Course Descriptions

Specialized Study and Field Experiences Courses

Course Descriptions

Without exception, appropriate authorization for enrollment in any course with an EST prefix must be obtained prior to registration. Moreover, failure to adhere to the following policies and deadlines may result in the delay of graduation by one or more semesters.

Student Teaching and Practicum Requirements: Students must complete an online application for practicum or student teaching prior to registering for these experiences. Application deadlines are February 15 for fall field experiences and September 20 for spring field experiences. Please note that these deadlines are strictly enforced and that placements will only be given to students who have achieved an overall 2.50 cumulative grade-point average and a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 in the professional education sequence, with no grades below a C. Candidates for secondary and multi-age practicum and student teaching placements must also have at least a 2.50 grade-point average in all content area course work required for licensure as identified on the program checklist. In addition, each EST practicum and student teaching course has specific course prerequisites and/or corequisites. Not all of these courses are listed below. Individuals should refer to their program checklist or check in the Education Student Services Center, JH 170A for specifics.

Practicum and student teaching experiences are arranged through the Office of Field Services, JH 187A, which processes and verifies that students are eligible to complete these experiences Prior to practicum, all students must attend an Information Session sponsored by the Office of Field Services.Additional information is available on the web at /cehs/fieldservices.

EST 370 Practicum in Early Childhood Education (0-6-3). Prerequisites: requires prior on-line application and approval of the Office of Field Services and successful completion of Portfolio Checkpoint #2, all foundations and curriculum & methods courses, EDL 300, EDL 301, ESE 415, 5-6 remaining literacy or special methods courses, 2.50 GPA. It requires four half-days per week for one semester, observing and teaching under the direction of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor and includes a separately scheduled seminar that meets five times during the semester.Practicum or Student Teaching(EST 480) must be in an urban classroom. Both may be urban. If Practicum is in a pre-kindergarten classroom, then Student Teaching must be in a kindergarten-grade 3 classroom. If Practicum is in a k-3 classroom, then Student Teaching must be in a pre-k classroom. Practicum and/or Student Teaching may be in an inclusive classroom. This course is required for an early childhood teaching license. Return to top

EST 371 Practicum in Middle Childhood Education (0-6-3). Prior on-line application to the Office of Field Services is required. Prerequisites include: all foundations and curriculum & methods courses; EDL 301; 50% of courses in each concentration; 2.50 cumulative GPA; 2.50 GPA in each subject concentration; 2.75 professional GPA. The course is a structured field experience designed to accompany specific methods courses and to prepare Middle-Childhood-Education majors for student teaching; stresses practical application of methods and theory with emphasis on the various roles of a teacher. Students begin formulating a personal philosophy for teaching while working four half-days per week in an upper elementary, middle-, or junior-high school classroom under the direction of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor; includes seminar. This course is required for middle childhood teaching license. Return to top

EST 372 Practicum in Bilingual Education (0-6-3). Prerequisites: Prior application and approval of the Office of Field Services plus successful completion of all courses in the specialization sequence for bilingual education.  This is a university-supervised field experience designed to provide guided practice in the application of current theory and research in both ESL and bilingual education,  It involves 80-120 hours over a prescribed number of weeks, observing and teaching bilingual students under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a supervisor from CSU.  It is required for bilingual education endorsement.Return to top

EST 373 Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language (0-6-3). Prior on-line application to the Office of Field Services is required. This is a university-supervised field experience designed to provide guided practice in the application of current theory and research in ESL/EFL instruction. Students spend 80-120 hours in a classroom that serves ESL students under the direction of a mentor teacher; includes seminar. It is required for TESOL endorsement. Return to top

EST 374 Practicum in Foreign Language Education (0-6-3).Prior online application to the Office of Field Services is required. Prerequisites include: all Foundations courses; EDB 305, EDL 305; 50% major-field courses; 2.50 cumulative GPA; 2.50 major-field GPA; 2.75 professional GPA. Must be taken concurrently with EDC 312 and EDC 313. This is a structured field experience designed to prepare modern-language majors for student teaching. The course stresses the practical application of theory and research to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of instruction. Students explore the various roles of a teacher and begin formulating a personal philosophy for teaching while working four half-days per week in a school under the direction of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor; includes separately scheduled seminar. Placement must be different than that received for EST 484 so that students gain both pre-k-8 and 9-12 classroom experience.This course is required for multi-age foreign language teaching license. Return to top

