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Community Engaged Teacher Education

The Community Engaged Teacher Education (CETE) program is designed to help upperclass education students in the early childhood and special education program learn to be culturally responsive in an urban school within a racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse setting.

The foundation of the CETE program is built on situational learning and immersion to develop successful teachers capable of closing the opportunity gap for students in urban, diverse settings.

How it Works

Teacher candidates are paired with a Stetser Elementary School teacher and their classroom of children where they spend every morning supporting the literacy program and getting to know the children of our community.

Teacher candidates are also paired with a community mentor who helps them experience Chester by acting as ambassadors to events such as visiting churches, volunteering, working in the neighborhood, attending school-sponsored events, and more. The community mentors provide access to these off-campus activities as a way to explore the city’s values and culture.

Teacher candidates take their classes off campus to Asbury AME Church to immerse them in the ways that Stetser Elementary children live life. Courses include special education, science education, literacy education, and urban anthropology. Their work at the elementary school, the content of their coursework, and the developing relationships with community mentors encourages deep understanding of different cultural views and results in improved teaching and student learning.

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Contact our Admissions office or schedule a visit to learn more about the education programs at Widener.