UNDERGRADUATE MINOR IN EDUCATION

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Students interested in teaching at the junior high school and high school levels in public schools across Arkansas must be licensed by the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education in a state-approved subject area. UA Little Rock programs offered by content area departments in collaboration with the School of Education are designed to prepare students for licensure and successful entry into the teaching profession. Candidates for licensure must complete the program, pass examinations mandated by the state, complete clinical experiences in 7-12 schools or K-12 schools depending on the licensure area, and pass a criminal background check.

WHY SHOULD YOU MINOR IN EDUCATION?

Teachers change the world and shape the future.  They share their love of art, music, and literature or their passion for history and human health.  They inspire the innovators of tomorrow in STEM fields that will bring the world new technologies and improve our lives. Teachers live forever in the hearts and minds of the students whose lives they touch.  Every other profession or career path begins with a teacher.

Art

Art Major Curriculum

Students majoring in art should complete the following curriculum (64 hours) and seek major advising from Dr. Emily Hood:

Foundations (15 hours)
  • ARST 1310 Basic Drawing
  • ARST 1315 2-D Design
  • ARST 2310 Figure Drawing
  • ARST 2315 3-D Design
  • ARST 2318 Designing with New Technologies
Studio (24 Hours)
  • ARST 3310 Drawing: Creative Invention
  • ARST 3320 Painting Fundamentals I
  • ARST 3330 Printmaking Basics
  • ARST 3340 Intro to Graphic Design or ARST 3380 Intro to Illustration
  • ARAD 3350 Intro to Ceramics
  • ARST 3360 Intro to Sculpture
  • ARST 3370 Intro to Photography
  • ARST 3312 Contemporary Craft
Art History (12 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
  • One additional upper-level ARHA (Not to include museum studies)
Art Education (13 hours)
  • ARED 4325 Foundations of Art Education
  • ARED 4326 Art and Cognitive Development
  • ARED 4327 Art Theory and Criticism
  • ARED 4328 Curriculum and Assessment in Art Education
  • ARED 4128 Art Education Seminar (Student teaching)
Students in the bachelor of arts in art/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.

Praxis Subject Assessment Licensure Exam

  • Art: Content Knowledge—5134

English Language Arts

English Major Curriculum

Contact Dr. Paul Crutcher (pacrutcher@ualr.edu), Director of English Secondary Education, for more information about this track.

Program Foundation Courses

  • ENGL 3330 – Approaches to Literature
  •  Students should take this course as early as possible upon entry into the English program (after the completion of Composition II and the Humanities University Core requirements).
  • ENGL 4199 – Seminar in Career Perspectives
  • Students should take this course in their senior year.

Study of Language (3 hours)

  • ENGL 3312 – Grammar, Morphology, & Syntax

British Literature Requirement (6 hours):

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 3331 – British Literature 1
  • ENGL 3332 – British Literature 2
  • ENGL 3333 – British Literature 3

And

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 4311 – Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 4312 – Chaucer
  • ENGL 4313 – Arthurian Literature
  • ENGL 4314 – Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 4321 – English Renaissance Drama
  • ENGL 4324 – Shakespeare
  • ENGL 4325 – Topics in Shakespeare
  • ENGL 4328 – Seventeenth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 4331 – Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature
  • ENGL 4341 – English Romanticism
  • ENGL 4343 – Victorian Literature
  • ENGL 4351 – British Novel I

Other course options that fulfill this requirement (such as Special Topics courses and Seminars) will be designated on the course schedule and disseminated by the department through advising.

American Literature Requirement (6 hours):

Select one from below:

  • ENGL 3321 – American Literature I
  • ENGL 3322 – American Literature II
  • ENGL 3323 – American Literature III

And

Select one from below:

  • ENGL 4345 – Topics in Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 4380 – Studies in Major American Writers
  • ENGL 4381 – American Fiction
  • ENGL 4384 – American Poetry

Other course options that fulfill this requirement (such as Special Topics courses and Seminars) will be designated on the course schedule and disseminated by the department through advising.

