Students who enter the Teacher Career Ladder program will benefit from the following: integrated content, courses designed for working professionals, individualized instructional coaching, and performance-based assessment.
Candidates need to experience teaching and learning in the same ways in which we want them to teach. Effective teaching requires the integration of pedagogy, content standards, classroom management, and assessment, among others. In this program, candidates will complete Nebraska INTASC course standards within integrated blocks, making connections between topics, experiences as paras in the classrooms, and their own school experiences.
This innovative approach to education has candidates learning in two blocks of courses, including a Core Block and a Methods Block, to create opportunities for candidates to weave all of these experiences together. These year-long blocks will allow collaboration over a significant period of time between candidates, professors, and classroom teachers to provide authentic teaching and learning experiences. This enables candidates to learn more efficiently and quicker than a traditional learning model.
Designed for Working Professionals
Candidates will pursue a full-time course load by attending two in-person evening classes per week at the Midland Omaha location. In-person class meetings are held from 4:45 pm to 9 pm. Students and faculty will choose the specific days of the week the class meets at the beginning of each block, enabling candidates to continue to work full-time throughout their coursework. For example, classes may be held on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursdays, depending upon the cohort’s decision. An on-line component will allow faculty and candidates to learn and stay connected when they are not meeting.
All candidates must complete student teaching in their final spring semester, which is a full-time commitment and won’t be conducive to a full-time job for that semester.
Individualized Instructional Coaching
Candidates will be coached by Midland faculty in the classrooms where they work. This will allow Midland faculty to give feedback immediately and provide opportunities for candidates to reflect on classroom happenings in real-time.
Candidates will be assessed on their performance of planning, thinking, and reflection on case studies and actual teaching. There will be many opportunities for candidates to be coached and assessed.