This course provides an introduction to the profession of teaching in the inclusive environment. Candidates will be introduced to the following concepts: historical aspects of education (incorporating both general education and special education, inclusive education, multi-tiered systems of support, universal design for learning, common core and ELD standards, 21st Century Learning to ensure a learning environment that is physically, mentally, intellectually and emotionally safe and healthy (including addressing bullying, racism, and sexism among students). Candidates will also be introduced to a variety of instructional strategies, resources, and assistive technology. Candidates will learn and be able to understand & demonstrate the following concepts: lesson design & planning, use of Common Core standards, social-emotional learning. Candidates will be exposed to working with a diverse population. Candidates will show knowledge of students’ prior experiences, interests, and social-emotional needs. Candidates will utilize a student's cultural, language, and socioeconomic backgrounds as a means to engage learning. Candidates will access resources to support students in need as well as collaborate with other educators and the larger school community. Candidates will receive an overview of the stages of child development and the relationship between development and education. As part of inclusive education, candidates will begin to learn how to develop collaboration and interpersonal communication skills. Candidates will begin to learn how to develop IEPs and 504 plans. Candidates will provide opportunities and teach advocacy strategies for students to meet their specific learning needs and provide opportunities for students to support each other.