Secondary Teacher Licensure

Karina Clemmons, EdD, Program Coordinator, (501) 569-3124, krclemmons@ualr.edu

Students interested in teaching in secondary education in Arkansas must be licensed by the state in a state-approved subject area. UALR programs in secondary teacher education are designed to prepare students for licensure. Candidates for licensure must pass examinations mandated by the state, and pass a criminal background check.

Secondary Teacher Licensure Areas

All secondary education programs have several components: university core requirements, an 18-hour Secondary Education Minor, and a major in a content area (such as Art, English, Math, or Biology, etc.). Some programs also require additional courses, blocks of courses, or other special minors related to the licensure area. Programs in which a Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded include a second language proficiency requirement. See “Second Language Requirement” in the Degree Requirements Section.

All students must have a minimum of 120 hours (including 45 hours of upper-level courses) to graduate. Because these requirements often overlap and are complicated in other ways, early and careful planning is necessary to complete the programs in four years. Students are encouraged to contact a faculty advisor in their area of interest as early as possible after acceptance to UALR. The components of the secondary education programs are described below. Course descriptions, numbers, and titles are found in the catalog sections for the departments offering the courses.


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University Core Requirements

A student seeking a baccalaureate degree must complete a total of 44 hours in core courses. (Will be 35 credit hours in January 2015.) Options within the core may be restricted by the content majors, associated blocks of courses, or special minors in some licensure areas. A student should consult the requirements of his or her licensure area before selecting core courses.

Retention

Once admitted, students are required to maintain a 2.75 grade point average, with at least a “C” in all professional courses (this includes all courses associated with the licensure/degree plan). 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.

Once the student has begun the program, periodic evaluations will assess progress. Failure to progress satisfactorily might result in a student being removed from the program. While a student may require additional time to meet some performance expectations, the faculty may limit that time and reserves the right to drop a student from the licensure program should appropriate progress not be demonstrated.
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Minor in Secondary Education UALRTeach (18 Hours) 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. See content area for required courses in the major.

Praxis Exams:

Praxis Core: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12 or content pedagogy test Praxis II: All Content exams (listed on the following pages for each licensure area)

The Secondary Education UALRTeach Minor is required for students seeking licensure in math and science content areas and should not be confused with other blocks of courses or special minors required in some licensure areas.

Admission Requirements:
  • 2.75 GPA;
  • Completion of the following core courses with a grade of C or greater:
    • MATH 1302 OR 1315, RHET 1311 AND 1312, SPCH 1300
  • Passing scores on the Praxis I exam (current pass scores, but subject to change):
    • Reading 172 or above, Writing 173 or above, Mathematics 171 or above
Minor Prerequisites: (2 hours)
    SCED/IGSC 1101 Step 1: Inquiry Teaching FYC
    SCED/IGSC 1102 Step 2: Inquiry Lesson Design
Minor Courses: (18 hours)
    SCED 3383 Knowing and Learning
    SCED 3384 Classroom Interactions
    IGSC 4386 STEM Methodologies
    SCED 4387 Project Based Instruction
    SCED 4689 Apprentice Teaching
Minor in Secondary Education (18 Hours)
    Praxis Exams:

    Praxis Core: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
    Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12
    Praxis II: All Content exams (listed on the following pages for each licensure area)

The Secondary Education Minor is required in all programs and should not be confused with other blocks of courses or special minors required in some licensure areas.

Block I: Career Awareness Semester

Admission Requirements: 2.75 GPA; Completion of 60 hours; Completion of the following core courses with a grade of C or greater:

  • MATH 1302 OR 1315, RHET 1311 AND 1312, SPCH 1300
  • Passing scores on the Praxis Core exam
Block I Course Requirements: (3 hours)
    SCED 3210 Instructional Skills and Assessment
    SCED 3110 Instructional Skills Practicum
Block II: Mastery of Principles of Learning and Teaching
    Admission Requirements: 2.75 GPA; a grade of C or greater in all Block I courses.
    Block II Course Requirements: (6 hours)
    SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
    SCED 4122 Adolescent Diversity Practicum
    SCED 4123 Adolescents with Special Needs
    SCED 4124 Classroom Management
Block III: Student Teaching