Diverse Perspectives Requirement (3 hours) Select One:

  • ENGL 3326 – African-American Literature I
  • ENGL 3327 – African-American Literature II
  • ENGL 3340 – Women in Literature
  • ENGL 4354 – Post Colonial Literature

Other course options that fulfill this requirement (such as Special Topics courses and Seminars) will be designated on the course schedule and disseminated by the department through advising.

English Teaching Foundation Courses (6 hours)
English Language Arts Teaching

  • ENGL 4303 – Teaching English

And

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 4376 – Essay
  • RHET 3300 – Introduction to Research
  • RHET 3315 – Persuasive Writing
  • RHET 3317 – Nonfiction

English Language Arts Electives: Literature, Media, and Methods (9 hours)
These courses build content knowledge and critical skills in engaging diverse texts. Students build skill in reading literature and informational texts, understanding varied technologies and mediums, academic writing and understanding strategies in composing texts, understanding the performative and political aspects of ELA content.

Select three from below:

  • ENGL 3326 – African-American Literature I
  • ENGL 3327 – African-American Literature II
  • ENGL 3348 – School Books
  • ENGL 3358 – Visual Literatures
  • ENGL 3372 – English Laboratory
  • ENGL 4354 – Post Colonial Literature
  • ENGL 4375 – Young Adult Literature
  • ENGL 4378 – Drama in the Classroom

Other course options that fulfill this requirement (such as Special Topics and Seminars) will be designated on the course schedule and disseminated by the department.

Second Language Requirement
6-7 hours of study in a Second Language, 6 hours must be in the same language. Students who have a previous background in a language may take a placement test and then enroll in the appropriate level to begin the 6 hours. Computer Programming language may count for this requirement, in which case, 7 hours is required:

  • CPSC 1175 – Introduction to Computer Science Laboratory
  • CPSC 1375 – Programming I
  • CPSC 2376 – Programming II

Education Minor
NOTE: Education Minor Candidates must also complete a content methods course (or course pair) in their content area with a field placement in a K-12 classroom.

  • TCED 4321 – Teaching Diverse Learners
  • TCED 4330 – Classroom Management
  • TCED 4383 – Instructional Skills
  • TCED 4600 – Internship
  • Education Elective (3 hours; Choose One):
  • ELEM 2302 – Child Growth and Development
  • MCED 4310 – Middle Level Content Literacy
  • SPED 4301 – Education of Exceptional Learners

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.

Music

Music Major Curriculum

Students majoring in music should complete the following curriculum and seek major advising from Dr. Ken Goff:

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
  • Six hours of Music electives
Music Education Emphasis (14 hours)
  • MUAP 3224 Conducting I
  • MUAP 3325 Conducting II
  • MUED 3314 Vocal Pedagogy
  • MUED 3315 Teaching Choral Music in the Schools
  • MUED 3322 Music in the Elementary Grades

Students in the 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 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.

Praxis Subject Assessment Licensure Exam

  • Music: Content and Instruction—5113

Social Studies—History

History Major Curriculum

Students pursuing a B.A in History with an Education Minor should complete the following curriculum and seek advising from Dr. Kristin Mann:

Core Curriculum: RHET 1311, 1312; ACOM 1300; MATH 1321 or 1302; Science (8 hours, choose 2 classes from the following: ANTH 1415, ASTR 1301/1101, BIOL 1400, ERSC 1304/1104, ERSC 1303/1103) (ERSC 1304/1104 and ANTH 1415 recommended); Humanities (3 hours, choose from the following: ENGL 2337, 2339, PHIL 2320, PHIL 2321, RELS 2305 ); Fine Arts (3 hours, choose from the following: ARHA 2305, 2306, MCOM 2306, MUHL 2305, THEA 2305
HIST 1311 or HIST 1312; POLS 1310, HIST 2311 or HIST 2312; Social Sciences: (6 hours, choose from the following: ANTH 2316, CRJU 2300, ECON 2301, ECON 2322, GEOG 2312, GNST 2300, POLS 2301, PSYC 2300, SOCI 2300);
Foreign Language (0-9 hours, 2000-level proficiency required, SPAN 1311, 1312, 2311 recommended)

