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B.S.Ed. Program Phases


Whether you aim to teach early childhood, elementary, secondary, bilingual, or special education, you will move through three phases of field-based sequences and modules across your four years of study.

Phase 1: Exploration

(3 semesters: Sequence 1-3)
During the first three sequences (semesters) of the program, students engage in a range of experiences across contexts and settings with birth to grade 12 children. Students take a series of modules (courses) in each sequence that gradually orient them to the fundamental concepts of teaching and learning and the importance of understanding the role that communities play in the education of children. Students will be in school and community placements working with university faculty, teachers, and community professionals supporting the development of students and exploring the many facets of education. At the core of these experiences is a commitment to social justice in education and the School of Education’s guiding principles as expressed in our conceptual framework.

Sequence 1: Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Leading with Schools and Communities

Sequence 2:  Exploring Schools as Learning Environments and Communities

Sequence 3: Policy and Practice in Urban Classroom


Phase 2: Concentration

(3 semesters: Sequence 4-6)
In the second phase of the program students choose a concentration – Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education, Bilingual Elementary Education (Spanish), Special Education or Secondary Education. In their fourth semester of the program they delve deeply into that concentration and begin to develop the knowledge and skills needed for that area of specialization within teaching and learning. In the fifth and sixth semesters of the program, students continue to hone their knowledge, skills and dispositions of teaching and learning at their specific grade or age level and within particular content areas. They learn the importance of teaching reading and literacy skills across grade levels and content areas and how to use data to inform instruction. Students also broaden their scope of teaching to incorporate a global framework and engage their students in service to the local community as they make global connections.

Sequence 4: Specializing in an Area of Teaching and Learning

Sequence 5: Literacy and Data Use

Sequence 6: Integrating Content, Cultures and Communities


Phase 3: Specialization

(2 semesters: Sequence 7-8)
In the final phase of the program students participate in a year-long internship (sequences 7 and 8) in a single school. In the first semester, students spend up to three days in the school and in the second semester they are in the school five days a week. This allows them to become immersed in the school, classroom instruction, and day-to-day operations during the first semester. Students then take on full-time responsibility for the classroom(s) in the second semester. This offers a unique opportunity for students to make an impact on the lives of children and their families at this early stage in their career.

Sequence 7: Putting It Together: Developing and Implementing Rigorous and Relevant Instruction and Assessment

Sequence 8: Mastering Teaching, Learning and Leading


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