Admission Requirements: 2.75 GPA; a grade of C or greater in all Block II Classes; Passing scores on Praxis II Content Exams.
Block III Course Requirements: (9 hours)

    TCED 4600 Student Teaching
    SCED 4330 Reflective Teaching

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Content Components

See “Content Components”

Minor in Secondary Education (18 hours) Fast-Track option

Fast-Track Option:

In order to complete Block I and Block II simultaneously, known as Fast Tracking, students must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Admission requirements for Block I and II, with the exception that Block I and Block II coursework will be completed simultaneously, instead of Block I coursework as a prerequisite to Block II, including a “C” or greater in MATH 1302 or 1315, RHET 1311 and 1312, and SPCH 1300,
  • Completion of a minimum of 80 hours prior to admission to the minor,
  • GPA of 3.5 or above,
  • Passing Praxis Core and Praxis II (Content) scores,
  • Completion of or concurrent enrollment in specialized instructional methods course prior to or concurrent with the semester of Fast Tracking,
  • Writing sample that demonstrates writing competency evaluated by SCED faculty member and faculty content advisor, and
  • Interview with SCED faculty and faculty content advisor with a favorable recommendation from both.

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Core Requirements for Bachelor Degrees with Secondary Teacher Licensure
    RHET 1311 Composition I
    RHET 1312 Composition II
    SPCH 1300 Speech Communication

Social Sciences (15 hours)

    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
    HIST 1312 History of Civilization II
    One course (3 hours) from the following:
    HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877
    HIST 2312 U.S. History since 1877
    POLS 1310 American National Government
    Two courses (6 hours) from the following:
    ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology
    GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies
    GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography
    PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
    RELS 2305 World Religions
    MCOM 2330 Mass Media and Society
    SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology
    CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
    POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science

Math (3 hours)

    MATH 1321 Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning-(non-STEM majors)
    MATH 1302 College Algebra

Science (8 hours)

    ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology
    ASTR 1301 Introduction to Astronomy
    and ASTR 1101 Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory
    BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
    BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
    CHEM 1409 Chemistry and Society
    ERSC 1302 Physical Geology
    and ERSC 1102 Physical Geology Laboratory
    ERSC 1303 Historical Geology
    and ERSC 1103 Historical Geology Laboratory

Fine Arts/Humanities (9 hours)

    One course (3 hours) from the following:
    ENGL 2337 World Literature
    ENGL 2338 World Literature Themes
    PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society
    Two of the following courses (6 hours):
    MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music
    ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art
    THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance

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Praxis Series Tests

Students in all programs must pass several standardized exams mandated by the State of Arkansas, The Praxis Series: Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers, developed by Educational Testing Services, Inc. Successful completion of the Praxis Core is required for admission to Block II of the Secondary Education Minor.

In order to complete the Secondary Education Minor, students must also pass the Praxis II pedagogy exam (Principles of Learning and Teaching) and all required Praxis II content exams within their licensure area. The content exams, listed on the following pages, are those required by the State of Arkansas at the time of publication of this catalog but are subject to change. Students who do not pass the exams are ineligible to graduate under a secondary education program degree plan with a minor in secondary education and are ineligible for teaching licensure. In such cases, students may qualify to graduate under another degree plan, although additional course work may be required.

Students should consult an advisor in their licensure content area before registering to take exams.

Students must submit completed “Praxis II” scores to the College of Education.
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Content Components

All programs require the completion of a major in the chosen field and in some cases require additional courses, blocks of courses, or other special minors. When the hours accumulated within a content area, taken together with university core hours, second language hours, and the 18 hours in the Secondary Education minor do not total 120 (of which at least 45 are upper-level), students must take additional general electives.

