Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Elementary (K–8) Program Areas of Study

WGU Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Elementary

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Elementary (K-8) program is a competency-based program that enables teacher candidates to earn a K-8 teaching certificate online (except for the in-classroom component demonstration teaching, and in-classroom field experiences prior to demonstration teaching). This program consists of three balanced areas of study, performance- and competency-based assessments, and the creation of a professional portfolio. The program also includes an early field experience and a supervised teaching practicum in a real classroom and thus prepares students for initial teacher licensure.

Foundations of Teaching

Foundations of Teaching Practice Integration
Foundations of Teaching Practice Integration helps students to review and synthesize foundational teaching concepts including classroom management, human development, assessment, diversity and inclusion, and the historical, legal, and philosophical foundations of education.

Instructional Planning and Presentation

Instructional Planning and Presentation for Elementary Education
Instructional Planning and Presentation assists students as they continue to build instructional planning skills. Topics include unit and lesson planning, instructional presentation strategies, assessment, engagement, integration of learning across the curriculum, effective grouping strategies, technology in the classroom, and using data to inform instruction.

Mathematics Content

Mathematics for Elementary Educators
Mathematics for Elementary Educators III engages pre-service elementary teachers in mathematical practices based on deep understanding of underlying concepts. The course covers important topics in statistics, measurement, and covers geometry from synthetic, transformational, and coordinate perspectives. This is the third course in a three-course sequence.

Elementary Education Methods

Elementary Reading and Literacy Methods
Elementary Reading and Literacy Methods helps students learn how to teach reading and literacy instruction in the elementary classroom by utilizing research based instructional practices. Topics include literacy development, balanced literacy approach, literacy assessment, differentiated literacy instruction, technology supporting literacy development, and effective literacy teaching practices.

Language Arts Instruction and Intervention
Language Arts Instruction and Intervention helps students learn how to implement effective language arts instruction and intervention in the elementary classroom. Topics include written and spoken English, expanding students' knowledge, literature rich environments, differentiated instruction, technology for reading and writing, assessment strategies for reading and writing, and strategies for developing academic language.

Elementary Mathematics Methods
Elementary Mathematics Methods helps students learn how to implement effective math instruction in the elementary classroom. Topics include differentiated math instruction, mathematical communication, mathematical tools for instruction, assessing math understanding, integrating math across the curriculum, critical thinking development, standards based math instruction, and mathematical models and representation.

Elementary Science Methods
Elementary Science Methods helps students learn how to implement effective science instruction in the elementary classroom. Topics include processes of science, science inquiry, science learning environments, instructional strategies for science, differentiated instruction for science, assessing science understanding, technology for science instruction, standards based science instruction, integrating science across curriculum, and science beyond the classroom.

Application of Elementary Social Studies Methods
Application of Elementary Social Studies Methods helps students learn how to implement effective social studies instruction in the elementary classroom. Topics include social studies themes, promoting cultural diversity, integrated social studies across the curriculum, social studies learning environments, assessing social studies understanding, differentiated instruction for social studies, technology for social studies instruction, and standards-based social studies instruction. This course helps students to apply, analyze, and reflect on effective elementary social studies instruction.

Application of Elementary Visual and Performing Arts Methods
Application of Elementary Visual and Performing Arts Methods helps students learn how to implement effective visual and performing arts instruction in the elementary classroom. Topics include integrating arts across the curriculum, music education, visual arts, dance and movement, dramatic arts, differentiated instruction for visual and performing arts, and promoting cultural diversity through visual and performing arts instruction. This course helps students to apply, analyze, and reflect on effective elementary visual and performing arts instruction.

Application of Elementary Physical Education and Health Methods
Applications of Elementary Physical Education and Health Methods helps students learn how to implement effective physical and health education instruction in the elementary classroom. Topics include healthy lifestyles, student safety, student nutrition, physical education, differentiated instruction for physical and health education, physical education across the curriculum, and public policy in health and physical education. This course helps students to apply, analyze, and reflect on effective elementary visual and performing arts instruction.

Preclinical Experiences

Preclinical Experiences in Elementary Education
Preclinical Experiences in Elementary Education provides students the opportunity to observe and participate in a wide range of in-classroom teaching experiences in order to develop the skills and confidence necessary to be an effective teacher. Students will reflect on and document at least 60 hours of in-classroom observations. Prior to entering the classroom for the observations, students will be required to meet several requirements including a cleared background check, passing scores on the state or WGU required basic skills exam, a completed resume, philosophy of teaching, and professional photo.

Demonstration Teaching

Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Elementary Education
The Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Elementary Education courses involve a series of classroom performance observations by the host teacher and clinical supervisor that develop comprehensive performance data about the teacher candidate’s skills.

Teacher Work Sample in Elementary Education
The Teacher Work Sample is a culmination of the wide variety of skills learned during your time in the Teachers College at WGU. In order to be a competent and independent classroom teacher, you will showcase a collection of your content, planning, instructional, and reflective skills in this professional assessment.

Professional Portfolio
You will create an online teaching portfolio that includes professional artifacts (e.g. resume and Philosophy of Teaching Statement) that demonstrate the skills you have acquired throughout your Demonstration Teaching experience.

Cohort Seminar
Cohort Seminar provides mentoring and supports teacher candidates during their demonstration teaching period by providing weekly collaboration and instruction related to the demonstration teaching experience. It facilitates their demonstration of competence in becoming reflective practitioners, adhering to ethical standards, practicing inclusion in a diverse classroom, exploring community resources, building collegial and collaborative relationships with teachers, and considering leadership and supervisory skills.

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