The David O. McKay School of Education has a wonderful Elementary Education Program that guided me through my college career. Recently the program has made some changes to better fit students’ needs as they embark on a career in teaching.
As a student of the previous program I was curious to find out exactly how the new program will affect incoming freshmen. I took the trek up the hill to the Education Student Services (Room 120 of the McKay Building) to find the answers. After entering the room I was soon ushered in to visit with one of the advisers, and she helped me understand the changes in the program.
First, the adviser told me that the new Elementary Education program will officially go into effect Fall semester of 2011. Then she explained the following major changes:
- Now students will be licensed to be teach grades K-6 instead of 1st-8th.
- Before, if Elementary Education students wished to be more marketable, they could add the TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) K-12 minor. With the new program the TESOL K-12 minor is required for every student graduating from the David O. McKay School of Education with a teaching degree. To learn more about how it relates to TELL (Teaching English Language Learners), go to the TELL (Teaching English Language Learners) site.
- Some TELL practicum hours and assignments will be embedded into required TESOL courses.
- The Elementary Education program has gone from a 72 to an 83 (plus General Education courses and Religion) course program. The main difference is the addition of the TESOL minor as a required component of the program. This decision was made because other states will honor the TESOL minor—but not the ESL endorsement formally given to students. Now graduates are given full opportunity to apply for licensure in other states.
These are the main differences that were pointed out to me, but if you are in doubt or have more questions, go to the new course map and don’t hesitate to to go to Education Student Services (120 MCKB)—there are plenty of advisers ready to help.
How do you feel this new program will be a benefit to you as an education student?