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 studies, content studies, pedagogical and professional studies and integrative studies for initial teacher preparation. Instruction consists of strategies, approaches, and experiences connected to current research. Assessment involves 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 of multicultural education, the utilization of instructional teams, ongoing field experience/practicum placements, and the Education Portfolio.
As a student in the elementary education major, you are obligated to meet 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.