The Teacher Education Program (TEP) prepares students to become reflective, justice-seeking educators who are able to affect change within the complex landscape of contemporary education. Through coursework and field-based experiences, specifically in an urban context, our passionate, committed and academically-accomplished students advance their skills in instructional practices, classroom management strategies and lesson planning as they work toward an Initial license in Massachusetts at the secondary or middle school level.
Grounded in urban-focused teaching and learning opportunities, the TEP depends on strong partnerships with Worcester Public Schools to provide students with a robust sequence of experiences, including structured observation, tutoring, and co-teaching, within which to expand their knowledge and skills. This experience is capped with a practicum semester, during which students teach, assist with a duty, attend meetings and participate in other activities as members of the school community. Students are supported throughout their experience with a team of supervisors, professors and colleagues. Consistent reflection is critical to the program as students challenge their assumptions and discover their own identities as educators.
- Education Coursework To complete the licensure program, TEP students complete a comprehensive program of study in Education coursework, with courses in areas such as educational psychology, urban education and methods of teaching, as well as a practicum semester of full-time student teaching.
- Subject Matter Knowledge Coursework TEP students also complete a range of courses to meet the state Subject Matter Knowledge requirements for teachers. We currently offer approved programs in 11 licensure areas: Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, English, French, General Science, History, Latin and Classical Humanities, Mathematics, Physics and Spanish.
- Field-Based Experiences Prior to the practicum semester, TEP Students complete and document supervised pre-practicum experiences. The hours are embedded in required TEP coursework and provide each student with experiences in a range of educational settings within the Worcester Public Schools.