Benedum Collaborative 5-Year Teacher Education Program

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The profession of teaching is changing with an emphasis on greater teacher empowerment. In addition to interacting directly with children, teachers make many other professional decisions about issues such as curriculum design, textbook selection, and instructional materials, as well as school policies and procedures. Traditional four-year teacher education programs across the country typically fail to address adequately the issues raised by current research on the knowledge base and professional preparation needed for effective teaching. The Benedum Collaborative 5-Year Teacher Education Program addresses the changing needs of schools and teachers through its innovative design.

The program:

  • is an integrated five-year, dual-degree program in which students simultaneously pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Science (awarded in the subject area in which they plan to teach with the following exceptions: Bachelor of Multi-disciplinary Studies for elementary education and secondary science majors, and Bachelor of Arts in Interdepartmental Studies for secondary social studies majors) and a Master of Arts in Education.
  • has a clear set of research-based program goals and carefully sequenced learning experiences.
  • is designed to integrate what one teaches with how it is taught.
  • provides students with more than 1,000 hours of experience in public school classrooms.
  • features close collaboration with exemplary local public schools.
  • has selective and rigorous standards for admission and retention of students.
  • includes rigorous performance requirements that are relevant to effective teaching practice.


Elementary Education

Students in the 5-year program who want to become elementary teachers (grades K-6) complete the Multi-Disciplinary Studies Undergraduate Program in Elementary Education. In addition, Elementary Education students need to complete at least one of the following specializations to expand the grade levels for which they are certified to teach:

  • Early Childhood (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten)
  • Foreign Language
    • French (grades 5-9)
    • Spanish (grades 5-9)
  • English/Language Arts (grades 5-9)
  • General Science (grades 5-9)
  • Math (grades 5-9)
  • Multi-categorical Mild Disabilities (grades K-6 and 5-adult)
  • Social Studies (grades 5-9)


Clinical Experiences

To build the knowledge, skills and dispositions of an effective teacher, students enrolled in the Benedum Collaborative Five-Year Teacher Education Program begin their clinical experiences early in their programs of study and progress gradually toward more complex learning assignments within school settings. In the Five-Year Teacher Education Program there are six sequenced, intense, supported clinical experiences that take place in the 30 professional development schools (PDSs) associated with the Benedum Collaborative. By the time a student graduates from this program, s/he will have spent more than 1000 hours in clinical experiences in a PDS.


Secondary Education

Students in the 5-year program who want to become secondary teachers (grades 5-Adult) complete a series of Secondary Education Course Requirements. In addition, Secondary Education students need to complete at least one of the following certification areas:

  • English (grades 5-adult)
  • Foreign Language
    • French (grades 5-adult)
    • Spanish (grades 5-adult)
    • German (grades 9-adult)
  • Math (grades 5-adult)
  • Social Studies (grades 5-adult)
  • General Science (grades 5-adult) and one of the following:
    • Biology (grades 9-adult)
    • Chemistry (grades 9-adult)
    • Physics (grades 9-adult)

Students may choose to add one of the following fields as an additional area of certification. These certifications may require another year or more of academic preparation.

  • Health Education (grades 5-adult)
  • Journalism (grades 9-adult)
  • Clinical Experiences


Clinical Experiences

To build the knowledge, skills and dispositions of an effective teacher, students enrolled in the Benedum Collaborative Five-Year Teacher Education begin their clinical experiences early in their programs of study and progress gradually toward more complex learning assignments within school settings. In the Five-Year Teacher Education Program there are six sequenced, intense, supported clinical experiences that take place in the 30 professional development schools (PDSs) associated with the Benedum Collaborative. By the time a student graduates from this program, s/he will have spent more than 1000 hours in clinical experiences in a PDS.

Program Contact:

John E. Stallings, Jr. Ed.D.
Program Director
Phone: 304-293-6762
E-mail: john.stallings@mail.wvu.edu



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