Teaching License Program Coursework

All candidates seeking the Tennessee State Teaching License will take the following required 15 credit hours of major core coursework in addition to 3 credit hours of coursework as required for license area and an additional 4 to 9 hours based upon past experience or current employment:

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 consider 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 society 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 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 the 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 practices 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.

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 collaboration.

EG 5303 Teaching the Diverse Learner (3)

The student will understand diversity among students (e.g., cultural, socio-economic, linguistic, gender, special needs) and the differentiated instructional and assessment strategies that support their academic achievement. Included will be theories of assessment and the development of skills and knowledge needed to analyze and implement teaching strategies for use with all learners in the classroom (including special needs, advanced, and ELL), among a team of teachers and as part of a referral to the appropriate resources. This course includes contemporary legal issues concerning diverse learners.

EG 5803 Literacy Foundations and Standards (3)

This course is an in-depth look into research on how children become literate and the practical implications of this research for teachers. It focuses on equipping future teachers with the theoretical knowledge and pedagogical skills that will help them make appropriate assessment and instructional decisions as they teach children to become adept readers and writers. In addition, course objectives and topics are grounded in the five essential components of reading and the Common Core State Standards.

In addition to the required 15 credit hours, 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 Methods for Adolescent Learners (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 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 4-8, 7-12 and K-12 licensure candidates.

Additionally, candidates must take 541C Student Teaching (9) or EG 513V Mentoring (4) (for individuals with Transitional Licenses only) to complete licensure requirements.