Mar 25, 2023
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The Interdisciplinary Studies Major (ISM) Teacher Education option offers high quality preparation for students who plan to earn a Colorado teaching license in Early Childhood Education (birth-3rd grade) and/or Elementary Education (K-6). ISM majors choosing this option must apply for and be admitted into the Teacher Education Licensure Program. To complete this program in four years, ISM students ideally should be admitted to the Teacher Education Licensure Program at the end of their Freshman year but no later than the end of their first term of their sophomore year. Students may read the admission steps and requirements in the 2008- 09 catalog under Teacher Education Licensure Program .
- This ISM Elementary Education (El Ed)/Early Childhood Education (ECE) curriculum is designed so that the final three terms are sequentially structured immersion terms (1, 2 and 3) that combine education coursework with field-based experiences in preschool and elementary classrooms. Careful planning and advising is essential to completing the program in four years and ISM students should completely understand how this structure will work.
- Students will need to plan non-academic activities including work schedules around this immersion system as either coursework or field experiences take place all day during the school week during immersion terms 2 and 3.
- Students will need to complete their final one non-education course during immersion term 1, as only required immersion coursework may be taken during immersion terms 2 and 3.
- Students who enter the three-term immersion sequence needing more than one other course may pick up courses during the Summer Sessions if the needed coursework is offered.
- ISM students may seek either or both ECE and EL ED licensure. The same curriculum applies to both programs as methods courses are structured to cover preschool through sixth grade. ISM Students should follow one of the paths below as they choose their licensure.
- Students seeking early childhood licensure must pass the state required early childhood education content test prior to being placed into the third immersion term (student teaching). They must student teach in a grade level from kindergarten to third grade to be eligible for early childhood licensure. They also will be recommended for elementary education licensure if they choose to take and pass the required test for elementary education within two years of completing the program.
- ISM students seeking elementary education licensure must pass the state required elementary education content test prior to being placed into the third immersion term (student teaching). They may student teach in a grade level from kindergarten to sixth grade.
> ISM students seeking elementary education licensure who choose to student teach in a grade level from Kindergarten to third grade also will be recommended for early childhood licensure if they choose to take and pass the required test for early childhood education within three years of completing their program.
> As teaching in a kindergarten through third grade level is mandatory for early childhood licensure, elementary education licensure students who choose to student teach in a grade level from fourth to sixth grade are not initially eligible for early childhood education licensure. However, they also will be recommended for early childhood licensure if they meet the following conditions within three years of completing their program 1) passing the required test for early childhood education and, 2) returning to Fort Lewis College to student teach in a K-3 placement, or verifying (by a school district principal or designated representative) that they have had at least one year of satisfactory teaching experience in a K-3 grade level.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES - TEACHER EDUCATION OPTION
Content Course Requirements:
Note: 20-24 content credits may double count in other areas of the curriculum.
Mathematics (9-10 credits):
- Math electives - Credits: 3-4
- Elective courses in Mathematics include any one course from MA1.
Language Arts (12 credits):
Elective courses in language arts must be chosen from among the following:
- Language Arts electives - Credits: 6
Social Studies (10 credits):
American History course - Credits: 3
American History course must be chosen from the following list:
Social Studies electives - Credits: 6
Elective courses in Social Studies must be chosen from the following list: FLC courses with Anth, Econ, Geog, Hist, PS, Soc or SW prefix or any courses from HI1, SS1, SS2, or SS3.
Science (10 credits):
Choose from the following list at least two disciplines and at least one course including a lab:
Any FLC courses with Bio, Chem, Geol, PhSc or Phys prefixes; or any courses from SC1 or SC2.
Subtotal Content Course Requirements - Credits: 43-47
Auxiliary Department Requirements:
Subtotal Auxiliary Requirements - Credits: 3
Specific Departmental Requirements, 200-level (3 credits):
Specific Departmental Requirements, 300-level (12 credits):
NOTE: Admission to Teacher Education required for all 300-level education courses.
Specific Departmental Requirements, 400-level (43 credits):
NOTE: Admission to Teacher Education Licensure Program required for all 400- level education courses.
First Immersion Term Courses
Second Immersion Term Courses
Third Immersion Term (student teaching) Courses
Note: Admission to student teaching and passing of required content test by beginning of second immersion term is required for this term.
Subtotal Specific Departmental Requirements - Credits: 58
Free Electives (variable)
TOTAL REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION - CREDITS: 120-126**
** Students may complete this degree within the 126-credit maximum, but to do so they must use courses from the major to complete certain General Education requirements (e.g., ED 222, Math 105, Geol 180, and Psyc 157). Using these courses to meet both major and Gen Ed requirements enables the student to complete within the 126-credit limit.
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