Major in History/Social Studies

World Civilization (History 1311 and 1312)
U.S History (History 2311 and 2312)
U.S. History electives – 6 hours
World History electives – 6 hours
Arkansas History (History 4355) 3 hours
Internship in History (HIST 4395) 3 hours
Social Studies Teaching Applications (HIST 4397) 3 hours + Teaching Applications Practicum (HIST 4197) 1 hour
HIST 4309 – Historian’s Craft

6 hours geography (GEOG 2312 or 2310 recommended, plus one upper level elective)
6 hours political science (POLS 1310, 2303)
3-6 hours economics (ECON 2301 or ECON 2322 AND ECON 2323)
PSYC 2300
SOCI 2300

Praxis Subject Assessment Licensure Exam

  • Social Studies: Content Knowledge—5086

Social Studies—Political Science

Political Science Major Curriculum

Students majoring in Political Science should complete the following curriculum and seek advising from Dr. Kristin Mann:

  • POLS 1310 American National Government
  • POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science
  • POLS 3350 Arkansas Government and Politics
  • 9 additional upper level POLS hours
Additional Political Science Courses

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
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

Praxis Subject Assessment Licensure Exam

  • Social Studies – Content Knowledge—5086

K-12 Health and Physical Education

Health, Human Performance & Sport Management Major Curriculum

Students must major in Health, Human Performance & Sport Management, completing the following curriculum and seek advising from Mr. Chad Sanders:

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

Praxis Subject Assessment K-12 PEWL Licensure Exams

    • Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge—5857
      For the Stand-Alone Coaching Endorsement—5095

Mathematics

Mathematics Major Curriculum

Students must earn either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics. For more details about the curriculum, seek advising from Dr. Linfang Lu.

Mathematics Major (Bachelor of Arts)

Mathematics Foundation Course

Education Option

   MATH 4383 – Technology in Math Education

Electives

  •       Six hours of approved MATH or STAT courses numbered above 3000.

Mathematics Major (Bachelor of Science)

Mathematics Foundation Courses

Education Option

Electives

Praxis Subject Assessment Licensure Exam

  • Math Content Knowledge—5161

Biology/Life Sciences

Biology Major Curriculum

Students majoring in Biology should complete the following curriculum and seek advising from Dr. Stefanie Leacock:

Biology Foundation Courses (27 hours)

  • BIOL 1400 – Evolutionary and Environmental Biology or BIOL 1401 – Science of Biology
  • BIOL 2401 – Microbiology
  • BIOL 2402 – Botany
  • BIOL 2403 – Zoology
  • BIOL 3300 – Genetics
  • BIOL 3303 – Principles of Ecology
  • BIOL 4190 – Biology Seminar
  • IGSC 4301 – Integrated Science Pedagogy
  • IGSC 4101 – Integrated Science Pedagogy Practicum

Biology Electives (17 hours)

Must include at least three courses with laboratories either as part of the course or as a separately numbered laboratory course. Students may choose these electives from the remaining biology course offerings on the basis of individual preference or need. Students choosing to specialize may select an emphasis in botany, cell biology and physiology, ecology or zoology.

Supporting Courses (21 hours)

Students must complete at least eight hours of freshman chemistry, four hours of organic chemistry, six hours of physics (PHYS 1321 and PHYS 1322 or equivalent) and three hours of computer science or statistics.

