EDU606: Capstone: The Professional K-12 Teacher

Course Credits:
3
Course Hours Per Week:
15

Course Overview

This capstone course focuses on using a teacher work sample (TWS) to positively impact the teaching of K-12 learners. It integrates previous coursework, synthesis of theories and application of skills and strategies to demonstrate mastery of educational effectiveness.

The course project, Teacher Work Sample: Impacting K-12 Student Learning, is designed to document your use of evidence-based practices to positively impact the teaching of K-12 learners.

This course includes field-based activities that take place in a K-12 school/district community setting.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Use strategies to develop student literacy in reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and listening.
  • Use strategies to develop student literacy in mathematics.
  • Design curriculum in order to demonstrate knowledge in specific content areas, or in all the required content areas if teaching elementary students; or to demonstrate expertise in the specific area or content endorsement area(s), integrating literacy and math across the curriculum if teaching secondary students.
  • Describe and apply the use of Colorado Model Content Standards (or standards for another state) in elementary and secondary curricula, especially in literacy, mathematics, and assessment.
  • Rehearse and develop classroom practices to manage time, communications, and record keeping procedures to support and enhance student learning.
  • Respond to the needs and experiences children bring to the classroom, including those based on culture, community, ethnicity, economics, linguistics, and innate learning abilities.
  • Discuss learning exceptionalities and conditions that affect the rate and extent of student learning, and begin adapting instruction for all learners.
  • Use technology to support instruction and enhance student learning.
  • Recognize the school's role in teaching and perpetuating a democratic system.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the relationships among the various governmental entities that create laws, regulations, and policies that determine educational practices.
  • Collaborate with other educational professionals to accomplish school, district, and state educational goals and objectives.
  • Use strategies, planning practices, assessment techniques, and appropriate accommodations to ensure student learning in a standards-based curriculum and communicate those plans to parents, guardians, professionals, administrators, and the community.

Special Requirements

MEd candidates are required to complete all area of study coursework prior to Level Two student teaching, capstone course or the principal internship. This allows for an intensive, culminating experience where teacher candidates can practice skills on a full-time basis (37+ hours per week for 16 weeks) under the supervision of a qualified mentor.