Urban Teacher Academy Program (UTAP)

Urban Teacher Academy

  • The Urban Teacher Academy is a for students with an interest in urban teaching.  The program prepares you to be a culturally competent educator who can understand and respond to the needs and challenges of urban students, families and schools.

    Introduction to the Teaching Profession. This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the field of teaching, reflect on their interest in education, create and present an instructional lesson, and develop connections with other future educators. Topics include current learning standards, lesson plan components, the realities of teaching as a career, certification requirements, professional expectations, and an introduction to teaching strategies.


    Human Growth and Development. This course prepares students to understand the nature of human development from conception through adolescence and the connection of the students’ development and plans for working with students. Emphasis is placed on theories of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development, the effect of heredity and the environment, the role of caregivers and the family, health and safety concerns, and contemporary issues.

    Students will research theoretical perspectives and historical influences that influence human development and participate in a minimum of 30 hours of planned, guided observations of children from birth through adolescence in a variety of settings to help students further understand theories of human development.

    PREREQUISITE: Introduction to the Teaching Profession

    Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction. This course is designed for students to develop the knowledge and skills of curriculum delivery models in response to the developmental needs of all children. Students will develop various instructional materials and activities to promote learning, classroom management strategies, and a supportive classroom environment. Students will research and understand the basic theories of motivation that increase student engagement which is tied to student learning. Students will participate in a minimum of 50 hours of guided observations and field experiences to critique and develop classroom lessons for primary and secondary learners.

    PREREQUISITE: Human Growth and Development

    Principles of Teaching Internship. The course is designed for students to apply their knowledge in real world education settings.  Students must complete a minimum of 150 hours of internship in an approved setting based on students’ area of interests. The internship is designed for students to work with a mentor teacher to provide supervision and provide the students the opportunities to integrate content and pedagogical knowledge. Students will be observed by the instructor using the local school district’s approved formal observation process during the internship.  The student will submit a completed portfolio by the end of the course for feedback.

    PREREQUISITE: Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction


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