INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION - EDF 1005
EDF 1005 Instructor: B. Styers
3 credit hours Office: SS 116
Office Phone: 791-2786 email:
This course is an introduction to the development and organization of the American
educational system and the education profession. It examines the historical,
sociological, ethical and philosophical foundations of education. 47 contact hours, plus
15 hours of Field Experience under the supervision of a K-12 teacher who is certified in-
field. This requires completion of a criminal offense review form as a condition for
participation in the field experience component of the course. A student who has a
criminal background precluding him or her from volunteering in a classroom may not be
able to complete the field experience and may not receive credit for this course. Field
experience hours must be completed for a grade to be awarded.
Teachers, Schools & Society David M. Sadker, Myra P. Sadker & Karen R. Zittleman
Florida 8th Edition Only
1. The student will demonstrate knowledge of personal, educational and professional
requirement necessary to become a teacher.
2. The student will understand the historical foundations of education.
2. The student will understand sociological foundations in education.
3. The student will comprehend philosophical foundations in education
5. The student will understand ethical and legal issues in education.
6. The student will understand administration, governance and funding of education.
6. The student will examine the role of the teacher.
7. The student will identify factors affecting school curriculum..
8. The student will examine professional literature in the field of education
9. The student will demonstrate knowledge of the teaching professional through field
experience in a school setting.
All students must complete 15 hours of field experience in a K-12 classroom with a
certified teacher. We have an agreement with Pinellas County School District to place
our students as classroom volunteers for this experience. Students who wish to do their
hours in a school other than Pinellas County School District must obtain special permission
from the instructor. To be placed in a school, students must be fingerprinted (level 2
required) and disclose whether they have even been arrested or charged with a criminal
felony or misdemeanor, or if they have even been identified as a confirmed child abuser.
When the student passes the required fingerprinting, they will be accepted into a
Pinellas County school to do their Field Experience hours. This fingerprinting is good for 5
years. If you are a dual enrolled or early college student, you may not do your hours in a
high school setting.
If the student does not pass this screening, then the instructor will make decisions
regarding the next appropriate step. It is important to note that if a student does not
pass fingerprinting, this may indicate that the student will be unlikely to receive a
teaching certificate when they graduate
NOTE: If you have even been arrested or charged with a criminal felony or
misdemeanor, or if you have even been identified as a confirmed child abuser, we
recommend that you go through screening this semester and if you pass the
fingerprinting, then take this course next session. It often takes from 3 to 6 weeks to
complete the screening process and if you do not pass fingerprinting, you will have to
drop the course after the refund date. Tuition will not be refunded if you do not pass
ATTENDANCE POLICY/ACTIVE PARTICIPATION
Attendance will be taken at the start of class. If you are late, you will be marked absent.
Students with perfect attendance will be awarded 5 points extra credit at the end of the
semester. Each student is responsible for lectures missed due to absences. It is
suggested that each student secure lecture notes from a student who attended the
class. Students who are absent during post-test reviews will not receive extra points that
may be awarded to those who participate.
ACTIVE PARTICIPATION is defined as not having more than 4 absences per semester. If
you miss class more than 4 times, you will be reported as not meeting the Active
Participation requirement at the 60% attendance report. In very extreme circumstances,
if a student misses more than 4 classes, a student may be permitted to remain in class if
the student contacts and meets with the instructor in a timely manner to write a formal
"Course Continuation Plan.”
The last date for dropping courses without academic penalty is 10/30/2008,
It is the students' responsibility to withdraw themselves from their courses.
The withdrawn student and the withdrawn student’s instructor will receive timely
notification through SPC e-mail whenever a withdrawal occurs. This includes
student self-withdrawals as well as any kind of administrative withdrawal.
Any student identified by an instructor as not attending at least once during the
first two weeks of class will be considered a “No Show” and will be automatically
withdrawn with a grade of “W.”
Students not "Actively Participating" in class as outlined in the syllabus will be
withdrawn with a grade of “WF.”
INTERNET & ONLINE QUIZZES & EMAIL
Each student will take a quiz online for each chapter that we are covering in the course.
Each quiz must be done by the date and time announced in class and on the course
calendar. The quizzes will close at that specific time and they can not be made up.
Students are also required to check the course email on Angel.
COURSE ASSIGNMENT AND GRADING SUMMARY
Record Points Below:
Online Quizzes (9** Quizzes at 10 points each) 90** points _________
In Class Tests (4 at 50** points each) 200** points _________
Field Experience 75** points _________
Field Experience set up on time 10** points _________
**NOTE: Assignments and consequently final total points are subject to modification
90% - 100% = A
80% - 89% = B
70% - 79% = C
60% 69% = D
below 59% = F
(I may be in SS 116 or LA 111 for Office Hours)
Monday 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Tuesday 3:30 pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Thursday 3:30 pm – 5:00pm
Students who are experiencing difficulty with the course should visit the instructor during
office hours or by appointment.
