Teacher Education

 

Faculty

S. Seider, Chair, Barnard 226; A. Ayalon, Assistant to Chair; E. Aaronsohn, R. Casella, B. Clark, G. Cueto, J. French, L. George, N. Hoffman, M. Howell, L. Klein,  K. Love, D. Mulcahy, K. Riem, J. Werblow (Dept. phone: 860-832-2415)

 

Department Overview

The Department of Teacher Education is committed to the preparation and continuing professional education of students involved in elementary, all-level, and secondary education teaching programs.

The department offers certification programs at the following levels:

  • Early childhood education (This program is currently inactive and is not accepting applications);
  • Elementary education;
  • Secondary education; and
  • All-level (K-12).

Note: For information on admission to the professional program, see page linked here.


Programs

Major in Early Childhood Education, BS

Contact person: M. Howell (860-832-2422)
This program is currently inactive and is not accepting applications.

 

Major in Elementary Education, BS

Coordinator: S. Seider (860-832-2429)

Program Requirements (130 credits)
General education requirements as follows: ENG 110, MATH 113, MATH 213 and BIO 211, HIST 161 or 162, PSY 236, ESCI 111, or any other ESCI course. Elementary education majors are also required to take either PSY 362 or 361.

Subject-matter Major (33-43 credits)
Students must choose either a single subject-matter major (33-39 credits) or a dual subject-matter major (42-43 credits). Single subject-matter majors include English, geography, history, mathematics, general science with a specialization in biology, and general science with a specialization in earth science. Dual subject-matter majors require completion of a 24-25 credit primary area and an 18-credit complementary area. Dual subject-matter majors include:

  • English with a complementary area of geography;
  • History with a complementary area of English/linguistics or English/writing; and
  • Mathematics with a complementary area of biology or earth science.

Additional majors may be offered in the future due to change in state of Connecticut regulations. See School of Arts and Science sections for specific course requirements.

Professional education (49 credits):
Courses are taken in clusters as follows:

EDTE 210Education and Teacher Leadership in Diverse Learning Communities4
EDT 210Introduction to Educational Technology1

Enrollment in the following courses requires acceptance to the professional program in the School of Education and Professional Studies. Applications are accepted in the second week of the fall and spring semesters. 

RDG 315Comprehensive Reading Instruction I3
EDTE 315Principles of Learning: Elementary4
SPED 315Introduction to Educating Learners with Exceptionalities3
RDG 316Comprehensive Reading Instruction II3
EDEL 322Effective Elementary Teaching3
EDTE 320Practicum in Elementary Education I1
EDF 415Educational Foundations3
EDT 415Developing Instructional Materials1
EDTE 420Practicum in Elementary Education II1-2
FA 412Fine Arts Across the Curriculum3
MATH 412Elementary Mathematical Methods3
RDG 412Literacy in the Elementary School3
SCI 412Elementary Science Methods2
EDEL 415Elementary Social Studies Methods1
EDEL 430Elementary Education Student Teaching1-9
EDTE 430Topic Seminar in Leadership and Learning Communities1
The completion of a minor is not required. 

 

Major in Secondary Education and All Level Subjects, BS

Coordinator: A. Ayalon (860-832-2135)

Program Requirements (130 credits)
General education requirements for secondary programs are as follows: 6 credits in English (ENG 110 is required), HIST 161 or 162, PSY 236, 6 credits of science, and 6 credits in mathematics. For all-level program requirements, students should consult the chair of their major department to determine the recommended general education courses.

Major (36-57 credits)
Students in secondary education and all-level subjects programs can be certified to teach in specific areas of specialization as follows:

  • For secondary education: biology, chemistry, earth science, English, French, general science, German, history & social studies, Italian, mathematics, physics, or Spanish, and
  • For all-level subjects: art, music, physical education, technology, or engineering education

See Schools of Arts and Sciences or Technology sections for specific course requirements.

Minor (18-24 credits)
The completion of a minor or a certifiable minor is required unless specifically noted in the individual major. Options for certifiable minors for science majors include biology, chemistry, earth science, and general science. Specific course requirements for minors can be found in the School of Arts and Sciences sections.

Professional education (24-34 credits)
Enrollment in the following courses requires acceptance to the professional program in the School of Education and Professional Studies.

For secondary education program:

RDG 440Literacy in the Secondary School3
EDTE 316Principles of Learning (Sec/K-12)4
EDSC 425Principles of Secondary Education3
 
For all-level subjects program:
The following must be completed prior to acceptance into program:
EDTE 314Applied Learning Theories (K-12 Programs)3
Enrollment in the following courses requires acceptance to the professional program:
SPED 315Introduction to Educating Learners with Exceptionalities3
EDSC 425Principles of Secondary Education3
EDF 415Educational Foundations3
EDSC 4XX*Student Teaching1-9
*Course numbers and availability of student teaching vary based on certification field.

Major methods courses are taken in conjunction with the major academic department. Additional professional education course work related to the academic discipline is required.

Field Experiences and Student Teaching
Director: Holly Hollander (860-832-2144)

All candidates in early childhood, elementary, secondary education, special education, and NK-12 programs are required to complete student teaching. In order to student teach, a student must:

  • Be accepted to the professional program prior to submitting an application;
  • Have and maintain a 2.70 cumulative GPA;
  • Complete a student teacher application and necessary paperwork;
  • Submit student teacher application with all accompanying documents by the following deadlines-October 1 for the spring semester; March 1 for the fall semester (Note: All-level and technology engineering education deadline is September 15 for spring and February 15 for fall);
  • Satisfactorily complete all prerequisite courses prior to student teaching with a C or better; have and maintain a 2.70 cumulative GPA;
  • Have no incomplete grades earned in major area of study or a professional program course; and
  • Register for student teaching.

For other office of Field Experiences policies, including removal from student teaching, please refer to the Student Teaching Handbook, available online at the office of Field Experiences website and in Barnard Hall, Room 334.

Additional student teaching requirements are outlined in the student teaching application that is available at www.ccsu.edu/ofe/ or from the office of Field Experiences. Applications are taken by appointment only; appointments may be made in person in Barnard Hall, Room 334.

Withdrawal from student teaching: Candidates may withdraw from student teaching (EDEL 430, EDSC 412, 414, 415, 417, 419, 420, 421, 428, 429, and 435) with the consent of the University supervisor and the director of Field Experiences by filing a Request to Withdraw from Courses form with requisite signatures. Candidates who withdraw from student teaching after the placement has commenced may not be eligible for a second student teaching placement. Furthermore, a request to repeat student teaching in another school setting may be granted at the discretion and consent of the chair of the Department of Teacher Education, the director of Field Experiences, and the academic department related to the certification area sought. Such consent will be based on the reasons for the withdrawal from the original student teaching placement, the timing and availability of alternative student teaching placements, and evidence of improvement of relevant knowledge, skills, and/or dispositions.

 

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