EDU4692 - Student Teaching I
EDU-4692/4792 Student Teaching I and II (4)
A supervised teaching experience in an elementary or secondary school classroom. Requires 240 classroom hours (in addition to the 120 hours from EDU4691/4791 for a total of 360 hours) and an interactive online component. Students will be required to complete a standardized teaching exam and portfolio. Six hours of student teaching are required at the appropriate grade level for each certification. Note: Students desiring secondary certification will need to meet a content area core (see ACSI requirements) and complete student teaching in a secondary classroom.
The following learning objectives will be achieved by this course:
- Develop a working knowledge of the content areas within the Christian school curriculum.
- Apply an understanding of children’s developmental levels to design learning opportunities that support the child’s intellectual, social, personal, and spiritual development.
- Apply an understanding of children’s various needs and approaches to learning in creating instructional opportunities for diverse learners.
- Develop skill in using a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learner’s critical thinking, problem solving, and skill development.
- Understand ways to promote an actively engaged, self-motivated community of learners based on biblical principles and knowledge of individual and group motivation and behavior.
- Demonstrate proficiency in communication techniques and use of media to encourage supportive interaction, collaboration, and reflective thinking in the classroom.
- Demonstrate the ability to plan instructional activities based on their knowledge of subject matter, a biblically-formed worldview, students, curriculum goals, and community resources.
- Understand how to use formal and informal assessments to evaluate and promote children’s intellectual, social, spiritual, and physical development.
- Formulate a philosophy for teaching in a Christian school that emphasizes the importance of reflection and spiritual guidance in seeking out, developing, and maintaining professional and spiritual growth.
- Understand the multi-faceted role of the teacher including instructional responsibilities as well as fostering relationships with parents, school colleagues, administration, church staff, and community agencies in order to support children’s well being, spiritual development, and learning.