CURR118 Foundations for Teaching Career and Technical Education (.5)
Candidates are introduced to the essential themes, concepts, and skills related to teaching career and technical education. Candidates focus on the Standards for Career Ready Practices, the Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards (Anchor and Pathway Standards), and their connection to the Common Core State Standards. Candidates practice planning a Pathway lesson, using these standards and emphasizing career readiness. Other aspects covered are an historical perspective of CTE Education, 21st Century Learning, and partnerships with businesses and the community to enhance instruction.
CURR220 Classroom Management & Discipline (2)
Candidates learn to create a positive learning environment that is physically, emotionally, and socially safe which recognizes the students’ needs to participate and belong. Candidates are introduced to a variety of approaches to classroom management; and, analyze and refine classoom management plans that focus on creating a climate of caring, respect, and fairness. Furthermore, candidates learn specific strategies for involving parents in the educational process and learn to respond to issues in a culturally sensitive manner.
CURR240 Instructional Strategies for Secondary Students (1)
Candidates focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching. Candidates explore and practice a variety of techniques and strategies for effective instruction, including critical thinking skills, and problem based learning. Instructional approaches and assessment procedures are emphasized in order to ensure the candidate’s ability to develop, deliver, integrate, and assess their lessons’ effectiveness based on student learning. This is the first course in a two-course series and provides general content instruction prior to candidates taking CURR245 Content Specific Instruction or CURR246 Industry Specific Instruction.
CURR241 Adolescent Development (1)
Candidates explore theories, research, principles, and concepts in areas of cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical development of adolescents. Candidates examine social structures and influences that promote or hinder development and learning for diverse populations. Additionally, candidates are introduced to the Standards for Career Ready Practices and explore ways to help students make connections to life beyond high school and post secondary and career choices.
CURR246 Industry Sector Content Instruction (1)
Candidates focus on coursework and assignments emphasizing theoretical and practical aspects of teaching the candidate’s Industry Sector. Candidates explore and practice a variety of techniques and strategies for planning effective instruction in their pathway. Instructional approaches and assessment procedures are emphasized in order to ensure the candidate’s ability to develop, deliver, integrate, and assess their lessons’ effectiveness based on student learning. Candidates refer to the Standards for Career Ready Practices, and the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards (Anchor and Pathway).
CURR251 Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students (1)
Candidates study and discuss the historical and cultural traditions of cultural and ethnic groups in California Society. Candidates examine effective ways to include cultural traditions and community values and resources in the instructional program of a classroom and school environment. Candidates explore how to eliminate bias in order to create an equitable classroom community that contributes to the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual safety of all students.
CURR252 Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners (1)
Candidates learn the purposes, goals, and content of the adopted English Language Development standards for the effective teaching and support of English Learners. Candidates learn and apply pedagogical theories, principles, and instructional practices for comprehensive instruction of English Learners. Candidates learn how to develop, deliver, integrate, and regularly assess an instructional program that facilitates English language acquisition and development of academic language by effectively using materials, methods, and strategies so that students acquire listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. Candidates learn how to differentiate instruction based upon their students’ primary language and proficiency levels in English, as well as, consider the students’ culture, level of acculturation, and prior schooling. Candidates learn about state and federal legal requirements for the placement and instruction of English learners, and ethical obligations for teaching English Learners.
CURR281 & 282 Practicum/Fieldwork (1-2)
Candidates work 1:1 with a Practicum Supervisor and learn how to meld course content into their teaching practice. Candidates’ growth and progress is measured in meeting the California standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP’s). Candidates receive formative and summative feedback which guides a reflective learning process and which is documented on the Individual Learning Plan. Practicum Supervisors facilitate this course based on each candidate’s developmental level and needs.
- CURR281 (1) – First Semester of Initial Preparation Program
- CURR282 (1) - Second Semester of Initial Preparation Program
SPED221 Exceptional Learners I: Differentiation in the Classroom (1)
This course introduces candidates to a wide variety of commonly occurring disabilities, etiologies, and historical and educational implications. Candidates learn the process of referring students for testing, and how to set up and facilitate a Student Study Team with appropriate school/district personnel. Also addressed are various types of multi-tiered interventions, programs, and strategies available for teachers to implement with students to create a positive and inclusive learning environment.