Foundations of Education


  2. A. Course Title: Foundations of Education
    B. Course Number: ED 213 - 30015
    C. Semester: Fall 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Laro, Lucinda
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Appointments can be made by emailing me at
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course will introduce students to the professional life of teachers. Throughout the book, the authors and the teachers profiled offer students practical perspectives for meeting the complex challenges of teaching. Students will be encouraged to write a research paper and develop a professional portfolio. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is an education course that will transfer to most institutions of higher education in New Mexico; however, there is no guarantee of transferability to all institutions of higher education. Please check with the receiving institution for transferability.



    Becoming A Teacher, by Forrest W. Parkay, 10th edition(ISBN:978-0134016092)


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grading distribution
    Activities 30%
    Essays 30%
    Quizzes 10%
    Discussion Board 10%
    Final Exam 20%

    Late work policy – Timely submission of assignments is the responsibility of each student. Students must be organized and keep up with the pace of instruction.

    1 day late: 20 points off
    2 days late: 40 points off
    3 days late: 60 points off
    No work will be assigned a grade after the third day.

    Note: "Late" is defined as not turning in the assignment on the due date. Exceptions to the late policy are dependent upon prior arrangements with the instructor.

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    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Education Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

    -Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    -Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    -Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    -Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.

    -Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    -Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    This course should provide students with an overview of the teaching profession. Students should be able to discuss and analyze various aspects of education and the teaching field, from historical and theoretical points of view to up-to-date policies and standards. Students should also understand some classroom management strategies and various philosophies of education.

    The student should be able to:
    • identify and describe the reasons and realities of teaching.
    • analyze essential knowledge needed to teach.
    • describe how reforms in teacher education affect teachers.
    • define educational philosophy, discuss various philosophies and create their own initial educational philosophy.
    • identify factors that affect schools and place students at risk.
    • identify, describe, and discuss the various parties who are involved in the struggle for control of schools.
    • list and discuss the states' power and influence in governing schools.
    • explain the role of the federal government in education.
    • explain why a professional code of ethics is needed.
    • describe the legal rights and responsibilities of teachers, students, parents and school districts.
    • identify how diversity is embedded in the American way of life.
    • define equal educational opportunity.
    • describe how students vary in intelligence.
    • define special education, mainstreaming, and inclusion.
    • describe how to teach all learners in an inclusive classroom.
    • describe how to create a positive learning environment.
    • list keys to successful classroom management.
    • identify and discuss effective teaching methods used by teachers.
    • list characteristics of effective teaching.
    • describe what role standards play in the classroom.
    • identify methods that can be used to assess student learning.
    • describe how educational technologies influence schools.
    • define and discuss professionalism in teaching.
    • list and describe professional organizations that teachers belong to.
    • summarize how teachers contribute to educational research.
    • enumerate how teachers are providing leadership for school restructuring and curriculum reform.
    • discuss how to become certified or licensed to teach.


    Student Requirements
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    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
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    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Week 1 Chapter One-Teaching: Your Chosen Profession
    Week 2 Chapter Two-Today's Teachers
    Week 3 Chapter Three-Today's Schools
    Week 4 Chapter Four-Philosophical Foundations of U.S. Education
    Week 5 Chapter Five-Historical Foundations of U.S. Education
    Week 6 Chapter Six-Governance and Finance of U.S. Schools
    Week 7 Chapter Seven-Ethical and Legal Issues in U.S. Education
    Week 8 Chapter Eight-Today's Students
    Week 9 Chapter Nine-Addressing Learner's Individual Needs
    Week 10 Chapter Ten-Creating a Community of Learners
    Week 11 Chapter Eleven- School Curricula and Standards
    Week 12 Chapter Twelve-Assessing Student Learning
    Week 13 Chapter Thirteen-Integrating Technology into Teaching
    Week 14 Activity Project
    Week 15 Activity Project
    Week 16 Final Exam

    **Note: The preceding information may be changed at the discretion of the instructor as needed or warranted.**

    Revised: 8-20-2018