Investigates the philosophical, historical, and social/cultural character of education in the U.S. It is intended to be an examination of how schools function organizationally. Discussions will include the role of education, system philosophy, and trends that have shaped contemporary education; field observations are included. This course is a concentration requirement for both Special Education and Education Associate Degree programs. It is intended to be the first in a series of learning experiences for those interested in careers as teachers. Ten hours of classroom observation required. A $25 fee will be assessed to all students to cover the cost of clinical practice.