Minor – Secondary Education Course (18 hours)

  • TCED 4383 – Instructional Skills
  • TCED 4321 – Teaching Diverse Learners
  • TCED 4330 – Classroom Management
  • BIOL 4600 – Internship

Elective (choose one):

  • SPED 4301 – Education of Exceptional Learners
  • ELEM 2302 – Child Growth and Development
  • TCED 4310 – Content Area Literacy

Praxis CORE must be passed before enrolling in TCED 4330.

Praxis Subject Assessment Licensure Exam

  • Biology: Content Knowledge—5235

Chemistry

Chemistry Major Curriculum

Students majoring in chemistry should complete the following curriculum and seek advising from Instructor Ronia Kattoum:

  • CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
  • MATH 1303 Trigonometry
  • CHEM 2310 Analytical Chemistry I
  • PHYS 1321 College Physics I
  • PHYS 1121 College Physics I Lab
  • MATH 1451 Calculus I
  • CHEM 2311 Analytical Chemistry II
  • PHYS 1322 College Physics II
  • PHYS 1122 College Physics II Lab
  • CHEM 3350 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3150 Organic Chem I Lab
  • CHEM 3340 Intro to Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 3351 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 3151 Organic Chem Lab II
  • CHEM 3572 Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • CHEM 4190 Chemistry Seminar

Praxis Subject Assessment Licensure Exam

  • Chemistry: Content Knowledge—5245

Physics

Physics Major Curriculum

Students majoring in physics should complete the following curriculum and seek advising from Dr. Tony Hall:

  • MATH 1451, 1452, 2453 Calculus I, II, III
  • PHYS 2321/2121 Physics for Science and Engineering I w/Lab
  • PHYS 2322/3233 Physics for Science and Engineering II w/Lab
  • PHYS 3323/3123 Physics for Science and Engineering III w/Lab
  • PHYS 4311 Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 4340 Electronics
  • PHYS 4310 Statistical Thermodynamics
  • PHYS 4321 Electromagnetism
  • PHYS 4350 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 4289 Undergraduate Research
  • PHYS 4190 Seminar

+ 6 hours of elective courses from: ASTR 3301, ASTR 4301, PHYS 3315, PHYS 3330, , PHYS 4330, PHYS 4340, PHYS 4360, & PHYS 4380

Praxis Subject Assessment Licensure Exam

  • Physics: Content Knowledge-5265

 

Education Minor Program Admission, Retention, and Licensure Exams

Education Minor Program Admission

School of Education Ed Minor Advisor: Dr. Andrew Hunt (alhunt@ualr.edu)

Admission to the Education Minor occurs when a student registers for TCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Learners or TCED 4383 Instructional Skills and has met the following admission requirements:

  • Submit required entrance exam scores in reading, writing, and math.*
  • Completion of RHET 1311 and 1312, ACOM 1300, MATH 1302 or 1321 with a grade of “C” or better
  • Completion of all core requirements with a cumulative average of 2.7, or a 3.0 on the last 60 hours
  • Approved background checks in the Arkansas Educator Licensure Systems (AELS). Please contact the Director of Licensure and Placement for directions.
  • Completion of the Child Maltreatment Mandated Reporter Training (UAMS). Once you have completed the 60-90 minutes of self-paced training you should download your certificate of completion and store it in your files for future use and licensure.
*UA Little Rock undergraduate, first time licensure programs (BSE in Elementary Education, BSE in Middle Childhood Education, BSE in Special Education, and the Education Minor) will accept as an admission exam:

ACT scores at or above a minimum:
·      Math 19
·      Reading 19
·      Writing 6 or English/Writing combined 19

[If an individual has taken the ACT multiple times, the highest score in each category from those multiple exams is used.]

SAT scores at or above the minimum:
·      Math 510 (Before 3/2016 = 470)
·      Evidence-Based Reading/Writing 510 (Before 3/2016 Wrtg + Crit. Rdng Section= 910)
·      Writing 5 (Before 3/16 = No Equivalent)

[If an individual has taken the SAT multiple times, the highest score in each category from those multiple exams is used.]

