Introduction to Teaching

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information:
    1.  An enriched, integrated pre-service course and content experience that provides active recruitment and institutional support of students interested in a teaching career, especially in high need fields. The course provides students with opportunities to participate in early field observations at all levels of P-12 schools with varied and diverse student populations; provides students with support from college and school faculty, preferably in small cohort groups, for the purpose of introduction to and analysis of the culture of schooling and classrooms. Course content should be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards; and the course must include a minimum of 16 contact hours of field experience in P-12 classrooms.

      Any required prerequisites: TSI Met in Reading and Writing
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify current issues influencing the field of education and teacher professional development.
    2. Analyze the culture of the schooling and classrooms from the perspectives of language, gender, socioeconomic, ethnics, and disability-based academic diversity and equity. 
    3. Provide examples from classroom observations and course activities that  demonstrate understanding of educational pedagogy and professional  responsibilities of teachers.
    4. Evaluate personal motivations, educational philosophies, and factors related to educational career decision making.
    5. Recognize the various multiple intelligence/learning styles in order to be able to implement instructional practices that meet the needs of all students. 
  3. Exam and Assessment Requirements
    1. Makeup exams will be given only during the week before finals. It is to your advantage to take exams on time. Makeup exams do not provide bonus points or the benefit of a curve. Worksheets turned in after the due date will be deducted  
      20%.  Will not be accepted after 2 weeks past due date.
    2. The MID-term and FINAL EXAMS will be proctored, per college online instruction policy. Prior to the week of Mid-term and Final exams you must find an approved Testing Center to take your Mid-term and Final exams. Then notify me of the date, time, and location where you will be taking your exams. The WTC Counseling office is an approved testing site, and where I will be proctoring these exams. Most Colleges and Universities are approved testing centers which you can use if you choose not to come to WTC. Any cost associated with using a testing center, except for proctored testing at Western Texas College, is the responsibility of the student.
    3. For all exam questions, worksheet questions, and scenarios- the following will indicate the measure of success in reaching the Student Learning Outcomes:
      • 85-100% accuracy-Advanced mastery of learning objectives
      • 70-84 % accuracy-Developing mastery of learning objectives
      • 60-69 % accuracy –Emerging mastery of learning objectives
      • less than 60% accuracy indicates the student has not met the learning
  4. Major Course Requirements



    Not Proctored

    Chapter Discussions



    Chapter Worksheets



    Chapter Quizzes



    Field Experience Documentation






    Final Comprehensive Exam






  1.  Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book: Introduction to Teaching Becoming a Professional, Fourth  edition.ISBN 13:978-0-13-7012329 by Donald Kauchak, Paul Eggen. PEARSON  Merrill/Prentice Hall Publishers.
  2. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam Schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Students with Disabilities
  3. Policies on class participation and classroom decorum/civility: 
    1. The discussion topics provide a forum for students to participate and interact with other students. Offensive language or angry disputes will result in students being barred from the discussions and, consequently, a lower grade. 
  4. Policies on academic integrity, including collaborative work: 
    1. Collaborative work for study sessions and assignments is encouraged. However, final worksheet answers should be the student’s own work and not simply copied from someone else, including the textbook author. Worksheets that appear to be the same will both receive “no credit”. Any collaboration during tests is considered cheating, and the tests will receive a zero score.
  5. Class participation: 
    1. Students should log into Moodle at least once a week. Your attendance will be tracked via this website, and failure to do so will result in 3 hours of absences per week
  6. Weekly Course Schedule

Week Number

Section/Online Work

Week 1

Getting Started Read Chapter 1 Do I want to be a Teacher?

Week 2

Read Chapter 2 Developing as a Professional

Week 3

Read chapter 3 Changes in American Society: Their Influences on Today’s Students

Week 4

Quiz over Chapters 1-3 Closes Sunday.  It is timed (90 minutes) and you only have one attempt.

Week 5

Read Chapter 4 Student Diversity: Culture, Language, and Gender
First observation Assignment due this week!

Week 6

Read Chapter 5 Student Diversity: Development, Ability and Exceptionalities

Week 7

Read Chapter 6 Education in the United States: Its Historical Roots

Week 8

Quiz over Chapters 4-6

Week 9 Read Chapter 7 Educational Philosophy: The Intellectual Foundations of American
Week 10 Read Chapter 8 The Organization of American Schools
Second Observation Assignment due this week!
Week 11 Read Chapter 9 Governance and Finance: Regulating and Funding Schools
Week 12 Quiz over Chapters 7-9
Week 13 Read Chapter 10 School Law: Ethical and Legal Influences on Teaching
Week 14 Read Chapter 11 The School Curriculum in an Era of Standards and Accountability
Week 15 Third Observation due and Prepare for Final
Week 16 Final Exam



Last Modified: August 11, 2016