HomeExemplary PracticesExemplary Field-Based Instructional PracticesSpring 2013University of Texas at Arlington
  • Middle Level Educator Preparation Program

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    University of Texas at Arlington

  • About Our Program

    NCATE accredited and nationally recognized as the 2011 AMLE Outstanding Middle-Level Educator Preparation Program, the UT Arlington middle level educator preparation program is grounded in the AMLE standards, applicable coursework, and extensive connected field experiences.

    Three years ago, the UT Arlington middle level program was restructured in two important ways. First, the amount of candidates’ practicum time in local schools was greatly increased. Second, middle-level faculty members began using video tagging software to supplement the face-to-face student teaching observation visits.

    The vast majority of UT Arlington teacher candidates come to the program from local community colleges, hence they spend two years (four semesters) at UT Arlington. Middle-level faculty have worked hard to increase candidate field experiences for each of the four semesters while maintaining balance with the need for coursework for content, pedagogy, and certification preparation.

  • Key Program Features

    Junior Year: In the fall semester of their junior year, middle-level teacher candidates are assigned to two different field placements associated with schools, grade levels, and subjects (Math/Science; Social Studies/Language Arts; or generalist). During this semester, candidates are required to spend 40 hours completing the practicum component that is tightly linked to their coursework and key assessments. During the spring semester of their junior year, candidates return to their same two placement classrooms to continue their field experience for an additional 40 hours.

    Senior Year: In the fall semester of their senior year, candidates spend the first five weeks in their placement classrooms for four days full-time each week and attend UT Arlington methods classes on Fridays. Then they return to campus full-time for three weeks to work with faculty in developing interdisciplinary projects for their placement classrooms. They repeat this five-week / three-week schedule during their second placement of fall semester.



Field-Based Learning

Field-based learning opportunities allow teacher candidates to integrate academic and practitioner knowledge.  Field-based programs allow teacher candidates to:

  1. Apply theory to practice
  2. Reflect, analyze and improve
  3. Build experience in context

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Exemplary Defined

Exemplary field-based instructional practices are those that provide a wide range of opportunities for teacher candidates to work with students in schools.

Exemplary programs are those that focus especially-well on providing teacher candidates the opportunity and method to apply and refine their coursework learning.

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Key Program Elements

Exemplary field-based teacher education programs often share a core set of key components.  These key program components typically include:

  • Support and Monitoring
  • Hands-On Learning
  • Practice Improvement
  • Community Contextualization

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