School of Education

Dickinson Hall, Room 300A, (501) 569-3124, (501) 569-3023, (501) 569-8242, (fax), ualr.edu/education

Director
Kuykendall, John A., Associate Professor


Director of Licensure and Placement
Heather Newsam

Professors
Dorn, Linda
Duyar, Ibrahim
Barrett, T. Greg
Hayn, Judith
MacFaclane, Bronwyn D.
Nolen, Amanda L.
Smith, Bruce D.
Suter, W. Newton


Associate Professors
Burgin, John S.
Cellitti, Anarella.
Hughes, Gail D.
Hune, Jennifer B.
Hunt, Andrew
Layton, Kent
Leland, Katina M.
Lindsay, Anne C.
Sedivy-Benton, Amy
Vander Putten, Jim


Assistant Professor
Tate, Daryl, A.


Instructor
Pinneo, Lundon

The School of Education offers three bachelor of science in education (B.S.E.) degrees, the B.S.E. in elementary education K-6, the B.S.E. in special education K-12, and the B.S.E. in middle childhood education grades 4-8, which includes specialties in math, science, social studies, and language arts. A minor in education is offered through the School of Education as well. For details about education licensure content areas, see the licensure officer in the College of Education and Health Professions.

The department strives to provide balanced teacher education programs that embody institutional and college goals, the Arkansas Department of Education teacher licensure requirements, guidelines of learned societies and professional associations, and contemporary educational philosophies and practices.

UA Little Rock School of Education

General Information

The department also offers master of education degrees (M.Ed.) in curriculum and instruction, middle childhood education, reading, and special education. The department offers a graduate certificate and an educational specialist degree (Ed.S.) in reading, and a Ph.D. in reading. The School of Education also offers an initial licensure program at the graduate level for students already holding bachelor’s degrees who desire teacher licensure. More information about the graduate level programs may be obtained from the department or from the UA Little Rock Graduate Catalog.


Exit Requirements

(See program requirements for specific exit requirements) In order to graduate with a degree from a program in teacher education and to be licensed, students must meet all general graduation requirements and earn a grade of C or greater in all professional education courses. Documentation of successful completion of all required Praxis examinations must be provided as a condition for graduation from the undergraduate elementary program, middle childhood program, special education program, and the education minor. Students must submit complete Praxis exam scores to the College of Education and Health Professions as documentation of their successful completion of these tests.

Arkansas’ definition of program completers for Title II reporting purposes has been changed. It requires completion of a degree program and successful performance on all required sections of required tests.


PRAXIS Core Information for Education Students

Visit www.ets.org/praxis/register to register for a Praxis Core exam.

Computer-delivered  Test Code Test Title Minutes Price
5751 Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined  300 $150
5712 Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 85 $90
5722 Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 100 $90
5732 Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 85 $90
Computer-based testing located at:

Prometric Testing Center
8114 Cantrell Rd, Suite 175
Little Rock, AR 72227
Phone: 501-663-8280

Please indicate on your registration form to have your scores sent to UA Little Rock CODE- 6368.

Practice information can be found under the Quick Link, “Prepare for a Test.” Visit the following website if you need financial assistance. Fee waivers are available to those who qualify. https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/fee_waivers

Overview of Arkansas Testing Requirements: http://www.ets.org/praxis/ar

Passing Scores (must pass ALL sections)
  • Reading- 156
  • Mathematics – 150
  • Writing – 162

Note: Any section not passed may be retaken after 21 days for $90.


Application for Admission to the BSE in Elementary Education K-6

The following are minimum criteria for consideration for admission to the program. For admission to Fall and Spring Block I, all applicants must

  1. be formally admitted to UA Little Rock.
  2. have completed RHET 1311 and 1312 English Composition, SPCH 1300, MATH 1321 or 1302 with a grade of C or greater in each of these courses;
  3. have completed all core requirements with an overall degree plan cumulative GPA of at least 2.7; or have completed an Associates degree from an accredited college that meets university core requirements; Contact the Student Transfer Services office (501-682-1286) for more information; and
  4. submit passing scores on the Praxis Core exam.

Contact the Undergraduate Advisor for Teacher Education, DKSN 300 (501) 569-3124, to complete the admission application.


