This the department's introductory course which provides a comprehensive exploration of the program, actual practicum experience in a public school classroom, and preparation for admission to Upper Division.
For testing requirements and other educator preparation policies and procedures, please consult the current
Upper division courses in your program are designated on the program sequence sheets. You must be admitted to upper division in order to enroll in these classes. Requirements for admittance include:
General upper division policies are identified in your catalog and will be further explained in the ELEM 2123 course.
The academic concentration requirement requires each elementary education student to select an academic concentration identified on the concentration lists. Up to six concentration hours may count for both the concentration and the program checklist. Students should complete concentrations prior to beginning the Senior Year Experience for scheduling reasons.
During the senior year, students are involved in an intensive public school placement. During Senior I, students spend one day a week with the classroom teacher who will be the internship clinical teacher for Senior II. The Senior I courses on campus will have assignments for the student to carry out while in his or her assigned clinical classroom. During Senior II, the student will complete a semester long internship with that clinical teacher.
East Carolina University's teacher education program has established a formal collaboration with various regional public school systems. Representatives (teachers, principals, superintendents) of these school systems are involved in designing and implementing the school-based components of the Senior Year Experience. Clinical teachers who have interns placed in their classrooms have been specially trained as mentors and work closely with the interns' university supervisors.