Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Education in middle level education degree prepares students to teach grades 4-8. Graduates will be eligible for Arkansas licensure in two middle level content areas of their choosing—math, science, language arts, and/or social studies.

The 120-hour program provides a comprehensive understanding of young adolescent learners and of the need for a learning environment that is responsive to students’ developmental needs. Students will also gain expertise in teaching field content and pedagogy.

The program coordinator will assess each applicant’s transcript on an individual basis and help develop a customized program for that student.

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University Standard Core Courses (18-21 hours)

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First Year Experience

Choose 3 hours

College of Business students may take BSAD 1100 for equivalent.

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Helps students reach their educational objectives. Interactive instructional methods promote the development of critical thinking skills and positive educational values. Students 1) complete a personal assessment to enha...

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PEAW 1300 First Year Colloquium

3 credit hours

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Communication – Written

Choose 3 - 6 hours

(Select 1 set)
RHET 1311 AND RHET 1312
OR
RHET 1320 Honors Composition

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1311 - Prerequisite: A minimum ACT English score of 19, a minimum SAT I verbal score of 450, or RHET 0310, or RHET 0321. Practice in writing, with an emphasis on personal, expressive writing, as well as transactional wri...

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RHET 1311 Composition I

3 credit hours

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1312 - Prerequisite: RHET 1311 with a C or greater or equivalent. Those students required by state law to enroll in READ 0310 must successfully complete that course before enrolling in RHET 1312. Practice in writing, wit...

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RHET 1312 Composition II

3 credit hours

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For students with superior achievement in English. Fulfills first year composition core curriculum requirement. Admission by invitation. Three credit hours.

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RHET 1320 Honors Composition

3 credit hours

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Fine Arts

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of art, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the visual arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is required. ...

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ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art

3 credit hours

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of music, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the musical arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is require...

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MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music

3 credit hours

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A First Experience This course is designed for individuals considering majoring in theatre or dance. It serves as an introduction to the discipline, the profession, career options, and theatre as a “way of knowing.”

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THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance

3 credit hours

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Basic elements of movies, the process of movie making, and the approaches to movie aesthetics and criticism. Assignments may include viewing motion pictures at local theatres. Three credit hours.

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MCOM 2306 Introduction to Motion Pictures

3 credit hours

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Humanities

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

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Prerequisite: completion of the first year writing requirement. Study of selected texts reflecting various Western and non-Western literary heritages and traditions.

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ENGL 2337 World Literature

3 credit hours

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This course will examine myths from around the world, exploring how archetypal themes and motifs reflect shared moral, philosophic, and aesthetic concerns. An emphasis will be placed on how these myths are transmitted ac...

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ENGL 2339 Mythology

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Study of selected texts reflecting a variety of ethical systems from Western and non-Western literary heritages and ethical traditions. Assigned works represent several national ethical literatur...

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PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society

3 credit hours

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Social Sciences

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

PSYC 2300 is recommended for College of Business students.

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Prerequisite: RHET 1311 recommended. Examines the concept of culture, cultural processes, and anthropological theories. Topics include subsistence strategies, politics, religion, gender, ethnicity, economics, marriage, s...

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ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology

3 credit hours

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Basic understanding of legal and ethical foundations of criminal justice and the major components of the criminal justice system. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number CRJU 1023)

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CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credit hours

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The wants of individuals and societies are unlimited, while the resources for satisfying these wants are limited. Consequently, choices have to be made. Economics is the science of choice. Survey of Economics introduces ...

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ECON 2301 Survey of Economics

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: MATH 1302. The theory of the individual firm in the economy, cost and price determination, income distribution, and welfare economics. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number ECON 2203)

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ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics

3 credit hours

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The nature, distribution, and development of various cultural systems as they interact with each other and with their environment. A study is made of spatial patterns in the elements of culture, including population, rel...

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GEOG 2312 Introduction to Cultural Geography

3 credit hours

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. A cross-cultural, interdisciplinary analysis of gender. Includes examination of gender identity, social roles, and cultural symbolism in politics, economics, family, health, socializa...

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GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies

3 credit hours

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Introduction to social science concepts as applied to political analysis. Analysis of individuals, groups, and society, particularly the study of social, economic, and political structures and behavior.

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POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Focuses on development of the individual in the context of physical and social environments. Topics include the scientific method and its application to the study of the individual, the relations...

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PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience

3 credit hours

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Recommended: RHET 1311. Introduction to sociological concepts. Analysis of society, particularly the study of human organization. An overview of the theories and methods utilized in the discipline is provided and will be...

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SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology

3 credit hours

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History of Civilization

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(select 1)

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations from their beginnings to approximately AD 1600: the development of integrated political, social, economic, religious, intellectu...

