Course: LRS 300/F. Interdisciplinary Approaches for Future Teachers and Field Study (2/1)
Prerequisites: Course is limited to Pre-Credential and ITEP-Junior Option students; Junior Standing. Corequisite: LRS 300F. This course focuses on developing skills for successfully integrating subject matter knowledge from multiple disciplines in preparation for a career in teaching. It introduces students to knowledge integration theory and tools for integrated teaching including: basic notions of literacy, knowledge production, and knowledge organization and reconfiguration across different settings (vocational disciplines and liberal arts) and different fields (the sciences and the humanities). Students develop an understanding of Subject Matter Areas among those within State Curriculum Frameworks for Grades K-8 (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History/Social Science, Visual and Performing Arts, Health Education, and Physical Education) and practice effective ways to interconnect them in view of their future teaching practices. The course includes training in the research and technology skills required for integrated teaching, as well as specific assignments connected to the academic and professional requirements for a Liberal Studies pre-credential major. 15 hours of guided field experience in an elementary classroom is required.