• A CLASS OF YOUR OWN.

Teacher Assistant Program (TAP)

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?

Click here for more information:
Student Teaching Information

I NEED SOME FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. WHERE DO I START?

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

WHAT ABOUT ENDORSEMENTS?

Click here for more information:
Elementary Education K-6 Qualified Endorsements and Add-On

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 filled out on TK20 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 on SOAR the semester before you intend to graduate: spring for fall graduation, fall for spring graduation. You cannot register for student teaching until this is completed. Your senior block instructors will help you with this process.

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