EDUC1200 Introduction to Education

Course Description

Introduction to Education provides an overview of the education profession and the U.S. educational system, including historical development, social foundations, and educational institutions. The course also provides an overview of the traditional elementary level education classroom and strategies to support the development of the student. This information is necessary for the development of the professional educator.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the historical and philosophical foundations of education.
  • Describe the management and organizational structure of schools and school districts.
  • Identify factors in a student's family circumstances, community environments, health, and economic conditions that may influence student learning.
  • Define student rights and teacher responsibilities to equal education, and the appropriate educational accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Define student rights and teacher responsibilities to confidentiality, privacy, appropriate treatment of students, and reporting in situations of known or suspected abuse or neglect.
  • Explain how data are used in instructional decisions.
  • Apply verbal and nonverbal communication skills.
  • Describe the role of reflection in a teacher's professional development.
  • Identify Minnesota academic content standards for students in the scope of the preservice teacher's future classroom.
  • Complete the current basic skills test required for Minnesota teacher licensure (Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills Test or current exam as required by the MN Professional Educator License and Standards Board) and develop a plan for future success on all subtests without passing scores.


Please see eServices for section availability and current pre-req/test score requirements for this course.

3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other