Course: SPED 541B. Getting Started–Introduction to Teaching in Urban Schools (2)
Prerequisites: Restricted to candidates admitted to the Accelerated Collaborative Teacher (ACT) Preparation Program; Admission into the ACT Program. Prerequisites or Corequisites for Multiple Subject Credential candidates: EED 515, EED 520, EED 559C, EED 565M, EED 567ACT, EED 559C; EED 500 or EPC 500; ELPS 541A. Prerequisites or Corequisites for Single Subject Credential candidates: ELPS 541A; EPC 420; SED 511, SED 514, SED 525, SED 554, 544S. Prerequisites or Corequisites for MM Program: EED 565M or SED 525; ELPS 541A; SPED 400, SPED 404, SPED 406, SPED 501MM, SPED 579ACT. Other specializations should check with their advisor. Offered in Fall semester only. This course is the first of two core courses in the ACT Program for elementary, secondary and special education teacher candidates. Taught collaboratively by a team of University and school faculty, the course is an introduction to teaching and learning in the context of K-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 special needs; differentiated instruction that is universally accessible to all learners; accommodations and modifications to grade-level instruction in order to meet students’ individual needs, and collaboration with school professionals and families. Teacher candidates are provided activities and discussions that emphasize the links between theory and practice.