Department of Teacher Education

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Interim Chairperson:
Hune, Jennifer B., Associate Professor

Professor
Dorn, Linda J.

Associate Professors
Burgin, John S.
Cellitti, Anarella.
Hayn, Judith
Hunt, Andrew
Lindsay, Anne C.
Nolen, Amanda L.
Wood, Betty K.

Assistant Professors
Bennett, Sheri
Clemmons, Karina
Fetterly, James
Sedivy-Benton, Amy

The Department of Teacher Education offers two bachelor of science in education (B.S.E.) degrees, the B.S.E. in early childhood education and the B.S.E. in middle childhood education, which includes specialties in math/science and social studies/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.

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, early childhood education, 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, Middle Childhood, and Early 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 early childhood program, middle childhood program, and the secondary education minor. Students must submit complete Praxis II exam scores to the College of Education 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.

Bachelor of Science in Education Early Childhood Education

General: 129 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 (44 hours)

(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 (6 hours)

3 hours of a second language and 3 hours of English as a Second Language. See page 26 for details.

Major (85 hours)

Floating Block (12 hours)

State and National Accreditation Requirements that can be taken any time before graduation

    Second Language, ASL, or ESL Requirement
    3 hours of Arkansas History
    HHPS 3330 Teaching PK – 5 Physical Ed
    PVYS 2301 Intro to Poverty Studies
Program Courses (73 hours)
Block I (16 hours)

    ECED 2200 Field Experience I
    ECED 2300 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
    ECED 2301 Language and Literature and Literacy I
    ECED 2302 Child Growth and Development
    TCED 4204 Educational Technology
    ECED 3304 Integrated Science: Preschool and Primary

Block II (16 hours)

    ECED 3200 Field Experience II
    ECED 3300 Guiding Young Children
    ECED 3301 Language, Literature, and Literacy II
    LANG 4324 Teaching People of other Cultures
    MATH 3380 Mathematics I for Early Childhood
    MUED 3232 Early Childhood Music

Block III (17 hours)

    ECED 3201 Field Experience III
    ECED 3302 Language, Literature, and Literacy III
    ARED 3345 Public School Art
    MATH 3382 Mathematics II for Early Childhood
    ECED 4399 Early Childhood Assessment
    SPED 4301 Education of Exceptional Learners

Block IV (12 hours)

    ECED 4301 Internship Seminar I
    ECED 4600 Internship I
    ECED 4306 Early Childhood Social Studies
    Block V (12 hours)
    ECED 4307 Internship Seminar II
    ECED 4901 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.


Bachelor of Science in Education Middle Childhood Education Language Arts/Social Studies Track

General: 136 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 (44 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 (6 hours)

6 hours of a second language or English as a second Language in any combination or level. See page 26 for details.

Major (83 hours)

Language Arts/Social Studies Specialty (21 hours)
Language Arts (9 hours)

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

Social Studies (12 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)

    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), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Education Middle Childhood Education Math/Science Track

General: 136 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 (44 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 (6 hours)

6 hours of a second language or English as a second Language in any combination or level. See page 26 for details.

Major (62 hours)

Math/Science Specialty (21 hours)
Mathematics (9 hours)

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

Laboratory Science (12 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), or 30 hours in residence.


Courses in Reading (READ)

READ 0310 College Reading
A combined lecture/reading lab course designed to improve reading vocabulary and comprehension strategies needed for success in college. Students required to take this course must complete it satisfactorily before enrolling in RHET 1312 Composition II. A, B, C, NC. Three credit hours.

READ 1310 College Study Skills
Prerequisite: READ 0310 if required. Provides practical instruction in skills needed for success and retention in college. Three credit hours.

READ 1311 Reading for Academic Content
Prerequisite: READ 0310 if required. A combination laboratory and lecture course designed for students who want practical information on improving their reading rate and comprehension. Students will be introduced to scholastic reading strategies and methods for use in their other college courses. Three credit hours.