Students are placed in groups or cohorts of approximately sixteen and then enroll in a set of courses known as Professional Sequence I. These five courses (13 credits) are the first “methods courses.” Four of the courses are held in the traditional manner in the university classroom, while one course, Pre-Student Teaching, is a field experience. This allows the student to begin to put theory into practice through actual work in elementary and early childhood classrooms.
The Professional Sequence II experience prepares students for the full semester of student teaching that awaits them. Cooperating teachers and university supervisors play vital roles in ensuring students’ immersion into public school teaching, so that they have a positive experiential base upon which to build.