Initial Licensure Option
Secondary Education Initial Track
Candidates are required to maintain professional connections with schools, and as graduates, they continue to work collaboratively with school colleagues, parents/guardians, and the community; in addition, they acquire the foundations and dispositions in research, problem-solving, reflective thinking and technology for lifelong learning.
Initial Licensure Track Admission Requirements
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- A 2.75 undergraduate GPA or a 3.0 in the last 60 hours or a 3.0 in the content area.
- Passing scores on the Praxis I in math, reading and writing. (The tests are offered at Thomson ProMetric Center—663-8280).
- A content major and completion of all state and national accreditation agency requirements in the subject to be taught in one of the following teaching specialty areas: art; speech; drama; English language arts; life/earth science; physical/earth science; mathematics; vocal music; business technology; health / P.E.; foreign languages and social studies.
- Candidates who have completed the baccalaureate degree and lack no more than 12 hours in the specialty area may be admitted to the program and may complete deficiencies concurrently with the master’s program.
Initial Licensure Track
The initial licensure track in secondary education leads to licensure in a teaching specialty. Students who start at any time of the year other than the fall semester will need at least three semesters to complete the licensure classes. Most courses are offered in the evening for the convenience of students who work full time. Some courses require a field placement in a local school.
Initial Licensure Track Program Requirements
- SCED 7202 Specialized Instructional Methods
- SCED 7103 Supervised Clinical Teaching
- SCED 7306 Instructional Skills and Classroom Management
- SCED 7106 Instructional Skills Practicum
- SCED 5321 Adolescent Development and Diversity or EDFN 7330 Human Development
- SPED 7301 Foundations of Special Education
- SCED 7201 Curriculum Design
- EDFN 7370 Assessment
- SCED 7302 Trends and Issues in the Secondary School
- EDFN 7303 Introduction to Research
- SCED 7601 Internship
- Six hours of electives in the content area, education, or technology
Initial Licensure Track Graduation Requirements
- Complete the SCED Graduate Initial Track program with a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours with a GPA of at least 3.0
- A portfolio accepted by committee
- All materials uploaded into Chalk and Wire
- Passing scores on all Praxis II examinations required by the Arkansas Department of Education