Summer Semester — 14 credits
ED 510 FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING (3 credits)
An introduction to the characteristics of the effective educator in today's society. Topics include the program's conceptual framework, the Earlham mission statement, principles and practices, and their infusion in the M.A.T. Program. Also included are Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles and Indiana Developmental Standards for Educators, and the construction and value of portfolios. Other topics include foundations of educational practice, history, law, philosophy and sociology of education, and their relationship to teaching.
ED 520 ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT (3 credits)
An exploration of contemporary psychological theory and research as a way of better understanding the behavior, thought processes and experiences of the contemporary adolescent. Examines approaches to adolescent moral development.
ED 530 LITERACY: TOOLS FOR INQUIRY (3 credits)
An introduction to literacy and reading problems in secondary schools, and the issues associated with non-readers. Candidates also learn strategies to help students increase their literacy skills, including developing inquiry, interpretation and analysis skills through the use of Socratic Seminars.
ED 560 PRACTICUM I (2 credits)
Observation of classroom teachers and work with students on a one-to-one and small group basis. Possible sites include local summer schools and remedial summer school programs. Includes the initial elements of portfolio construction.
ED 590 TEACHER AS RESEARCHER I (3 credits)
Introduction to the classroom teacher as a reflective researcher. Focuses on learning to read qualitative and quantitative data, using published educational research on current and relevant classroom topics, and employing various reflective practices to affect educational change in the classroom. Basic design for a research project is also presented.
Fall Semester I — 15 credits
ED 522 LEARNING THEORIES INTO CLASSROOM PRACTICE (4 credits)
Exploration of turning learning theories and current practices into classroom strategies for teaching and learning. Emphasizes the exceptional learner and differentiated instruction. Explores the current theories of brain research, associated teaching applications and classroom practices.
ED 531 CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION AND ASSESSMENT (3 credits)
Examines what we are teaching (curriculum), how we are teaching (instruction), and whether students have learned (assessment). Candidates begin development of Work Sample I. Topics include the nature of content knowledge, essential understandings and habits of mind.
ED 540, 541, 542, 543, 544 CURRENT PRACTICES IN CONTENT AREAS
Candidates are placed in their desired teaching content areas to meet with current and former classroom teachers to focus on specific teaching methods.
ED 561 PRACTICUM II (3 credits)
Observation and teaching in a secondary classroom is the primary focus. An opportunity to plan, implement and evaluate the Work Sample I. Students continue portfolio construction.
ED 580 THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR I (2 credits)
Introduces the profession. Classroom teachers, school administrators and College faculty describe and demonstrate the most current and practiced methods, materials and programs in all subject areas as used in today's classrooms. Topics include classroom management, diversity, school safety, inclusion, and other current and timely topics as determined by the students and/or faculty.
ED 591 TEACHER AS RESEARCHER II (2 credits)
The design and construction of an action research project. Continued development of research skills. Examines evaluation and assessment of student learning, abilities and needs of diverse learners, and effectiveness of classroom practices.
Spring Semester — 12 Credits
ED 562 PRACTICUM III (10 credits)
In full-time supervised student teaching, pre-service candidates teach and evaluate lessons, assess student achievement and evaluate themselves. Work Sample II is implemented and evaluated. Students conclude portfolio construction.
ED 581 THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR II (1 credit)
Continues ED 580, with particular focus on issues related to the candidate's student teaching experience. Instruction includes student teaching, portfolio development and classroom management.
ED 592 TEACHER AS RESEARCHER III (1 credit)
The design and implementation of an action research project related to the classroom. Candidates implement and present a research project, presenting their findings and reflections in a symposium.
Fall Semester II — 2 credits
ED 582 THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR III (2 credits)
For completion of the master's degree, this course is designed to help in the transition from full-time candidate to full-time teacher. Through regular meetings and electronic communication, candidates consult individually and collectively on teaching methods, materials and programs. Topics include implementing classroom management, assessing classroom needs, and understanding and working within a school's community and culture.