Department of Teacher Education

Dickinson Hall, Room 300A, (501) 569-3124, (501) 569-3023, (501) 569-8242, (fax), Website, View/Download PDF Version

Interim Chairperson:
Hune, Jennifer B., Associate Professor

Professor
Dorn, Linda J.
Hayn, Judith
Smith, Bruce

Associate Professors
Burgin, John S.
Cellitti, Anarella.
Clemmons, Karina
Hunt, Andrew
Layton, Kent
Lindsay, Anne C.
Nolen, Amanda L.
Wood, Betty K.

Assistant Professors
Fetterly, James
Hastings, Rascheel
Leland, Katina
Sedivy-Benton, Amy
Tucker, Sheri

The Department of Teacher Education offers two bachelor of science in education (B.S.E.) degrees, the B.S.E. in elementary education K-6 and the B.S.E. in middle childhood education, which includes specialties in math, science, social studies, and language arts. A minor in secondary education is offered through the teacher education department as well. For details about secondary 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.

General Information

The department also offers master of education degrees (M.Ed.) in curriculum and instruction, middle childhood education, reading, secondary education, and special education. The department offers a graduate certificate and an educational specialist degree (Ed.S.) in reading, and a Ph.D. in reading. secondary education, and middle childhood also offers an initial licensure programs at the graduate level for students already holding bachelors degrees who desire teacher licensure. More information about the graduate level programs may be obtained from the department or from the UALR 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 II examinations must be provided as a condition for graduation from the undergraduate elementary program, middle childhood program, and the secondary education minor. Students must submit complete Praxis II exam scores to the College of Education and Health Professions as documentation of their successful completion of these tests.

Arkansas’s 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 https:/ /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
$135
5712 Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading
85
$85
5722 Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing
100
$85
5732 Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics
85
$85
Praxis: Core Academic Skills: Two tests Registered for at the same time
varies
$125
    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 UALR 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 30 days for $85.


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

The following are minimum criteria for consideration for admission to the program. All applicants must

  1. be formally admitted to UALR;
  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 UALR’s core requirements; Contact UALR’s 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 Block I and Block II, all applicants must
  • be formally admitted to UALR;
  • 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
  • have completed all core requirements with an overall degree plan cumulative GPA of 2.75 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.
  • pass Praxis Praxis CORE.
  • contact the Undergraduate Advisor in Teacher Education, DKSN 300 (501) 569-3124, to complete the admission application.
For admission to Block II, all applicants must
  • satisfactorily complete all Block II requirements with an overall GPA of 2.75 or greater,
  • achieve a passing scores on the Praxis II content exams, and
  • contact the Undergraduate Advisor in Teacher Education, DKSN 300 (501) 569-3124, to complete the admission application.
For admission to Block III, all applicants must
  • satisfactorily complete all Block II requirements with an overall GPA of 2.75 or greater and
  • achieve a passing scores on the Praxis II content exams.
For admission to Block IV, all applicants must
  • satisfactorily complete all Block III requirements with an overall GPA of 2.75 or greater and
  • satisfactorily complete Internship I.

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.


Legal Requirements for Elementary/Middle Childhood Candidates

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 Requirements for Elementary/Middle Childhood Candidates

Completion of all courses on degree plan with grades as required and passing scores on all required Praxis II exams (see Licensure Officer for correct Praxis II 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 UALR transcript showing the date the degree was granted.
  • Official transcripts from all other institutions attended.
  • Appropriate Praxis II scores.
  • State Police and FBI record checks.

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 UALR 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 UALR’s 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 UALR 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 CAPE formally 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 UALR 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-referred online journal that focuses on school-based research, technical reports on literacy, and other documents that illustrate university and school partnerships.

The UALR 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,” UALR 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 UALR 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%

UALRTeach for mathematics and science majors

UALRTeach introduces science and mathematics majors to the teaching profession through early field experiences with mentor and master teachers. One degree: unlimited opportunities – learn how UALRTeach can expand your career options! Explore teaching through two one-hour, hands-on, tuition-reimbursed courses (SCED/IGSC 1101 Step 1 and SCED/IGSC 1102 Step 2). Additional courses required in the UALRTeach program emphasize the relationships between mathematics and science, while integrating teaching content and skills throughout the field-intensive curriculum.

    SCED/IGSC 1101 Step 1: Inquiry Teaching FYC
    SCED/IGSC 1102 Step 2: Inquiry Lesson Design
    SCED 3383 Knowing and Learning
    SCED 3384 Classroom Interactions
    SCED 4385 Perspectives of Science & Math
    IGSC 4386 STEM Methodologies
    SCED 4387 Project Based Instruction
    IGSC 4388 Functions and Modeling
    SCED 4689 Apprentice Teaching

This innovative teacher preparation program offers students seeking math or science degrees the opportunity to also earn a teaching license. Students receive early field experience and learn from mentor teachers while still pursuing their core degree. UALRTeach allows students to explore teaching as a career at no cost. Both of the one-credit courses below are available to UALR students who are thinking of majoring in science or math. Visit ualr.edu/ualrteach/ for additional information.


BSE Elementary Education

General: 120 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. (See page 36 for details) 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.)
See page 25 for requirement details.

