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Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching (common course-id EDUC 200), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number: EDUC 200

General Course Description - EDUC 200:

This course introduces students to the concepts and issues related to teaching diverse learners in today’s contemporary schools, Kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12). Topics include teaching as a profession and career, historical and philosophical foundations of the American education system, contemporary educational issues, California’s content standards and frameworks, and teacher performance standards. In addition to class time, the course requires a minimum of 45 hours of structured fieldwork in public school elementary classrooms that represent California’s diverse student population, and includes cooperation with at least one carefully selected and campus-approved certificated classroom teacher.

Minimum Units: 3.0

Any rationale or comment: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing adopted Elementary Subject Matter Standards: Standard 7


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: Freshman Composition (ENGL 100)

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify personal meanings related to teaching, reflecting upon why they want to become a teacher, examining personal characteristics, assumptions and beliefs, subject matter knowledge, experiences and goals which could affect their development as a teacher;
  • Articulate basic purposes of schooling and trace the history of their development;
  • Describe the multiple roles and functions of teachers and other school personnel in meeting the diverse needs of students;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional standards, ethics, and professionalism in classroom and school visits;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of educational issues in a global context;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of cultural contexts on learning;
  • Analyze ecological challenges outside the classroom that impact student learning and identify school and community resources that address these challenges;
  • Demonstrate skill in implementing established protocols for visiting schools and classrooms;
  • Demonstrate skill in implementing observation protocols;
  • Relate course content to real classrooms through satisfactory completion of a minimum of 45 hours of approved fieldwork including structured assignments, observations, and reflections that demonstrate the observer’s ability to
    • Recognize and describe examples of teaching events that implement some elements of the CSTP and TPEs;
    • Observe the use of state adopted academic content and performance standards;
    • Compare and contrast classroom environments;
    • Recognize and describe individual differences among students and identify strategies and accommodations used to address these differences;


  • Quizzes
  • Exams
  • Field Experience
  • Written assignments
  • Portfolio Development
  • Group presentations

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Social and Cultural Foundations of American Education
    This is a textbook created and edited as part of an education course, ECI 301, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk,... More
  • A Child Becomes a Reader: Kindergarten through Grade 3
    This is a free, online textbook offered by the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. This book is part... More