Education 452

EDUC 452: Student Teaching: Grades 9-12

Prerequisites: Meets eligibility for student teaching

Credit Hours: (12)

A clinical experience in grade levels 9-12 for persons seeking certification to teach secondary schools. Begins with observation and culminates in assumption of full responsibility in the classroom.

Note(s): Pass/Fail.


Detailed Description of Course Content

The student will take this twelve credit hour laboratory in conjunction with EDUC 442 Teaching Grades 9-12. This experience will include seminars.

1. Integrate theory regarding the secondary school concept into practice
2. Planning

  • Teach the unit developed in EDUC 442.

3. Instruction

  • Use different models of instruction. (ie: Inquiry, role playing, concept attainment, direct instruction, simulations, advance organizer)
  • Evaluate each model.

4. Diverse learners

  • Develop lessons that provide for different learning styles.
  • Deliver instruction to accommodate different learning styles.

5. Assessment

  • Match assessment with learning needs of students.
  • Use alternative types in lessons.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of assessment strategies.

6. Classroom Management

  • Models
  • Implementing
  • Revising

7. Plan and teach lessons using Standards of Learning and national standards in science, mathematics, social sciences and English.
8. Technology

  • Integration into short and long term planning
  • Applications in assessment
  • Management of information


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

EDUC 452 is a field experience that involves placing students in a secondary school setting appropriate to their major. Students will work with their supervising teacher to develop lesson plans and deliver instruction specific to content area. Students will implement the theories and research studied in their methods class (EDUC 442).


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Having successfully completed this course, the student will:

  • respond appropriately to the developmental stages of students.
  • plan and develop teaching units which reflect Virginia Standards of Learning and national standards.
  • choose from a variety of materials and utilize appropriate technology in the planning and implementation of lessons.
  • utilize appropriate teaching methods in an effective manner for their students.
  • design and assess authentic activities.
  • utilize information on how individuals construct knowledge in planning, designing and assessing instruction.
  • develop effective lessons for diverse learners.
  • develop interdisciplinary lessons.


Assessment Measures

  • Supervising teachers and professors will evaluate students as they carry out their professional duties.
  • Reflective Journal: Students will keep a journal throughout the semester recording their insights, struggles, successes, failures, perceptions and feelings.
  • Lesson Plans: Students will develop lesson plans.
  • Observation: Students will be observed teaching lessons from their unit plan.
  • Other types of activities appropriate to the specific content domains.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval
February 1999 Revised