15 Week Session

  • This course will focus on: 1) Utilizing creative dramatics and theatre as the medium for integrating the visual and performing arts in K-8 subjects; 2) Demonstrating creative teaching and learning strategies from music, art, dance, and theatre to motivate students and to enhance their study of school subjects; and 3) Developing lesson plans and their effective application for integrating the arts in field settings.  (Note: 3 lecture credits)

  • This course examines theories of language acquisition.  A distinction between literature-based and language-based curriculum will be surveyed and examined.  Also, the focus will be on the integration of the Whole Language Approach to the teaching of the Samoan Language in the learning environment.  The students will be given the opportunity to construct, interpret, and evaluate meaningful learning experiences conforming to Matati’a ma Alafua o le Gagana Samoa set forth by the American Samoa Department of Education. (Note: 3 lecture credits)

  • This course is a field experience and practical requirement for all students in the B.Ed. program. Students are involved in applying and implementing course required assignments with emphasis on theoretical, pedagogical, and content-based practices learned in their work in elementary schools as pre-professionals under the guidance and supervision of the ASCC Field Coordinator, Teacher Education faculty, and K-8 school system cooperating teachers. A minimum of five hours per week is required in conjunction with professional education courses. This course also requires a 15-hour seminar component for expected field training course work and the monitoring of the field training experience. (Note: 1 practicum credit)

  • This seminar course is an overview of the student teaching experience, which will outline all regulations and guidelines of student teaching.  The seminar is specifically designed to promote reflection and sharing between student teachers, colleagues, and the college instructor.  Opportunities will be given to the student teachers to share their concerns about their progress, encourage growth, and offer support.  The seminar is designed to serve as a forum for discussion of relevant issues and exemplars that are authentic to elementary education in American Samoa and the United States. (Note: 2 lecture credits)

  • This course provides teaching experience under intensive supervision in a public-school setting.  The ASCC TED faculty and ST field coordinator provide regular observations, counseling, and evaluations.  Student teachers will receive practical experience under the guidance of the cooperating teachers in planning for teaching, managing classrooms, and directing learning activities of students.  Student teachers are given the opportunity to direct the activities of the classroom environment to the point of assuming full responsibility. (Note: 10 credits of field work)