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  Dec 10, 2017
 
2017-2018 Academic Year 
  
2017-2018 Academic Year

Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)-School of Teacher Education and Leadership


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Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Three-Level Program (35 credits)

Secondary Education coordinates a state-approved program to complement the teaching majors and minors in 21 departments. The framework is organized into three sequential levels, each taken during a different semester. Students must apply to complete the STEP Program during their junior - senior years after most of the major and minor coursework has been completed. All three levels of the STEP are offered during fall and spring semesters, but not during summers. Levels of the STEP are taken as a package. All courses in the STEP Program must be completed with a minimum grade of C (beginning January 2015).

As outlined below, Level 1 and Level 2 courses are offered by the School of TEAL and other cooperating departments. Teaching Methods courses are offered by many departments across campus. Students should refer to the requirement sheets of their composite teaching major, or their teaching major and minor, to determine which methods courses they are required to complete on Levels 1 and 2 to prepare for student teaching at Level 3. Student teaching in a composite teaching major, or in at least one teaching major and one teaching minor, is required.

A. Level 1 (15-week courses)


B. Level 2 (15-week courses)


C. Level 3 (includes a minimum of 13 weeks of student teaching and a minimum of 10 weeks of Student Teaching Seminar)


  • Student Teaching Seminar 3 2
  • Student Teaching 4 (full-time) 10

Clinical Experience


Students must enroll for either Clinical Experience I or Clinical Experience II concurrent with their methods courses. The instructor of record, in concert with the Office of Field Experiences, sets up these field activities in middle and high school settings. The clinical experiences provide a classroom context for  understanding STEP and methods courses. A clinical experience fee is assessed at each of the two levels. This fee provides a stipend to classroom  teachers who work with clinical experience students in the public schools. Students should refer to the requirement sheet for their composite teaching major or their teaching major and minor to determine which methods courses they should take.

Student Teaching


Students must attend the Secondary Education Information Session (SEIS) two semesters in advance of their student teaching semester. Students must attend a Student Teaching Application Session (STAS) one semester prior to their student teaching. Applications for student teaching and each semester's deadlines will be discussed at the STAS. Information concerning all Praxis exams, which must be passed (major area) and attempted(minor area, if no child left behind subject) before student teaching, will also be discussed. Students must complete 80 percent of their teaching major/minor (or composite major) requirements prior to student teaching.

Students should be financially prepared to live off campus, if necessary, during student teaching. Because student teaching requires a major commitment of time and energy, it should be planned with care. Students are urged to forego outside employment, if possible, during the student teaching experience.

Only the courses approved for the semester may be taken during student teaching.

Note:


1 The Special Methods I course is taught by various departments under various course numbers. Course title varies among departments.

2 The Special Methods II course is taught by various departments under various course numbers. Course title varies among departments.

3 The Student Teaching Seminar course is taught under course number 5500 in various departments. Course title varies among departments.

4 The Student Teaching course is taught under course number 5630 in various departments. Course title varies among departments.

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