EST 377 Practicum in Special Education: Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialists (1-6-4) Prior online application to the Office of Field Services is required. Prerequisites include: all foundations courses and three curriculum and methods courses; 2.50 cumulative GPA; 2.75 professional GPA. This is a university-supervised field placement that provides extended, firsthand experience in working with students who need specially designed instructional programs. It requires four half-days per week for one semester in two different state-approved special education programs serving students with mild/moderate disabilities, working under the direction of a mentor teacher. Each field placement lasts for half a semester with one at the elementary level and one at the secondary level. The course includes a separately scheduled seminar.The course is required for licensure as a Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist. Return to top

EST 378 Practicum in Special Education: Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialists (1-6-4). Prior online application to the Office of Field Services is required. Prerequisites include: all foundations courses and three curriculum and methods courses; 2.50 cumulative GPA; 2.75 professional GPA. This is a university-supervised field experience designed to provide extended, guided practice in working with students with intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, and emotional disturbances. It requires four half-days per week in two differenta state-approved special education programs serving students with moderate/intensive educational needs working under the direction of a mentor teacher. Each field placement lasts for half a semester—one with students with multiple disabilities and one with emotionally disturbed students. The course includes a separately scheduled seminar.The course is required for licensure as a Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist. Return to top

EST 379, 380, 381 or 382 Practicum in Secondary Education English or Social Studies(0-6-3). Prior online application to the Office of Field Services is required. Prerequisites include: all Foundations courses; EDB 305, EDL 305; 50% major-field courses; 2.50 cumulative GPA; 2.50 major-field GPA; 2.75 professional GPA. Must be taken concurrently with either EDS 313 or EDS 316 .This is a structured field experience designed to accompany secondary methods courses in English or social studies education. It prepares Secondary Education Minors for student teaching andstresses the practical application of theory and research to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of instruction. Students explore the various roles of a teacher and begin formulating a personal philosophy for teaching while working four half-days per week in a middle-, junior-high, or senior-high school classroom under the direction of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor; it includes a separately scheduled seminar. It is required for secondary teaching license. Return to top

EST 480 Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education (0-20-10). Prerequisites: Prior online application and approval of the Office of Field Services and successful completion of Portfolio Checkpoint #3, course prerequisites listed on checklist including EST 370 with a grade of B or higher; 2.75 professional GPA. It requires five full days per week for one semester, observing and teaching under the direction of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor; it includes seminar. Practicum (EST 370) or student teaching must be in an urban classroom. Both may be urban. If Practicum is in a pre-kindergarten classroom, then Student Teaching must be in a kindergarten-grade 3 classroom. If Practicum is in a k-3 classroom, then Student Teaching must be in a pre-k classroom. Practicum and/or Student Teaching may be in an inclusive classroom. It is required for early childhood teaching license. Return to top

EST 481 Student Teaching in Middle Childhood Education (0-20-10).Prerequisites: Prior online application to the Office of Field Services and successful completion of Portfolio Checkpoint #3, course prerequisites listed on checklist including EST 371 with a grade of B or higher; 2.50 cumulative GPA; 2.50 GPA in each content area; 2.75 professional GPA.EDB 400may be taken before or concurrently with EST 481.This course involves placement five full days a week for one semester in an upper-elementary, middle-, or junior-high school classroom observing and teaching under the direction of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor ; it includes a seminar. This course is required for middle childhood teaching license. Return to top

EST 484 Student Teaching in Foreign Language Education (0-20-10). Prerequisites: Prior online application to the Office of Field Services and successful completion of Portfolio Checkpoint #3, course prerequisites listed on checklist including EST 374 with a grade of B or higher;75% major-field courses; 2.50 cumulative GPA; 2.50 major-field GPA; 2.75 professional GPA.EDB 400 may be taken before or concurrently with EST 484. This course involves five full days a week for one semester observing and teaching under the direction of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor; it includes a seminar. Placement must be different than that received for EST 374 so that students gain both pre-k-8 and 9-12 classroom experience. This course is required for multi-age teaching license in foreign language education. Return to top

