This is a survey course to acquaint students with the cultural foundations of education. Special emphasis is given to the multicultural and global dimensions of education. In addition, students study educational outcomes for American Indian students. High dropout rates, over-representation in special education, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, and poor prospects for employment are endemic in this population of students. This course requires a field experience practicum for four or five days during which candidates engage in observation and practice teaching in Native American reservation schools and evening activities. The course takes place in a diverse setting where exceptionality is present. Assessment is based on projects, reports, exams, and field work.
The first formal course in the Teacher Education Program provides an introduction to the field of education and the relationships between schools and society. Students begin to evaluate the reasons chosen to become a teacher and the effects that decision will have on their lives. Students examine social, cultural, political, legal, economic, and historical issues within schools and how these issues impact professional educators. During this course, students begin to assemble the professional portfolio, which is a requirement for entry into the Teacher Education Program (TEP). The portfolio will be maintained throughout participation in the Teacher Education Program and is an integral part of the evaluation process. Students will complete a field experience in a school setting.
Kolby Brown is a literature major at the University of Montana Western.
Recent Montana Western graduate Taeler Rodriguez has been accepted to the University of Denver’s graduate program.
Marcus Williams came to Montana Western to play football and major in business administration.
UMW grad Justinn Marshall was accepted into the University of Washington's regional medical education program.
Coming to Montana Western was part of fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a doctor for Lindsey Densmore.