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Teacher Education Program

Structure of Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

The University's undergraduate teacher education programs have five components, which are explained below:

Core

All TED 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 Division of Humanities (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 Division of Behavioral Science, Education, and Business (i.e., Comparative Sociology, Contemporary Economics, and/or Introduction to Psychology). Additionally, students must complete English Composition.

Introductory and Generic TED Courses

All TED students must complete a set of introductory-level teacher education requirements. Additionally, as seniors, all will have to complete two courses (TED 443 Parent Conferencing and TED 497 Student Teaching).

Specializations

All TED students must complete the requirements of one or more of the TED's specializations (e.g., Early Childhood/Special Education (Pre k – 4); Middle Level Education (4-8); Secondary Education (7 -12).

Field Experiences

All TED students must complete a developmental series of field experiences that begin during the freshman year and culminate with a full semester of student teaching. By the time they graduate, students will have completed over seven hundred hours of observation and practicum in community classrooms. Field experiences are arranged by the TED’s Coordinator of Field Placements and Student Teaching at Partnership School Districts by the TED. Students may not arrange their own placements.

To participate in field experiences, students must possess sufficient professional liability insurance. Information on the University’s policy (which covers all TED students and faculty) is available in the TED Guidebook. Students might also consider joining professional organizations, such as PSEA, to be covered by additional liability insurance and to be eligible for legal support.

To participate in field placements, students must possess current and valid clearances (e.g., Act 34 and Act 151). Students must arrange their own transportation.

Professional Involvement

To demonstrate their involvement in the profession, all students are expected to participate in activities and organizations related to the profession of teaching. They should join one generic organization (e.g., PSEA) and one that addresses their specialization (e.g., NCTE).