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Adrian Capehart's class for future urban teachers

Photo of Adrian CapehartFuture teachers are learning by immersion in Adrian Capehart’s ED 351 class. Each week the class travels to Smyth Elementary Magnet School on the Near West Side of Chicago to interact with K-8 students, talk one-on-one with Smyth teachers, and discuss class curriculum in a real world situation. After the young pupils leave for the day, UIC students have the opportunity to visit classrooms to hear why the teachers selected the profession, their job searches, and their perspectives on teaching.

Capehart designed the class to expose the future educators to the realities of teaching in urban settings by interacting with children at various grade levels and with teachers, counselors, and principals. He teaches the first and second field-based courses in the teacher preparation sequence through UIC’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Through the use of texts, class assignments, and immersion experiences in local schools, he makes sure the juniors are exposed to the real world of urban education.

UIC’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction prepares students to become high quality elementary and secondary teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels and enriches the work of practicing educators by providing opportunities for further education and professional development.

The College of Education offers 18 degree programs and has an enrollment of nearly 700 students. The College of Education prepares educators who can be critical thinkers and advocates, and who continue to develop the knowledge and skills that are necessary to prepare children to be productive citizens.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an urban university intimately connected to its home in one of the nation's largest and most diverse cities. A noted research center, particularly in urban affairs, medicine and the health sciences, UIC is committed to creating and disseminating new knowledge.

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ED 351
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education
University of Illinois at Chicago