Licensure Area: Art

Praxis II Licensure Exams:
    Art: Content Knowledge – 10135
    Principles of Learning and Teaching in any area – 20621, 20623, 20624
Students must major in art, completing the following curriculum (64 hours)
    Foundations (15 hours)
    ARST1310 Basic Drawing
    ARST1315 2-D Design
    ARST 2310 Figure Drawing
    ARST 2315 3-D Design
    ARST 2318 Designing with New Technologies
    Studio (27 Hours)
    ARST 3310 Advanced Drawing I
    ARST 3320 Painting I
    ARST 3330 Printmaking I
    ARST 3340 Graphic Design I
    or ARST 3380 Illustration
    ARST 3350 Ceramics I
    ARST 3360 Sculpture I
    ARST 3370 Photography I
    ARST 3312 Crafts I
    3 hours of ARST electives
    Art History (15 Hours)
    ARHA 2310 Survey of the History of Art I
    ARHA 2311 Survey of the History of Art II
    ARHA 2312 Survey of Non-Western Art
    Two additional ARHA courses, excluding 2200, 4302, and 4303
    Art Education (10 hours)
    ARED 3316 Teaching Art in the Secondary School
    ARED 3345 Public School Art
    ARED 4325 Foundations in Art Education
    ARED 4194 Independent Study (Student teaching)

Students in the bachelor of arts in art/secondary education program who want to enroll in a master of arts in art or master of fine arts program after graduation need to take additional studio and art history course work at the undergraduate level.

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Licensure Area: English Language Arts

Praxis II Licensure Exams:
    English Language
    English Language Literature and Composition: Content and Analysis – 20044
    English Pedagogy – 20043

Students must major in English (a 33-hour program) in keeping with the following curriculum:

    Required Courses (21 hours)
    ENGL 3330 Approaches to Literature
    ENGL 3331 Major British Writers I
    ENGL 3332 Major British Writers II
    ENGL 3311 History of the English Language
    ENGL 3312 Grammatical Analysis of the English Language
    ENGL 3360 Selected Topics (when taught as Studies in World Literature)
    ENGL 4199 Career Perspectives
    ENGL 4202 Teaching Literature in the Secondary Schools

Additional English Requirements (12 hours total) to include:

    American Literature (3 hours)
    ENGL 3321 American Literature I
    ENGL 3322 American Literature II
    ENGL 3323 American Literature III
    African-American Literature (3 hours)
    ENGL 3326 African-American Literature I
    ENGL 3327 African-American Literature II

Upper-level (3000-4000) English Electives (6 hours)
Additional Competencies beyond required English hours (8 hours)

RHET 4202 Teaching Writing in the Secondary Schools
RHET 3317 Introduction to Nonfiction Writing
Adolescent Literature (3 hours)
RHET 1312 (when the topic is Writing about Children and Their
Literature)
RHET 4347 (when the topic is Writing for Children and Families)
SCED 4316 Adolescent Literature
ENGL 4375 Adolescent Literature

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Licensure Area: Music

Praxis II Licensure Exams:
    Music: Content and Instruction – 10114

Music candidates may take any level of Principles of Learning and Teaching – 20621, 20623, 20624

Students must major in music with an emphasis in applied music and meet with the Music Department Chair each semester for advising.

Music Major (59 hours)
    MUTH 2381 Music Theory I
    MUTH 2391 Music Theory II
    MUTH 3381 Music Theory III
    MUTH 2291 Aural Skills I
    MUTH 2292 Aural Skills II
    MUTH 3231 Form and Analysis

Music Ensemble (4 hours)
Applied Study (4 hours)

Upper-level Applied Study (4 hours)

    MUTH electives (3 hours)
    MUHL 3322 Survey of Western Art Music
    MUHL 3381 American Music
    MUHL elective chosen from: 3351, 3361, 3370, 3371 (3 hours)

Six semesters of MUAP 1000 Recital Attendance

Music Education Emphasis (14 hours)

    MUAP 3224 Conducting I
    MUAP 3325 Conducting II
    MUED 3314 Vocal Pedagogy
    MUED 3315 Teaching Choral Music in the Secondary Schools
    MUED 3322 Music in the Elementary Grades

Six hours of Music electives

Students in the secondary education track are strongly encouraged to take either MUTH 4310 Arranging or MUTH 4320 Composition I as the theory elective.

