the file with the specific competencies and MoSTEP standards. Read the competencies and MoSTEP standards. These are the specific knowledge and skills you will need as a teacher in MO!
  • Review lecture 2 provided in the course room.
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; the topic has been provided for you.  
  • Complete the teacher interview
  • Complete your 6th reflective journal entry.  

Week Seven

Student Outcomes, Lesson Planning and Bloom.  

  • Review the lecture 1 in the course room.
  •  Read about GLEs found at Review the webpage to understand how MO subjects have been separated and identify the subjects that you desire to teach. After locating these on the website, click on the PDF, Word, or Excel link to access the GLEs for that subject. You do not need to review all of the subjects and GLEs but review enough to familiarize yourself with the GLE expectations and standards and ensure you have developed a beginning understanding and knowledge of the GLEs. 
  • Read about the Early Learning Standards for MO located at
    • The webpage provides links for parents and teachers for each subject. The files clearly state the standards for each subject. Please click on the teacher link for each subject and review the specific standards.
  • Read about Depth of Knowledge (DOK) found at This is a power point developed by the DESE with descriptions, examples, and considerations for you to apply these concepts to teaching.
  • Review Lecture 2 in the course room.
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; the topic has been provided for you.  
  • Complete the Interactive Game in the course room
  • Complete the graded T/F, MC, and short response quiz in the course room.
  • Complete your 7th reflective journal entry.  

Week Eight

What Can the New Teacher Expect?

  • Read pg. 454-488 in the text.
  • Participate in the weekly discussion; the topic has been provided for you.  
  • Complete the proctored exam.
  • Submit your 3 observations.
  • Complete your 8th reflective journal entry.  

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

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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: .

Additional Information:

 All supplemental resources and readings will be provided for you in the course room via discussion thread posting and/or postings in the announcement area. 


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