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UA College of Education
Professional Student Handbook
TABLE OF CONTENTS
College Directory Page 3
COE Academic Advising Page 4
General Information Page 5
Teacher Standards Page 6
Teacher Preparation Program Organization Page 7
Teacher Preparation Program Overviews
Elementary Education Page 9 Bilingual Elementary Education Page 10 Cross-Categorical Special Education (K-12) Page 12 Secondary Education Page 13 Student Teaching Page 15 Other Program Requirements Page 16 Fitness to Teach Page 17 Preparation for Bilingual Endorsement Page 19 Program Completion Page 21 Looking for Jobs Page 25 COE Graduate Programs Page 27
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION DIRECTORY
COE ACADEMIC ADVISINGEarly Childhood education, elementary education and secondary physical education students receive all advising from the Office of Student Services.
Secondary education students, other than physical education, are advised by departmental subject matter advisors and by advisors in Student Services. You should consult your subject matter advisor to determine the courses required for your teaching major/minor before admission and if you make any course or program changes.
Cross-categorical special education students receive advising from advisors in Student Services as well as from Dr. Betty Carlson in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and School Psychology (SERP).
All early childhood, elementary, secondary, physical education, and cross-categorical special education students should meet regularly with advisors throughout the program.
It is your responsibility to meet degree or program requirements and complete all prerequisites. If you need to make program changes after admission, you must check with an academic advisor in Student Services.
You may contact an academic advisor several ways:
Call 621-7865 or stop in at the College of Education, Room 247, to make an appointment.
E-mail the advisors at email@example.com.
For more complex questions/concerns, you can e-mail the advisors directly:
Financial Aid To receive a University of Arizona financial aid application, contact the Student Financial Aid Office in the Administration building (621-1858). The College of Education manages several scholarships specifically for Education students. Applications for College of Education scholarships for academic year 2007 - 2008 are on-line at http://www.coe.arizona.edu/pages/scholarships/index.php. Occasionally, the college also distributes additional applications for scholarships funded by other organizations—watch the CoE list serve and check the bulletin board beside Education 225 for notices. Completion of a scholarship application does not insure receiving a scholarship.
University General Catalog Undergraduates: Be aware of the UA General Catalog year under which you were admitted. Degree requirements may vary from one catalog year to the next. The catalog is on-line at http://catalog.arizona.edu.
College of Education Listserv The Office of Student Services communicates with education majors through the College listserv. To receive information on program changes, important meetings, career opportunities, and other activities you must provide Student Services with a current University of Arizona email address.
Leave of Absence You may take a leave of absence from the College of Education for up to one year without reapplying. This absence must be noted in your file; contact an academic advisor in Student Services for details. The University of Arizona requires that you complete a Leave of Absence form for up to two semesters of absence from the university. If you do not complete a Leave of Absence form before the semester you plan to be on leave, you will be required to reapply to the university. Please contact an advisor in Student Services for information on college or university leaves of absence.
Internet Resources The Web offers information on many topics of interest to education majors, including financial aid, teacher certification in other states, and free teaching tools.
Check out some of the many education-related Web sites. Sites you might want to look at:
UA Career Services: http://www.career.arizona.edu American School Directory: http://www.asd.com Arizona Department of Education: http://www.ade.state.az.us Council of Great City Schools: http://www.cgcs.org Teaching Jobs http://www.nationjob.com/education http://jobs.teachers.net/data/jobcenter http://www.k12jobs.com http://www.teachersplanet.com/home
A teacher should be a reflective professional. Learning to teach is a career-long pursuit and teaching a complex act. Practices must be continuously examined and questioned, and teachers must be sensitive to the social contexts of schooling.
Teaching should be a collaborative endeavor. The Teacher Preparation Program relies on collaboration among faculty in the teaching majors and the College of Education. Teaching students collaborate in courses as they prepare to enter a profession where collaboration with colleagues is increasingly important.
Teaching practices should be knowledge-based. Both basic knowledge about teaching and special subject matter pedagogy are incorporated in education courses so that you’ll learn teaching strategies based on research findings and sound theory.
Teaching is a human endeavor. Understanding and appreciating the multicultural nature of American society; the dynamics of sexism, racism, and cultural bias; and ways schooling can advance fair treatment are essential to teacher preparation. Potential teachers should also display kindness, empathy, and regard for the personal needs of others.
Teaching should be linguistically and culturally appropriate. College of Education courses emphasize the effects of culture on teaching, both by recognizing the culturally specific structures inherent in school curricula, texts, tests, and teacher/student interactions, and by exploring ways to alter traditional classroom materials, procedures, and participation structures to help children of different cultures learn. The bilingual education program prepares students to provide both first and second language instruction, emphasizing the fundamental role of firstlanguage development in long term academic achievement and developing a healthy selfconcept.
To learn more about Teacher Standards in Arizona, visit the ADE website at http://www.ade.state.az.us/.
TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM ORGANIZATION
The Teacher Preparation Program provides the same sequential development for all students:
A general understanding of teaching begins with TTE 300, Classroom Processes and Instruction, and other foundation courses. You’ll spend a minimum of 45 hours in local schools, augmenting what you learn on campus by observing instruction, interviewing teachers and other school personnel, interacting with students, and assisting teachers.