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HIST 1311 History of Civilization I

3 credit hours

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations since approximately AD 1600: examination of the persistence of traditional civilizations and the changes in the world order due ...

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HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

3 credit hours

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U.S. History or Government

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

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Description, analysis, and explanation of the major political, social, economic and diplomatic events through “Reconstruction.” Special attention is devoted to the cross-cultural development of three civilizations, N...

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HIST 2311 US History to 1877

3 credit hours

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Description, analysis, and explanation of the political, social, economic and diplomatic events to the present time. Special attention is devoted to the forces of Modernity and the impact of cultural pluralism on traditi...

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HIST 2312 US History since 1877

3 credit hours

College Core Courses (14 hours)

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Science

Choose 8 hours

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A hands-on examination of the study of past and present human and nonhuman primates as biological organisms. Topics include human genetics, variation and osteology, nonhuman primate taxonomy and behavior, forensic anthro...

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ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology

3 credit hours

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1301 - Study of the process of science by which knowledge about our place in the cosmos is obtained. Examples of possible observations and the inferences drawn from them. 1101 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ASTR 1301 or ...

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ASTR 1301/1101 Introduction to Astronomy and Lab

4 credit hours

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Evolutionary, ecological, and environmental interrelationships among organisms. Basic biological principles and modern technology form the basis for inquiry and debate.

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BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology

3 credit hours

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The process of science, including observation, evaluation, and predictions, will be applied to the understanding of biological principles. Illustration of the methods of science in the study of major biological concepts,...

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BIOL 1401 Science of Biology

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: BIOL 1400 or 1401, or 1411 and 1412, AND CHEM 1400 or 1402, or their equivalents. The morphology, physiology, and classification of microorganisms; the relationship of microorganisms to biotechnology, medi...

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BIOL 2401 Microbiology

3 credit hours

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1302 - An introduction to the science of geology, the geological view of the human environment, how geologists learn about Planet Earth, and how society and geology interact. 1102 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1302...

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ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology and Lab

4 credit hours

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1303 - An introduction to the science of geology, how geologists have learned about the Earth using geologic time as a theme. 1103 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1303. A laboratory course designed to accompany ERSC ...

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ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology and Lab

4 credit hours

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1304 - This is an introductory course environmental geology course that examines interactions between human beings and our changing planet, the affects of natural/geologic hazards on humans, and anthropogenic (human-caus...

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ERSC 1304/1104 Earth and the Environment and Lab

4 credit hours

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Mathematics

Choose 3 hours

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Prerequisite: A grade of C or greater in Math 0301 – Intermediate Algebra, a grade of AA, BA or CA in Math 0321 Pre-Core Mathematics, an equivalent transfer course, or an ACT Mathematics score of 21, or SAT Mathematics...

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MATH 1302 College Algebra

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302, an equivalent transfer course, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test Corequisite with consent of instructor: MATH 1302.

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MATH 1303 Trigonometry

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302 or an equivalent transfer course or an ACT Mathematics score of 24. Not intended for mathematical science majors or minors.

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MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I

3 credit hours

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MATH 1321 Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302, an equivalent transfer course, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Differential and integral calculus with applications to economics and management sci...

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MATH 1342 Business Calculus

3 credit hours

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The course includes concepts in​ ​algebra and trigonometry that are directly applicable to success​ ​in calculus such as functions, equations, trigonometric identities​ ​systems of equations and conic sectio...

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MATH 1401 Pre-calculus

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: grades of C or greater in MATH 1302 and 1303, equivalent transfer courses, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Limits and limit theorems, continuity, derivatives and the chain rule, implic...

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MATH 1451 Calculus I

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: MATH 1302 or 1315 or 1321 or equivalent. Introduction to the fundamental ideas of statistics, including descriptive statistics, normal distributions, sampling experiments, tests of hypotheses, and elementar...

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STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods

3 credit hours

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Flex

Choose 3 hours

Any additional Humanities from the Standard Core Humanities list

or

Any additional Social Sciences from the Standard Core Humanities list

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This course helps students effectively deliver an oral presentation to an adult audience; listen to and critique objectively the oral presentations of others; effectively participate in one-to-one communication experienc...

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ACOM/SPCH 1300 Speech Communication

3 credit hours

Required Courses (60 hours)

In addition to the courses listed, students must complete a 3-hour Arkansas History course to meet state licensure requirements.

*Concentration methods courses include:
Social studies track: HIST 4397
Language arts or science tracks: TCED 4300
Math track: MATH 3383

Formal admission to the program is required to enroll in the following courses.

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Fall Block I

Choose 16 hours

In addition to the courses listed, students are encouraged to take one concentration methods course* and one elective.

