Philosophy of education

Philosophy of education

Philosophy statements are written in CEL 301 and may be reviewed or revised in methods courses. During student internship, the teacher candidate revises his/her philosophy statement from previous classes. The student internship philosophy of education should display a greater depth of knowledge than those written previously.

General Directions:

1. Submit as a typed, double-spaced document in Times New Roman 12 font. The philosophy should be 2 – 3 pages in length.

2. Write in essay format with an introductory paragraph and an ending summary paragraph. The philosophy may be written in first person.

3. The philosophy should contain the following four components: Teaching Rationale, Appropriate Teaching/Learning Climate, Content, and Professionalism. No headings should be used. The bullets under each component below represent topics that could be discussed in each area. As indicated on the scoring rubric below, a clear explanation with a rational example is required for each of the four components in order to obtain an Acceptable rating. A detailed and honed explanation with superior examples (minimum of two examples) is required for each of the components in order to obtain a Target rating, which is the highest rating.

I. ​​Teaching Rationale

(choose 2 or more topics from this section)

The purpose of education:

1. To become and remain gainfully employed or own a business

2. Self-sufficient

3. Critical thinker/inventor

4. Personal fulfillment

Influences on education (<link is hidden> societal ,political,

economic, cultural):

5. Religious, regional values

6. Geographic (school zones, districts)

7. Economic impact

8. Political impact

Personal goals (as an educator):

9. Professional growth

10. Job security, career ladder

11. Maintain optimism

12. Nurture expression, experimentation, initiative, accountability, and responsibility in students

13. Keep informed of new programs, process, and methodologies

II. ​Appropriate Teaching/Learning Climate

(choose 2 or more topics from this section)

Developmental stages of learner:

1. Application of the childhood development theories of Piaget, Erikson, Kohlberg, Vygotsky, etc.

2. Language and expression

3. Human growth and motor skills

4. Developmentally appropriate practices and methods of teaching

Student diversity (<link is hidden> gender, race/ethnicity, learning styles):

5. Talents or handicaps

6. Socio-economic status

7. English Language Learners

8. Diverse life experiences

9. Introverts/extroverts

Teacher’s role/Student’s role

10. Student-centered or teacher-centered

11. Teaching strategies

12. Differentiated instruction

Classroom rules and protocol

13. Punctuality, manners, morals, courtesy, respect, responsibility, and politeness

14. Discipline

15. Participation

16. Cooperation, teamwork, grouping

17. Individuality, self-esteem

18. Socioeconomic development

19. Student’s selection of activities prepared by the teacher

III. Content

(choose 2 or more topics from this section)

Curricular content areas:

1. Mandated, elective, new trends

2. Curricular centered websites

3. Age/handicap modified

4. Hidden Curriculum

Standards (national, state, district):

5. No Child Left Behind Act

6. Every Student Succeeds Act

7. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

8. Project Head Start


Other influences on curriculum (<link is hidden> programs, textbooks, media, resources):

10. Technology (internet, TV classes, videos, Smart boards)

11. Assessment of learning

12. Grant related testing and evaluation, school vouchers

13. Record budget shortfalls

14. Regional beliefs and values

15. Career day, science fairs, field trips

16. Classroom and playground amenities

IV. Professionalism

(choose 2 or more topics from this section)

Professional growth:

1. Seek out and attend training, meetings, seminars to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities

2. Field experiences

3. Professional writing and publishing


4. Identify and record teaching successes and failures

5. Classroom goals and achievements

6. Teacher Code of Ethics


7. Professional and academic associations (MEA, MPE, etc.)

8. The school principal and other administrators

9. Professional Learning Communities (PLC)

10. PTA and parent organizations

11. Media covered school and district events

12. Research projects

Grammar and mechanics requirements are as follows:

• Formal standard English used throughout philosophy

• Paragraphs organized around main ideas and supporting details

• Varied sentences transition and flow to form a cohesive philosophy


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