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 P.E. (3 hrs.)
    OR TCED 4301WS: Health/Safety/PE (Sum only)
    MUED 3232 Elementary Classroom Music (2 hrs.)
    ARED 3245 Art for Elementary Teachers (2 hrs.)
    HIST 4355 History of Arkansas (3 hrs.)
Program Courses (76 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 (2 hrs.)
    ELEM 2300 Foundations of Elem. Ed. (3 hrs.)
    ELEM 2301 Lit & Info Texts K-6 (3 hrs.)
    ELEM 2302 Child Growth & Dev. (3 hrs.)
    ELEM 2303 Emergent Literacy (3 hrs.)
    ELEM 2304 Integrated Science I (3 hrs.)


Block II (17 hours)

    ELEM 3200 Field Exp. II Grades 3-4 (2 hrs.)
    ELEM 3300 Building Learning Environments
    ELEM 3301 Integrated Lit & Lang. I (3 hrs.)
    ELEM 3302 Social Studies Methods (3 hrs.)
    MATH 3380 Math Methods I (3 hrs.)
    LANG 4324 Teach People Other Cult. (3 hrs.)*


Block III (17 hours)

    ELEM 4200 Field Exp. III Grades 5-6 (2 hrs.)
    ELEM 4300 Assessment Methods K-6 (3 hrs.)
    ELEM 4301 Integrated Lit & Lang. II (3 hrs.)
    ELEM 4302 Integrated Science II (3 hrs.)
    MATH 3382 Math Methods II (3 hrs.)
    SPED 4301 Ed. Exceptional Learners (3 hrs.)


Block IV (12 hours)

    ELEM 4304 Internship Seminar I (3 hrs.)
    ELEM 4600 Internship I Grades K-3 (6 hrs.)
    ELEM 4305 Collaboration w/ Families (3 hrs.)

Block V (12 hours)

    ELEM 4306 Internship Seminar II (3 hrs.)
    ELEM 4900 Internship II Grades 4-6 (9 hrs.)
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.


BSE Middle Childhood Education Language Arts/Social Studies Track

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 (See page 25 for requirement details.) TCED 1100 is recommended.

Core (35 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details. (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)
Major (55 hours)
Language Arts/Social Studies Specialty (36 hours)

Language Arts (18 hours)

    RHET 3301 Editing for Usage, Style & Clarity
    RHET 3 hours of 3000 or higher
    3 hours of Literature


Social Studies (18 hours)

    POLS 1310 American National Government
    HIST 4355 History of Arkansas
    GEOG 1311 Introduction of Physical Geography
    OR INST 2301 World Cultures
    ECON 3 hours of 3000 or higher


Self-contained Classroom Preparation (3 hours)

    MATH 1302 College Algebra or 1315, College Mathematics


(Whichever is not taken for core.)

Block I Intro to the Profession (13 hours)

    MCED 3301 Middle Level Philosophy, Trends, Family & Community
    SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
    MCED 3303 Curriculum and Planning
    MCED 3105 Field Experience I
    Concentration Methods Course

Block II Curriculum Applications (19 hours)

    MCED 3310 Middle Level Literacy and Literature
    MCED 3430 Integrated Middle Level Curriculum
    SPED 4301 Education of Exceptional Learners
    MCED 3240 Field Experience II
    Concentration Methods Course
    Summer Course (3 hours)
    EDFN 3304 Assessment in the Middle School Curriculum

Block III Professional Practicum I (13 hours)

    MCED 4330 Classroom Management
    MCED 4120 Licensure Seminar
    MCED 4310 Middle Level Content Literacy
    MCED 4601 Internship I

Block III Professional Practicum I (12 hours)

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

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.


BSE Middle Childhood Education Math/Science Track

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 (See page 25 for requirement details.) TCED 1100 is recommended.

Core (35 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details. (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)
Major (62 hours)
Math/Science Specialty (21 hours)

Mathematics (18 hours)

    MATH 1303 Trigonometry
    MATH 2310 Discrete Math
    Math 1451 OR MATH 1342 OR MATH 1311
    MATH 1302 College Algebra

Laboratory Science (18 hours)
    4 additional hours of Science
    8 hours of Science NOT taken in the core


State Department Requirement (3 hours)

    HIST 4355 History of Arkansas
Block I Intro to the Profession (13 hours)

    MATH 3383 Mathematics for the Middle School
    MCED 3301 Middle Level Philosophy, Trends, Family & Community
    SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
    MCED 3303 Curriculum and Planning
    MCED 3105 Field Experience I

Block II Curriculum Applications (19 hours)

    IGSC 4401 Integrated Science Methods
    MATH 3384 Concepts of Geometry
    MCED 3310 Middle Level Literacy and Literature
    MCED 3430 Integrated Middle Level Curriculum
    SPED 4301 Education of Exceptional Learners
    MCED 3240 Field Experience II

Summer Course (3 hours)

    EDFN 3304 Assessment in the Middle School Curriculum

Block III Professional Practicum I (15 hours)

    MCED 4330 Classroom Management
    MATH 4380 Concepts in Probability and Statistics
    MCED 4120 Licensure Seminar
    MCED 4310 Middle Level Content Literacy
    MCED 4501 Internship I

Block III Professional Practicum I (12 hours)

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

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), and/or 30 hours in residence.