Accuplacer scores:
If prospective students scores below the minimum ACT score, or if they do not have ACT scores, we also consider the Accuplacer Next Generation exams offered at the UA Little Rock Testing Center (https://ualr.edu/testing/).
·      Accuplacer WritePlacer a score of 5 = Comp I or ACT 19
·      Next Gen Reading 253 = ACT 19
·      Next Gen Math 250 = ACT 19

Special Considerations:

  1. If a prospective student has taken the Praxis Core and not passed all sections, the EPP will consider Praxis Core minimum scores (reading 156; math 150; writing 162) in conjunction with their ACT passed sections. If a prospective student has taken the older PPST the EPP will consider PPST minimum scores of Reading 172, Math 171, and Writing 173.
  2. In special cases, students who do not meet the minimum scores, but show exceptional promise and desire to become a teacher, can be considered for conditional admission. Supported by the Program Coordinator,  and a written appeal must be submitted to the Educator Preparation Program Advisory Committee (EPPAC) via the Director, School of Education.

Education Minor Program Retention Requirements

Once admitted to the Education Minor, candidates are required to maintain a 2.75 grade point average, with at least a “C” in all professional education courses (this includes all courses associated with the licensure/degree plan). In addition, candidates’ professional behaviors, content knowledge, and classroom performance will be evaluated throughout the remainder of 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 candidate has begun the program, periodic evaluations will assess progress. Failure to progress satisfactorily in teacher education course work or clinical experiences might result in a student being removed from the program. While a candidate may require additional time to meet some performance expectations, the faculty may limit that time and reserves the right to drop a candidate from the licensure program should appropriate progress not be demonstrated.


Education Minor Required Licensure Exams

Candidates in all programs must pass licensure exams required by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  The content exams are required by DESE are subject to change. Students who do not pass the exams are ineligible to be recommended for licensure, but are eligible to graduate if they have met all their degree requirements.

Education Minor Program of Study

Education Minor Program of Study (18 hours)

School of Education Ed Minor Advisor: Dr. Andrew Hunt (alhunt@ualr.edu)

Courses in the education minor are required for all licensure areas and should not be confused with other blocks of courses or special minors required in some licensure areas.

  • TCED 4383 Instructional Skills
  • TCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Learners
  • Education Elective (choose 1)
    • SPED 4301 Education of Exceptional Learners
    • ELEM 2302 Growth and Child Development
    • MCED 4310 Content Area Literacy
  • TCED 4330 Classroom Management
  • TCED 4600 Internship OR content specific section ARED/BIOL/CHEM/ENGL/HIST/HPPS/LANG/MATH/MUED/PHYS of 4600 Internship)

Candidates must also complete a content methods course (or course pair) in their content area with a field placement in a K-12 classroom:

  • ARED 4128 Art Education Seminar
  • ENGL 4103 Teaching English Practicum AND
    • ENGL 4202 Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools OR RHET 4202 Teaching Writing in Secondary Schools
  • HIST 4197 Social Studies Teaching Practicum AND HIST 4397 Teaching Applications
  • HHPS 4379 Methods and Techniques of Teaching Health Education
  • IGSC 4101 Integrated Science Pedagogy Practicum AND IGSC 4301 Integrated Science Pedagogy
  • LANG 4322 Teaching Second Languages
  • MATH 4481 Teaching Mathematics in Secondary School
  • MUED 4322 Teaching General Music

Teacher Education Course Descriptions


ELEM 2302 Growth and Child Development
Prerequisites: admission to elementary program and concurrent enrollment in ELEM 2200. Study of environmental and hereditary influences on cognitive, affective, and psycho-motor development of typically and atypically developing children from birth to adolescence. Students consider both predictable developmental patterns and unique patterns due to sexual, socioeconomic, cultural, and normal variations in inherited characteristics. Students observe, record, and analyze behavior and development of children in an educational setting. Concurrent enrollment in ECED 2200 is required. Three credit hours.