Additionally, students are required to take MUHL 3322 Survey of Western Art Music, MUHL 3381 American Music, complete at least two semesters in MUEN 4113 Concert Choir, and enroll in MUEN 4140 Community Choir each semester they are enrolled in this emphasis.

Students in the secondary education track are required to demonstrate piano/keyboard proficiency. For students with little or no piano/keyboard background, it may be necessary to take up to 8 hours of piano/keyboard classes MUAP 1214 Piano Class I, 1244 Piano Class II, 2284 Class Piano III, and 3265 Piano Skills to fulfill this requirement.

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Licensure Area: Foreign Language

Praxis II Licensure Exams:

Spanish:

    Spanish: World Languages – 5195
    World Languages Pedagogy – 10841

Please note: Beginning October 1, 2010, the Praxis II for Spanish students will change. The new Praxis II test for Spanish Licensure will be 0195 – Spanish: World Language. It is a 2 hours and 45 minute test. The new pedagogy test for all foreign language candidates will be 0841 – World Languages Pedagogy. It is a 2 hours test.

French:

    French: World Languages – 5174
    World Languages Pedagogy – 10841

Please note: Beginning Oct,1, 2010, the Praxis II pedagogy test for all foreign language candidates will be 0841 – World Languages Pedagogy. It is a 2 hour test.

Students must major in Spanish or French and it is recommended that the student also minor in a field taught in secondary schools. English, social studies, and the arts are common combinations with foreign languages. An official ACTFL-certified Oral Proficiency Interview is required for all students seeking Teacher Licensure in French, German, or Spanish. Certification at the Advanced-low oral proficiency level as defined by ACTFL is required prior to admission to student teaching in a second language. See “Department of International & Second Language Studies” for details pertaining to each of the majors in foreign languages. Second Language Education Block (12 hours)

These courses provide the requirements for the Arkansas ESL endorsement. Any part of the block may be met by demonstration of competency.

    LANG 4322 Methods of Teaching Second Languages
    LANG 4323 Second Language Acquisition
    LANG 4324 Teaching People of Other Cultures
    LANG 4325 Second Language Assessment

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Licensure Area: Social Studies – History

Praxis II Licensure Exams:
    Social Studies: Content Knowledge – 10086
    Principles of Learning and Teaching – 20624

    History Major (30 hours)

    HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877
    HIST 2312 U.S. History since 1877
    HIST 4355 History of Arkansas
    HIST 4397 Teaching Applications
    3 hours U.S. History electives
    6 hours non-U.S. History electives (European ancient, Latin American, or Asian)
    3 hours Senior capstone seminar (taken after 90 total hours)
    6 hours upper level history electives

Social Studies Minor (21-30 hours):

If the following courses are not taken for the core, they must be taken as part of the social studies minor:

    ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
    POLS 1310 American National Government
    POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science

6 hours of behavioral sciences from:

    ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology
    PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
    SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology

6 hours of geography, the following are recommended:

    GEOG 2310 World Regions
    GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography

Licensure Area: Social Studies – Political Science

Praxis II Licensure Exams:
    Social Studies – Content Knowledge -10081
    Analytical Essays – 20082
    Principles of Learning and Teaching – 20524

    Political Science Major (33 hours)
    POLS 1310 American National Government
    POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science
    POLS 3350 Arkansas Government and Politics

At least three hours of POLS courses from each of the following sub-fields:

