Your Professional Year

Your professional year is divided into two parts:

Fall Semester: You will take a full load of courses including  EDUC 481 – Instructional Theory and Practice in Inclusive Classrooms (3 credits) and the lab component of the course, EDUC 482 (1 credit). EDUC 481 and EDUC 482 combined is also now as the “methods course.”  As part of this methods course, candidates are assigned to two 20-hour field experiences with their middle school and high school cooperating teachers. Business education candidates, who have a single student teaching placement, are assigned to one 40-hour field experience with the high school cooperating teacher.  This arrangement allows candidates to become acquainted with their cooperating teachers, as well as the students, expectations, policies, and procedures at the schools before actually entering student teaching.

Spring Semester:  During the second semester of their professional year, (also referred to as the Student Teaching Semester) student teachers are pre-registered by the Education Department Director of Field Experiences for the following courses:

  • EDUC 487 – Clinical Experience in the Middle School, 5 credits (7  weeks)
  • EDUC 488 – Clinical Experience in the High School, 5 credits (7 weeks)
  • EDUC 461 – Literacy and the Reflective Practitioner, 3 credits
  • EDUC 462—Literacy and Reflective Practitioner Lab, 1 credit
  • EDUC 495 – Drug, Alcohol, & Tobacco Workshop, 0 credits
  • EDUC 496 – Child Abuse and School Violence Workshop, 0 credits
  • Additional Required Workshops:
  • Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention- DASA (Dignity for All Students Act)- 6 hrs.

The student teaching semester is very demanding in terms of time and energy. Therefore, it is our expectation that student teachers do not schedule additional time-consuming activities during this semester.  This means that student teachers may have to request leaves of absence from employment and/or sports teams and clubs during the student teaching semester. In addition, no other college courses may be taken during the student teaching semester.