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MCED 4302 Introduction to Middle Level Education

3 credit hours

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Admission to Block II of the undergraduate secondary program or undergraduate middle school program. Students use basic concepts of adolescent development and cultural diversity to design lessons and to select and use te...

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TCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents

3 credit hours

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Students will be oriented to the scope of the middle grades curriculum, varying patterns of curriculum organization, activities, and transition based teaching and general problem solving for instructional planning assess...

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MCED 3303 Middle Childhood Curriculum and Planning

3 credit hours

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This field experience will acquaint students with a variety of middle school experiences, and provide a 40 hour experience in a middle school classroom. Students will be oriented to the structure of a school district, th...

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MCED 3105 Field Experience I

1 credit hours

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Spring I

Choose 15 hours

In addition to the courses listed, students are encouraged to take one concentration methods course* and one elective.

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Prerequisites: admission to the middle childhood education program and completion of eight hours of science and nine hours of mathematics. . The student should use the content to develop thematic concepts, which are impl...

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MCED 3430 Integrated Mid-level Curriculum

4 credit hours

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Prerequisite: PSYC 2300 or consent of instructor. Introduction to the psychological, sociological, philosophical, legal, and educational implications of educating exceptional learners in the mainstream; the role of teach...

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SPED 4301 Education of Exceptional Learners

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: admission to the middle childhood teacher licensure program and successful completion of MCED 3105. This field experience will focus on working with students in small groups. Students will spend time in a m...

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MCED 3240 Field Experience II

2 credit hours

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Summer Block

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Study of available assessment methods and the integration of these methods in planning, modifying, and evaluating instruction, and in reporting outcomes to varied constituencies. After completing this course, students wi...

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EDFN 3304 Assessment in the Middle School Curriculum

3 credit hours

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Fall Block II

Choose 14 hours

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Emphasizes fundamental principles underlying middle childhood developmental programs in middle level grades, including creation of and fostering of classroom management techniques and strategies for the design of environ...

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MCED 4330 Classroom Management

4 credit hours

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A review of educational psychology, assessment, motivation, and student expectations. Classroom scenarios requiring application of teacher decision-making skills and classroom management strategies will be presented. In ...

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MCED 4120 Licensure Seminar

1 credit hours

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Emphasis on the development of reading in the content areas for middle school students. Focus on the concepts of developing meaningful literacy experiences for adolescents of all ability levels, with a continued focus on...

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MCED 4310 Middle Level Content Literacy

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: admission to middle childhood education program and completion of the Introduction to the Profession and Curriculum Applications semesters. Corequisites: MCED 4310 and 4330. Classroom observation and parti...

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MCED 4601 Internship I

6 credit hours

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Spring Block II

Choose 12 hours

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The production and application of Interactive Instructional units where the microcomputer is the controlling medium for such peripherals as CD-ROM players and web browsers. Three credit hours.

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TCED 4320 Interactive Technology for Middle School

3 credit hours

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Corequisite: MCED 4502. Part of final semester, Professional Practicum II. Presentations by Education faculty and practitioners in the field concerning such topics as legal issues affecting educational practice; family c...

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MCED 4303 Professional Seminar

4 credit hours

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Prerequisites: admission to the middle childhood education program and the successful completion of Internship I. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in TCED 4320. The final field placement course. Students plan, teach, a...

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MCED 4602 Internship II

5 credit hours

Program Concentration Courses (36-40 hours)

Select 2 content areas and complete all required courses for both with a grade of “C” or better. Some courses may be included in the university or college core curriculum.

Prior to formal admittance to this program, students will need to complete 15 hours toward one concentration. Please note that some courses in the Math and Science concentrations may not be available online at this time. Your advisor will help you plan your individual program of study.

Students may complete any two content areas; however, they are listed below in two categories for your convenience: Concentration One (Social Studies/Language Arts) and Concentration Two (Math/Science).

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Social Studies

Choose 18 hours

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations from their beginnings to approximately AD 1600: the development of integrated political, social, economic, religious, intellectu...

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HIST 1311 History of Civilization I

3 credit hours

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations since approximately AD 1600: examination of the persistence of traditional civilizations and the changes in the world order due ...

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HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

3 credit hours

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Description, analysis, and explanation of the major political, social, economic and diplomatic events through “Reconstruction.” Special attention is devoted to the cross-cultural development of three civilizations, N...

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HIST 2311 US History to 1877

3 credit hours

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Description, analysis, and explanation of the political, social, economic and diplomatic events to the present time. Special attention is devoted to the forces of Modernity and the impact of cultural pluralism on traditi...

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HIST 2312 US History since 1877

3 credit hours

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An introduction to the political institutions, processes, and patterns of the national government of the United States, focusing on the Congress, presidency, and courts, and on their interrelationships. Attention is give...

