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Year 2: Residency Year

The Residency Year is based on an intensive three-quarter (one academic year) clinical experience—the residency—that is complemented by methods coursework and a seminar in professional teaching. Residents are assisted in securing jobs in Chicago Public Schools during the final quarter of the program.

Residents will begin their residency year as teachers in a two-week summer school program while taking additional pedagogical and content-area coursework.

As in Foundations, the center of the Residency Year is the year-long, day-long Professional Teaching Seminar, which creates a space for residents to deepen and extend their learning about pedagogy across all content areas, strengthen their understanding of classroom community and management, and engage in collaborative problem solving, inquiry, and reflection.

Residents work alongside UTEP-selected master teachers, called Clinical Instructors, in two half-year placements in CPS neighborhood, magnet, or charter schools for four days a week observing, teaching, and assessing student learning using the instructional best practices learned in content-area and methods coursework. As the placement progresses, residents assume increasingly more complex teaching tasks and day-to-day responsibilities.


Learn more about the course offerings in the Residency Year below:


Residency Year—Autumn Quarter


Course Number Course Name Course Description
UTEP 48000 Teaching and Learning I: Building and Managing a Classroom Community This course presents best practices in classroom and behavior management for the general education classroom. Practices include organizing time, materials, and classroom space; managing individual and large group student behaviors, transitions, lab activities; and other arrangements for classrooms. Basic federal and state laws as they pertain to the legal procedures for all teachers, including teachers of students with disabilities and ESL students, will be presented.
UTEP 47000 Practicum I: Instruction & TPA Candidates concentrate on four domains of professional practice: planning, preparation, and assessment; instructional delivery; classroom environment and learning community; and professional responsibilities. They reflect on their classroom practice through video analysis, lesson study, journal sharing, group debriefing, and review of student work.
UTEP 37100 Foundations of Bilingual and ESL Education This course studies the historical and legislative foundations of bilingual and ESL education, the types of bilingual programs, their advantages, and the principles of bilingual education. Additionally, this course will also study the conceptual, linguistic, sociological, and political foundations of bilingual and ESL education.


Residency Year—Winter Quarter


Course Number Course Name Course Description
UTEP 47100 Practicum II: Using Formative Data to Improve Teaching This course provides an introduction to theoretical and practical applications of data-driven decision making to improve classroom instruction and learning. Students will apply the components and organization of an effective curriculum utilizing the backward design process. Students will apply generally accepted data-based decision procedures for generating, analyzing, and interpreting educational data. The course will outline procedures for designing or selecting, administering, scoring, and interpreting a variety of formal and informal assessment measures for use in schools.
UTEP 48100 Teaching and Learning II: Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas This course will provide opportunities for residents to explore the impact of urban environments on the local culture, language, and the ability of students to read and write. Residents will also have opportunities to delve into research and theory related to understanding how learning environments support individual motivation to read and write particularly in content area subjects.
UTEP 35543 Social Studies Content for Teaching Interns will familiarize themselves with key topics in social studies instruction including local and US history, geography, civics and government, and local, national, and international economics from the lenses of school teaching and learning. In addition to delving into key topics, students will analyze topics from a critical lens using the works of individuals such as Howard Zinn and Joel Spring.


Residency Year—Spring Quarter


Course Number Course Name Course Description
UTEP 47200 Practicum III: Unit Assessment Candidates explore the development of curriculum from the perspectives of the advancement of knowledge in the discipline itself; classroom instruction; educational reform measures; instructional materials development; local, state, and national standards; and equity of social and economic opportunity. The course also addresses the theory and practice of assessment, both as a tool to evaluate student learning and an instrument for teaching, and standards-based grading; summative assessment and accountability measures; equity and bias issues in assessment and problem-posing; development of quality classroom assessment tasks; formative assessment methods, such asquestioning, problem-posing, analysis of student work, identifying and addressing misconceptions, and self-assessment strategies; and reporting progress to students, parents, and leadership. The course includes a curriculum-evaluation conversation, which provides the opportunity to study and evaluate current instructional materials.
UTEP 37200 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL

This course will give an overview of the underlying principles, characteristics, and applicability of various methods for teaching English as a second language (ESL).  It will explore the historical and current trend of instructional approaches, methods, and techniques. This course will also explore methods and techniques for teaching specific language skill areas, and look at current issues in language teaching, including language assessment, standards.

UTEP 48200 Teaching and Learning III: Integrated Classroom Management

The half day Residency Seminar that accompanies student teaching ensures integration between academic coursework and the residency, and provides ongoing professional development in pedagogy.