Foundations of Education is a survey course that investigates the philosophical, historical, and social/cultural character of education in the United States. It examines the way schools function organizationally. Topics include the role of education, system philosophy, and trends that have shaped contemporary education. Students also conduct field observations. This course is a concentration requirement for both the Special Education certificate and the Teacher Education associate degree. It is intended to be the first in a series of learning experiences for those interested in careers as teachers. It also fulfills a required elective in social science. This course includes field study.