This learning community is for students in Elementary Education, those in other majors who are seeking teacher certification, and undecided freshmen who want to explore teaching as an option. More information is provided below. Coordinators: Jaime Boeckman and Heather Kruger
"Peer Mentors from the Preparing Tomorrow Teachers Learning Community have lunch with Iowa Teacher of the Year, Jane Schmidt."
All freshmen Elementary Education majors are automatically enrolled in Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers (PT2) . This learning community is also open to those exploring teaching as an option.
PT-2 introduces students to the K- 12 teaching profession, along with helping students adjust to college life.
This learning community is a two semester experience which includes students taking courses in the fall and spring.
In the fall, students enroll in:
In the spring, students enroll in
Also in the spring, all students will complete 10 hours in a setting assisting others from diverse cultural/ethic groups and/or disadvantaged others as part of a service-learning project. Lectures on diversity will be coupled with these service learning experiences. The connection between learnings in the course and observations in the field with strengthen the students’ initial understanding of teaching.
This is a non-residential learning community.
Students enroll during freshmen orientation.
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