David Barrett '08
B.S. History Teaching
Early Childhood Education
The key elements of the Lake Superior State University Teacher
Education Program include:
- An extended and supportive teaching internship (student
- Incorporation of the State of Michigan’s Seven
Professional Standards for Teaching and Learning
throughout the Teacher Education program: higher-order
thinking, deep-knowledge, substantive conversation and
connections to the world beyond the classroom.
- An understanding and appreciation of the liberal arts
(the humanities, the social sciences, the mathematical
and natural sciences, and the arts):
- A commitment to student learning and achievement
- Knowledge of subject matter and pedagogy
- The ability to manage and monitor student learning,
based on best practice
- The ability to systematically organize teaching
practices and learn from experiences
- Commitment and willingness to participate in learning
- An ability to use information age learning and
technology operations and concepts to enhance
- A teacher-preparation program that addresses teaching for
higher levels of understanding. The program provides
teacher-candidates with opportunities to gain the critical
knowledge and skills needed to effectively meet the educational needs of all children. The knowledge and
- A thorough knowledge of the subjects they will
- An understanding of social and cultural contexts
in which students live and learn and how this
affects teaching and learning.
- The skills for enhancing pupil literacy across the
- The ability to use situated-learning techniques,
and to plan and execute interdisciplinary units.
- The ability to develop student literacy skills
across the curriculum.
- The practical skills needed to manage the complexities of
teaching for understanding. These skills include:
- Building learning communities and other classroom
environments which are conducive to learning.
- Creating positive, productive classroom expectations.
- Showing sensitivity to the needs of diverse learners
and learning styles and knowing how to adapt
instructional materials appropriately.
- Developing facility in planning instructional episodes.
- Employing specific methods appropriate to particular
- Employing methods for student assessment, which
include evaluation of the ongoing development of
higher-order thinking skills and deep knowledge.
- Knowledge of the specific examples, instructional designs,
and methods of analysis, which can help teacher
candidates promote pupil understanding.