TE203 Study in the Foundations of Teaching

This entry level course is required of every student majoring in teacher education and is a prerequisite for entry into the program. It is designed to introduce the student to the principles and philosophy of elementary education in both public and Christian schools. The course is made up of the following components: 1) Independent study, using text and journal materials, in the principles and philosophy of both public and Christian education, 2) Field Experience I which focuses on classroom observation and limited activities for students, under supervision of cooperating teachers. This field experience is held every Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a minimum of 10 weeks, resulting in 75 field experience hours. 3) Biweekly seminars which include instruction, discussion, presentations from outstanding professionals in education, and preparation for the Praxis I. Passage of Praxis I is required for entry into the teacher education program. (Praxis I may be waived with a composite ACT of 25, with no individual score below 21.) NOTE: Documentation of background checks from both FBI and BCI must be in the student’s hands by the first day of class or withdrawal from the class is required.

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