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California Elementary Teacher Preparation Program and a BA Degree in Liberal Studies

The undergraduate student interested in becoming an elementary school teacher completes a Liberal Studies major and the California Elementary Teacher Preparation Program. Units taken in the teacher preparation program may count toward the bachelors degree, but are not required for the Liberal Studies major or for graduation.

Committed to social justice, inclusiveness, and leadership, the California Elementary Teacher Preparation Program offers in-depth coursework that leads to a Multiple Subject teaching credential. It is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing under SB 2042 standards. Coursework, grounded in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, emphasizes a cycle of planning, teaching, and reflecting that provides credential candidates with an ever-deepening understanding of how to provide all students with rigorous academic learning. The program prepares teachers who are committed to working with diverse student populations in urban settings and empowers them to make the best possible choices for their students.

Theory and practice are infused throughout the courses, with discussions and readings augmenting early fieldwork in urban schools. Courses are carefully constructed to build one upon the other and all professional preparation courses include early fieldwork in exemplary teachers’ classrooms in Mount Saint Mary’s University associated schools. During early fieldwork experiences and supervised teaching, candidates work with diverse student populations to develop effective teaching skills and strategies, including techniques for teaching English learners. All candidates learn how to provide equal learning opportunities for children learning English and a newly revised program focuses particularly on preparing to effectively teach children with special needs.

The following coursework has been carefully planned to provide multiple opportunities to meet the state requirements for the SB 2042 California Multiple Subject preliminary credential and to prepare students for successfully completing the Teacher Performance Assessment, a State assessment embedded in supervised teaching. Please contact the Liberal Studies advisor for additional information.

Prerequisite Courses (12 units)

*EDU 106 School and Society (3)
*EDU 107 Teaching English Learners (1.5)
*EDU 108A Introduction to Exceptional Learners (1.5)
*EDU 108B Responsive Teaching for All Learners (1.5)
PSY 113 Learning in Children and Adolescents Across Cultures (3)
*EDU 151 Typical and Atypical Child and Adolescent Development (1)
*EDU 152 Diversity and Schools (1.5)

Professional Preparation Courses (13 units)

*EDU 150 Elementary Instruction: Theory and Practice (3)
*EDU 154 Mathematics and Science: Elementary Curriculum (3)
*EDU 155 Social Science and the Arts: Elementary Curriculum (3)
*EDU 156 Language and Literacy: Elementary Curriculum (3)

EDU 109A TPA Lab I (.5)
EDU 109B TPA Lab I (.5)

Supervised Teaching

*EDU 116AB Supervised Teaching: Pre-Service Elementary Fieldwork 4,4)
EDU 110 Supervised Teaching Culminating Seminar (3)
EDU 117 Student Teaching Support (1)

*Courses with (*) involve fieldwork which is included as a majority of the 600 hours required for a California credential.