Retention

Retention decisions are the responsibility of the faculty. Once admitted, students are required to maintain a 2.75 grade point average, with at least a C in all courses specific to the elementary program. In addition, students’ professional behaviors, content knowledge, and classroom performance will be evaluated throughout the program. Successful completion of the licensure program is not based solely on the number of course credits, but requires demonstration of specified professional knowledge, skills, and behaviors. While a student may require additional time to meet some performance expectations, the faculty may limit that time and reserves the right to remove a student from the program should appropriate progress not be demonstrated.


Application for Admission to the BSE in Middle Childhood Education

The following are minimum criteria for consideration for admission to the program:

For admission to Fall and Spring Block I, all applicants must
  1. be formally admitted to UA Little Rock.
  2. have completed RHET 1311 and 1312 English Composition, SPCH 1300, MATH 1321 or 1302 (see advisor) with a grade of C or greater in each of these courses; and
  3. have completed all core requirements with an overall degree plan cumulative GPA of 2.70 or greater or 3.0 in the last 50 hours. Students seeking admission to the college with associate’s degrees designed for transfer (Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching, and some Associate of Science degrees) should refer to the “Community College Transfers” information appearing later in this section.
  4. pass Praxis Praxis CORE.
  5. contact the Undergraduate Advisor in Teacher Education, DKSN 300 (501) 569-3124, to complete the admission application.
For admission to Fall and Spring Block II, all applicants must
  1. satisfactorily complete all Block I requirements with an overall GPA of 2.70 or greater,
  2. achieve a passing scores on the Praxis content exams, and
  3. contact the Undergraduate Advisor in Teacher Education, DKSN 300 (501) 569-3124, to complete the admission application.

Retention

Retention decisions are the responsibility of the faculty. Once admitted, students are required to maintain a 2.75 grade point average, with at least a C in all courses specific to the middle childhood program. In addition, students’ professional behaviors, content knowledge, and classroom performance will be evaluated throughout the program. Successful completion of the licensure program is not based solely on the number of course credits, but requires demonstration of specified professional knowledge, skills, and behaviors. While a student may require additional time to meet some performance expectations, the faculty may limit that time and reserves the right to remove a student from the program should appropriate progress not be demonstrated.


Application for Admission to the BSE in Special Education

For admission to Teacher Education and Professional Prep I courses, all applicants must:

  • be formally admitted to UA Little Rock.
  • have completed RHET 1311 and 1312 English Composition, SPCH 1300, MATH 1302 (see advisor) with a grade of C or greater in each of these courses; and
  • have completed all core requirements with an overall degree plan cumulative GPA of 2.70 or greater or 3.0 in the last 50 hours. Students seeking admission to the college with associate’s degrees designed for transfer (Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching, and some Associate of Science degrees) may be fully admitted with audit for equivalent Core Courses and Passing Praxis scores upon full admission to UA Little Rock. Please refer to the “Community College Transfers” information appearing later in this section.
  • pass Praxis CORE.

For admission to Professional Prep II courses, all applicants must satisfactorily complete all Professional Prep I requirements with an overall GPA of 2.75 or greater.

For admission to Professional Prep III Internship I, all applicants must:

  • satisfactorily complete all Professional Prep II requirements with an overall GPA of 2.75 or greater
  • achieve passing scores on the Praxis II content exam.

For admission to Professional Prep IV Internship II, all applicants must:

  • satisfactorily complete all Professional Prep III requirements with an overall GPA of 2.75 or greater
  • satisfactorily complete Internship I.

Retention

Retention decisions are the responsibility of the faculty. Once admitted, students are required to maintain a 2.70 grade point average, with at least a C in all courses specific to the middle childhood program. In addition, students’ professional behaviors, content knowledge, and classroom performance will be evaluated throughout the program. Successful completion of the licensure program is not based solely on the number of course credits, but requires demonstration of specified professional knowledge, skills, and behaviors. While a student may require additional time to meet some performance expectations, the faculty may limit that time and reserves the right to remove a student from the program should appropriate progress not be demonstrated.

Legal Reqs: Elementary, Middle Childhood, and Special Education

Students who have been formally admitted to the program must complete Criminal records check: state civil record check and FBI record check before being placed in the field. The student is responsible for the fees associated with these checks (See Licensure Officer for correct paperwork).


