This course is an introduction to the development and organization of the American educational system and profession. It examines professionalism requirements, the historical and philosophical foundations of education and the structure of schools. 47 contact hours, plus 15 hours of field experience under the supervision of a K-12 public school teacher certified in-field. The field experience requires completion of a criminal offense review form as a condition for participation in the field experience component of the course. (Note: A student who has a criminal background precluding him or her from observing in a classroom will not be able to complete the field experience and will not receive credit for this course).