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EDUC 150 - Foundations of Education

Teaching children

In addition to course work, you will complete 30 hours of structured observations and aiding at Sue Buel Elementary School, just a block a way from the Linfield campus, or Patton Middle School, which is within walking or biking distance. You will observe effective teaching and classroom management strategies and work with children individually and in small groups. You are invited to take part in other school activities and will be introduced to teaching as a profession.

Sue Buel Elementary School

Patton Middle School

EDUC 270 - Becoming an Early Childhood Teacher

All students obtaining Early Childhood and Elementary licensure will work for 30 hours in the Linfield Pre-K while taking this course. In addition to the elements described for EDUC 150, you will observe and apply knowledge and strategies learned in the course “Becoming an Early Childhood Teacher.”

Pre-K

EDUC 290 - Content Literacy and Development in Adolescence

All students obtaining Elementary and Middle Level or Middle Level and High School licensure will work for 20 hours at Duniway Middle School while taking this course. In addition to the elements described for EDUC 150, you will observe and apply knowledge and strategies learned in the course “Content Literacy and Development in Adolescence.”

Duniway Middle School

Student Teaching

The Linfield College Education Department enjoys strong relationships with Yamhill County Schools. Our goal is to provide the most diverse experience possible among our field experiences and student teaching experiences. For student teaching, we attempt to place students once in the McMinnville School District and once in one of our rural partner schools (see links below). Occasionally, if requested by the student, placements in private schools or districts outside the county may be made.

Early Childhood and Elementary

Fall semester of your senior year, you will student teach three days a week while taking your teaching methods classes two days a week; you will immediately apply what you are learning in the classroom. Spring semester of your senior year, you will student teach all day, every day and take on all of the responsibilities of a classroom teacher. One semester, you will teach at the early childhood level; the other semester you will each at the elementary level.

Both semesters: Mentor teachers are selected from local districts, and a Linfield Education college supervisor will visit your classroom once a week to provide feedback and guidance. One night a week, you will attend a student teaching seminar class, where you will meet with an Education faculty member and other student teachers for reflection, support, and instruction.

Elementary and Middle Level

Fall semester of your senior year, you will student teach three days a week while taking your teaching methods classes two days a week; you will immediately apply what you are learning in the classroom. Spring semester of your senior year, you will student teach all day, every day and take on all of the responsibilities of a classroom teacher. One semester, you will teach at the elementary level; the other semester you will each at the middle level.

Both semesters: Mentor teachers are selected from local districts, and a Linfield Education college supervisor will visit your classroom once a week to provide feedback and guidance. One night a week, you will attend a student teaching seminar class, where you will meet with an Education faculty member and other student teachers for reflection, support, and instruction.

Middle Level and High School

Fall semester of your senior year, you will student teach every day for at least one class period, while completing courses in your major. You will also take your content teaching methods class; you will immediately apply what you are learning in the classroom. Spring semester of your senior year, you will student teach all day, every day and take on all of the responsibilities of a classroom teacher. One semester, you will teach at the middle level; the other semester you will each at the high school level.

Both semesters: Mentor teachers are selected from local districts, and a Linfield Education college supervisor will visit your classroom once a week to provide feedback and guidance. One night a week, you will attend a student teaching seminar class, where you will meet with an Education faculty member and other student teachers for reflection, support, and instruction.

McMinnville School District

Amity School District

Dayton School District

Newberg School District

Perrydale School District

Sheridan School District

Yamhill-Carlton School District

Willamina School District

Other Opportunities

Throughout the program, you will be asked to complete clinical rounds, observe in classrooms, conduct case studies with small groups of students, judge local science fairs, and run family math nights at local schools. The Linfield Education faculty embrace opportunities to get students out in the schools: serving the needs of PK-12 students and gaining valuable teaching experience.

Other opportunities include teaching and learning abroad with Education faculty.

January Term in Puerto Rico