Introduction to the Teaching Profession

EDUC 1301

  • State Approval Code: 1301015109
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 64

Catalog Description

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; provides students with opportunities to participate in early field observations at all levels of P-12 schools with varied and diverse student populations; and provides students with support from college and school faculty for the purpose of introduction to and analysis of the culture of schooling and classrooms. (Course includes 16 contact hours of field experience in P-12 public school classrooms.)


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Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

  1. Describe how individuals become certified to teach in Texas.
  2. Describe the history of public education and important legislation impacting it.
  3. Describe the organization of public schools and the role of teachers and other educators in those schools.
  4. Describe effective methods of instruction, assessment, and behavior management.
  5. Describe the diverse populations in public schools and effective methods of dealing with students who are culturally or academically diverse.
  6. Describe how technology supports instruction and school management.
  7. Complete sixteen hours of on-site observation in Texas public schools.

Specific Course Objectives

1.     Describe and evaluate a teacher's typical day on the job. 
2.     Identify phases in a teacher's professional development. 
3.     Identify roles in education other than the classroom setting. 
4.     Describe the numerous legal issues affecting teachers today. 
5.     Explain the issues associated with multiculturalism. 
6.     Identify legal and instructional approaches to special needs and special talents of students. 
7.     Identify legal aspects of students' rights and responsibilities. 
8.     Identify areas of direct instruction such as active teaching, program planning, teacher questions, homework, and teacher-student observation instruments used in the classroom. 
10.  Evaluate issues of classroom management and discipline. 
11.  Describe approaches to assessment, measurement, evaluation, and grading. 
12.  Identify a variety of issues that affect a student's pattern of behavior in the classroom. 
13.  Identify the historical roots of American education. 
14.  Identify challenges of school reform. 
15.  Identify the influence of curriculum. 
16.  Describe school funding, staffing, and organization. 
17. Discuss key concepts of the Texas Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities of teachers:
  1. Domain I:  Designing Instruction
  2. Domain II: Creating a Positive, Productive Classroom Environment;
  3. Domain III: Implementing Effective, Responsive Instruction and Assessment;
Domain IV:  Fulfilling Professional Role and Responsibilities

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

TECHNICAL SKILL REQUIREMENTS--To be successful in this course, you should be able to:

  • Use a web browser
  • Use MS WORD (available in Panola College computer labs)
  • Access and use the Canvas Learning Management System
  • Use email within Canvas to communicate with your instructor
  • Send an email attachment
  • Download appropriate files
  • Upload files to Canvas


  1. Read assigned sections in the text.
  2. Use Canvas to access assignments and course materials.
  3. Locate information in the library databases or on the Internet when assigned.
  4. Use Canvas email to communicate with the instructor.
  5. Interact with other students and the instructor via the Canvas discussion board.
  6. Complete assignments and exams.
  7. Complete field study requirements.

CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE: Students are expected to be respectful of other students' views as in the traditional classroom. For online students, the same respect should be granted when corresponding via email or the discussion board. Comments and language should be appropriate for a college community classroom. The instructor may edit or delete inappropriate comments posted in course tools.

TESTING: All Exams are proctored and must be completed with the instructor or in an approved college testing center. Students using testing centers are REQUIRED to make appointments with the testing center staff. Be prepared to show a picture ID when you enter the testing center. Read the testing center policies before arriving for testing.


Sixteen hours of field experience on Texas public school campuses must be completed to received credit for this class. Failure to complete all sixteen hours will result in a grade of “F” for the class, regardless of grades on other assignments.


A Service Learning component is included in this class. The role of professional educators includes acting as an advocate for children and serving as a leader and resource in the community. Students will be offered an opportunity to participate in Service Learning activities throughout the semester.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

Students in both the traditional class and the Internet class will have access to this course via the Canvas Learning Management System. Students in the face-to-face course will meet regularly to discuss the material. Online students will be required to meet with the instructor or testing proctor for testing only. Instruction and class participation will include:

  • Instructor lecture or online facilitation
  • Online submission of assignments
  • Email
  • Videos
  • Discussion Board
  • Practice Exams
  • Quizzes
  • On-site Field Experience


The following items will be assigned during the semester and used to calculate the student's final grade:

  • Field Experience Journal and Documentation (Field Experience Portfolio) = 20%
  • Assignments: = 30%
    • Projects
    • Discussions
    • Quizzes
    • Class portfolio
  • Exams, including a comprehensive Final Exam = 50%

To earn a passing grade, all required documents for the sixteen-hour field study component MUST be submitted ON or BEFORE the DUE DATE. Students who do not complete all sixteen hours will not receive credit for the course, regardless of performance on other assignments. Refer to the SCHEDULE for DUE DATES.


90-100 %








Field Experience












Below 60%





Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

Teaching in America, Fifth Edition, 2008, Morrison, George S., Pearson Education, Inc./Allyn and Bacon, (ISBN: 0205570704)