B446 and B447 – Internship, Student Teaching and Tutorial I and II: Bilingual/ESL
Teacher candidates spend a total of 550 hours in a preschool, kindergarten, and/or primary classroom with children who are bilingual, or for whom English is a second language. They master the practice competencies of professional teaching under the supervision of a mentoring teacher who is licensed to work with linguistically diverse children. Student teaching includes 10 consecutive weeks of full-time participation in the responsibilities of teaching in an early childhood classroom. The tutorial, a biweekly meeting between the teacher candidate and faculty advisor, is a bridge between academic courses and student teaching experiences. Goals for the tutorial include: integration of theory with practice, refining methods of teaching for children growing up with more than one language, deepening one’s understanding of how to work effectively with children and families from diverse cultural and language backgrounds, reflecting on all aspects of professional teaching practice, and developing further goals for professional development.