Introduction to Teaching – EDU 2101


This course will provide future teachers with a deeper understanding of and better preparation for the teaching profession by weaving in three themes central to teaching today–professionalism, diversity, and reform. Two central questions frame the text: “Do I want to be a teacher?” and “What kind of teacher do I want to become?”. Classroom-based cases and interactive features will help you reflect on your responses to topics such as the implications of increasingly diverse classrooms, and the assessment and standards-driven educational climate.

Core Education Courses

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will Identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures

  • Develop an overview of school systems at the early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school levels and different cultures

  • Strengthen decision-making skills within a context of complex situations where there may not be a match between theory and practice

  • Enhance professional performance by critically examining values, beliefs, and strategies that facilitate the learning of all students

  • Examine personal motivation for choosing education as a major

Recommended Text:
Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone). Elizabeth Green, 2014.