Integrating Theory and Practice
Most of our courses feature a field component in which students visit local public schools, observe and take part in classroom life, and analyze those experiences in light of their academic learning. Each course provides a particular analytical focus for the field experience associated with it, ranging from theories of learning to the creation of inclusive learning environments to various aspects of curriculum and instruction. In the end, students come to perceive the subtleties of classroom events and interactions in powerful new ways.
Strong Preparation for Student Teaching
The field experience in one course in particular — EDUC-443: Methods Practicum — builds an effective pathway into the teaching profession by placing Ursinus students with potential cooperating teachers the semester before student teaching. More like an internship than simply “observations,” the Practicum enables students to spend at least 25 hours in the classroom in which they will likely student teach the following semester. When future teachers (Ursinus students) get to know and work with potential cooperating/mentor teachers in the semester before student teaching, everyone benefits.
Students enrolling in Education courses requiring field experiences must obtain security clearances.
Student teachers in action!
Kayla McTamney '22 teaching Health & Physical Education in the Spring-Ford School District.
Sarah Howell '19 (student teaching) teaching English in the Spring-Ford School District.
Brittany Grzywacz (Post-Baccalaureate) student teaching Health & Physical Education in the Radnor School District in fall 2018.
Sara Vukas '18 teaching Biology in Spring-Ford Area High School.
Julie Winkler (Post-Baccalaureate) teaching Puritan Literature at Perkiomen Valley School District in fall 2018.
Ryan Crawford '18 student teaching Health & Physical Education at South Elementary School.
Luke Schlegel ’17 student teaching high school English at Spring-Ford School District.
Zachary Fisher ’17 “he did a great job helping our Middle School kids win the Boys & Girls Championships” per his Cooperating Teacher at Spring-Ford.
Brian Leipold ’17 student teaching in the Souderton Area High School in English.
Thomas Carey ’17 student teaching in the Spring-Ford Area School District 8th Grade Center in Mathematics.
Giancarlo Morreale ’16 student teaching in the Spring-Ford Area School District engaging students in physical education.
Madeline Craig ’15 (student teaching ninth semester) teaching 8th grade math in the Spring-Ford School District.
Jenna Koch ’15 (student teaching ninth semester) teaching mathematics at Methacton high School.
Kevin Cox ’15 (student teaching ninth semester) teaching mathematics in the Spring-Ford School District.
Brady Keener ’15 (student teaching ninth semester) teaching Social Studies in the Spring-Ford School District.