Knowledge gained in TTE courses is applied to your specific teaching field when you enroll in your special methods classes. For early childhood, elementary, and special education certification candidates, this is a 15-unit semester; for secondary certification candidates, this is 4 to 7 units depending on your teaching major. The Early Childhood and Elementary Field Methods programs are site-based; you will be assigned to a school for this semester.
Grading—Students entering the College of Education generally have a high grade point average based on their first two years of undergraduate education. Experience suggests that some high-achieving students feel frustration with the transition to a more performance-based criteria of assessment. The focus on skills demonstration in methods classes and practicum presents a different grading perspective. We expect that all students will meet the standards (C grade), some students will exceed the standards (B) and a few students will exhibit exemplary work (A).
Grade/Eligibility Requirements—You must receive a grade of C or better in the following courses to continue to take courses in the College of Education: Math 302A and 302B, PE 351, TTE 300, TTE 350, EDP 301 or 310, EDP 357, LRC 480 or 435, Elementary or Secondary Methods, Fine Arts Methods.
You must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the listed courses (professional courses) to continue to take College of Education courses. Receiving all “C’s” will not meet the 2.5 GPA requirement. All professional education must be completed at the University of Arizona main campus.
Finally, you’ll spend a semester student teaching, during which you’ll work in a school full-time and will take total responsibility for instruction for at least four weeks. The student teaching semester must be in a partner school district in the Tucson, Arizona, area.
TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM OVERVIEWS
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATIONThe Early Childhood Education Teacher Preparation Program is for those who wish to teach grades pre-kindergarten through 3rd in a regular classroom. Early Childhood education students complete 44 semester hours in the College of Education, as well as additional courses in mathematics, science, fine arts, and physical education.
The professional courses for the Early Childhood Education Program are divided into three sequential segments. You must maintain a 2.5 GPA and receive a grade of C or better in all professional courses to continue to take courses in the College of Education.
Undergraduate Program Academic Concentration: Undergraduate early childhood education majors develop an academic concentration of 18 semester units. Academic concentration requirements vary according to the catalog under which you entered the university. Please consult with an academic adviser in Student Services.
Foundation Courses: TTE 350c: Foundations of Early Childhood; ED P 301c: Child Development Birth to Age 8; LRC 312c: Early Language Acquisition and Literacy
Development; LRC 416: Structured English Immersion; TTE 300c: Classroom Processes:
Guidance and Management in Early Childhood Settings; ED P 357c: Methods of Educational Assessment: Monitoring and Reporting the Progress of young Children; LRC 480c: Children’s Literature in the Classroom: Birth to Age 8; LRC 412: Educating Culturally Diverse Students Methods Courses: Creative Arts and the Young Child (TTE 321c), Language Arts and Communication (TTE 322), Reading and Decoding (TTE 323), Science and Health (TTE 324), Mathematics and Technology (TTE 326) and Social Studies in a Multicultural Society (TTE 327). These courses are taken in a concurrent semester.
Foundation Courses Field Experience While enrolled in TTE 300c, you’ll become acquainted with schools and teaching during 45 hours at a local school.
Field Methods Semester Experience Here you’ll move from general understanding of classroom processes to specific curriculum methodology, developing and implementing lessons with small groups or individuals in a classroom. You must meet with your academic advisor to complete a field methods eligibility form early in the semester before you plan to be in field methods.
Professional Development Field Experience During this student teaching semester, skills developed in the methods courses are expanded. You’ll be assigned to a school for the semester. During that time you’ll gradually assume increasing teaching responsibility, ultimately taking control of the class for at least four weeks. Student teaching must be completed in a partner school in the Tucson, Arizona, area.
ELEMENTARY EDUCATIONThe Elementary Education Teacher Preparation Program is for those who wish to teach grades K-8 in a regular or a bilingual classroom. Elementary education students must complete 44 semester hours in the College of Education, as well as additional courses in mathematics, science, fine arts, and physical education.
The professional courses for the Elementary Education Program are divided into three sequential segments. You must maintain a 2.5 GPA and receive a grade of C or better in all professional courses to continue to take courses in the College of Education.
Undergraduate Program Academic Concentration: Undergraduate elementary education majors must develop an academic concentration of 18 semester units. Academic concentration requirements vary according to the catalog under which you entered the university. Please consult with an academic adviser in Student Services.
Foundation Courses: Children’s Literature (LRC 480), Child Development (EDP 301), Schooling in America (TTE 350), Classroom Processes and Instruction (TTE 300), Methods of Educational Assessment of Students (EDP 357), Mainstreaming (SERP 301A), and Structured English Immersion (LRC 416).
Methods Courses: Reading and Decoding (TTE 323), Language Arts and Communication (TTE 322), Science and Health (TTE 324), Mathematics in a Technological Society (TTE 326) and Social Studies in a Multicultural Society (TTE 327). These courses are taken in a concurrent semester.
Professional Development Work
As students progress through this sequence, they complete the field experience for each segment: