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Courses

Every course offered through the education department includes field experience. We believe that learning in and outside of the classroom best prepares our future teachers.

The courses you take in the Department of Education depend on which track and specialty you choose. Visit the Degree Programs page for more information on what each program entails.

Each course includes a clinical experience as part of the curriculum. From your very first course as a freshman through your final courses senior year and student teaching, you’ll have actual classroom experience. This means you’re able to get into the classroom and learn what kind of teacher you want to be — and confirm that you want to be a teacher — from day one.

View full course information in the catalog

Required Coursework

While coursework requirements vary widely depending on the academic area you wish to teach, all prospective teachers must complete the Teacher Education Program — a professional sequence of courses that form the basis for teacher certification.

Everyone interested in pursuing an Education degree must take the same Level 1 courses before applying for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program. Students typically begin the teacher education sequence with Education 220/221 during their freshman or sophomore years.

Field Experiences

To qualify for student teaching and teacher certification, you’ll experience a diversity of clinical experiences throughout the Teacher Education Program. These include:

  • A placement with a 20% or more racial/ethnic classroom population
  • A placement with a 20% or more low socioeconomic classroom population
  • A placement that includes students with exceptional needs (students with disabilities and/or giftedness)

With the exception of Early Childhood majors, candidates pursuing an elementary teaching certificate must have field experience at both the elementary and middle school levels. And all candidates pursuing a secondary teaching certificate must have field experience at both the middle school and high school levels. Those pursuing a K–12 endorsement must have field experiences at the elementary and secondary levels.

Choosing to Teach: Level 1 (Pre-admission to the department)

These courses explore the profession and encourage you to determine if you want to pursue teaching as a vocation. At Level 1, students are invited to take what is learned in the college classroom and explore how this plays out in the school setting.

  • EDUC 220/221 – Educational Psychology (4 credits)
  • EDUC 225/226 – Exceptional Child (4 credits)
  • EDUC 270 – Foundations in Education (2 credits)
  • IDS 200 – Encounter With Cultures (4 credits)

During your time completing Level 1 courses and clinical experiences, you’re eligible to apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Once accepted, you’ll then begin to specialize in either Elementary or Secondary Education in Levels 2 and 3.

Elementary Education Track

All elementary education candidates must complete coursework specific to the elementary education pre-professional & professional coursework. Visit the catalog for specific information on which courses to take.

Learning to Teach: Level 2 (Admitted to the Department)

Courses and clinical experiences at Level 2 focus increasingly on the “how’s” of teaching. Students learn about curricular decisions, lesson formats, planning, classroom and behavior management, materials, and accommodations/modifications.

  • EDUC 280/281 – Literacy I (4 credits)
  • EDUC 282/283 – Literacy II (4 credits)
  • EDUC 310/311 – Elementary/Middle School Curriculum and Methods (6 credits)
  • EDUC 312 – Elementary/Middle School Classroom and Behavior Management (2 credits)

Applying Teaching: Level 3 (Student Teaching)

The final level in the Teacher Education Program usually occurs during the senior year when students complete the student teaching semester. Students must apply to and be accepted into the student teaching program.

Secondary Education Track

All secondary education candidates must complete coursework specific to the secondary education pre-professional & professional coursework. Visit the catalog for specific information on which courses to take.

Learning to Teach: Level 2 (Admitted to the Department)

Courses and clinical experiences at Level 2 focus increasingly on the “hows” of teaching. Students learn about curricular decisions, lesson formats, planning, classroom and behavior management, materials and accommodations/modifications.

  • EDUC 275/276 – Introduction to Secondary Education (2 credits)
  • EDUC 285/286/287 – Secondary Block (6 credits)
  • EDUC 360/361 – Secondary Principles (4 credits)

Applying Teaching: Level 3 (Student Teaching)

The final level in the Teacher Education Program usually occurs during the senior year when students complete the student teaching assignment. Students must apply to and be accepted into the student teaching program before applying to student teach.

  • EDUC 500 – Perspectives in Education (1 credit)
  • EDUC 455 – Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit)
  • EDUC 480 – Student Teaching-Secondary Education
    or
    EDUC 485 – Student Teaching – K–12