Graduation Reqs: Elementary, Middle Childhood, and Special Education

  • Completion of all courses on degree plan with grades as required and passing scores on all required Praxis exams (see Licensure Officer for correct Praxis exams to take) and the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).
  • Entry of all required artifacts into Chalk and Wire and submission of these artifacts for assessment in Chalk and Wire.
  • Submission of Graduation Application on Boss by announced deadline.

Licensure

Applicants must provide the following items to the College of Education and Health Professions Licensure Officer:

  • A completed license application form.
  • An official UA Little Rock transcript showing the date the degree was granted.
  • Official transcripts from all other institutions attended.
  • Appropriate Praxis scores.
  • Complete background checks for State Police, FBI, and Child Maltreatment Central Registry.

For more information concerning licensure, contact the College of Education and Health Professions Licensure Officer, Dickinson Hall, Room 323.


Second Language Requirements for B.S.E. Students

There is no second language requirement for either program.


Community College Transfers

Students transferring to UA Little Rock from two-year colleges are subject to these provisions (See “Transfer Students” section for requirements for admission of transfer students). Students must first consult with Academic Advising to articulate transfer coursework prior to being admitted to the College of Education and Health Professions. Students must schedule an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor in Teacher Education, DKSN 300 (501) 569-3124, to pursue admission to elementary and middle childhood programs. Students must meet admission requirements listed above per program sought. If a student has completed the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) at a two year institution, core requirements at UA Little Rock will be met.


Students Who Transfer from Four-Year Institutions

These provisions listed for community college transfers may also apply to transfer work from four-year institutions that are either accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) formerly known as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or approved as teacher education institutions by the state in which they are located.


Center for Applied Studies in Education

The Center for Applied Studies in Education (CASE) is an independent research and evaluation unit within the College of Education and Health Professions. The Center specializes in research involving education and human service issues. It provides research design; data collection, processing and analysis; statistical support; grant and report writing; program evaluation; and measurement procedures and instrument design services to local, state, and national agencies.

The center’s staff collaborates in research and training with UA Little Rock and UAMS faculty and students, and the Arkansas Department of Education’s Special Education Division, as well as with other state and national education and human service organizations. Current grants and contracts provide research and evaluation support to national government agencies and the state educational community. The CASE faculty participates in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses through the Department of Teacher Education.


Center for Literacy

The mission of the Center for Literacy is to use literacy as a tool for meeting the following goals:

  • Prepare students to assume leadership roles for influencing literacy at local, state and national levels.
  • Offer a framework for implementing learning communities within schools and regions where students can collaborate on literacy projects.
  • Advocate for reading specialists, Reading Recovery teachers, and Literacy Coaches in all schools by making graduate coursework more accessible to students across the state.
  • Promote research initiatives between faculty and schools.
  • Provide services to the community, schools, and state to address literacy-related issues, including annual conferences, literacy academies, and summer institutes.
  • Provide intellectual resources for supporting literacy efforts within schools.
  • Continue to build partnerships at the national and professional levels in order to advocate for effective literacy practices, early intervention services for struggling readers, and reading specialists in all schools.
  • Increase opportunities for faculty to collaborate on literacy -related projects and research.
  • Publish scholarly materials, including a peer-refereed online journal that focuses on school-based research, technical reports on literacy, and other documents that illustrate university and school partnerships.

The UA Little Rock Center for Literacy provides a structure for integrating five interrelated elements: teaching professional development, research and scholarly activity, technology, and partnerships. For additional information call (501) 683-7343.


Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education

The Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education, located in SUA 101, provides the following programs or services:

  • AP Summer Institutes
  • Arkansas Advanced Placement Professional Development Center
  • Arkansas Evaluativ
  • e Initiative
  • Center for Gifted Education
  • Duke Talent Identification Ceremony
  • Summer Laureate for Youth (SLUFY)

For additional information, call (501) 569-3410.


Federal Title II Survey

Six components are identified in Arkansas Title II Regulations for a “well-performing institution,” UA Little Rock meets all six criteria:

  1. A summary pass rate of at least 80%.
  2. A content major for secondary education for those who complete the program.
  3. Student/Faculty supervision ratio does not exceed 18 to 1.
  4. Number of weeks of student teaching is not less than 12 weeks.
  5. The institution conducts an annual comprehensive unit assessment of teacher preparation.
  6. The institution is not placed on probation by NCATE.

The following institutional report is made available in compliance with section 207F of Title II regarding the performance of the teacher preparation program at UA Little Rock for the 2006-2007 cohort of students.

For further information and subject specific pass rates, visit the College of Education and Health Professions website.


Institutional and State Pass Rates

Aggregate Basic Skills: 100% / 100%
Aggregate Professional Knowledge: 100% / 100%
Aggregate Academic Content: 100% / 100%
Summary Totals and Pass Rate: 100% / 100%


BSE Elementary Education K-6

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. Recommended First Year Colloquium course is TCED 1100 Intro to Teaching and Learning.

Core (35)

Must be completed before admission into this program as well as passing the Praxis 1 examination.

Second Language Proficiency (none required)
Major (85 hours)
Floating Block (10 hours)

Can be taken before entering the program, during the summer, or anytime during the program

HHPS 3330 Teaching PK-6 Physical Education
MUED 3232 Elementary Classroom Music
ARED 3245 Art for Elementary Teachers
HIST 4355 History of Arkansas

Program Courses (75 hours)

Formal admission to the ELEM program is required to take any of the following courses

Block I (17 hours)

ELEM 2200 Field Exp. I Grades K-2
ELEM 2300 Foundations of Elem. Ed.
ELEM 2301 Children’s Literature K-6
ELEM 2302 Child Growth & Dev.
ELEM 2303 Emergent Literacy
ELEM 2304 Integrated Science I

Block II (17 hours)

ELEM 3200 Field Exp. II Grades 3-4
ELEM 3300 Building Learning Environments
ELEM 3301 Integrated Lit & Lang. I
ELEM 3302 Social Studies Methods
TCED 4300 WS: Math Methods (K-3)
OR MATH 3380 Math Methods I
LANG 4324 Teach People Other Cult.*

Block III (17 hours)

ELEM 4200 Field Exp. III Grades 5-6
ELEM 4300 Assessment Methods K-6
ELEM 4301 Integrated Lit & Lang. II
ELEM 4302 Integrated Science II
MATH 3382 Math Methods II
SPED 4301 Ed. Exceptional Learners

Block IV (12 hours)

ELEM 4304 Internship Seminar I
ELEM 4600 Internship I Grades K-3
ELEM 4305 Collaboration w/ Families

Block V (12 hours)

ELEM 4306 Internship Seminar II
ELEM 4900 Internship II Grades 4-6

Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.

*Note: LANG 4323 Second Language Acquisition or LANG 4322 Teaching Second Languages may be substituted for LANG 4324.


BSE Middle Childhood Education

General: 120 minimum total hours, including a minimum 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. TCED 1100 is recommended.

Core (35 hours)

It is recommended that RHET 1311, RHET 1212, HIST 1311, and HIST 1312 be taken before or concurrently with ARHA 2310 and ARHA 2311.

Second Language Proficiency (none required)
Concentration Courses (36 hours)

Candidates must complete a minimum of 18 hours in two of the content areas listed below. Concentration courses are suggested based on required Praxis content knowledge examinations and must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Social Studies Concentration (18 hours)

HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
HIST 1312 History of Civilization II
HIST 2311 US History to 1877 OR HIST 2312 US History since 1877
POLS 1301 American National Government
ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
GEOG 1311 Physical Geography

Language Arts Concentration (18 hours)

RHET 1311 Composition I
RHET 1312 Composition II
ENGL 2337 World Literature
RHET 3301 Editing for Usage & Style
TCED 4300 Workshop*
ENGL or RHET Upper-Level Course – 3 hrs

Math Concentration (18 hours)

MATH 1302 College Algebra
MATH 1451 Calculus I OR MATH 1342 Business Calculus
MATH 2310 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 3383 Mathematics for Middle School
MATH 3384 Concepts in Geometry
MATH 4380 Concepts in Probability and Statistics

Science Concentration (20 hours)

Core science course – 4 hrs
Core science course – 4 hrs
Science course with lab – 4 hrs
Science course with lab – 4 hrs
IGSC 4401 Integrated Science Methods

* NOTE: These courses apply toward both the concentration and major course hour requirements.

