Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education

In this seminar taught by a team of expert teachers and guided by experienced faculty, students will engage with the work of curriculum development, planning instruction, and assessment in elementary school classrooms through investigations on various topics highly relevant to current teaching practices. Recent studies have included: Methods for Ethnic Studies with children, Social Justice and Antiracist Pedagogy, Science across elementary grades, Classroom Community building, Trauma Informed practice, Design Thinking, Museum Education, Family/School Connections, and the Reading/Writing Connection. Additional laboratory periods for the presentations of lessons engage students in practice teaching and a limited accompanying field placement are required. Remote options will be offered as necessary should COVID interfere. This course is designed for seniors in the Wellesley Elementary Teacher Scholars Program and other juniors and seniors who do not plan to complete teacher training at Wellesley, but want to teach after graduation.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 15

Prerequisites: Pre/Co-requisite - EDUC 310 or EDUC 314 or by permission of the instructor. Open to all Juniors and Seniors. It is recommended that students who take this course have at least one previous education course. Students should contact Professor Noah Rubin and/or Professor Diane Tutin for registration permission and to plan a field placement.

Instructor: Rubin, Tutin

Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition

Typical Periods Offered: Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

Notes: Mandatory only for Seniors seeking elementary education certification through the Wellesley Elementary Scholars Program.