The goal of the Education Department is to assist students as they move through stages that we believe are developmentally appropriate in the process of becoming effective teachers. There are four distinct phases that correlate to specific course work in the department.

Stage 1, Critical Observation

Learning to observe and to listen carefully are important skills, both in Cornell classes and in observations in the public schools, which are developed and refined in the following courses:

  • EDU 205 Historical Foundations of Education
  • EDU 215 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 230 Exceptional Learner
  • EDU 240 Education and Culture

Stage 2, Practical Application

In this stage, teacher preparation candidates have multiple opportunities to plan, deliver and evaluate their own lessons, as well as to assess the learning of their students. Cornell students are assessed by their mentor teachers as well as their Cornell professors. Courses in Stage 2 are:

  • EDU 314 Elementary Mathematics
  • EDU 317 Elementary Science and Social Studies
  • EDU 318 Elementary Language Arts and Reading
  • EDU 319 Children's Literature
  • EDU 322 Secondary Arts, Languages, and Adolescent Literature
  • EDU 324 Secondary Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
  • EDU 328 Reading in the Content Area
  • INT 121 Communication and Education
  • INT 310 Theoretical Foundations in Elementary School Mathematics
  • INT 320 Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice for the Elementary Classroom

Stage 3, Full-time Student Teaching

The student teaching experience gives teacher candidates many opportunities to apply knowledge from previous coursework and field experience in full-time classroom assignments. The student teacher plans age and developmentally appropriate lessons in each discipline in cooperation with the mentor teacher. Each teacher candidate must complete sixteen consecutive weeks of full time student teaching.

  • EDU 410 Elementary or Secondary Student Teaching
  • EDU 420 Elementary or Secondary Student Teaching
  • EDU 430 Elementary or Secondary Student Teaching
  • EDU 440 Elementary or Secondary Student Teaching
  • EDU 483 Senior Seminar

Stage 4, Reflection and Professional Development Planning

Reflection and professional development run throughout the program and culminate in EDU 483 Senior Seminar. In this course candidates have time to reflect on their own experiences and knowledge of the public school. Critical examination of current educational controversies, reform ideas, ethical considerations, legal questions, and teaching and administrative problems facing the modern American public schools form the foundation for discussion. A professional portfolio and a five year professional development plan are required.