Emerging Personal Educational Philosophy: Students enrolled in this course will complete a personal educational philosophy statement. A philosophical statement synthesizes your conceptualization of effective teaching in the context of current practice. Although this paper is expressed in first person, the statement is academic in content and must include pedagogical language. It should also reflect what you have gained through observation in classrooms and participation in this class. You will revise and restructure your philosophical statement throughout your teacher education preparation as your attitudes change and your knowledge expands. The course readings must be used as source material and you will be assessed on your ability to weave your personal experiences with the readings. A rubric will be available on Blackboard. All students must utilize the university writing center’s services at some point during the writing of this paper. Documentation from the writing center of your visit must be submitted with the final paper
For full points according to the rubric;
Quality of writing:
o College level writing, diction.
o Minor or no grammatical errors
o Ideas flow smoothly
o Easy to follow
o Use of professional language
APA format:
o Title page is correct.
o Margins and font are correct.
o In-text citation is accurate.
o Headings and subheadings are
o Reference page is correct.
Educational Philosophy:
o Defines various educational
o Clearly discerns a personal adherence
to one or more philosophy
o Explains reasoning clearly through
application of research.
o Is able to cite outside research to
justify opinion.
o Cites at least 6 articles or books from
the class bibliography of sources
Apprenticeship of Observation:
o Defines the apprenticeship of
observation in own words and with
citation of readings.
o Defines and addresses issues related
to his/her own apprenticeship of
o Explains reasoning clearly through
application of readings.
o Is able to cite readings to justify
Implications for Future Teaching Career:
o Student paints a clear picture of what
his/her classroom philosophy will be.
o Situates themselves and their
philosophy as it relates to diversity in
o Situates themselves and their
philosophy as it relates to classroom
o Situates themselves and their
philosophy as it relates to classroom
o Uses the course readings and class
bibliography as source material to
justify assertions and implications.
Any of the 5 educational philosophies may be chosen (essentialism, perennialism, progressivism, social reconstructivism, or existentialism)

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