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EDUC-203 - Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society - Michael Mansfield

Course:Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society
Professor:Michael Mansfield
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


I’m honored to introduce myself to you this semester as your professor for Education 203, Teaching in a Diverse Society.  I go by Michael or Mike (or whatever you’re comfortable with.)  I’m a father of two. I’ve been teaching for 19 years and am still “in the classroom.”  I specialize in alternative education and teach at-risk students how to believe in themselves, and school, again. I love the courses I teach and believe that the world needs good teachers, which is why I’m here: to help you get into the classroom!  Teacher preparation is my passion and I’m happy to help you however I can in your decision making process towards whether or not a career in education is in your best interest.  

Course Description


Introduces students to concepts and issues related to teaching diverse learners in contemporary public schools. Topics include teaching as a profession and a
career, contemporary educational issues, common core state standards, and requirements for earning a teaching credential.

What to Expect in this Course

Our class will be held online and “live” via Zoom.  You can find the link in our Canvas shell.  Attendance will be taken and tracked, so please make sure you have everything you need to attend.  If you are in need of a laptop for class, please email, so we may provide one for you.  If you are in need of wifi, our campus is open for you to use our wifi in the following parking lots:


·  Lot 1 near the Library

·  Lot 3 & 4 by the Performing Arts Center

·  Lot 14 by the University Center

·  Lot 15 by the TLC 

There are other places where you can also access free WiFi spots throughout the County. 

I encourage you to please visit or dial 2-1-1 to find one that works for you if you are having trouble accessing the internet.

Types of Assessments

There will be a few written assignments, an observation journal, a midterm and a final.  

Textbook Information

Our course will be using an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook that will be free to you.  You can find it here.  I’ve updated our syllabus and notified the bookstore that our textbook will be online only.  We will still be reading and referencing the book, so please make sure you’ve bookmarked it or downloaded it to easily access it.  

Other Relevant Course Information

I wish you all a wonderful first week and am excited to meet you!





Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 09/01/2022 Sub#: 1301