    American Political Institutions and Processes
    POLS 3300 American Political Parties
    POLS 3303 American State and Local Government
    POLS 3305 Elections and Public Opinion
    POLS 3310 Policy Process
    POLS 3320 The American Presidency
    POLS 3325 Legislative Process and Behavior
    Normative and Empirical Analysis
    POLS 3302 Methods of Political Inquiry
    POLS 3390 American Political Thought
    POLS 4380 Classical Political Theory
    POLS 4390 Modern Political Theory
    Constitutional Law
    POLS 4350 Constitutional Law: Governmental Powers
    POLS 4351 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
    Comparative Politics
    POLS 3360 Comparative Government: Western
    POLS 3370 Comparative Government: Developing Areas
    International Relations
    POLS 4320 American Foreign Policy
    POLS 4340 International Relations

9 additional upper level POLS hours

Social Studies Minor (21-30 hours)

    ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
    SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology
    GEOG 2310 World Regions
    GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography
    HIST 4355 Arkansas History
    HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877
    or 2312 U.S. History from 1877 (must be a course that is not taken as part of the University Core)
    POLS 4397 Social Studies Teaching Applications

If the following courses are not taken as part of the University Core, they must be taken as part of the Social Studies Minor.

    ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology
    PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience

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Licensure Area: K-12 Physical Education, Wellness, and Leisure Science (PEWL)

Praxis II K-12 PEWL Licensure Exams:

Health & Physical Education:

    Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge – 20856
    Physical Education: Content and Design – 20095
    Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) in any areas – 20621, 20623, 20624
    For the Coaching Endorsement – Test 20095 must be taken

Students must major in Health, Human Performance & Sport Management, completing the following curriculum:

    General Health, Human Performance & Sport Management Concentration Area (8 hours)
    HHPS 3401 Nutrition
    HHPS 3412 Applied Human Sciences
    or BIOL 1411 or 1412 Human Anatomy and Physiology
    Professional Area Requirements (55 hours)
    HHPS 2372 Care & Prevention of Injuries
    HHPS 3210 Individual Sports
    HHPS 3211 Health & Safety of Early Childhood
    HHPS 3212 Teaching Individual Sports II
    HHPS 3220 Teaching Team Sports
    HHPS 3222 Teaching Team Sports II
    HHPS 3302 Exercise Physiology
    HHPS 3310 Coaching Theory and Methodology
    HHPS 3320 History of Physical Education
    HHPS 3330 Teaching PK-5 Physical Education
    HHPS 3372 Advanced First Aid
    HHPS 3377 Drug Education K-12
    HHPS 3402 Kinesiology
    HHPS 3410 Biomechanics of Human Movement
    HHPS 3422 Exercise, Wellness, & Lifestyles
    HHPS 4340 Adapted Physical Ed. K-12
    HHPS 4350 Methods & Techniques of Teaching Physical Education 6-12
    HHPS 4379 Methods & Techniques of Teaching HLED
    HHPS 4384 Motor Development

Licensure Area: Mathematics

Praxis II Licensure Exams:
    Math Content Knowledge – 10061
    Math Proofs, Models and Problems – 20063
    Math Pedagogy – 20065

Students must earn either a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts in mathematics. See “Department of Mathematics & Statistics” for details about the BA and BS in Mathematics degrees. Contact an advisor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for details about specific course requirements.

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Licensure Area: Physical/Earth Sciences

Praxis II Licensure Exams:
    Earth Sciences: Content Knowledge – 20571
    Physical Science: Content Knowledge – 20481
    Physical Science: Pedagogy – 20483

