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Cohort: Three Semester Block - Multiple Subjects


Team Leader:
Ixchel Samson

Description of Program:
The Three Semester Block (3SB) program provides Teacher-Candidates a unique opportunity to earn a teaching credential in a more flexible and personalized atmosphere. The 3SB program is designed to be more accommodating of Teacher-Candidates' scheduling needs such as those involving employment or childcare. Teacher-Candidates are still expected to complete a rigorous course of study; however, this is to be completed over the course of three semesters, which allows Teacher-Candidates more time to maximize and balance their academic learning and personal needs. As such, Teacher-Candidates have more time to prepare for the EdTPA, which is a comprehensive teacher performance assessment. The 3SB program provides Teacher-Candidates with a robust field/practicum experience; as such, 3SB Teacher-Candidates will be well-prepared to meet the challenges and find the joys of teaching diverse student populations.

Description of Courses:
Courses are held on campus, at SDSU. Coursework is held in the late afternoons (4:00 - 6:40) and early evenings (7:00 - 9:40). See Program Overview for specific courses.

Description of Fieldwork:
In the first semester, Teacher-Candidates observe/tutor for five hours a week for ten weeks in a primary school setting (TK-1) on urban school sites. In the second semester, Teacher-Candidates student teach for eight weeks in an elementary school setting (K-3). In the third semester, Teacher-Candidates student teach for eleven weeks in an upper elementary school setting (2-6). In this third semester, Teacher-Candidates help their guide Teachers start the school year; this is a unique experience for Teacher-Candidates.

Locations of Student Teaching:
One of the unique features of the 3SB program is our flexibility in placing Teacher-Candidates at school sites in various San Diego County locations. 3SB Teacher-Candidates have been placed in San Diego Unified, Poway, Escondido, San Dieguito, El Cajon Valley, Santee, Del Mar, Sweetwater, and several other school districts. The Team Leader works with 3SB Teacher-Candidates to determine placements.