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Bringing Joy Back in the Classroom by Being a Teacher of Influence
Classroom environments do matter! A positive classroom setting where children come to learn in a joyful atmosphere has proven to be a key to student buy-in to the learning process. This can be accomplished by understanding, implementing and enhancing teacher/student relationships by forging Transformational Relationships. It starts with making the basic human connection with students and results...

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....

Child Development Associate Training II
A continuation of the study of the requirements for the Child Development Associate National Credential (CDA). The six functional areas of study include safe, healthy, learning environment, self, social, and guidance. Note: Requires 64 hours of lab participation. Students must be currently working directly with a group of young children in the birth-5 years range in a child care setting. If you...

Child Development Associate Training III
A continuation of the study of the requirements for the Child Development Associate National Credential (CDA). Three of the 13 functional areas of study include family, program management, and professionalism. Note: Requires 64 hours of lab participation. Students must be currently working directly with a group of young children in the birth-5 years range in a child care setting. If you are a...

Clinical Teaching
Three month student teaching with a experience mentor teacher.

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...

Designing and Presenting Instruction - EC-6
This course prepares the teacher candidate to identify and use resources available for planning, and designing interactive TEKS-based lessons with an emphasis on Early Childhood, reading, science, math, social studies, music, theater, art, health and physical education methodology required for EC-6 certification. In addition, the course addresses assessment of the child’s learning and...

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 3 rd 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...

Leadership and Personal Growth From Surviving to Thriving
As a person grows professionally it gives them the edge to develop the leadership skills to enhance an exciting and effective classroom delivery based on the nationally recognized John Maxwell New York Times Bestseller book 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. This course will examine the keys to success in this area where teachers’ will walk away with a new set of strategies to vault their...

Methods for Special Populations
A study of the needed behaviors and methods in working with students, including motivation, communication, and using data to enhance learning. Participants will learn about learning styles, myths about teaching, jargon, effective communication and eye contact, earning respect and trust from students, praise and rewards, and data collection through face-to-face training at SAC, taking students...

Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities
In-depth coverage of skills, foundations, legal issues, and professional requirements provides fundamentals necessary for teaching in Texas. Modules include: Planning for Learner-Centered Instruction; Creating Learning Environments and Behavior Modification; Instruction, Communication, and Assessment; Professional Development; Employment; and Online Technology Applications. Students will...

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.

Spring Internship
Interns are advised, appraised, and mentored throughout the spring semester. Fee covers the costs of mentor and supervisor support for spring clinical teacher. Internship (cont.)-Support, Professional Development/ Conference 25 hrs. Full Spring Semester

Successful Teaching Practices
Intern course that provides techniques to improve teaching practices through the examination of specific, real-world teaching situations that occur in the classroom. Successful Practices 20 hours online.

Summer Experience - Content Methodology
The class emphasizes student teaching, modeling, classroom management, specific content strategies, and preparing for the first six weeks of school. Presentation skills and the model of a teacher as a facilitator are guiding themes. Working with ESL and special population learners is also included. The class content is put to practical application through a teacher's aide experience in the...

Supporting the Teaching Experience
Second year cohort interns take this online course that completes the Teacher Project for data analysis and collection, student interventions and remediation to improve success and ensure retention in the classroom.



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