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Course Descriptions

UTL 101 • Intro To Teaching Profession

46355 • Kieke, Joseph A.
Meets W 900am-1000am MEZ 1.120
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Prerequisites:  2.5 grade point average; students must use a word processor, e-mail, and have access to a web browser. A grade of A or B (84 or above) is required to remain in the program without appeal.  Plus/minus grading is used in the calculations as well as penalties for absences in determining the final class grade.

Course Description:  UTL101 provides students with early field experience in teaching and an introduction to the theory and practice which is necessary to design and deliver excellent instruction. Students attend a weekly seminar on the UT campus.  Students also attend seven school visits of one hour each and teach three lessons to the elementary students they observe.  The total is 10 days in the school for a total of 10 hours.  The elementary classrooms are selected both for the diversity of the student body and for the quality of the classroom teacher who serves as a cooperating teacher.  The cooperating teachers will work with the UTeach-LA students to improve their teaching abilities as the semester progresses.  The cooperating teacher will remain in the classroom at all times and will provide immediate feedback on the quality of the UTeach-LA student’s instruction.  Additionally, this course begins the teacher preparation sequence and therefore, emphasizes quality, timeliness, dependability, and professional behavior.

Course Objectives:

UTL101 students will

  • assess whether they wish to pursue teaching as a profession.
  • determine their own learning style and relate the findings to the students they are and the teachers they may become.
  • develop an awareness of diverse student populations.
  • understand the concept of interactive lessons.
  • distinguish between learner-centered and teacher-centered instructional strategies.
  • discuss state and national standards and their value to curriculum issues.
  • examine various methods of assessment.
  • write performance objectives, lesson plans, and one assessment activity.
  • follow the UTL101 lesson plan format and deliver three lessons.
  • become reflective practitioners, using reflection to improve over time.
  • utilize technology to communicate, collaborate, and instruct.
  • understand and begin to practice the basic components of good classroom management.
  • exhibit positive expectations for all students.
  • serve as a role model by demonstrating clear communication, pleasant demeanor, interest in each individual student, and accurate content.
  • become familiar with teacher certification requirements, including course sequence, UTeach-LA portfolio requirements, state certification exams, and minimum grade point average to be eligible for apprentice teaching.

Grading System:

  • Field Experience  (Attendance, Cooperation, Lessons, Evaluations and Observations): 30%
  • Seminar (Attendance, Participation, Technology, Lesson Plans, Lesson Reflections, Observation Write-ups): 60%
  • Portfolio: 10%

UTL 640 • Teaching Sec Sch-Socl Studies

46390 • Kieke, Joseph A.
Meets TTH 800am-1100am JES A217A
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Prerequisites:  

  • successful completion of UTL 101
  • a grade of A or B (84 or above) in UTL 202, overall and certification area GPA of 2.75 overall and 3.0 in content area
  • laptop computer or tablet with programs to complete all required assignments and access the internet- YOU WILL NEED THIS ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS

Course Description:  UTL 640 will provide students with early field experience and an in-depth study of the theory and practice that is necessary to design and deliver excellent instruction.  Students attend a six-hour course on the UT campus as well as completing the field experience. Students will attend thirty-six observation periods of one hour each and teach nine lessons to the students they have observed. The classes are selected both for the diversity of the student body and the quality of the classroom teacher who serves as a mentor.  The mentor teachers will work with the UTeach students to improve their teaching abilities as the semester progresses. The mentor teacher will remain in the classroom at all times and will provide immediate feedback on the quality of the UTeach student’s instruction.

Course Objectives:

Students will

  • implement instructional strategies that meet the needs of a diverse student population.
  • address curricular issues such as vertical and horizontal alignment, organization of content, and development of skills.
  • design and deliver interactive lessons.
  • prepare and implement learner-centered instructional activities.
  • focus on-time-on task issues during instruction.
  • construct and implement a successful classroom management strategy appropriate for high school students.
  • maintain a portfolio documenting the UTL 640 field and seminar experience.
  • apply state and national standards when designing lessons.
  • analyze their own personality and learning style as it relates to teaching.
  • serve as a role model by demonstrating clear communication, pleasant demeanor, interest in each individual student, and accurate content.
  • design and teach lesson plans appropriate for the subject area observed.
  • demonstrate how and when to assess student performance.
  • become reflective practitioners using reflections to improve over time.
  • begin to prepare for state certification exams, professional development opportunities, and appraisal systems.
  • utilize technology to communicate, collaborate, investigate, and instruct.

Course Expectations:

  • UTL 640 is a much more time demanding course than 101 and 202 have been. Time management will be very important.
  • Regular class attendance is important for success.  5 points will be deducted from your final average for every absence from both seminar and field experience after 2.
  • Turn in assignments on time.  It is important that assignments be completed on time.  This is an issue of professionalism that I take very seriously.  Assignments will be taken as late for 48 hours only with a starting grade of 80.  After 48 hours, no late work will be accepted. See What’s Due When or the Course Syllabus. 
  • What is a Reflection?  This is an essay about what you thought about either what you observed or what you did while you are teaching.  It is to be concerned with your personal growth and is NOT one paragraph. Two and one half pages is the minimum requirement. See more on the specific syllabus
  • What is an Observational Form?  This is just the facts of what you observed.  No personal comments about what you think-just what happened and the effectiveness of the activities.  Instead of the usual observation forms that you have been doing in 101 and 202, you will be completing TExES Domain Questions.
  • Technology is of ever increasing importance to you as a student and teacher.  You have been developing computer skills in the previous UTL courses.  These competencies include

               communications via e-mail including attachments

    • word-processing
    • searching Web sites for new materials, educational resources, and school information.

              In addition to the previously listed skills, you will now 

    • create interactive multimedia lessons
    • present multimedia lessons to small or large groups of students
    • create and use databases and spreadsheets
    • explore sample subject-specific educational software packages
    • design a web page or blog

Grading System:

  • Field Experience  (Attendance to school, Cooperation with mentor and students, Lessons, Plans, Observations, Reflections over Lessons and Observations, Anecdotal records, and TExES-based observation questions)     40%
  • Seminar (Assignments, Attendance to seminar, Presentations, Participation,Projects,Technology)  30%
  • Portfolio    10%
  • Fitness Rubric     20%

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