250 words discussion

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  • Review a job description through a job website (e.g., Career Builder, Monster, etc.) in your desired career field and identify at least five skills you have obtained through your general education courses that will make you successful at this job.(teacher)
  • Demonstrate with at least two examples how your newly acquired knowledge and skills have shaped both your personal and professional development.
  • Describe your plans for putting your education to use within your community.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length, (i will provide a couple of discussions samples) which should include a thorough response to each prompt. You are required to provide in-text citations of applicable required reading materials and/or any other outside sources you use to support your claims. Provide full reference information of all sources cited at the end of your response. Please use correct APA format

Prepare: Start by reviewing General Education Curriculum found in “Section Five: General Academic Information and Policies (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.” in the Ashford University Academic Catalog, which addresses the core competencies that the general education courses must cover: Applied Ethics, Communication, Information Technology, Critical Thinking, and Quantitative Reasoning. Review Week Five Resources that are applicable toward career success. Reflect: Think about the core competencies as previously mentioned and ponder your time taking general education courses. Reflect on the specific courses not associated with your college major and determine the level of new information you have acquired that relates to the core competencies. You must also think about a potential job you might apply to once you graduate and determine what skills you developed through general education courses that make you qualified for a specific job.

General Education Curriculum

Philosophy and Purpose

The higher education offered by the University and other colleges and universities differs from other forms of postsecondary education in the belief that education involves preparation for living life as a whole rather than simply training a student for a specific job. Typically, colleges and universities have sought to provide such preparation by requiring that students devote a substantial portion—often about one-third—of their coursework to General Education programs that provide sufficient breadth of education and mastery of essential learning skills to enable them to understand and to adapt to a changing world as well as to contribute to its betterment. While virtually all institutions of higher education have some sort of General Education requirements, there is much variety, and the pattern that a college’s General Education program takes says a great deal about its values, its view of the world, and its personality.

The University’s General Education requirements are grounded firmly in the University’s mission statement, which places the University squarely within the liberal arts tradition of higher education. It speaks of intellectual growth and of a shared search for truth within a community that values diversity in ways of learning and forms of knowledge as well as in terms of the people the University seeks to serve.

In crafting a General Education program that reflects the mission statement, the faculty believed that students graduating from the University should first of all possess certain competencies that define a college-educated person. In curricular terms, this takes the form of a competency block in which students must demonstrate proficiency in applied ethics, information technology, critical thinking, mathematics, and written and oral communication.

These learning skills are valuable in and of themselves and, doubly so, when used as means to realize the intellectual growth and shared search for truth of the mission statement. They are also skills much in demand by employers.

A liberal arts education is rooted in the idea of preparing a person for life as a citizen in a free society and, so, demands breadth. In structuring this part of the General Education program, the faculty formulated eight general goals in the areas of cultural and aesthetic awareness, literature, science, history, diversity awareness, social and personal awareness, political science, and humanities. These goals were then defined in greater detail as learning outcomes within each subject area. Courses appropriate to the desired outcomes were identified and incorporated into the General Education curriculum. Certain subject areas relate directly to elements of the mission statement. More generally, the distribution of coursework across eight subject areas requires students to take courses in many disciplines. By experiencing a diversity of subject matter and ways of knowing, students will emerge with a broadly based education that equips them, in conjunction with studies in their major and elective coursework, not only to pursue successful careers but also to lead meaningful lives.


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