There are three components present within the knowledge base of the basic elementary education program. They are the curriculum, instruction and field experience/assessment. The curriculum includes general education and introduction to the profession, professional studies and content preparation, and integrated studies for initial teacher preparation. Instruction consists of strategies, approaches, and experiences connected to evidence-based research. Assessment includes continuous self-examination and reflection, an education portfolio, and formal measurement of academic achievement.
The teacher preparation program is organized into three steps. Each step is connected through the conceptual framework characterized by the themes of Scholarship, Mission, and Competence, and which emphasizes teacher reflection and multicultural education. In addition, the utilization of instructional teams, ongoing field experience/practicum placements, and the education portfolio are integral to the course of studies.
As a student in the elementary education major, you are responsible for meeting the college requirement for the advanced writing proficiency in the Education Department. The guidelines are found in the Advanced Writing Proficiency Handbook found on Blackboard.
As an elementary education major, you will develop and submit for evaluation artifacts that contribute to the Education Portfolio during your course of study. A submission involves making an oral presentation about the contents of your portfolio to selected professors and peers.