About the Developmental Teacher Education Program
The Developmental Teacher Education Program (DTE) is based on the premise that the quality of classroom learning is substantially improved when teachers understand children's cognitive and social/emotional development. Students and program faculty interact to increase our ability to design an academically challenging, equitable and socially just curriculum for children from many backgrounds.
Volunteer or paid experience with elementary school age children, preferably in public school settings, is expected of all applicants. Although the DTE program draws heavily on psychological theory and research, students from all undergraduate backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
- DTE is 15-months, full time (2 semesters and 2 summers of university coursework and field experiences).
- DTE students earn a Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential with certification to teach children whose first language is not English (AB 1059 which replaced CLAD certification).
- DTE students earn a Master of Arts in Education.
- DTE students have four field experiences: first and second summer fieldwork takes place at our Arts and Academic Language Summer School in Oakland Unified School District, with more extended student teaching in the fall and spring semesters.
- DTE students are placed in a variety of school settings reflecting the diversity of the Bay Area, with an emphasis on placements in urban contexts.
- We often work with DTE graduates as cooperating teachers and field supervisors.
- DTE cohorts are diverse and stimulating.