This course focuses on the profession of teaching—its history, purposes, issues, ethics, laws and regulations, roles and qualifications. Emphasis is placed on identifying the current, historical, philosophical and social perspectives of American education including trends and issues. Students will explore major approaches to human learning. Students will participate in guided observations and field experiences in multiple settings to help them assess their personal interest in pursuing careers in this field and to identify effective learning environments. Students will continue to develop the components of a working portfolio to be assembled upon completion of the internship.