Teacher Education

   

Contact Information
Dana Hood, Chair
ACU Box 29008
Abilene, Texas 79699-9008
Education Building, Room 101

 

Phone: 325-674-2112
Fax: 325-674-2123
Email: hoodd@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/education

 

Majors:

     Early Childhood through 6th Grade (BS) 
     Grades 4 through 8 (Middle School) (BS)
     High School (Grades 8 through 12) (BS) 
     All-Level Special Education (BS)

 

 

Supplements:English as a Second Language
                       Special Education

Faculty
Dennis Cavitt, Instructor
Sheila Delony, Assistant Professor
Julie Douthit, Instructor 
Dana L. Hood, Associate Professor
Sam Stewart, Assistant Professor
Stephanie Talley, Instructor

 

Course Descriptions
Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Department of Teacher Education include those with the following designations: EACH, EDUC, READ, SPED.

 

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Criteria for Admission to Teacher Education
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The Department of Teacher Education offers the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in interdisciplinary studies. Degrees are available leading to certification at four levels: Age 3 through Grade 6, Grades 4 through 8, Grades 8 through 12, and All Level. Supplements that may be added to a teaching field include English as a Second Language (ESL) and Special Education.  

Introduction

The goal of the Department of Teacher Education is to prepare educators who will have the professional knowledge and skills to work in a wide range of roles in elementary and secondary schools both public and private. Approximately 500 students each year prepare for certification in some aspect of professional education. A capable faculty provides a rich background of practical experience and academic preparation.

The teacher education program is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification. Abilene Christian University is a member of the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education.

   Criteria for Admission to Teacher Education
Before taking more than 6 hours of any combination of EDUC classes, a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:

  1. Complete and submit an application for admission into the Teacher Education Program;
  2. Be enrolled in or have completed the first 45 semester hours of credit;
  3. Successfully complete with a C or better 12 hours in the candidate’s chosen content field;
  4. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 (2.7 or higher in the content field);
  5. Complete 6 hours of University Core English with no grade lower than a “C” (in order to maintain admission status, the  candidate must earn a C or better in all core English courses);
  6. Pass all three sections of the Texas Higher Education assessment (THEA) test, with a score on the reading section of 260 or higher, a score on the math section of 230 or higher and a score on the writing section of 240 or higher. Students may retake the THEA once if the required level is not earned in the first administration. Acceptance of scores from a third administration of the THEA are subject to review by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee;
  7. Be enrolled in or successfully complete (“C” or better) EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives (If admitted before completion of EDUC 211, admission will be contingent upon completing the course with a “C” or better. In the event that the student does not complete this course successfully, admission to the program will be suspended until this requirement is fulfilled.);
  8. Successfully complete the ACU Teacher Education formal writing sample administered in EDUC 211;
  9. Successfully complete the first submission of the Teacher Education E-Portfolio as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook;
  10. Complete the University Core Speech requirement with a B or better;
  11. Declare a major that includes certification;
  12. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. An interview with the committee may be required.

Any exemptions or modifications to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. In addition, admission to teacher education is not the final step in the process. In order to remain in the program, the prospective teacher must continue to meet the GPA requirement (2.7). Approval to take Education Block classes (411/412 and 431/432) and to enroll in student teaching must be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee before enrolling in those classes.

Other Teacher Education Requirements

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.70, 2.70 GPA in the content field, and continued approval of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee must be maintained.
  2. A grade of "C" or better is required for all majors courses.
  3. Junior and senior transfer students must take the THEA and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program during their first semester at Abilene Christian University to continue in professional education course work. Arrangements to take the THEA should be made as quickly as possible by contacting the Office of Career and Academic Development.

Note:
A candidate who does not have an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher may be conditionally admitted to the program if all other admissions criteria are met and if all of the following are true:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.7 or higher in the last 60 hours
  2. A GPA of 2.7 in the teaching content field
  3. No university disciplinary actions filed – academic or otherwise
  4. A formal letter of request submitted to the admissions committee describing the candidate’s academic history and articulating motivations for wanting to enter the teaching profession
  5. An interview with the Teacher Education Admissions Committee.

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   Teacher Certification

Students who complete the Teacher Education Program and who wish to obtain Texas teacher certification must pass the appropriate tests in professional education and in the appropriate teaching fields as required by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). Approval to take the certification tests must be obtained from the Department of Teacher Education and/or appropriate subject area departments. Additional information is available from the certification officer in the Department of Teacher Education. Students seeking certification to teach foreign language must also pass the Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT). Those who do not take the certification tests within a year after completing course work may be subject to additional requirements.

All students who plan to complete the Teacher Education Program at ACU are advised that the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) at times revises its certification rules, regulations and procedures. Since ACU’s Teacher Education Program is accredited by the SBEC, some changes in the requirements and procedures contained in this catalog may be necessary. Students seeking certification will be expected to meet the requirements in admissions, programs, certification and degree plans that are in effect at the time they graduate even if they are different from those in this catalog. Students are encouraged to contact the Department of Teacher Education on a regular basis and to maintain close communication with their degree plan specialist to learn of changes as they occur. Degree plan specialists will make every effort to substitute courses for students as requirements change while continuing to prepare students for successful completion of the certification tests.

