This course is an introduction to the field of American education that will cover history, philosophy, financing, legal aspects, and current issues of American education. Students will be given a general overview of how American schools came to be and how they function today. They will be introduced to Illinois Professional Teaching Standards. Students will participate in a minimum of 25 documented clinical experiences involving observation and interaction with learners and practitioners at work at a local parochial grade school, according to specified guidelines.
Students must concurrently enroll in this course with Illinois Central College (ICC) for credit in EDUC 111. Students must have an ACT reading score of 18 or higher to qualify. Students may also qualify by taking the ICC Accuplacer Reading test by May 1st. Students must be officially enrolled and pay the $150.00 ICC dual credit tuition fee to PND through FACTS. Students must complete an online application with ICC. Students must provide their counselor with Accuplacer reading test results or ACT reading score test results. Students must transfer dual credit from ICC by sending an ICC transcript to their college of choice when students are enrolling in another university or college. Dual credit is not indicated on a Peoria Notre Dame Transcript.