Syllabi for Dr. McIntire

EDF 2005 - Introduction to Education


Sadker, D., & Zittleman, K. (2009). Teachers, Schools, and Society: A Brief Introduction to Education Florida Version. Third Edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill.


Course Description:

This is a survey course including historical, sociological, and philosophical foundations of education, governance and finance of education, educational policies, legal, moral, and ethical issues and the professionalism of teaching. Students will be provided information on the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices, Sunshine State Standards, and the Professional Educator Competencies. Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of field-based experience with children and youth in schools or similar settings and not via virtual modes of film or Internet.


Course Objectives:

This course will enable students to:

1. Identify current and historical trends, issues and individuals who have influenced school curricula and the development of the school system in the United States.

2. Research and discuss the characteristics of effective schools.

3. Research and discuss the characteristics of effective schools.

4. Compare and contrast various governance structures, and identify the laws and crucial court cases that influence education practices and programs.

5. Assess the relationships between key educational philosophies and the development of educational practices in the United States.

6. Develop a personal philosophy of teaching and learning.

Grades and Grading Scale: Your final grade will be based on a total of 1000 possible points as a result from the following assignments:




Total Possible Points


Points Earned

(Enter your Grades here)

Orientation Quiz


Student Affidavit/Code of Ethics


Exams (3 total)


Field Experience Paper:



       Time Log Verification




Case Study #1


Case Study #2


Sunshine State Standards




Teacher Interview


Philosophy Statement



Grading Scale:

A: 900-1000    B: 800-899      C: 700-799      D: 600-699     F: 599 and Below

The purpose of the assignments in this course is to document that you have met the standards outlined by the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) The competencies outlined in the FEAPs must be met in order to be considered a highly-qualified teacher in the State of Florida.