University-Schools Teacher Education Partnership (U-STEP)
U-STEP is designed to unite the education system to the public school system. In this collaboration, the University and the public school system work together to prepare university students to become skilled teachers. The partnership focuses on the mutual goal of quality teaching to foster learning and research in schools.
YEAR-LONG CLINICAL PRACTICE
Field experiences in Elizabeth City State University's Teacher Education Program are systematically planned to involve students in increasingly real teaching experiences. Students begin in EDUC 210 Professional Studies I: Introduction to Education and EDUC 211A: Introduction to Education Field Experience, completing 15 hours, and continue this process for each methods' course. The field experience required for all methods' courses is the basis for the time in the field during the first semester prior to the candidates' student teaching (clinical practice)experience.
During the first semester, students complete required field experiences. Their hours will vary based on the course(s) they are enrolled during the semester. Hours may range from 20 to 60. During the second semester of the candidates' senior year, they will complete 14 weeks of observation and teaching with the cooperating teacher as mentor. Candidates will develop a portfolio using Taskstream, keeping a daily reflective journal and/or videotaping conferences to use as tools for analysis and professional development. Performance of the candidates will be assessed using a rubric, observation, reflection, and feedback practices.