This course will introduce students to social and behavioral sciences with a focus on their relationship to how schools function. In approaching educational issues from this perspective students should develop an understanding of our American schools and the complex relationship between schools and society. Students will also be introduced to the latest research and theories impacting educational practice. They will be given the opportunity to observe and identify these practices through 30 hours of a clinical experience in various classroom settings. The clinical experience will provide students the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in a school setting. Critical thinking and communication skills will be developed throughout the course.
This coure broadens student knowledge through selected topics and issues pertaining to K-12 education. Topics may include: learning strategies and environments, legal and ethical issues, literacy, special needs, trends in education, and new practices.