Community of Teachers

Community of Teachers

Initial Licensure Program

Choose a student-centered approach to your teacher education.

Community of Teachers (CoT) is a Teacher Education Program (TEP) for students preparing for a career at the secondary level.

In this innovative program you will work closely with a faculty facilitator, a cohort of students across content fields and at different stages of their education, and a teacher mentor of your choice.

The Three Pillars of CoT

Seminar

CoT includes a seminar that meets weekly on Tuesday nights. Students collaborate in choosing the readings based around a chosen pedagogical theme. Students lead seminar with support from their faculty facilitator. Part of each class is dedicated to discussion of current topics in field experiences.

Portfolio

Each student in CoT creates a portfolio consisting of 16 expectations based on Indiana’s Ten Principles of Performance and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment Standards Consortium (INTASC) standards. Students gather evidence from their own educational background and their field experience. Students critically reflect on what their evidence means for their practice as a teacher. Completion of the portfolio leads to recommendation for licensure.

Field Experience

Extensive field experience is a cornerstone of CoT. Students choose an experienced teacher to be their mentor in the field. Students work with their mentor 6 hours a week for at least 2 semesters and during student teaching.