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POLS 1310 American National Government

3 credit hours

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The wants of individuals and societies are unlimited, while the resources for satisfying these wants are limited. Consequently, choices have to be made. Economics is the science of choice. Survey of Economics introduces ...

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ECON 2301 Survey of Economics

3 credit hours

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Study of earth/sun relationships that produce the elements of weather, including temperature, precipitation, atmospheric pressure, and air circulation. Patterns of climate and their interrelationship with soil and vegeta...

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GEOG 1311 Introduction to Physical Geography

3 credit hours

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Language Arts

Choose 18 hours

In addition to the courses listed, students are also required to complete one ENGL/RHET upper level course to complete this content area.

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1311 - Prerequisite: A minimum ACT English score of 19, a minimum SAT I verbal score of 450, or RHET 0310, or RHET 0321. Practice in writing, with an emphasis on personal, expressive writing, as well as transactional wri...

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RHET 1311 Composition I

3 credit hours

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1312 - Prerequisite: RHET 1311 with a C or greater or equivalent. Those students required by state law to enroll in READ 0310 must successfully complete that course before enrolling in RHET 1312. Practice in writing, wit...

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RHET 1312 Composition II

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: completion of the first year writing requirement. Study of selected texts reflecting various Western and non-Western literary heritages and traditions.

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ENGL 2337 World Literature

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: RHET 1311 and 1312 or equivalents. An introductory editing course that focuses on basic editing and proofreading skills. Course includes review of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Editing practice incl...

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RHET 3301 Editing for Usage, Style and Clarity

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: consent of instructor (based on student’s experience and course work in the educational area). Designed to provide an opportunity for pre-service and in-service teachers to explore areas of interest and p...

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TCED 4300 Workshop

3 credit hours

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Math

Choose 18 hours

Please note: Not all math courses may be available online. Contact your program advisor for more information.

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Prerequisite: A grade of C or greater in Math 0301 – Intermediate Algebra, a grade of AA, BA or CA in Math 0321 Pre-Core Mathematics, an equivalent transfer course, or an ACT Mathematics score of 21, or SAT Mathematics...

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MATH 1302 College Algebra

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: grades of C or greater in MATH 1302 and 1303, equivalent transfer courses, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Limits and limit theorems, continuity, derivatives and the chain rule, implic...

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MATH 1451 Calculus I

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302. Emphasizes applications of mathematics in computer science and other areas of modern technology. The topics include mathematical reasoning, set theory, proofs by induct...

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MATH 2310 Discrete Mathematics

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: admission to the middle childhood education program and a grade of C or greater in MATH 3383 or MATH 3380. Problem solving, logic and sets, proofs, geometry as an axiomatic system, geometric figures in two...

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MATH 3384 Concepts in Geometry

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: admission to the middle childhood education program (mathematics/science specialty) and a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302. First mathematics course specifically for middle childhood education (mathemati...

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MATH 3383 Mathematics for Middle School

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: MATH 1302 or 1315 or 1321 or equivalent. Introduction to the fundamental ideas of statistics, including descriptive statistics, normal distributions, sampling experiments, tests of hypotheses, and elementar...

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STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods

3 credit hours

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Science

Choose 20 hours

In addition to the course listed, students are required to complete eight hours of core science, and eight hours of science with a lab.

Please note: Not all science courses may be available online. Contact your program advisor for more information.

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Prerequisite: consent of instructor (based on student’s experience and course work in the educational area). Designed to provide an opportunity for pre-service and in-service teachers to explore areas of interest and p...

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TCED 4300 Workshop

3 credit hours

Program Details

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this program, applicants must:
• Be formally admitted to UALR;
• Have completed RHET 1311 and 1312 English Composition and with a grade of C or greater; have completed MATH 1302 with a grade of C or greater
• Have completed at least 50 hours (for the Middle Childhood Education program) with a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or greater;
• Submit official Praxis Core (formerly called PPST) which are no lower than the state of Arkansas minimum cutoff score for each test.*

* Note that Praxis and/or GRE tests takes approximately three (3) weeks for UALR to receive the scores.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete 120 minimum total hours, including 60 hours of major requirements and up to 40 hours of concentration courses from two content areas: language arts, social studies, math, and/or science.

To graduate from this program, candidates must:
• Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study as outlined above
• Successfully complete Praxis requirements for licensure
• Successfully complete and defend an electronic portfolio
• Successfully complete an unpaid internship.

Please check with the program coordinator or visit the School of Education website for more information about these requirements.

Program Advisor

Dr. Amy Sedivy-Benton | 501.569.3057 | alsedivy@ualr.edu
Coordinator for Middle Childhood Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

School of Education website | College of Education and Health Professions website

Accreditation

UA Little Rock School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). CAEP advances excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

UA Little Rock is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UA Little Rock makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website,ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $280