The Leonardo Project is a newly designed curriculum that prepares MTSU students to be excellent elementary school teachers. The curriculum emphasizes two important ideas:
You will be enrolled with 24 other students in a cluster of liberal arts courses which has been developed by the Leonardo Project faculty to ensure that you understand how the knowledge in various academic subjects is connected. For example, your cluster professors may together assign a book such as Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography to help students understand concepts in Speech, Composition, and American History. Or professors may focus on a concept such as the way technology has shaped our culutre so that you will have the opportunity to see one idea from multiple perspectives. Furthermore, those same proffessors as well as an education professor will meet with students once a week to discuss the teaching methods that were used in the classrooms. In this way, the Leonardo Project will prepare you to be an excelllent elementary school teacher.
No other teacher preparation program in Tennessee offers such a comprehensive, integrated program so early in a college career.
Plans are being developed for courses at the upper division level that will continue to emphasize the multiple uses of knowledge and that will provide you with extensive elementary school observation and practice teaching at our three professional development schools.
We believe that the close personal contact with Leonardo Project faculty and the carefully planned curruculum will give you the best general studies education possible at MTSU.
With each Leonardo Project cluster you will take other required General Studies courses in Area IV: Natural Science and Mathematics and Area V: Health, Physical Development, and Recreation.
For further information about the program, please contact|
Dr. Phillip Waldrop
Leonardo Project Student Advisor
Department of Elementary and Special Education
Dr. Ellen Donovan