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Child Development Associate Training I
Based on the requirements for the Child Development Associate National Credential (CDA). Topics on CDA overview, general observation skills, and child growth and development overview. The four functional areas of study are creative, cognitive, physical, and communication. Note: Requires 64 hours of lab participation. Must be currently working directly with young children in a childcare setting....

Clinical Teaching
Seventy days of student teaching with an experienced cooperating teacher. Fee covers the cost of the field supervisor.

Creating the Learning Environment
This course focuses on the critical skills of successfully managing the classroom. Topics covered are use of data in defining instruction, social justice, social and emotional learning, Positive Behavior Intervention, and classroom organization.

Designing and Presenting Instruction - Grades 4-12
This course prepares the teacher candidate to identify and use resources available for planning, and designing interactive TEKS-based lessons with an emphasis on specific content methodology. In addition, the course addresses assessment of the child’s learning and communicating of the child’s progress to parents. Each candidate will plan and teach three micro teaches which will be...

Developmental Math - ALEKS PPL
A web-based program for students to refresh their math knowledge with the goal of placing into a higher level course. Students will meet with the instructor each week (three times a week for intersession). In addition, students will be expected to work online independently.

Early Childhood, Fine Arts, Health, Physical Education Methodology
This course will present concepts and methods for teaching children and instructing students in Grades EC-6 in Art, Music, Theatre, Health and Physical Education Methodology.

Educational Technology Foundations
This course focuses on appropriate copyright use by teachers. In addition, candidates will explore various programs which can be incorporated into their classroom instruction as well as assessment. Candidates will develop their own classroom website, create blogs, and design lessons which incorporate technology.

Elementary Reading Instruction EC-6
This course focuses on beginning literacy instruction for Early Childhood up to third grade. Instruction is provided in the Science of Reading including phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, comprehension, and fluency for early learners.

English as a Second Language/Bilingual Supplemental
This course is designed to prepare teachers to instruct learners whose primary language is other than English. The course emphasizes language concepts and best instructional practices for facilitating English language proficiency. Instructional techniques for both literacy and oral language development focus on social and academic language skills. In addition, the course prepares the candidates...

Fall Internship
Fee for supervisors and mentors to support interns during their first year of teaching in public schools. Interns are advised, appraised, and mentored throughout the Fall semester. Fall Internship-Support for those hired as 1st year teachers. 30 hrs. Professional Development/Conferences Full Fall Semester

Internship 1
Interns are advised, appraised, and mentored throughout the spring semester. Fee covers the costs of the field supervisor.


Secondary Reading Instruction - Grades 4-12
This course focuses on the Science of Reading and integrating reading instruction into upper elementary, middle and high school into specific content area instruction. Strategies are provided to incorporate phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, comprehension, and fluency into daily content area instruction.


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