An examination of the primary education theories and social forces that have shaped American education with emphasis upon writers whose philosophical thought has had a particularly strong impact upon contemporary educational practices. Educational practices surveyed include the learning process, instructional design, teaching strategies, classroom management, diversity within the classroom, history and philosophy of education, and national/state K-12 content standards. The course includes clinical field experience in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Course content provides exploratory activities for students to develop an interest in and commitment to teaching. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.30.