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Reinvesting in Teacher Education Initiative

Reinvesting in Teacher Education Initiative

Reinvesting in Teacher Education Initiative

The Reinvesting in Teacher Education initiative is making significant progress. Based on the collaborative efforts of The Core Curriculum Committee and the School of Teacher Education faculty, the following framework has university level approval in place to develop the Core Curriculum with plans for implementation Fall 20:

Five Core Courses:

  1. EDU 250: Discover Teaching: Introduction to Teacher Education

  2. PSY 310: Educational Psychology

  3. EDU 260: Classroom Assessment

  4. EDU 350: Diversity and Differentiation

  5. EDU 360: Behavior and Classroom Management

Three Integrated Themes:

  1. Technology

  2. Literacy

  3. Professionalism

During the Spring 19 semester, 6 sub-committees (one for each of the respective core courses and one for the three integrated themes) which included faculty associated with Teacher Education from across the university as well as representation from local school districts who have expertise in these respective areas conducted detailed work for this framework. Over the Summer committee leaders developed Core assignments, drafts of syllabi, aligned fieldwork to course objectives.

Integrated Themes Sub-Committee:

  • Under the direction of Dr. Marge Maxwell, great progress occurred over the summer to develop different modules that will be integrated into core courses and throughout courses across students’ respective majors. We continue to explore how to incorporate experts related to these themes across the curriculum as well as possibilities for co-teaching.

Core Courses

Erin Margarella (Chair), Jeanine Huss, Rico Tyler, Miwon Choe, Roxanne Spencer

Meeting Notes

Course Proposal

Lisa Duffin (Chair), Toni Szymanski, Martha Day, Jenni Redifer, Qin Zhao, Dan Clark

Meeting Notes

Toni Szymanski (Chair), Julia Roberts, Tracy Inman, Lisa Murley, Susan Keesey

Meeting Notes

Course Proposal

Christina Noel (Chair), Melissa Stephanski, Pam Jukes, Kay Gandy

Meeting Notes

Course Proposal

Core Assignments

Julia Mittelberg (Chair), Toni Szymanski, Marge Maxwell, Catherine Wilson, Dusty Knotts

Meeting Notes

Course Proposal

Integrated Themes

Marge Maxwell (Chair), Michael McDonald, Stasie Harrington, Lynn Hines, Andi Paganelli,  Kandy Smith, Nancy Hulan

Marge Maxwell (Chair), Kristy Cartwright, Nancy Hulan, Kandy Smith, Elisa Brown, Catherine Wilson,  Stasie Harrington


Program Level Revisions

During the Fall 19 semester, The School of Teacher Education is moving proposals through curriculum committees across the university. The goal is for each revised program to begin the Fall 20 semester.  Below we include the proposals for these revised curricula:

Special Education/ELED

Proposed Pathway Proposed Program Revisions
Special Education/ELED Pathway Special Education/ELED Revision

Middle Level

Proposed Pathway Proposed Program Revisions
Middle Level Pathway Middle Level Revision

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Proposed Pathway Proposed Program Revisions
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Pathway Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Revision

Elementary Education

Proposed Pathway Proposed Program Revisions
Elementary Education Pathway Elementary Education Revision



The efforts of the sub-committees will be meaningful for the future of Teacher Education at WKU as well as to school districts throughout the region. Thank you to all have contributed to  the Reinvestment in Teacher Education, whether that be through committee work, attending forums, or individual conversations.

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 Last Modified 11/5/19