Except with prior approval of the chair of the Department of Teacher Education, individuals who complete their degree program at ACU must take all required professional education courses in residence. Approval of an exception must be obtained by completing a Transfer Course Application.

Study Abroad Expectations

All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted regarding this during the freshman year.

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   EARLY CHILDHOOD THROUGH GRADE 6 CERTIFICATION (BS)

BS: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – GENERALIST (AGE 3 - GRADE 6) DEGREE PLAN (IDSC)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ..........................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament .....................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible (recommended BIBM 390, 430, 434, 438) .............................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature – choose one: ENGL 221, 222, 231, 232, 262, 263 ..........

3

3

Speech
    *COMS 286 Speech Activities in Elementary School ..............................3
History
     HIST 221 American History I ................................................................................3
Science
     BIOL 120 Biology - Human Perspective or 
          BIOL 203 Basic Biology for Teachers ................................................................
     Choose three hours from: AENV 130, GEOL 111, PHYS 102 ..........................

3
3
Mathematics
    *MATH 148 Concepts of Mathematics ......................................................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities (1 hour must be EXSC 222) .......................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BS DEGREE CORE (IDSC – ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – GENERALIST)
English
     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...............................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities
     GEOG 235 World Geography or
          GEOG 354 Cultural Geography ........................................................................
     HIST 222 American History II ...............................................................................
     POLS 226 States and Federal System ....................................................................

 

3
3
3

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 10 221, 222, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        THEA 220 or THEA 250 .....................................................................

3
TOTAL BS (IDSC – ELEMENTARY) CORE .................................................

*Designated courses considered part of the major.

15
INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJOR
Interdisciplinary Course Requirements

     ART 487 Art for Elementary Teachers ...................................................................
     CHEM 203 General Science for Elementary Teachers ............................

     EACH 363 Early Language and Literacy .............................................

     EACH 451 Guidance in Early Childhood .................................................................

     EACH 466 Education of Young Children ................................................
     EDUC 250 Literature for Children ..........................................................................

     MATH 147 Fundamentals of Number and Arithmetic ................................

     MUSE 332 Elementary Music Techniques and Literature .................................
     READ 363 Foundations of Reading ..................................................................

     READ 460 Reading Assessment and Instruction ............................................

     READ 464 Reading-Writing Connection ............................................

     READ 480 Problems in Reading ............................................................................

     SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs (writing-intensive course) .......

3

4

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Professional Education Requirements

     EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives ...............

     EDUC 323 Integrated Math & Science PreK-2 ............................................

     EDUC 331 Teaching Social Studies in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 .......

     EDUC 411 Elementary Curriculum, Materials and Media ...................................

     EDUC 431 Elementary Management and Methods ...................................

     EDUC 470 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Grades ...............................

     EDUC 476 Effective Teaching Strategies for English Language Learners ..............

     EDUC 490 Student Teaching .............................................

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

6

Must make application and be approved to take EDUC 490.

GPA of 2.70 required to remain in Teacher Education Program.

TOTAL ...................................................................................................................67
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................6
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.70

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Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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   GRADES 4 THROUGH 8 CERTIFICATION (BS)

The middle school certificate prepares one to teach one of the four subjects in grades 4 through 8: English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies. The middle school mathematics degree plan can be found in the Mathematics Department section of this catalog.

BS: MIDDLE SCHOOL – LANGUAGE ARTS (GRADE 4-8) DEGREE PLAN (IDSM) (ENGL)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ...............................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ...............................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible (recommended BIBM 390, 430, 434, 438) .....................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     ENGL 221 Major British Writers I ...........................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 286 Speech Activities in Elementary School or

          COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..............................

 

3

History
     HIST 100-299 ................................................................................3
Science

     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 120 .........


6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) .................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BS DEGREE CORE (IDSM – MIDDLE SCHOOL CERTIFICATION)
English
     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature .......................................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities
     Choose 9 hours (3 must be advanced - SOCI 442 suggested) from:
          anthropologyeconomics (also AGRB 261), geography, history, philosophy
          political science, psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology
          (maximum one course per area) ............

 

 

9

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, 221, 222, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        THEA 220 or THEA 250 .....................................................................

3
TOTAL BS (IDSM – MIDDLE SCHOOL) CORE ..........................................15
INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJOR
Language Arts Teaching Field

     ENGL 222 Major British Writers II .........................................................................

     ENGL 231 World Literature I .................................................................................

     ENGL 262 American Literature Before 1900 or

          ENGL 263 American Literature After 1900 ........................................

     ENGL 325 Advanced Composition .........................................................................

