Education 420 is a full-day student teaching internship in an academically and culturally diverse K - 5 public school classroom in Durham. Past partners have includes Hillandale Elementary, Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet Elementary, Merrick-Moore Elementary, and CC Spaulding Elementary. The primary focus of the course is on the application of learning theories and methodologies that reflect current research-based educational practice. As described in the Elementary Teacher Preparation Program Student Teaching Handbook, the internship is carefully structured and sequenced to allow students to progressively assume teaching responsibilities. Students begin the internship by observing and assisting the classroom teacher and teaching individual and small-group activities. Students then gradually move to planning and delivering whole-class lessons in selected content areas, and during the full-time teaching phase, assume all responsibilities of the classroom teacher. Special attention is given to individualizing each intern's experience.
NOTE: EDU420 includes a DukeImmerse experience, providing rich and varied opportunities to explore the history and impact of the civil rights movement and examine current and systemic issues related to public schools and equity through the lens of social justice, human rights, and activism.
DukeImmerse Learning Goals:
Duke's Program in Education are international leaders in the development of service-learning pedagogies in teacher preparation. Beyond the scope of traditional fieldwork, our emphasis on engagement reconceptualizes the partnership between pre-service teachers, community schools, and the University by drawing attention to broader social and ethical considerations of the schooling experience. Graduates of our program are unequivocally clear that their commitment to teaching is a commitment to a life of civic engagement.
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