Sample Course Sequence

“Courses” in Reach do not resemble traditional college classroom style courses. Instead, each of the seminar & practicums described below combine small group seminars, job-embedded application, online work and collaboration, and gathering evidence of practice. Seminars are taken sequentially, with participating teachers typically focusing on one topic for approximately a month before moving on to the next topic. Additionally, the seminars spiral, returning to similar themes repeatedly, each time with greater depth and a different perspective.

The following is a sample of a seminar sequence through the program. Please note: your actual sequence is likely to vary depending on your needs and the needs of our cohort:

Internship Year 1 Summer Pre-Service:

Reach 301: Intro to Teaching Methods and Leadership

  1. Elements: 45 hours practicum, 60 hours institute, 5 hours one-on-one, and 50 hours online/independent

  2. Assessment: UbD Unit

  3. Topics Include:

  4. Habits of Effective Teachers & Learning About Your Students

  5. Classroom Management & Culture

  6. Alignment: Standards, Curriculum & Assessment

  7. Lesson Planning

  8. Diverse Students & English Learners

  9. Teaching as Leadership

  10. Backwards Planning

  11. Equity & Universal Access


Internship Year 1 Fall:

Reach 302: Planning and Pedagogy

  1. Elements: 36 hours seminars (12 sessions), 36 hours one-on-one & practicum, and 18 hours assignments/online collaboration

  2. Topics Include:

  3. Standards for the Teaching Profession

  4. Building Classroom Community

  5. Subject Specific Content and Pedagogy

  6. Literacy


Internship Year 1 Spring:

Reach 303: Equity and Universal Access

  1. Elements: 36 hours seminars (12 sessions), 36 hours one-on-one & practicum, and 18 hours assignments/online collaboration

  2. Assessment: TPA Task 1

  3. Topics Include:

  4. Differentiation

  5. Equity & Diversity

  6. English Language Learners

  7. Special Needs Students


Internship Year 2 Fall:

Reach 304: Knowing Students and Assessing Learning

  1. Elements: 36 hours seminars (12 sessions), 36 hours one-on-one & practicum, and 18 hours assignments/online collaboration

  2. Assessment: TPA Task 2

  3. Topics Include:

  4. Standards for the Teaching Profession (revisited)

  5. How People Learn

  6. Healthy Child/ Youth Development

  7. Subject Specific Content and Pedagogy (revisited)

  8. Planning Based on Pre-assessment


Internship Year 2 Spring:

Reach 305: Demonstrating Teacher Performance

  1. Elements: 36 hours seminars (12 sessions), 36 hours one-on-one & practicum, and 18 hours assignments/online collaboration

  2. Assessment: TPA Task 3 &4

  3. Topics Include:

  4. Designing/Implementing Assessments

  5. Analyzing Student Work

  6. Technology

  7. Demonstrating Teaching

  8. How Teachers Learn

  9. Professional Portfolio and Panel Presentation

Note: Teacher Intern Program leads to a Preliminary Teaching Credential