Course: ELPS 541A. Getting Started–Introduction to Teaching in Urban Schools (1)
Prerequisites: Restricted to candidates admitted to the Accelerated Collaborative Teacher (ACT) Residency Program. Corequisites: Multiple Subject Credential Candidates: SPED 541B, EED 500 or EPC 500, EED 515, EED 520, EED 565M, EED 577, EED 567ACT, EED 559C. Single Subject Credential Candidates: SPED 541B, EPC 420, SED 511, SED 514, SED 525XX, SED 554/S. Preliminary Special Education Credential Candidates in Mild/Moderate and Extensive Support Needs (MME): SPED 541B, SPED 402, SPED 406, SPED 407, SPED 511, EED 565M or SED 525XX, SPED 579ACT. The first of two core courses in the ACT Program for elementary, secondary, and special education teacher candidates is taught collaboratively by a team of university and school faculty. The course is an introduction to teaching and learning in the context of P-12 urban schools with an emphasis on educational equity, diversity, and special populations. Topics include an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of a professional educator; teachers’ and students’ backgrounds and how they impact teaching and learning in urban schools; knowledge of relevant federal and state legislation for students with disabilities; classroom practices that include planning, assessment and management in urban schools; and collaboration with school professionals and parents. Teacher candidates are provided activities and discussion that emphasize the link between theory and practice. (Offered Fall semester only).