Students must major in Chemistry, Geology, or Physics

    Chemistry Major (Bachelor or Arts)
    CHEM 1402/1403 General Chemistry I and II
    CHEM 2310/2311 Analytical Chemistry I and II
    CHEM 3350/3351 General Organic Chem I and II
    CHEM 3150/3151 General Organic Chem Lab 1 and II
    CHEM 3340 Inorganic Chemistry
    CHEM 3572 Life Sciences Physical Chemistry
    CHEM 4190 Seminar
    ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology
    and ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology
    ERSC 3310 Earth Materials
    ERSC 3320 Field Geology I
    ERSC 4411 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
    or ERSC 3430 Structural Geology
    ERSC 4323 Geology of Arkansas
    IGSC 4401 Integrated Science Methods
    PHYS 1321, 1322 Elementary Physics I and II
    PHYS 1121, 1122 Elementary Physics Lab I and II
    MATH 1302 College Algebra
    MATH 1303 Trigonometry
    Geology Major (Bachelor of Science)
    ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology lecture/lab
    ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology lecture/lab
    ERSC 3310 Earth Materials
    ERSC 3320 Field Geology I
    ERSC 3430 Structural Geology
    ERSC 3440 Sedimentology
    ERSC 4340 Stratigraphy
    ERSC 4190 Senior Seminar
    ERSC 4411 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
    ERSC 4320 Field Geology II or approved Geology Field Camp
    CHEM 1402/1403 General Chemistry I and II
    PHYS 1321/1121 Elementary Physics I/lab
    PHYS 1322/1122 Elementary Physics II/lab
    IGSC 4401 Integrated Science Methods
    MATH 1304 Calculus I
    6 hours from any combination MATH/CPSC/STAT
    Physics Major (Bachelor of Arts)
    ASTR 1301/1101 Intro to Astronomy/Lab
    ASTR 2301/2101 Scientific Computing/Image Processing
    PHYS 2321/2121 Physics for Scientists and Engineers/ Lab
    PHYS 2322/2122 Physics for Scientists and Engineers/ Lab
    PHYS 3323/3123 Physics for Scientists and Engineers/ Lab
    PHYS 3350 Electronics
    PHYS 3315 Teaching Physics in the Secondary Schools
    PHYS 4111 Advanced Lab
    PHYS 4190 Seminar
    ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology
    ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology
    ERSC 3310 Earth Materials
    or 3320 Field Geology I
    ERSC 4411 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, 3430 Structural Geology, 3440 Sedimentology, 3360 Paleobiology, or 3372 Surficial Hydrology
    IGSC 4401 Integrated Science & Methods
    CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
    CHEM 2310 Analytic Chemistry I
    CHEM 2311 Analytic Chemistry II
    CHEM 3350/3150 General Organic I/Lab or 3351/3151 General Organic II/Lab
    MATH 1304 Calculus I
    MATH 1305 Calculus II
    MATH 2306 Calculus III

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Licensure Area: Life/Earth Sciences

Praxis II Licensure Exams:
    Biology: Content Knowledge – 20235
    Biology: Pedagogy – 10234
    Earth Sciences: Content Knowledge – 20571

Students may major in either Biology or Geology.

    Biology Major (Bachelor of Science)

    BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology or 1401 Science of Biology
    BIOL 2401 Microbiology
    BIOL 2402 Botany
    BIOL 2403 Zoology
    BIOL 3100 Genetics Laboratory
    BIOL 3300 Genetics
    BIOL 3103 Principles of Ecology Lab
    BIOL 3303 Principles of Ecology
    BIOL 4190 Biology Seminar

    Biology Electives – 12 hours to include at least one course in organismal and cellular biology
    ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology
    ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology
    ERSC 3380 Oceanography
    or ERSC 3390 Weather Studies
    ERSC electives – 3 hours upper level
    PHYS 1310 Physical Concepts or 1321 Elementary Physics
    IGSC 4401 Integrated Science Methods

Must include 8 hours of freshman chemistry and four hours of organic chemistry (take sequence one or two).

    Sequence One
    CHEM 1400 Fundamental Chemistry I
    CHEM 1401 Fundamental Chemistry II
    CHEM 2450 Organic Chemistry – Short Course
    Sequence Two
    CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
    CHEM 3350/3150 General Organic Chemistry I

Geology Major (Bachelor of Science)

    ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology lecture/lab
    ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology lecture/lab
    ERSC 3310 Mineralogy
    ERSC 2320 Geologic Methods
    ERSC 3330 Structural Geology
    ERSC 3340 Sedimentology
    ERSC 4340 Stratigraphy
    ERSC 4190 Senior Seminar
    ERSC 4411 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
    ERSC 4626 Field Geology
    BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology or 1401 Science of Biology

