Winthrop University: Core Course

Core Courses

Students in intial teacher education programs engage in a set of common courses that build the foundation of program specific exploration and application.  These courses are built around the themes of differentiation; assessment; culturally responsive pedagogy; and professionalism and perseverance. These four themes serve as guiding principles along with attention to the Unit Standards, dispositions, and resiliency to anchor teacher preparation in the needs of schools today and in the future.

The following information is provided as an overview to our approach that was built in collaboration with partners in the Winthrop-School Partnership Network.

    Team Chair - Dr. Sherell Fuller
    Using videos and vignettes, candidates develop and implement observation and analysis skills in the context of culturally responsive instructional practice; critical thinking and reflection; and the impact of teachers on classroom climate.

    Team Chair - Dr. Tammy Burnham
    Lecture and field-based course that explores the six strands of growth and development from preschool to adolescence. Significant time is devoted to the application of these strands to working with students living in poverty. Topics include motivation, self-regulation, and families and communities.

     

    Team Chair - Ms. Kimberly Oxley
    Lecture and field-based course that applies content in the developmental sciences to working with an English Language Learner. Candidates examine the stages of language acquisition, the stages of language acculturation, and methods for supporting English Language Learners in the content area.

    Team Chair - Dr. Minnie Mize
    Lecture and field-based course that applies content in the developmental sciences to addressing the needs of learners with disabilities and gifted learners in the general education classroom. Candidates explore exceptional learner characteristics and implement evidence-based strategies to address diverse needs.

    Team Chair - Dr. Sarah Marie Catalana
    These courses explore various classroom assessment techniques and appropriate use to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Skills in data-based decision-making are identified and utilized by course participants. Principles of Universal Design for Learning are applied to the design and implementation of assessment. 

    Team Chairs - Dr. Lindsay Yearta and Dr. Lisa Harris
    Lecture and field-based course that explores the use of technology as a tool to solve specific teaching and learning challenges related to diverse student needs and content area standards. Universal Design for Learning provides a structure for planning, implementing, and assessing technology-assisted lessons.

    Team Chair - Dr. Stacy Martin
    Lecture and field-based course in which teacher candidates observe and analyze the impact of social skills and academic strategies on student learning, behavior, and classroom climate.

    Team Chair - Ms. Carolyn Grant

    Field-based internship in which teacher candidates implement instruction and conduct assessment as full-time junior faculty members in a school setting.  Teacher candidates follow the school district calendar until university graduation including a pre-semester experience (second semester of the year-long internship). Visit Handouts and Forms for Internship II lesson plan templates and assessments.

    Team Chair - Ms. Carolyn Grant

    Field-based internship in which teacher candidates implement instruction and conduct assessment as full-time junior faculty members in a school setting.  Teacher candidates follow the school district calendar until university graduation including a pre-semester experience (second semester of the year-long internship). Visit Handouts and Forms for Internship II lesson plan templates and assessments.

    Team Chairs - Dr. Tammy Burnham
    Using the context of the internship experience, teacher candidates analyze competing ideas about what learning to teach in a democratic society means. Candidates explore the political, legal, ethical, and philosophical foundations of education to develop an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the professional educator.

Last Updated: 10/4/21