General Course Information for TED305: Teaching as a Profession

Course: TED305 - Teaching as a Profession
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Course Description:

First course in California Teacher Credentialing program, candidates introduced to California Standards of the Teaching Profession (CSTP), Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs) and California Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) process. Candidates explore role of teachers within schools, community, society, and in world; and an understanding of the commitment, rewards and responsibilities of a teaching career, as well as the process and procedures for creating a Professional Electronic Portfolio. Includes 15 hours of field experience. Course will be offered over a 2 month format and must be completed prior to enrollment in other TED courses.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the commitment, rewards and responsibilities of a teaching career.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the attitudes and dispositions of a professional educator.
  • Describe the role of teachers within schools, the community, society, and in the world.
  • Communicate orally and in writing the current issues and trends in education today.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the diversity served in student populations and the social issues affecting teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the legal, ethical and technology issues as they pertain to teaching.
  • Articulate the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP ), California Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs), and demonstrate the connection between the state standards and the professional standards for the teaching profession.
  • Utilize systematic observations in a responsible manner to support individual professional growth as an educator resulting in a written philosophy of teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, need for, and use of a professional electronic portfolio.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the California Teaching Performance Assessments(TPA) process and describe and demonstrate how the TPAs will be used to assess their knowledge, skills and dispositions during the teaching credential program.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the credentialing process and the requirements for achieving a teaching credential.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures