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Course of Study

Tier I: Diversity, Language and Literacies in Urban Education (6 credits)

TAL 801 Issues in Urban Education 3 credits
TAL 803 Perspectives on Disabilities 3 credits

Tier II: Observation and Description of Urban Learners (18 credits)

TAL 802 Language and Literacy 3 credits*
TAL 811 Lives of Children 3 credits*
TAL 816 Teaching Literacy K-6 3 credits*
TAL 822 Assessment and Special Education 3 credits
TAL 830 Classroom Inquiry I 3 credits
TAL 851 Curriculum Theory and Practice in Special Education: Childhood 3 credits

Tier III: Inquiry of Urban Classrooms and Teaching Practices (13 credits)

TAL 852 Strategies for Teaching Learners with Diverse Needs: Childhood 4 credits
TAL 853 Collaboration and Consultation: Family, School and Community 3 credits
TAL 854 Classroom as Community 3 credits
TAL 880 Classroom Inquiry II 3 credits

Tier IV: Advanced Inquiry and Practice (4-6 credits)

TAL 884A Student Teaching: Childhood Special Education 3 credits*
TAL 884B Student Teaching for the Practicing Teacher: Childhood Special Education 1 credit**
TAL 971 Capstone Seminar 3 credits

*Required only for students seeking 1st initial certification.
**Required only for students seeking 2nd initial certification.

Optional Bilingual Extension (9 Credits)

TAL 823 Bilingualism & Bilingual/Multicultural Education 3 credits
TAL 862 ESL Curriculum & Methodology: Teaching Literacy K-12 3 credits
TAL 866 Native Language Teaching in the Bilingual Classroom 3 credits


Optional Extension in Middle Childhood (Grades 7-9) (6 credits)


TAL 812 Lives of Adolescents 3 credits
TAL 843 Curriculum in Middle School 3 credits


State-Mandated Training

Students must also complete the following non-credit workshops offered through the School of Continuing Studies or present proof of equivalent training elsewhere:

ALCX 702 Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
ALCX 703 Violence Prevention
ALCX 704 Fire Safety, Substance Abuse and Abduction Prevention
ALCX 705  Harassment/Bullying/CyberBullying/Discrimnation