MCED 4310 Middle Level Content Literacy
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 language and literature as an integral part of the curriculum. Involves a study of major theories and current teaching strategies in literacy for adolescents. Evaluation and assessment strategies explored. Three credit hours.

SPED 4301 Education of Exceptional Learners
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 teachers, professionals, and parents as team members in providing appropriate education and necessary adaptations for exceptional learners. Dual-listed in the Graduate Catalog as SPED 5301. Three credit hours.

TCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Learners
Prerequisite: TCED 4383/5383. This course provides knowledge of educational psychology, special education, and diversity and incorporates technology for learning and teaching. Course assignment requires students to observe classes in a variety of school settings with diverse populations. Includes a field component of 15 hours of classroom observation under the supervision of a cooperating teacher. Dual listed as TCED 5321, may not be repeated for credit. Three credit hours.

TCED 4330 Classroom Management
Prerequisite: Candidates will have taken or passed Praxis CORE prior to course. Concurrent with TCED 4600. Emphasizes creation of and fostering of classroom management techniques and strategies for the design of environments that are conducive to a safe place for teaching and learning. Includes connecting the school-home-community connections. Incorporates technology for learning and teaching. Three credit hours.

TCED 4383 Instructional Skills
This course provides knowledge of instructional skills, assessment, and disciplinary literacy. Lesson planning and design, evaluation, equity, legal issues, technology implementation, and content area literacy strategies will be addressed. Includes a field component of 15 hours individualized or small group instruction/support in a K- 12 classroom setting under the supervision of a cooperating teacher. Dual listed as TCED 5383, may not be repeated for credit. Three credit hours.

TCED 4600 Internship
Prerequisite: TCED 4383, TCED 4321, 2.75 GPA, Praxis Il content area examination(s) as required by department/ program. Concurrent with TCED 4330. An educational internship with a field component of a minimum of 12 weeks (480 hours) of internship in a classroom setting under the supervision of a cooperating teacher. Total field experience hours must reflect exposure at both the lower (K-6 or 7-12) and upper (7-9 and 10-12) grades. Each program will ensure that no less than 25% of total field experiences are completed in either grade range. Course may be cross-listed with ARED/ACOM/BIOL/CHEM/ENGL/HHPS/HIST/IGSC/LANG/MATH/MUED/PHYS/THEA 4600. Six credit hours.

Earning an Income During Internship

Undergraduate students in traditional licensure programs may earn income working in K-12 schools during their internships through the following opportunities.  Any student enrolled in a School of Education program who would like to complete their internship as a paraprofessional or substitute teacher must first have the approval of their Program Coordinator, the Director of Teacher Licensure and Placement, and the Director of the School of Education.

  • Paraprofessional Position
    • Interns may apply for open paraprofessional positions in any K-12 school in the state. Students must meet the hiring school’s requirements for a paraprofessional, which often can include holding an associate’s degree or completing 60 hours of undergraduate course work.  Some schools may ask their paraprofessionals to complete the ParaPro Assessment as well.
    • Interns enrolled in the Elementary Education and Middle Childhood Education programs must work as instructional or academic paraprofessionals in classrooms that meet the requirements of the internships in which they are enrolled each semester. For these programs, a paraprofessional position in a Special Education classroom will not meet program and licensure requirements.
    • Interns enrolled in the Special Education program may only work as Special Education paraprofessionals under the supervision of licensed special educators. Their paraprofessional positions must meet the grade level and disability level of the internships in which they are enrolled each semester.
    • While it is unlikely that students enrolled in the Education Minor program will be able to find instructional or academic paraprofessional positions in their content area and at their grade level, they may also work as paraprofessionals during internship if the position matches the requirements of the internship course.
  • Substitute Position
    • Please contact Heather Newsam for the most up-to-date information given the recent changes at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education continue.

 


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