Education (EDUC) 201

The Profession of Teaching (Revision 3)

EDUC 201

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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EDUC 201 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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EDUC 201 is an introductory level, three-credit course that provides those interested in becoming teachers with a general and balanced overview of the profession. You will look closely at what teachers do and how they do it, and in the process you, as a prospective teacher, will gain a better grasp of the reality of classroom teaching.


Education 201 consists of nine units, each of which examines a particular aspect of teaching:

  • Unit 1: Laying the Groundwork
  • Unit 2: Being in Charge
  • Unit 3: Teaching
  • Unit 4: Learning
  • Unit 5: Inclusion
  • Unit 6: Planning for Teaching and Learning
  • Unit 7: Assessment
  • Unit 8: Computers and the Classroom
  • Unit 9: The Complexity, Challenges, and Rewards of Teaching


Your final grade is determined by a weighted average of the grades you receive on these assignments. To receive credit for EDUC 201 you must achieve a minimum grade of “D” (50 percent) on each assignment and a minimum grade of “D” (50 percent) on the final examination. The weightings for each of these activities are as follows:

Activity Credit Weight Date Due
Assignment 1 15% of final grade End of Unit 3
Assignment 2 25% of final grade End of Unit 5
Assignment 3 20% of final grade End of Unit 7
Final Examination 40% of final grade End of all units

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Beauchamp, L., & Parsons, J. (2000). Teaching from the Inside Out. Edmonton AB: Duval House.

Beauchamp, L., McConaghy, G., Parsons, J., Sanford, K., & Ford, D. (2000). Teaching from the Outside In. Edmonton AB: Duval House.

Gish, S. (1994). Mr. Gish, May I Go to the Bathroom? My First Year as a High School Teacher. Port Angeles WA: Deer Park Publications. (Digital Reading)

Stamp, R. (Ed.) (2005). My Most Memorable Teacher: 100 Stories Celebrating 100 Years of Alberta Teaching Excellence. Calgary: Red Deer Press.

Other Materials

The course materials include a study guide, course manual, with online readings.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for EDUC 201 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, June 17, 2013

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Updated June 13 2016 by Student & Academic Services