• A CLASS OF YOUR OWN.

Teacher Assistant Program

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve already discovered that personal drive to educate. Becoming a certified teacher will allow you to have a greater impact in the classroom than you do now as a teacher’s assistant. Check out some of our most Frequently Asked Questions and contact us if we can help you further.

CAN I SPLIT THE BLOCKS?

Yes! Some students find it too difficult to take all the classes at one time. Be advised that the blocks must be taken in sequential order. That means you need to finish the introductory block before you enter the intermediate block. You must finish the intermediate block before you enter the senior block.

Introductory Block: Can split any courses and take separately.

Intermediate Block: CIE 302, CIE 343, CIE 343L must be taken together. CIR 407, CIR 407L, CIR 309, CIR 309L must be taken together.

Senior Block: CIR 412 and CIR 412L must be taken together, CIE 301, CIE 305, and CIE 301L must be taken together. CIR 411 and CISE 432 may be added to either cluster.

WHERE DO I COMPLETE MY STUDENT TEACHING?

Student teaching is divided into 2 sections, upper and lower grade. The first section will be completed in the classroom where you work. The second section will be completed at your same school, but in an upper or lower grade depending on what grade you teach. Exceptions to this include if you work in a computer lab or middle school. In those cases, you will have to complete your student teaching in regular classes, which includes an elementary experience.

I NEED SOME FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. WHERE DO I START?

Click here for more information: http://www.usm.edu/financialaid/

WHAT ABOUT ENDORSEMENTS?

(21 hours each or total)

You must be highly qualified in 2 subject areas per No Child Left Behind. You will automatically be qualified in reading with a remedial reading endorsement. You will need take additional classes to become highly qualified in mathematics, English, Science, Special Education, Foreign Language, or Social Studies. Summer is a great time to take these courses! If you need help figuring out which classes to take, please contact a student service coordinator:

English

  • **Eng 101 Comp I
  • **Eng 102 Comp II
  • **Eng 203 World Literature
  • Eng 333 Technical Writing

Science

  • ESC 301 Living in the Environment
  • BSC 226 General Botany
  • SME 432 Science for Elementary Teachers

Math

  • **MAT 101 College Algebra
  • CIE 301 Math Methods for Elementary Teachers

Social Studies

  • **PS 101
  • CIE 305 Social Studies for Primary and Middle Grades

Elementary Education K-6 Qualified Endorsements and Add-On

**Offered Online

WILL ALL THE BLOCKS BE OFFERED EVERY SEMESTER?

Yes! Every block will be offered on line every semester.

CAN I TAKE COURSES WHILE I AM STUDENT TEACHING?

No. Student teaching requires your full attention so all coursework must be completed before you begin your student teaching experience.

WHAT IS THE STUDENT TEACHING PACKET?

The student teaching packet includes forms that you fill out showing all your coursework, endorsement areas, and educational philosophy. You must fill this out the semester before you plan to student teach: in the spring for fall student teaching, in the fall for spring student teaching. Your senior block instructors will assist you in this process.

WHEN IS THE GRADUATION APPLICATION DUE?

The graduation application must be filled out the semester before you intend to graduate: spring for fall graduation, fall for spring graduation. Your senior block instructors will help you with this process.

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