The pre-service teacher will develop a knowledge base in history and the social sciences
(including the impact of science and technology on society) and demonstrate familiarity
with the content areas of the social studies by contributing to class discussions
and appropriately selecting content in teaching experiences and in specified writing
Linking Theory to Practice: The Pre-Service Teacher Will...
- Be able to clearly state goals and purposes for teaching in general, for the social
studies in particular, and for specific units of instruction in the social studies.
The pre-service teacher should further be able to fit these goals into a framework
integrating materials and methods in the social studies which will be demonstrated
by successful completion of a Teacher Work Sample.
- Develop a familiarity with the materials (including computer software programs and
the internet) available in the social studies and be able to select materials appropriate
to the needs of students (including “at risk” students) and to the stated goals of
a teaching experience.
- Demonstrate skill in the use of educational technology by utilization of computer
applications (such as classroom presentations, simulations, or databases) video equipment
(including taping classroom presentations), overhead projectors, etc. in campus and
field experience settings.
- Successfully demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teaching as defined
by the Missouri Standards for Teacher Education Programs and the National Council
for the Social Studies and be able to document the degree to which middle and secondary
students have learned from your teaching.
Critical Thinking: The Pre-Service Teacher Will...
- Develop a variety of teaching methods appropriate to the content, age, and ability
level of students, and materials consistent with stated goals and will demonstrate
mastery of these objectives by teaching specified lessons in the clinical setting.
- Demonstrate skill in evaluation of student performance by assessing student performance
in teaching experiences and in simulated classroom experiences by using a spreadsheet
program to record and analyze student grades and by completing the assessment activities
required in the Teacher Work Sample.
- Demonstrate self-evaluation skills through assessment of performance in the participation
experiences in the clinical setting, including videotaped lessons and in reflections
and analysis in the Teacher Work Sample.
Communication Skills: The Pre-Service Teacher Will...
- Learn how to read, critically evaluate, interpret and discuss primary and secondary
sources and other materials appropriate to the university classroom and to the secondary
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate both orally and in writing with their peers
and with students, colleagues, and parents in the clinical setting.
Research Skills: The Pre-service Teacher Will...
- Demonstrate ability to locate and gather information by developing skills in historical
research, including the use of Internet resources, computer databases, secondary and
primary sources, and local records. Also, by identifying or using appropriate materials
in lessons created and taught.
- Develop a familiarity with pertinent research within the social studies.
- Acquire a familiarity with the concept of historiography, including a sense of changing
historical interpretations and an understanding of various approaches to historical
explanation, as a model for understanding the methodology of the disciplines represented
in the social studies.
Post-Graduate Success: The Pre-Service Teacher Will...
- Be able to begin their careers or to pursue Graduate studies.
Although this list may seem overwhelming now, by the time you finish the program they
will all have been achieved. To insure this transition, your advisors will help you
chart your progress in meeting these objectives. Most will be achieved through the
completion of your course requirements and in the clinical setting while others will
require efforts outside the planned curriculum.