    4-6 hours of BIOL courses at or above the 2000-level
    ERSC 3360 Paleobiology (may be counted as upper-level Biology hours)
    CHEM 1402,1403 General Chemistry I and II
    MATH 1304 Calculus I OR 1311 Applied Calculus I

    6 hours from any combination of MATH, CPSC, or STAT courses
    IGSC 4401 Integrated Science Methods

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Courses in Secondary Education (SCED)

SCED/IGSC 1101: Step 1-Inquiry Teaching (FYC)
This course satisfies the First-Year Colloquium (FYC). An introduction to the theory and practice necessary to design and deliver quality inquiry-based science and mathematics instruction that provides the scaffold for the early field experience. In this one hour credit course, the UALRTeach instructor or master teacher and the elementary school mentor teacher emphasize both inquiry and classroom management techniques. Step 1 invites candidates to explore teaching as a career. With the guidance of the instructor, in Step 1, candidates teach science or math lessons in upper elementary classrooms to obtain firsthand experience with planning and implementing inquiry-based curriculum. Master teachers teach Step 1, so candidates have direct access to accomplished teachers holding certificates who love teaching and who believe that teaching is a rewarding career choice. Local public school elementary classrooms provide the future teachers with a first taste of teaching in a supportive, diverse environment. Candidates shall be required to submit to a criminal background check. One-credit hour.

SCED/IGSC 1102: Step 2- Inquiry Lesson Design
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: SCED/IGSC 1101. This course (Step 2) continues the exploration of teaching careers in a middle school environment that began in SCED/IGSC 1101 (Step 1). In this one- hour credit course, students observe a lesson taught by a middle school mentor teacher, and then plan and teach three inquiry- based middle school lessons with a partner. Students build on and practice lesson design skills developed in the Step 1 course while also becoming familiar with science or mathematics curricula for the middle school setting. Students demonstrate their own content knowledge in developing the lesson plans. As a result of their classroom experiences, students reflect on the observation and their teaching. At the end of the Step 2 experience, students are generally ready to make a decision about whether they want to pursue a pathway to teacher certification. One-credit hour.

SCED 3110 Instructional Skills and Assessment Practicum
Prerequisite: acceptance into the secondary education minor. Corequisite: SCED 3210. This field placement requires 30 hours of observation and teaching activities in a local public school where students will apply basic instructional skills and assessments to teaching lessons within their content area. One credit hour.

SCED 3210 Instructional Skills and Assessment
Corequisite: SCED 3110. The basic instructional skills include how to utilize different approaches to teaching content and the assessment of learning for secondary students. Students develop pedagogical techniques, activities, and assessments that encourage and promote learning. Students test lesson plans, instructional skills, and selected teaching strategies in classes in area
secondary schools. Two credit hours.

SCED 3383 Knowing and Learning
Prerequisites or Co-requisites: SCED/IGSC 1102 and admission to the secondary education minor for science and mathematics. The goal of this course is to develop a powerful tool kit of approaches to knowing and learning in mathematics and science. This course focuses on issues of what it means to learn and know science and mathematics. Topics covered will include: standards of knowing, structures for knowing and learning, cross-disciplinary learning, concepts of assessment, and utilities of technology. Three-credit hours.

SCED 3384 Classroom Interactions
Prerequisites: SCED/IGSC 1102 grade of C or greater and admission to the secondary education minor for science and mathematics. An important focus of the course is on building awareness and understanding social equity issues and their effects on learning. Candidates are provided with frameworks for teaching students of diverse backgrounds equitably. Classroom Interactions is centered around a close examination of the interplay between teachers, students, and content, and how such interactions enable students to develop deep conceptual understanding. Three-credit hours.

SCED 4122 Classroom Management
Prerequisites: admission to Block 2 of the secondary education minor and concurrent registration in all Block 2 courses. Students will learn communications, organization, and human relation skills needed for creating a fair and productive classroom. One credit hour.

