Phase I (pre-candidacy) is designed to acquaint students with the teaching profession before they are officially accepted into the teacher-certification program.
Among the required pre-candidacy courses are Middle School Exploratory (secondary) and Elementary School Exploratory (elementary) which give students the opportunity to spend considerable time observing, evaluating, and helping in a school classroom setting. These experiences give students practical knowledge about what it means to be a teacher before they formally apply to the teacher-certification program. Pre-candidacy courses include:
|EDUC 210||Foundations of Education|
|EDUC 267 / 247||Middle School (secondary) or Elementary School Exploratory|
|PSYC 130||General Psychology|
|PSYC 215||Child & Adolescent Development|
|PSYC 220||Educational Psychology|
|ENGL 121 & 122||College Writing (B- average required)|
|MATH 112 & 113||Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (elementary certification)|
|MATH 105 or higher||Math with Applications (secondary certification)|
|SPCH 101||Fundamentals of Speech Communication (or a foreign language sequence)|
|WEST-B Exam||The Washington Educator Skills Test measures reading, math, and writing skills and is based on the basic skills and understanding required for teachers to be successful in their teacher-preparation programs. See www.west.nesinc.com|
When students complete Phase I, they are ready to formally apply for Phase II, which is the teacher-certification program.