The student teaching experience requires candidates to be placed in a special education program that serves student with Mild/Moderate disabilities for 9 weeks or 40 days of full-day supervised teaching. Candidates are supervised/supported by a classroom teacher with a clear special education credential and by a certified University Supervisor. The course is graded satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U).
- INTASC STANDARD #1: Learner Development – understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences. NV TL: B I.,B II, B III, B IV, B VII)
- INTASC STANDARD #2: Learning Differences – uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards. (NV TL : B II, BIII, B IV, B VIII, B X)
- INTASC STANDARD #3: Learning Environments – works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. (NV TL: B III, B IV, B VI)
- INTASC STANDARD #4: Content Knowledge – understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content. (NV TL: B IV, B V, B VI, B VIII, B IX, B X)
- INTASC STANDARD #5: Application of Content -understands how to connect concepts and us differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues. (NV TL: VIII, B IX, B X)
- INTASC STANDARD #6: Assessment – understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guild the teacher’s and learner’s decision-making. ( NV TL: BV, B IX, B X)
- INTASC STANDARD #7: Planning for Instruction – plan instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context. (NV TL: B IV, B V, B VI, B VIII, B IX, B X)
- INTASC STANDARD #8: Instructional Strategies – understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways. (NV TL: B VIII, B X)
- INTASC STANDARD #9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice – engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.(NV TL: B VII)
- INTASC STANDARD #10: Leadership and Collaboration – seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, and other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession. (NV TL: B VII, B IX)
Candidates are expected to be in the student teaching placement for the full six weeks for a minimum of 6 hours daily, or whatever is required at the teaching site. Candidates are required to submit 3 formal lesson plans during the 6 week experience to their University Support Provider 24 hours prior to the scheduled observation. Candidates are expected to prepare for and assume teaching responsibilities as assigned by the Site Support Provider throughout the six weeks of clinical practice. Candidates are expected to work closely with both the Site Support Provider and the University Support Provider to successfully complete all requirements for the clinical practice experience.
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