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Elementary and Early Childhood Education


The 21st century learner has many facets that a teacher must be able to gleam and respond to, as identified in the increasing number of teaching standards that require teachers to meet the needs of all diverse learners through instruction and assessment that engage and encourage all students. The increasing diverse composition of students brings new challenges that teacher preparation programs must address to prepare effective teachers ready to embrace these students in a classroom that is responsive to the needs of all students. This study focuses on the program development of teacher candidates learning in block three courses (the last semester before student teaching) in correlation with obtaining employment. This block of instruction, prior to student teaching, emphasizes meeting learner needs through differentiation, Response to Intervention, English Language Learners, Special Education and struggling readers.