On occasion classes may be cancelled due to inclement weather, instructor illness or
some other reason. In such cases the assigned work for that class meeting will carry
forward to the next regularly scheduled class. Please check ANGEL or the SPC website
Misconduct during class such as TEXTING, surfing the net on a laptop, sleeping, passing
notes, talking, or working on other materials or any other distracting/inappropriate
behavior is unacceptable and will be dealt with by the instructor. If this type of behavior
is not corrected, and is detrimental to other students and the learning/teaching
environment, the student will be asked to leave the classroom. The instructor reserves the
right to withdraw the student from the course if their participation detracts from
learning/teaching environment. If other students are interfering with your learning,
please bring this to the instructor's attention.
Assignments are due at the start of class. Papers handed in any later will be accepted
for ½ off. ALL PAPERS MUST BE STAPLED TOGETHER and your name should be on each
page. Written work is to be typed. The date that your Field Experience Set-Up Sheet is
due is the only day the 10 points for that assignment will be awarded.
ODDS AND ENDS
Each student is asked to purchase a dual pocket folder in the color designated by the
instructor. If you cannot do this, please see me in my office and I will provide you with
A copy of our text is located in the reserve section of each campus library for student
use. It can not be checked out. There are libraries at various SPC sites. You may choose
the one that is most convenient for you should you need to go. You can also access
library services online. Here is the link: http://www.spcollege.edu/central/libonline/.
Check with our librarian at (727) 791-2614 for this semester’s password.
At all times, students may visit the counseling area located in the ADM building on a first
come/first serve basis. During non-registration periods students may review their progress
with a counselor/advisor and complete academic planning for subsequent sessions. This
is also a good time to review career information and transfer requirements.
Appointments may be scheduled during non-peak registration times by calling an
Academic Advisor in our Counseling &and Advisement office. As a reminder…students
who are near completion of their degree requirements need to APPLY at MYSPC for
graduation at the start of their last semester and are encouraged to meet with an
advisor for a graduation check.
Career Development Center
The Career Development Center offers a variety of career-related services including
career exploration and assessment, local job postings, employment opportunities and
resume assistance. For more information, please call the career center at 791-2738.
Tutoring/Study Skills Information: http://www.spcollege.edu/tsc/info_commons.htm
Technical Support Help Desk: 727-341-4357 http://www.spjc.edu/helpdesk/
Automated System Check Tool for ANGEL:
International Students: See Mirva Cuevas, International Student Advisor, 727-712-5761
Career Development Center:
Guide to Online Learning: http://www.spcollege.edu/ecampus/help/tips.htm
St Petersburg College Technical Support Desk
Students Call 727-341-HELP (727-341-4357)
Call Center Hours
7:00 am to 12:00 am (Midnight) Daily
7 days a week
August 19, 2008
IMPORTANT COLLEGE POLICY REGARDING COURSE DROP-ADD PERIOD AND AUDIT
Registration has been extended through Tuesday, Aug. 26. You may drop a course during the
first week of class and be eligible for a refund. (See a counselor/advisor to finalize your schedule,
so you won’t be left without the classes you want or need). You may not change from credit to
audit status after the end of the first week of classes.
GRADING AND REPEAT COURSE POLICIES
State policy specifies that students may not repeat a college credit course for
which a grade of “C” or higher has been earned except by appeal to the campus
Academic Appeals committee. You may repeat a college credit course one time
without penalty. At the third attempt, you will pay the full cost of instruction. The
full cost of instruction rate for 2008-09 is $280.39 per credit hour. In addition, at
the third attempt you may NOT receive a grade of “I,” “W,” or “X,” but must
receive the letter grade earned. This grade will be averaged into your overall
grade point average.
ATTENDANCE/ACTIVE PARTICIPATION/WITHDRAWAL POLICIES
In January 2008 the college implemented a new attendance policy. Revised
Board of Trustees rule 6Hx23-4.30 replaces the information found on pages 136
and 137 in the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the 2008-09
Student Planner and Handbook.
Each instructor must exercise professional judgment to determine if you are
actively participating in class. Faculty will publish their own personal
participation/attendance policies in their syllabi. This policy will be used to
determine grades. If you are not actively participating in class as defined in an
instructor’s syllabus, you will be reported to the administration during the week
following the voluntary withdrawal date.
Instructors will verify that you are in attendance during the first two weeks of
class. If you are classified as a “No Show” for both of the first two weeks, you will
be administratively withdrawn.
Immediately following the 60% point of the term, each instructor will verify which
students are actively participating in class as defined in the course syllabus. If
you are classified as not meeting the criteria for active class participation, you will
be administratively withdrawn with a “WF.” You will be able to withdraw yourself
at any time during the term. Requests submitted after the 60% deadline,
however, will result in a “WF.” You and your instructor will automatically receive
notification through SPC e-mail whenever a withdrawal occurs.
