Course Description

This course introduces teaching as both an art and a science. Teacher candidates will examine the historical foundations of education as well as current issues and trends. Candidates will reflect on their dispositions and motivations to teach and will explore basic philosophies, professionalism, and legal and ethical ramifications in education.

This version of the course is for California residents only. If you do not reside in California click here.

This graduate course is 6 weeks.

This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.

Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

Course Objectives

Week 1

  • Analyze the evolution of American education.
  • Explain the current organizational structure of the American educational system.
  • Examine the role of government and community in education.

Week 2

  • Examine certification requirements for your state.
  • Explain the significance of teacher standards in professional practice.
  • Explain the legal and ethical responsibilities of teachers.

Week 3

  • Examine the philosophical foundations and principles of education.
  • Describe the relationship between educational philosophies and classroom practice.
  • Assess the role of teacher dispositions and motivation in student learning.
  • Develop a personal philosophy of education.

Week 4

  • Analyze current issues and trends in education.
  • Examine school choice considerations for parents.
  • Discuss the implications of state standards on teaching.
  • Describe the role of assessment in teaching.
  • Describe the effects technological advancements have made on education.

Week 5

  • Describe the challenges of teaching in today’s diverse classrooms and schools.
  • Discuss the impact a teacher’s own bias and personal beliefs have on teaching practice.
  • Assess the benefits multicultural education has on student learning.
  • Explore ways to create an inclusive classroom environment.

Week 6

  • Describe how teacher participation in professional development enhances student learning.
  • Describe methods for collaborating with stakeholders to enhance learning.
  • Examine practices that lead to becoming a reflective practitioner in the field of education.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-345-1800.


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Although our continuing education for teacher’s courses are accepted by some state agencies in the United States toward teacher certifications and endorsements, this may not be the case in all states or foreign jurisdictions. If you plan to use courses for certification or endorsement, please check with your own state agency and your school district for applicability. Continuing education for teachers’ courses is not eligible to apply to degree programs at University of Phoenix. These courses are not eligible for federal financial aid.

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