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Program Structure - NEW!

The Professional Linking Program (PLP) is structured in the following 4-semester format to accommodate work schedules.

Semester 1: EDUC 402W: Studies of Educational Theory & Practice (7 units)

January – April
Wednesdays 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays 9:00am - 1:00pm

As part of Education 402, students begin the study of the literature of education and engage in seminars that examine educational issues. Students may also attend curriculum workshops, and become familiar with a vast array of educational resources. Students will begin to make meaning of the vast and complex world of educational practice, and to have this meaning informed by extensive study of the literature and by thoughtful, reflective discourse. Taken as campus-based seminars to introduce theory, concepts and methodologies relevant to teacher development.

Semester 2: EDUC 404: Professional Coursework Semester (15 units)

May – August
Full-time studies

All PLP student teachers are required to take a minimum of 15 units of upper-division Education courses in order to complete the Professional Coursework requirements for certification. Courses can be taken over one or more semesters to accommodate work schedules.

Semester 3: EDUC 403: Studies in Teaching and Learning (11 units)

september – december
Saturdays 9:00am - 1:00pm  

During this semester students engage in school observation and practice teaching opportunities that build on the theoretical foundations explored in Semester 1. Students connect their previous knowledge and experience as paraprofessionals with seminar concepts and practicum activities. This semester offers opportunities to develop dispositional capacities and engage in comparative studies of teaching/learning between students' current roles and their future roles as teachers. The course aims to enhance existing knowledge about pedagogical practices, through reflective practice and community learning models and integrates this with the broader competencies of a teacher. Campus-based classes are held on weekends. There is also the requirement of a three-week period of continuous practice teaching in early November. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for time off from their employment in order to attend to the practice teaching requirement.

Semester 4: EDUC 405: Teaching Semester (15 units)

January – April
Full-time teaching practicum

In Education 405, students are assigned to a classroom for 10–12 weeks of student teaching experience. During this semester, the School Associate and Faculty Associate provide help and guidance, as well as make assessments of your growth toward the achievement of standards of professional competence. All PLP student teachers must arrange with their districts for a full-time leave of absence for the entire practicum of EDUC 405.