Structure of the Curriculum
The university's undergraduate teacher education programs have five components.
All teacher education program students are expected to complete the university's general education requirement (i.e., the "Core"). Thirty core credits, of which at least six must be writing-intensive, must be taken in areas sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences (i.e., six each in history/government, religious studies, fine arts, literature, and philosophy); six must be taken in mathematics; six in science; and six in areas sponsored by the College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences (i.e., comparative sociology, contemporary economics, and/or introduction to psychology). Additionally, students must complete English Composition.
- Introductory and Generic TED Courses
All teacher education program students must complete a set of introductory-level teacher education requirements. Additionally, all students will complete nine credits (three courses) in Special Education and three credits (two courses) in working with English Language Learners. In addition, seniors will have to complete Student Teaching (TED 497) concurrently with the student teaching professional seminar (TED 411).
All TED students must complete the requirements of one or more of the TED's specializations (i.e., PreK-Grade 4/Special Education, Elementary Education/Middle Level, Secondary Education).
- Field Experiences
All TED students must complete a developmental series of field experiences that begin during the first year and culminate with a full semester of student teaching. By the time they graduate, students will have completed approximately 700 hours of observation and practicum in community classrooms.
Field experiences are arranged at partnership school districts by the TED. Students must possess professional liability insurance and various clearances (for example, Act 34, 114 and Act 151) to participate in field placements. Students must arrange their own transportation.
- Professional Involvement
All students will be expected to participate in activities and organizations related to the profession of teaching.