FEDERAL GUIDELINES RELATED TO FINANCIAL AID AND TOTAL
WITHDRAWAL FROM THE COLLEGE
The U.S. Department of Education has implemented rules for students who
obtain a Pell Grant, Stafford Loan, and/or Federal Supplemental Educational
Opportunity Grant and subsequently totally withdraw from the college. The rule
requires you to refund to the Department of Education a portion of your financial
aid if you completely withdraw from St. Petersburg College before the 60% point
in the term. You also may be required to repay funds to the college if you are
identified as not actively participating in all of your classes, or if you do not
receive at least one final passing grade (D or higher). Should you consider
totally withdrawing from all classes before the published withdrawal date, it is
important that you consult the Financial Assistance Services office on your home
campus to understand your options and the consequences of total withdrawal.
St. Petersburg College has an Academic Honesty policy. It is your responsibility
to be familiar with the policies, rules, and the consequences of violations. There
is no tolerance for cheating and academic dishonesty. Discipline can range from
a zero on a specific assignment to expulsion from the class with a grade of
F. Note that copy/pasting published information, whether it's from your textbook
or the Internet, without citing your source is plagiarism and violates this
policy. Even if you change the words slightly, the ideas are someone else's so
you still have to cite your sources. Cheating, plagiarism, bribery,
misrepresentation, conspiracy, and fabrication are defined in Board Rule 6Hx23-
4.461. Student Affairs: Academic Honesty Guidelines, Classroom Behavior.
All electronic devices such as cell phones, beepers, pagers, and related devices
are to be turned off before entering the classroom, library, and laboratories to
avoid disruption. Use of any device in these areas is a violation of college policy
and subject to disciplinary action.
College computers are intended for academic work. Inappropriate use of
computers during class time is prohibited. You should understand that you may
be required to use the Internet for some courses. Furthermore, you may be
required to have discussions of class assignments and share papers and other
class materials with instructors and classmates via chat rooms and other
mechanisms. Therefore, Internet users may be able to access your work
whether the access is secured or unsecured. The College cannot protect you
from the type of materials on the Internet or the potential piracy of your materials.
In the event that a hurricane or other natural disaster causes significant damage
to St. Petersburg College facilities, you may be provided the opportunity to
complete your course work online. Following the event, please visit the college
Web site for an announcement of the college’s plan to resume operations.
You should familiarize yourself with the emergency procedures and evacuation
routes located in the buildings you use frequently. Located in each classroom is
an Emergency Response Guide (flip-chart) that contains information for proper
actions in response to emergencies. You should be prepared to assess
situations quickly and use good judgment in determining a course of action. You
should evacuate to assembly areas in an orderly manner when an alarm sounds
or when directed to do so by college faculty or staff or emergency services
personnel. You may access additional emergency information by going to
www.spcollege.edu/security. In face to face courses your instructor will review the
specific campus plans for emergency events.
CAMPUS SAFETY AND SECURITY
For information on campus safety and security policies please contact 791-2560. If there are
questions or concerns regarding personal safety, please contact the Provost, Associate Provost,
Campus Security Officer, or Site Administrator on your campus.
SEXUAL PREDATOR INFORMATION
Federal and state laws require a person designated as a “sexual predator or offender” to register
with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The FDLE is then required to notify the
local law enforcement agency where the registrant resides, attends, or is employed by an
institution of higher learning. Information regarding sexual predators or offenders attending or
employed by an institution of higher learning may be obtained from the local law enforcement
agency with jurisdiction for the particular campus by calling the FDLE hotline (1-888-FL-
PREDATOR) or (1-888-357-7332), or by visiting the FDLE website at
If you wish to request accommodations as a student with a documented disability, please make
an appointment with the Learning Specialist on campus. If you will need assistance during an
emergency classroom evacuation, please contact your campus learning specialist immediately
about arrangements for your safety.
There are libraries at various SPC sites. You may choose the one that is most convenient for you.
You also can access library services online at http://www.spcollege.edu/central/libonline/
The ANGEL system will be completely unavailable due to scheduled
maintenance from 7 a.m. Nov. 11th until midnight Nov. 12.
FREE TRANSPORTATION TO THE LEEPA-RATTNER MUSEUM OF ART
Free student transportation to the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art on SPC’s
Tarpon Springs Campus will be available once each month during the Fall Term
from the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, the Clearwater Campus, and the
Seminole Campus. Please visit your Student Activities Office to get departure
times and to sign up for a trip to the museum. Transportation will be available on
the following dates:
Wednesday, Sept. 10
Thursday, Oct. 9
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Thursday, Dec 4