The Education Department provides an introductory foundation for the field of teaching through the study of facts, principles and theories in the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, English composition and literature and communication studies. Students can complete the lower division required observation course, which includes forty-five hours of structured fieldwork in a public school elementary classroom.

Contact Information

Education Faculty Contact 

Victoria Rioux | (559) 737-5365 |
Tule: 504A | Visalia Campus

Consumer and Family Studies Division Chair

Vanessa Bailey | (559) 730-3858 | 
Tule: 504C | Visalia Campus

Dean of Business, Social Science, and Consumer Family Studies

Jesse Wilcoxson, Ed.D. | (559) 737-6281 | 
Kern: 716 | Visalia Campus

For a complete list of courses and descriptions visit: COURSES

EDUC 050 Introduction to Teaching 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion Hours:
3 Lab
This course introduces a student to the concepts and issues related to teaching diverse learners in today's contemporary schools, kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12). Topics include teaching as a profession and career, historical and philosophical foundations of the American education system, contemporary educational issues, California’s content standards and frameworks, and teacher performance standards. In addition to class time, the course requires a minimum of 45 hours of structured field work in public school elementary classrooms that represent California’s diverse student population, and includes cooperation with at least one carefully selected and campus-approved certificated classroom teacher. (C-ID EDUC200)
EDUC 120 Technology Skills for Educators 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Information and hands-on explorations allow students to develop basic skills for using computer technology for productivity and instruction in educational settings. Major topics include basic computer terminology and functions, common computer applications (word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and presentation software), educational technology trends, and issues relating to the uses of computers in educational settings.


Rioux, Victoria
B.A., Fresno Pacific University 
M.A., Fresno Pacific University