SCED 4123 Adolescents with Special Needs
Prerequisite: admission to Block 2 of the secondary education minor and concurrent registration in all Block 2 courses. Students learn strategies for modifying instruction for students with special needs and legal requirements for meeting the needs of special students. One credit hour.

SCED 4124 Adolescent Diversity Practicum
Prerequisite: admission to Block 2 of the secondary education minor and concurrent registration in all Block 2 courses. This field placement requires three hours a week of observation and teaching activities in a local public school. One credit hour.

SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
Prerequisites: admission to Block 2 of the secondary education minor and concurrent registration in all Block 2 courses; ANTH 2316, PSYC 2300 or the equivalent. Students use concepts of adolescent development and cultural diversity to develop curriculum, design lessons, and select teaching materials and techniques to meet the needs of students at different developmental stages and of different cultures. Three credit hours.

SCED 4330 Reflective Teaching and Professionalization
Prerequisites: Blocks 1 and 2 of the secondary education minor. Corequisite: TCED 4600. Students are expected to develop their capacity to be professional, reflective practitioners as they deal directly or indirectly with teaching, management, or communications encountered during student teaching. Three credit hours.

SCED 4100, 4200, 4300 Independent Study in Secondary Education
Prerequisite: admission to teacher education program or consent of instructor. An in-depth study of special education problems in the junior or senior high school. One, two, or three credit hours.

SCED 4385 Perspectives
Prerequisites: SCED 3383 Knowing and Learning and admission to the secondary education minor for science and mathematics. Perspectives on Science and Mathematics explores a selection of topics and episodes in the history of science and mathematics. The course illustrates how knowledge has often emerged through many struggles, against obstinate resistance, and within cultural, religious, and social structures. Candidates are brought to understand that science/math are not merely a body of facts, theories, and techniques; science/math involves diverse processes by which they are continually generated and reformulated. Three- credit hours.

IGSC 4386 STEM Methodologies
Prerequisites: SCED/IGSC 1102 and admission to the secondary education minor for science and mathematics. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Methodologies provides UALRTeach candidates with the tools that scientists use to solve scientific problems; gives candidates the opportunity to use these tools in a laboratory setting; makes candidates aware of how scientists communicate with each other through peer-reviewed scientific literature; and enables candidates to understand how scientists develop new knowledge and insights, the most important of which are eventually presented in textbooks and taught in conventional science classes. Three-credit hours.

SCED 4387 Project Based Instruction
Prerequisites: SCED/IGSC 1102 grade of C or better and admission to the secondary education minor for science and mathematics. Through a dynamic process of investigation and collaboration and using the same processes and technologies that scientists, mathematicians, and engineers use, candidates work in teams to formulate questions, make predictions, design investigations, collect and analyze data, make products and share ideas. Candidates learn fundamental science and mathematical concepts and principles that they apply to their daily lives. Three- credit hours.

SCED 4689 Apprentice Teaching
Prerequisites: IGSC 4386 and SCED 4387 and passing Praxis II (Content assessments).The purpose of the Apprentice Teaching course is to offer UALRTeach candidates a culminating experience that provides them with the tools needed for their first teaching position. In Apprentice Teaching, candidates are immersed in the expectations, processes, and rewards of teaching. Apprentice Teaching is comprised of field experience, teaching in local public secondary schools, and a weekly seminar, which brings apprentice teachers together with university master teachers to share experiences and work on solutions to problems they encounter in the field. Three-credit hours.

TCED 4600 Internship
Prerequisites: SCED4210/5210 and 4110 and 5110 and passing Praxis II (Content assessments). Co requisites: TCED 4330/5330, Reflective Teaching. This course is a 12 week field practicum that allows candidates to teach their content to high school students. Teacher Candidates are expected to develop their capacity to be professional, reflective practitioner as they deal directly or indirectly with teaching, management, or communication problems encountered during student teaching. Teacher Candidates are expected to develop lesson plans and units correlated with their specific content specialty organization standards (NSTA, NCTM, NCSS, NCTE, or AHEE) to impact student learning in the secondary classroom.