UNDERGRADUATE MINOR IN EDUCATION

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


4 STEPS TO BOOST EMPLOYMENT AFTER GRADUATION

Complete of all University Core requirements with a cumulative average of 2.75, or a 3.0 on the last 60 hours

Completion of RHET 1311 and 1312, ACOM 1300, MATH 1302 or 1321 with a grade of “C” or better.

Complete and clear background checks for State Police, FBI, and Child Maltreatment Central Registry.

Work with your advisor to complete and submit the Education Minor Student Advisement form to the program advisor.


WHY SHOULD YOU MINOR IN EDUCATION?

Increase Your Employment Opportunities

Not only does a minor in education allow you to network across disciplines, but it also helps you to increase your marketability follwing graduation. By earning your licensure in one of the areas listed below, you open up your options for employment. 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 education minor do not total 120 (of which at least 45 are upper-level), students must take additional general electives.

Choose from Nine Licensure Areas

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 Education minor do not total 120 (of which at least 45 are upper-level), students must take additional general electives.

Art

Curriculum

Students must major in art, completing the following curriculum (64 hours):

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 Exams

  • Art: Content Knowledge—5135
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching in any area—5621, 5623, 5624

English Language Arts

Curriculum

Students must major in English 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 Schools
Additional English Requirements (12 hours)

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 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

Praxis Subject Assessment Licensure Exams

  • English Language Arts: Content & Analysis—5039
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching (7-12)—5624

Music

Curriculum

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
  • 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 Exams

  • Music: Content and Instruction—10114
  • Music candidates may take any level of Principles of Learning and Teaching—20621, 20623, 20624

Foreign Language

Curriculum

Students must major in Spanish or French and it is recommended that the student also minor in a field taught in 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 World Languages” 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

Praxis Subject Assessment Licensure Exams

Spanish
  • Spanish: World Languages—5195
  • World Languages Pedagogy—5841
French
  • French: World Languages—5174
  • World Languages Pedagogy—5841

Social Studies—History

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

Praxis Subject Assessment Licensure Exams

  • Social Studies: Content Knowledge—5086
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching—5624

Social Studies—Political Science

Political Science Major (33 hours)

  • 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 Exams

  • Social Studies – Content Knowledge—10081
  • Analytical Essays—20082
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching—20524

K-12 Health and Physical Education

Curriculum

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

Praxis Subject Assessment K-12 PEWL Licensure Exams

    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

Mathematics

Curriculum

Students must earn either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics. Visit the Department of Mathematics & Statistics for details about the B.A. and B.S. degrees in mathematics and specific course requirements.

Praxis Subject Assessment Licensure Exams

    Math Content Knowledge—5161
    Principles of Learning and Teaching—5624

Biology/Life Sciences

Curriculum

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 should 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

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

Sequence One Sequence Two
  • CHEM 1400 Fundamental Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1401 Fundamental Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2450 Organic Chemistry – Short Course
  • 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 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1403 General Chemistry 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

Praxis Subject Assessment Licensure Exams

  • Biology: Content Knowledge—5335
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching—5624
  • Earth Sciences: Content Knowledge—5571 (Endorsement only)


WHAT YOU’LL STUDY

All education programs have several components: university core requirements, an 18-hour K-12 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.

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 UA Little Rock. The components of the education programs are described below. Course descriptions, numbers, and titles are found in the catalog sections for the departments offering the courses.


Admission, Program, and Graduation Requirements

Program Admission

Admission to the program will only be considered if the student have completely met the following requirements:

  • Formal admission to UA Little Rock
  • 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 2.75, or a 3.0 on the last 60 hours
  • Submission of Education Minor Student Advisement form to program advisor
  • Completion of all background checks (FBI, State Police, and Child Maltreatment)
* For entry into the undergraduate initial licensure programs, we will accept required ACT scores at or above a minimum math score 19, reading score of 19, and a writing score of 6 or the English/Writing Combined score of 19. If an individual has taken the ACT multiple times, we will consider the highest score in each category. We will accept corresponding comparable SAT scores as well. If a prospective student has ACT scores below the minimum composite score, or have not taken the writing section of the ACT, they may take the Accuplacer Next Generation exam or exams at the UA Little Rock Testing Center and must make at least a score that corresponds to the comparative ACT minimum score. Or, they may also choose to retake the ACT (not offered at the Testing Center) to attempt to reach the minimum score required for entrance into the programs. If an applicant has taken the Praxis Core or Praxis I/PPST, we will also accept what were considered passing scores in those exams as well (Praxis Core minimum scores: reading 156; math 150; writing 162; PPST minimum scores of Reading 172, Math 171, and Writing 173). We will accept any of the above passing scores in any combination for reading, math and writing. There will also be an appeals process for students who do not meet the minimum scores and wish to pursue admission. Ask your advisor about this process.

University Core Requirements

A student seeking a baccalaureate degree must complete a total of 35 hours in core courses. 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 Requirements

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.


Praxis Series Tests

Candidates 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. In order to complete the Education Minor, students must pass the Praxis Subject Assessment pedagogy exam (Principles of Learning and Teaching) and all required Praxis Subject Assessment content exams within their licensure area. The content exams are 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 an education program degree plan with a minor in 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 Subject Assessment scores to the Director of Teacher Licensure and Placement.

Curriculum

Minor (18 hours)

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

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.


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Gail D. Hughes, Ph.D.

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