Bloomington Programs

Elementary Education Programs

Teaching All Learners Program

The goal of the Teaching All Learners Program is to prepare undergraduate students with knowledge of effective strategies and curricula associated with teaching in classrooms with students having a wide range of developmental levels and abilities. Graduates of this program will be prepared to work as consultant teachers, as co-teachers in inclusive settings, as teachers in self-contained classrooms for students with exceptional needs, and as general elementary education teachers. Successful completion of this program will result in license recommendation for K-6 Elementary, both Primary and Intermediate, and K-6 Exceptional Needs.

In Teaching All Learners, we emphasize the following:

  • Developing a strong understanding of general education curriculum and techniques
  • Developing mastery in working with students with exceptional behavioral and educational needs
  • The integration of theories, philosophies, and techniques more typically associated separately with either general or special education traditions
  • Research and inquiry
  • Collaborative teaching and learning
  • Intensive field-experience

The Teaching All Learners Program is divided into two main components, as follows:

General Education 51 cr.
Professional Education 79 cr.
Total 130 cr.

For program requirements (program planning sheet), see:

General Education: Distribution (51 credit hours)
Students who think they have the competence required for a course may contact the chairperson of the department offering the course. If the department chairperson agrees, the student will be permitted to take a credit examination. Students must submit a written appeal to the Academic Standards Committee with the chairperson’s recommendation for a waiver or substitution in the program.

Courses listed by number are either specifically required or are part of a group from which selections must be made to fill a specific requirement. See the appropriate school bulletins for course descriptions. The speech requirement may not be met by correspondence.

Professional Education (79 credit hours)
In the Teaching All Learners Program, the professional education courses begin early in the student’s educational career. The courses in the program begin in the spring of the sophomore year. Although there is some flexibility, by the junior year most general education requirements should be completed.

Academic Bulletins

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