During a student’s first two years at Indiana Tech, they are identified by the School of Education as a pre-candidate. During this period, the educator preparation program provides students with a variety of experiences to experience working with children in a variety of settings and to help them get a glimpse into the life of teachers.
During a student’s freshman year, they will participate in the Freshman Experience. This consists of a minimum of 10 hours per semester in the classroom, in addition to other service activities (such as JA for a Day) and PreK-12 classroom/school visits arranged by the class instructors. This experience focuses on developing a broad understanding of the field of teaching and the professional demeanor expected of teachers.
The student’s sophomore year includes the Sophomore Experience, which requires a minimum of 20 hours per semester in a classroom, in addition to other service activities (such as JA for a Day) and PreK-12 classroom/school visits arranged by the class instructors. During the Sophomore Experience, candidates will participate in activities designed to help them connect the knowledge have gained and are continuing to gain in their college classes with the practice of teaching. In addition, pre-candidates will continue to develop the professional demeanor expected of teachers.