Major (59 hours)
Formal admission to the Middle Childhood Education program is required to enroll in the following courses:
Fall Block I (16 hours)

MCED 4302 Introduction to Middle Level Education
TCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
MCED 3303 Middle Childhood Curriculum and Planning
MCED 3105 Field Experience I*
Concentration Methods Course**
Elective (3 Hrs)

Spring Block I (15 hours)

MCED 3430 Integrated Mid-Level Curriculum
SPED 4301 Education of Exceptional Learners
MCED 3240 Field Experience II *
Concentration Methods Course **
Elective (3 Hrs)

Summer (3 hours)

EDFN 3304 Assessment in the Middle School Curriculum

Fall Block II (13 hours)

MCED 4330 Classroom Management
MCED 4120 Licensure Seminar
MCED 4310 Mid-Level Content Literacy
MCED 4601 Internship I*

Spring Block II (12 hours)

TCED 4320 Interactive Technology for Middle School
MCED 4303 Professional Seminar
MCED 4602 Internship II*

NOTE: * Field Experience and Internship courses will consist of student observation and teaching in a public school classroom.
** These courses apply toward both the concentration and major course hour requirements. Concentration methods courses will depend on concentration areas selected: HIST 4397 (Social Studies), TCED 4300 (Language Arts), MATH 3383 (Math), IGSC 4401 (Science)

Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives

Students may take general elective courses to fulfill any remaining hours to reach the 120 minimum total hours, the 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or the 30 hours in residence.


BSE in Special Education

General: 122 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (1 hour)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. Recommended First Year Colloquium course is TCED 1100 Intro to Teaching and Learning.

Core (35 hours: University Core – 29 hours/CEHP College Core – 6 hours)

Must be completed before admission into this program as well as passing the Praxis Core examination.

Second Language Proficiency (6 hours)

3 hours of a second language is suggested and INTR 1320 American Sign Language I is recommended.

Major (87 hours)
Floating Block (9 hours) Candidates may enroll in these courses without FULL admission to the Special Education Program

Second Language, ASL, or ESL Requirement
TCED 1100 First Year Experience: Introduction to Teaching
SPED 3304 Multicultural Families and Community Partnerships
HIST 4355 Arkansas History

INTR 1320 American Sign Language I

Teacher Education Courses (18 hours)

SPED 4301 Education of Exceptional Learners Introduction to Special Education

ELEM 2302 Child Growth and Development

ELEM 3300 Building Learning Environments

READ 3322 Foundations of Literacy Instruction in Special Education
SCED 3383 Math and Science Methods
EDFN 3320 Educational Psychology

Professional Special Education (60 hours)

Professional Prep Courses Courses taken ONLY in First Summer in the Program (12 hours)
SPED 4312 Medical Problems in Child Development
SPED 4311 Behavior Management

Second or Subsequent summers in the program
SPED 4302 Assistive Technology in Special Education
SPED 4353 Transition and Life Adjustment

Professional Prep I (12 hours)
SPED 4343 Special Education Law
SPED 4306 Characteristics and Methods of Mild/ Moderate Disabilities
READ 4322 Literacy Assm. Of Students with Special Needs
AUSP 3360 Language Acquisition
SPED 4101 Field Experience I Mild Disabilities (CR)

Professional Prep II (12 hours)
SPED 4326 Assessment in Special Education
SPED 4328 Teaching Content in SPED
SPED 4330 Characteristics & Methods of Severe Disabilities
AUSP 4366 Language Disorders
SPED 4103 Field Experience II Severe Disabilities (CR)

Professional Prep III (12 hours)
SPED 4901 Internship I (K-6)
SPED 4331 Internship Seminar 1

Professional Prep IV (12 hours)
SPED 4902 Internship II (K-6)
SPED 4332 Internship Seminar 2

Minor (none required)

Unrestricted General Electives
Remaining hours, if any, to reach 122 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.

Courses in Education

To see the full listing of all undergraduate courses, select the relevant four-letter code to review the undergraduate courses within that discipline:

READ – Reading
ELEM – Elementary Education
MCED – Middle Childhood Education
SCED – Secondary Education
SPED – Special Education
TCED – Teacher Education