Friday, July 21, 2017

New and Redesigned RU Teacher Preparation Programs

At the July 7 meeting of the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB), approval was received for the implementation of a new Middle Childhood Education Program and a redesigned Early Childhood Education Program.  The approval authorizes Roosevelt University to conduct programs and to recommend candidates for licensure.

The new Middle Childhood Program will enable teacher candidates to receive licensure to teach in grades 5-8 in math, language arts, science and social studies.  The new program requires at least 24 credit hours in content courses and builds in intensive field experiences in middle school settings. 

The redesigned Early Childhood Program also has more intensive field experiences and adds in more attention to content knowledge and skills needed for interactions with infants and toddlers.  The new program will license teacher candidates to work in PreK through 2nd grade settings and aligns with the Gateways To Opportunity employment credential.

Linda Pincham, associate professor of secondary education, and Toni Potenza, associate professor of early childhood education led these program development efforts. Also participating were Jinah Kim, associate professor of early childhood education, and Tom Philion, dean of the College of Education.

For more information about these new programs, please contact Lilibeth Castillo at 

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