This course provides the philosophical, historical, and social foundations background that enables teacher candidates to understand their roles as teachers and as orchestrators of the learning environment. The content is based on a study of the driving social forces as they relate to different time periods and philosophic positions and the impact these forces have in shaping the role of education. Teacher candidates study and understand the national and state standards relevant to K-12 education and teacher preparation in the United States. They acquire competency in using education technologies such as Internet-based course delivery systems, database software, and digital portfolios. Teacher candidates develop dispositions for ethics in teaching and a high-level commitment for the teaching profession.