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Teacher Education Course Description

Courses that can be taken prior to admission to the certification program

TE 150 - Reflections on Learning
(3 credits)
Students' experiences as learners in comparison to psychological, sociological, and anthropological theories and assumptions about learning in and out of school.
TE 250 - Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions
(3 credits)
Comparative study of schools and other social institutions with a focus on the social construction of diversity, maintenance of inequality, and political, social, and economic consequences for individuals and groups.

Courses taken after admission to the certification program

TE 301 - Learners, Learning, and Teaching in Context (W)
(4 credits)

Prerequisite: TE 150 and TE 250 (or CEP 240for Special Ed majors)

Role of social context and sociocultural background in learning. Natural and socially constructed differences among learners. Relationship among subject-specific knowledge, teaching and learning that subject, and the institutional and communal context. Multiple literacies.

TE 401 - Teaching of Subject Matter to Diverse Learners (W)
(5 Credits)

Prerequisite: TE 348 and MTH 201

Examining teaching as enabling diverse learners to inquire into and construct subject-specific meanings. Adapting subject matter to learner diversity. Exploring multiple ways diverse learners make sense of the curriculum.
TE 402 - Crafting Teaching Practice (W)
(6 Credits)
Gathering data on learners to inform content and instructional decisions. Deciding what should be taught for specific disciplines. Teachers' multiple roles and their professional, intellectual, sociopolitical, and communal responsibilities.

(W) indicates that the course meets the Tier 2 writing requirement.

Internship-year studies program*

*Special Education requirements for the Internship Year Studies Program are described in the Special Education Course Plan

Fall Semester  
TE 501 - Internship in Teaching Diverse Learners I
(6 Credits)
Directed and evaluated internship in heterogeneous classrooms. Teaching worthwhile content to students with varied learning needs. Theoretical and field-based explorations of common teaching dilemmas.
TE 801 - Professional Role & Teaching Practice I
(3 Credits)
Teachers' professional and ethical responsibilities. Connections of schools to other social agencies. Relations of teachers to colleagues, families, other social service providers, and community leaders. Roles in school governance.
TE 802 - Reflection & Inquiry in Teaching Practice I
(3 Credits)
Qualitative and quantitative research methods on teaching and learning. Criteria for judging the validity and applicability of research-based knowledge. Framing educational problems worthy of inquiry. Designing and assessing studies of teaching practice.
Spring Semester  
TE 502 - Internship in Teaching Diverse Learners II
(6 Credits)
Continuing internship in heterogeneous classrooms at selected schools. Increased emphasis on independent teaching. Maintaining classroom communities that ensure equitable access to important knowledge and skills. Assessing academic and social outcomes.
TE 803 - Professional Role & Teaching Practice II
(3 Credits)
School-agency alliances for fostering student learning. Strategies for working with families and community groups to improve responsiveness of the school curriculum to student needs. Child advocacy in the school and community.
TE 804 - Reflection & Inquiry in Teaching Practice II
(3 Credits)
Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data on teaching, learning, and educational policy. Dilemmas surrounding research on practice. Appraising and reporting results of inquiry. 
Fall Spring
Freshman/
Sophomore
TE 150 (3 credits), Reflections on Learning,
and
TE 250 (3 credits), Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions
CEP 240 (3 credits), Diverse Learners in Multicultural Perspective - required for Special Ed Majors in place of TE 250
Junior TE 301 (4 credits) Learners & Learning in Context TE 301 (4 Credits) Learners and Learning in Context
Senior TE 401 (5 credits), Learner Diversity and the Teaching of Subject Matter TE 402 (6 credits), Designing & Studying Practice
Internship TE 501 (6 credits), Internship in Teaching Diverse Learners I

TE 801 (3 credits), Professional Roles and Teaching Practice I

TE 802 (3 credits), Reflection and Inquiry in Teaching Practice I

TE 502 (6 credits), Internship in Teaching Diverse Learners II

TE 803 (3 credits), Professional Roles and Teaching Practice II

TE 804 (3 credits), Reflection and Inquiry in Teaching Practice I