District Syllabus
Introduction To The Teaching Profession

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: Placement at the college level or completion of the appropriate exit-level developmental course(s) with a grade of C or better.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
This is a survey course including historical, sociological, and 
philosophical foundations of education, governance and finance of 
education, educational policies, legal, moral and ethical issues and 
the professionalism of teaching.  Students will be provided 
information on the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices, Florida 
Standards, and the Professional Educator Competencies. Students are 
required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of field-based experience 
with children and youth in schools or similar settings and not via 
virtual models of film or internet.                 



Required Materials: Books:
  • Forrest W. Parkay. Becoming A Teacher, 9th ed., Pearson, 2013. ISBN: 9780132626149
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: The 15-hour service learning component is mandated by the State of Florida. A student cannot earn a passing grade in this course without completing the 15-hour requirement.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Course Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:

1.  identify current and historical trends, issues, 
    and individuals who have influenced school curricula and the 
    development of the school system in the United States;
2.  research and discuss characteristics of effective 
3.  compare and contrast various governance 
    structures, and will be able to identify the laws and crucial
    court cases that influence education practices and programs;
4.  assess the relationships between key educational 
    philosophies and the development of educational practices in the 
    United States;
5.  review and recognize the economic issues that 
    affect schools including sources of funding, funding formulas, 
    school choice initiatives, tuition tax credit, and vouchers;
6.  research and discuss the legal and civil rights 
    and responsibilities of students and teachers;
7.  examine and discuss the attributes and ethical 
    standards of a professional educator;
8.  describe the responses that schools use in 
    addressing social issues that affect the learner in today's 
9.  describe the impact of multiculturalism on schools and 
    learners; and
10. research and identify career options in education.

Methods of Evaluation:
Student evaluation of the stated learning outcomes and performance 
objectives is the responsibility of the instructor, within the 
policies of the college and the department. Detailed explanation is 
included in the expanded syllabus developed by the instructor for 
each section being taught. 
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

Student Email Accounts: Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.

Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

Equity Statement: Pensacola State College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender/sex, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information in its educational programs, activities or employment. For inquiries regarding Title IX and the college’s nondiscrimination policies, contact the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity/Title IX Officer at (850) 484-1759, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, Florida 32504.