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Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs

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 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 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 St. Mary’s College 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.

Download the Education Admissions Flyer for an abbreviated overview of the program.

Certificate in Inclusive and Responsive Teaching (CIRT)

Candidates entering our newly revised program also earn a Certificate in Inclusive and Responsive Teaching (CIRT). This 12-unit certificate program, fully embedded within the Preliminary Teaching Credential coursework, highlights the specialized training received by our candidates when seeking employment. This certificate attests to our candidate’s ability to provide an inclusive and responsive classroom environment for all learners, especially those with the most common disabilities found in schools.

The following coursework has been carefully planned to provide multiple opportunities to meet the state requirements for the SB 2042 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.

Download the CIRT Description File to learn more about how earning the CIRT strengthens your ability to address the needs of diverse students in your classroom.

Program Requirements for Students Entering Spring 2012 and After

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 (11 units)

EDU 116 Supervised Teaching: Elementary Fieldwork (8)
EDU 110 Supervised Teaching Culminating Seminar (3)

Continuing Students

Prerequisite Courses (17 units)

EDU 106 School and Society (3)
PSY 113 Learning in Children and Adolescents Across Cultures (3)
SOC 161 Dynamics of Majority-Minority Relations (3)
ENG 102 Structure of Modern English (3)
EDU 170A Introduction to Education of Exceptional Learners (1)
BIO 10 Health Science (3)
PED 100 Physical Education: Elementary Curriculum (1)

Professional Preparation Courses (12 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)

Supervised Teaching (14 units)

EDU 116A Supervised Teaching: Elementary Fieldwork (12)
EDU 123 Supervised Teaching Seminar (2)

Application Procedures

Students interested in becoming a teacher must submit an application to the Teacher Preparation Program no later than the fall of the sophomore year. Application requirements include:

  • Application
  • Application essay
  • Original documentation of a passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Tuberculosis clearance
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Goals and Learning Outcomes for the Multiple Subjects Preliminary Credential Program
 
Goals and Learning Outcomes for the Multiple Subjects Preliminary Credential Program

You can be confident that your MSMC program will benefit you and your future students. Mount St. Mary's College is proud to be part of a culture of assessment. As part of our Mount family, we will ensure that you achieve the skills necessary to successfully enter the education profession. You will be joining a team that adopted the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) process early and has an outstanding record of candidate success. You will be guided every step of the way and enjoy personal advisement and attention.

By the end of your program you will...

Goal 1:Engage and Support Students and Learning (CSTP 1)

  • Make content comprehensible for all of your diverse students, including those with special needs (TPE 4)
  • Engage your students (TPE 5)
  • Employ developmentally appropriate teaching practices (TPE 6)
  • Teach English learners (TPE 7)

Goal 2: Create and Maintain Effective Environments for Student Learning (CSTP 2)

  • Use instructional time to its full advantage (TPE 10)
  • Create a positive social environment in your classroom (TPE 11)

Goal 3: Make Subject Matter Comprehensible to Students (CSTP 3)

  • Use subject-specific pedagogical skills to teach language arts, math, science, art, and social studies (TPA 1A)

Goal 4: Plan Instruction and Design Learning Experiences for Students (CSTP 4)

  • Recognize and use various means to learn about your students in order to improve academic outcomes (TPE 8)
  • Create and implement logical, culturally relevant, differentiated, and engaging instructional plans (TPE 9)

Goal 5: Assess Student Learning (CSTP 5)

  • Monitor your students’ learning during instruction in order to assess student progress (TPE 2)
  • Choose, employ, and interpret appropriate assessments in order to assess learning and plan future instruction and intervention (TPE 3)

Goal 6: Develop as a Professional Educator (CSTP 6)

  • Know and understand various professional, legal, and ethical obligations you are responsible for upholding as a teacher in the state of California (TPE 12)
  • Evaluate your own teaching practices through cycles of reflection and feedback in order to formulate and prioritize your future goals for increasing your students’ success and your teaching effectiveness (TPE 13)