Phase I (pre-candidacy) is designed to acquaint students with the teaching profession before they are officially accepted into the Teacher Certification Program (TCP).
Among the required pre-candidacy courses are opportunities 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 211||Introduction to and Foundations of Education|
|PSYC 217||Psychology of Learning and Development|
|SPED 210||Introduction to Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms|
|ENGL 121 & 122||College Writing (B- average required)|
|MATH 112 & 113||Math for Elementary Teachers (elementary certification)|
|MATH 105 or higher||Finite Mathematics (secondary certification)|
|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 of the TCP.