EST 485 Multiage Student Teaching for Music Majors (0-20-10). Prerequisites: Prior online application to the Office of Field Services and successful completion of Portfolio Checkpoint #3, course prerequisites listed on checklist including all professional education courses and all major-field courses; 2.50 cumulative GPA; 2.75 major-field GPA; 2.75 professional GPA. EDB 400 may be taken before or concurrently with EST 484. This is a university-supervised student-teaching experience in two separate educational settings to provide both pre-k-8 and 9-12 classroom experience. It involves observation and teaching general and either instrumental or vocal/choral music under the guidance of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, five full days per week for one semester. It is required for multi-age teaching licensure in music. Return to top

EST 486 Multiage Student Teaching for Art Majors (0-20-10). Prerequisites: Prior online application to the Office of Field Services,successful completion of Portfolio Checkpoint #3, course prerequisites include all foundations and curriculum & methods courses; 75% of major-field courses; 2.50 cumulative GPA; 2.50 major-field GPA; 2.75 professional GPA.
EDB 400 may be taken before or concurrently with EST 484.This is a university-supervised student-teaching experience in two separate educational settings to provide both pre-k-8 and 9-12 classroom experience. The course involves observation and teaching music under a mentor teacher's direction, five full days per week for one semester;it includes a seminar.The course is required for multi-age teaching licensure in art. Return to top

EST 487 Student Teaching for Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialists (1-22-12). Prerequisites: Prior online application to the Office of Field Services , successful completion of Portfolio Checkpoint #3, course prerequisites listed in checklist including: EST 377 with a grade of B or higher; all professional coursework; 2.50 cumulative GPA; and 2.75 professional GPA. This is a university-supervised student-teaching experience in a state-approved special education program serving students with mild/moderate disabilities, five days a week for one semester observing and teaching under the guidance of a mentor teacher; it includes a seminar. If EST 377 was completed in an elementary setting, then EST 487 must be completed in a secondary setting.  If EST 377 was completed in a secondary setting, then EST 487 must be completed in an elementary setting.  Successful completion requires demonstration of competencies necessary for licensure as a Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist. Return to top

EST 488 Student Teaching for Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialists (1-22-12).Prerequisites:  Prior online application to the Office of Field Services, successful completion of Portfolio Checkpoint #3, course prerequisites listed in checklist including: EST 378 with a grade of B or higher; all professional coursework; 2.50 cumulative GPA; and  2.75 professional GPA. This is a university-supervised student-teaching experience in two separate state-approved special education programs: one for students with intellectual or multiple disabilities, and one for students with emotional disturbance. It involves five days a week for one semester observing and teaching under a mentor teacher's direction; it includes a seminar. Successful completion requires demonstration of competencies necessary for licensure as a Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist.Return to top

EST 489, EST 491,Student Teaching in Secondary Education English(EST 489) or Social Studies (EST 491) (0-20-10).Prerequisites:  Prior online application to the Office of Field Services is required, successful completion of Portfolio Checkpoint #3, course prerequisites listed in checklist including:  EST 379, EST 380, EST 381 or EST 382 with a grade of B or higher; 75% major-field courses; 2.50 cumulative GPA; 2.50 major-field GPA; 2.75 professional GPA. EDB 400 may be taken before or concurrently with student teaching. This course involves five full days a week for one semester in a secondary school classroom observing and teaching under the direction of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor; it includes a seminar. The course is required for secondary teaching license. Return to top

EST 493 Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction (1-0-1 to 4-0-4). Prerequisite: May require permission of instructor. This is an opportunity to explore in depth, with a group having similar interest, a topic of a special nature; individual and group work in the classroom, library, or community under the direct supervision of at least one faculty member and other resource persons as necessary. In many instances, the topic explored may be under consideration as a new course or program to assure student participation in this process and will be included in the seminar title. It may be repeated for a maximum of nine hours. Return to top

EST 496 Independent Study in Education (1-0-1 to 4-0-4). Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and department chairperson. This is an independent project in a selected area of education. It involves approval by and arrangements made with permission of the supervising instructor and the department chairperson. Independent study hours may not exceed six hours in a degree program. Return to top

EST 499 CSUTeach STEM Student Teaching (0-12-6). Prerequisites: Prior application, Approval of the Office of Field Services, and EUT 315 or EUT 317. The purpose of student teaching is to assist participants in making the transition from a college student to a classroom teacher. Initially, it is important for to observe and become oriented to the school building, students, and mentor teacher. Participants will quickly be given increased responsibility for the classroom with the goal of assuming the role of teacher from the start to the end of the school day for the majority of the grading period of the placement. Return to top

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