T466 and T467 – Proseminar for Teacher Candidates I and II
This seminar provides a forum for teacher candidates to 1) begin their study of the Illinois Early Childhood Standards, Erikson Institute’s Conceptual Framework for Teacher Education, and 2) to discuss clinical experiences being carried out within the context of their academic courses. Candidates discuss observations of and interactions with children, parents, teachers, and staff at the various sites. The faculty adviser guides discussion of clinical experiences and the many layers of diversity at work in any child care setting. Teacher candidates learn to see the complexity of factors at work in the interactions among participants in a classroom or program, and between the school or program and contemporary American society. The seminar is designed to give candidates a heightened awareness of the critical questions about human development, teaching and learning, educational philosophy, and school organization and governance that are shaped by educators, parents and community members, as well as tax-paying citizens and voters. The seminar leader guides teacher candidates’ reflection on experiences and development of professional skills toward mastery of the ten outcomes detailed in Erikson Institute’s Conceptual Framework for the Teacher Education Program.