* Wheelock College and SIT are no longer accepting any applications for the SIT bachelor’s program. The Bachelor of Science at SIT will conclude in June 2018.
Service learning extends education beyond the classroom as it provides an opportunity for learners to apply their academic knowledge to the greater community in order to solve real-world needs. The service learning component is a graduation requirement for all learners of the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. It engages learners in the concept of social change as they work to improve community conditions, address social problems, and enhance the lives of people in Southeast Asia under supervision at a local or occationally an international placement. By connecting community service with dynamic learning and thoughtful reflection, learners will improve their leadership skills while sharpening their critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities. This component will lead the cohort towards becoming well-grounded citizens who will serve as active agents for positive social change in their own classrooms and elsewhere. It is intended to encourage active learning through the process of outreach and reflection, ultimately providing learners with an opportunity to observe the world beyond their classrooms and, in doing so, develop a critical and compassionate perspective both on society and on themselves. Students will present their projects and outcomes at a public panel session prior to graduation.
Presentation of Portfolio
Learners build and develop a professional portfolio similar to those that artists, photographers, and architects create to display their best work. The portfolio is a three-dimensional resume and visual representation of teaching experiences and accomplishments. Educators use their portfolios throughout their careers to document their professional growth, areas of expertise, learning, and best works. A portfolio is an important tool in evaluating one’s teaching and identifying areas to strengthen when considering lifelong learning opportunities.
This program emphasizes the importance of the development of a Professional Teacher Portfolio throughout a career. The Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) developed model “core” standards as a guiding rubric to assess levels of new teacher competence and provides a forum for learners to demonstrate they have met these standards.
Completion and presentation of the Professional Teacher Portfolio fosters professionalism in learners that will serve them well as they embark on the next phase of their careers.