Teaching License Program Coursework

All candidates seeking the Tennessee State Teaching License will take the following required 15 credit hours of major core coursework:

EG 5063 Building Classroom Communities (3)

This course is designed to analyze the relationship among classroom environment, classroom behavior, and learning. Students will explore various classroom discipline and management models and their relationship to degrees of teacher and student control. Particular attention is given to understanding how a teacher's behavior and/or instructional strategies, styles, and techniques affect student behavior and learning. This course will also explore the importance of family and community collarboration.

EG 5023 Principles of Learning (3)

This course is designed to introduce teachers to the profession of teaching and the field of education. In this course students will consdier social, cultural and economic issues, which have shaped education and the impact of education on U.S. and global economic development. More specifically, the course will address human growth and development theories related to how people learn, social issues that impact schooling practices, the history of education, education in a multicultural scoeity and emerging trends and issues in education today. Students will learn to engage in critical reflection and will be required to do substantial amount os reading and writing.

EG 5713 Literacy Foundations and Standards (3)

This course is an in-depth look into research on how children become literate and the practical implications of tihs research. It provides an understanding of research-based instruction regarding a balanced, comprehensive program of instruction in reading, writing and language arts. A balanced approach to reading/language arts instruction indlueds explicit instructions in basic reading skills and comprehensive strategies for all students, including students with varied reading levels and language backgrounds. Reading readiness, emergent literacy, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and a variety of reading models are examined. Course objectives and topics are aligned with Tennessee teacher candidate standards for reading and research from the National Reading Panel (2000) and the International Reading Association.

EG 5303 Teaching the Diverse Learner (3)

This course will examine student diversity, including dweveloping and using appropriate, related vocabulary. The student will learn differentiated instructional and assessment startegies that support academic achievement for all students. The course will also dvelop an understanding of English language learners and special education students within family and community contexts, in cluding contemporary legal issues concerning diverse learners.

EG 5053 Planning, Instruction & Assessment (3)

This course provides pre-service teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and apply effective pedagogical practices in various classroom settings. Students will analyze teaching strategies and will critique and analyze lessons presented in various settings. Likewise, students will write and develop effective unit and lesson plans and corresponding assessments. Students in teh course will analyze lesson plans, examine the essential components of effective lesson and unit plans and will develop plans for curriculum standards provided by the state of Tennessee. Likewise, students will be able to analyze effectively instructional practives and data in order to make sound curricular choices. Students will engage in practice teaching sessions in order to receive feedback from their colleagues and will design assessments in order to demonstrated an understanding of the concepts presented in the course.

 

In addition to the required 15 credit hourse, candidates will take the following courses as required for their licensure area.

 

EG 5143 Teaching Methods K-6 (3)

This is an integrated methods course designed to meet the developmental needs of children in the various subject areas found in the elementary school curriculum (K-6). It includes discussion of current research and practice relative to teaching/learning objectives, planning, instruction and classroom techniques. Students develop decision-making skills through actual involvement in planned demonstration lessons using traditional and new techniques and innovations, including computer applications. This course is required for K-6 and 4-8 licensure candidates.

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EG 5153 Teaching Methods 7-12 (3)

This is an integrated methods course designed to meet the developmental needs of children in various subject areas found in the secondary school curriculum (7-12). It includes discussion of current reserach and practice relative to teaching/learning objectives, planning, insturction and classroom techniques. Students develop decision-making skills through actual involvement in planned demonstration lessons using traditional and new techniques and innovations, including computre applications. This course is required for 4-8, 7-12 and K-12 licensure candidates.

Additionally, candidates must take 541C Student Teaching (9) or EG513V Mentoring (4) (for individuals with Transitional Licenses only) to complete licensure requirements.