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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SSE5946
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2008-06-09
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2008-03-07
  2. Department: Secondary Education
  3. College: ED
  4. Budget Account Number: 0-1724-000
  5. Contact Person: Barbara Cruz
  6. Phone: 9742817
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SSE
  9. Number: 5946
  10. Full Title: Practicum in Social Science Education
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: I - Internships (Including Practicum)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Practicum Social Science Educ
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: SSE 5331 Foundations, Curriculum & Instruction in Social Science Education
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: The course is a practicum course in which pre-service teachers apply the knowledge, skills, and dispositions learned in prerequisite program courses to teach the social studies themes adopted by the National Council for the Social Studies.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course is a required part of the M.A.T. in Social Science Education.
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? The course is part of the required sequence of the M.A.T. in Social Science Education.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? no
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Doctoral degree preferable, at least a master's degree
  29. Objectives: Goal 1: The demonstration of the understanding of the Social Studies Education Standards from State and National Accrediting and Professional Societies.

    1.1 Students will be able to explain the standards of the NCSS.

    1.2 Students will be able to organize social studies content using various methods based on their understanding of the Social Studies Themes.

    Goal 2: The demonstration of the planning and teaching skills that will enable students to effectively teach middle and high school students the Social Studies Themes.

    2.1 Students will develop lesson plans based on the Social Studies Themes and the knowledge of effective methods gained in prior SSE courses.

    2.2 Students will teach in middle and high school settings under the examination of clinical faculty.

  30. Learning Outcomes: •Each student will produce individual lesson plan (s) based on the NCSS Thematic Strands that have active learning components, achieve higher order thinking, incorporate technology resources, and develop formative skills in middle and secondary school-age students.

    •Students will model effective teaching techniques appropriate to the social studies while teaching social studies content using the NCSS theme-based strategy by the end of the semester to receive a passing grade.

  31. Major Topics: Procedure

    1.Students will enroll in SSE 5946 in either fall or spring. What will make the course different is that it will be used primarily as an organizing mechanism to channel students into social studies classroom to complete their assignments of teaching the NCSS Themes. The Instructor for the SSE 5946 will meet with the students and assign each student to a School/Social Studies Department (Social Studies Clinical Coordinator) and will prepare a set of course materials/forms/self-addressed stamped envelopes to be used by social studies middle and high school teachers (Social Studies Clinical Faculty) to document and report the assessment of the micro-teaches.

    2.Students do not have to teach ten times merely because there are ten Themes. Students have the option to teach as few as five times by combining more than one theme into a lesson. Their Lesson Plan Outline (see Attachment) of the micro-teach must identify at least one of the Themes and Strands that the micro-teach should accomplish.

    a.With the Clinical Faculty Member’s approval, a student may teach a multi-day lesson to demonstrate competence in a number of themes.

    b.Students can teach, as an example, geography in a history course or history in a geography course, if that works best.

    c.At the discretion of the instructor, students do not have to teach an upcoming topic for a Clinical Instructor’s course, but a special topic like a current event topic or a social studies related skill, as example.

    3.Students will be expected to use a variety of methods in their micro-teaches. Lecture, group activities, simulations, case study, questioning, discussion, etc. using a variety of resources, (e.g. maps, transparencies, primary documents, etc.) Because the purpose is to gain “performance” experience, showing lengthy films, using most of the time for research at a computer lab, or where students conduct research, would not be an appropriate strategy unless part of a multi-day lesson.

    4.We expect that most of the students will organize their micro-teach into a set of content that can be taught in a 50-minute period on one occasion. This is an acceptable practice for this introductory experience. With the Clinical Faculty Member’s approval, students may also arrange a multi-day micro-teach.

    5.The University course instructor may change from semester to semester. The Social Studies Clinical Coordinator will be notified at the beginning of each semester the name of the SSE 5335 instructor by the USF Social Studies Program Coordinator and how to contact him or her (see end of this letter). Each Clinical Faculty Member will receive the same information from the student. If there are any problems with the student’s diligence or management of his or her practicum, the Social Studies Clinical Coordinator or Clinical Faculty Member should contact the SSE 5335 course instructor and he or she will actively resolve the problem.

    Student Responsibilities

    It is the student’s responsibility to:

    1.After being assigned to a middle or high school, contact the Social Studies Clinical Coordinator by the phone numbers or e-mail addresses within ten days of the first week of USF Classes.

    2.Prepare a list of no less than 15 topics (content, skills, etc.) to be presented to the Social Studies Clinical Coordinator and the Clinical Faculty Member that you would like to possibly teach.

    3.Arrange a meeting at a mutually agreeable time during the first two weeks of the semester to work out a schedule of days and times when the he/she will teach, the topics, and any required A/V equipment, etc. By the USF mid-term, we expect that at least half of the micro-teaches will be completed and the remaining micro-teaches will completed prior to last week of USF classes.

    4.Provide your Clinical Faculty Member a copy of this syllabus.

    5.Record the micro-teach schedule and provide a copy to the University Course Instructor by the end of third class meeting.

    6.For each micro-teach arrive at the school an hour before the planned time period properly attired with (for Clinical Faculty Member):

    a.a Lesson Plan Outline and all required course materials (transparencies, Realia, etc)

    b.have arranged with Clinical Faculty Member for any resource that is easily available (e.g. wall map, etc.).

    c.Evaluation From

    d.Self Addressed Stamped Envelop to be mailed to the Course Instructor.

    7.Following the micro-teach, request verbal feedback from Clinical Faculty Member on your “performance.”

    8.Submit their Lesson Plan Outlines and a Self-Evaluation Form to the University Course Instructor at midterm and at the end of the course.

  32. Textbooks: Text from prior courses will be used as well as the reputable Internet and news services.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
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