Teacher Education Programs

Elementary Education/Exceptional Needs (Teaching All Learners) Program

The goal of the Teaching All Learners (TAL) Program is to prepare undergraduate teacher candidates with knowledge of effective strategies and curricula associated with teaching in classrooms with students who have 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 dual license recommendation for K-6 Elementary (both Primary and Intermediate) and K-6 Exceptional Needs.

In Teaching All Learners (TAL), the emphasis is on:

  • 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 requires 42-46 credits of content coursework and 82 credits of professional education coursework, for a total of at least 124 credits. The professional education incorporates courses in special education methods and strategies as well as basic teaching strategies appropriate to the elementary classroom. Application to the program is earlier than most programs; applications are due October 1 of the sophomore year, and professional courses begin that spring. The authorized professional 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.

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