     ENGL 330 Advanced English Grammar ..................................................................

     EDUC 250 Literature for Children or

          ENGL 351 Literature for Young Adults ..............................................

     ENGL 459 English for Secondary Teachers .............................................

     READ 363 Foundations of Reading ...............................

     READ 460 Reading Assessment and Instruction .....................................

     READ 464 Reading-Writing Connection ...............................................

     READ 480 Problems in Reading ............................................................................

3

3

 

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

Professional Education Requirements

     EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives ..................

     EDUC 221 Educational Psychology (may also fulfill social sciences credit) ..........

     EDUC 335 Teaching in the Middle School ............................................

     EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media .............................................

     EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods .......................................

     EDUC 490 Student Teaching ..........................................

3

3

3

3

3

6

Must make application and be approved to take EDUC 490.

GPA of 2.70 required to remain in Teacher Education Program.

Other Required Courses
     SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs (writing-intensive course) ........3
TOTAL ....................................................................................................................57
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................15-18
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.70

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128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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BS: MIDDLE SCHOOL – SCIENCE (GRADE 4-8) DEGREE PLAN (IDSM) (SCIT)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ..................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament .................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible (recommended BIBM 390, 430, 434, 438) ...........................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature – choose one: ENGL 221, 222, 231, 232, 262, 263 .........

3

3

Speech
     COMS 286 Speech Activities in Elementary School or

          COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ....................................

 

3

History
     HIST 100-299 ................................................................................3
Science

     PHYS 110 General Physics I ...............................

     GEOL 111 Introduction to Geology ...................................................

3

3

Mathematics
     MATH 109, 124, or 185 ........................................................................................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BS DEGREE CORE (IDSM – MIDDLE SCHOOL CERTIFICATION)
English
     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ................................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities

      EDUC 221 Educational Psychology
      PHYS 378 History and Philosophy of Science or
            PHYS 379 Philosophy, Religion and Science 

     Choose from: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, history,
          philosophy, sciencesociology (maximum one course per
          area) ............

 

 

9

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, 221, 222, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        THEA 220 or THEA 250 .....................................................................

3
TOTAL BS (IDSM – MIDDLE SCHOOL) CORE ...................................15
INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJOR
Science Teaching Field

     BIOL 112/114 General Biology I Lecture/Lab .......................................

     BIOL 113/115 General Biology II Lecture/Lab ........................................

     BIOL 221/223 Animal Biology Lecture/Lab or

          BIOL 222/224 Plant Biology Lecture/Lab .....................................

     BIOL 312 Cell Biology ..........................................................................................

     BIOL 362/364 Ecology Lecture/Lab .......................................................................

     BIOL 497 Seminar in Biology .............................................................................

     CHEM 131/133 General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab ..................................

     CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab ....................................

     CHEM 203 General Science for Elementary Teachers ...............................

     PHYS 101 Astronomy ...........................................................................................

     PHYS 111 General Physics Laboratory I  ...................................................

     PHYS 112 General Physics II  ............................................................
     PHYS 113 General Physics Laboratory II  ...................................................

4
4

4
3
4

1
4
4
4
3
1

3

1

Other Required Courses

     READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas ..........................................

     SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs (writing-intensive course) .......

3

3

Professional Education Requirements

     EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives ...........

     EDUC 221 Educational Psychology (may also fulfill social sciences credit) ...........

     EDUC 335 Teaching in the Middle School .............................................

     EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media .........................................

     EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods ...................................

     EDUC 490 Student Teaching .............................................

3

3

3

3

3

6

Must make application and be approved to take EDUC 490.

GPA of 2.70 required to remain in Teacher Education Program.

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................64
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................9-12
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.70

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128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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BS: MIDDLE SCHOOL – SOCIAL STUDIES (GRADE 4-8) DEGREE PLAN (IDSM) (SSTT)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ...................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament .....................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible (recommended BIBM 390, 430, 434, 438) ............................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature – choose one: ENGL 221, 222, 231, 232, 262, 263 ........

3

3

Speech
     COMS 286 Speech Activities in Elementary School or

          COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..................................

 

3

History
     HIST 221 American History I ................................................................................3
Science

     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 120 ............


6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) .......3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BS DEGREE CORE (IDSM – MIDDLE SCHOOL CERTIFICATION)
English
     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...............................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities

     HIST 222 American History II ...............................................................................

     POLS 226 States and Federal System .....................................................

     SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology ......................................................................

3

3

3

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, 221, 222, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        THEA 220 or THEA 250 .....................................................................

3
TOTAL BS (IDSM – MIDDLE SCHOOL) CORE ..............................................15
INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJOR
Social Studies Teaching Field

     ECON 260 Principles of Macroeconomics ......................................................

     EDUC 331 Teaching Social Studies in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 .......

     GEOG 235 World Geography ................................................................................

     GEOG 354 Historical and Cultural Geography ........................................

     HIST 117 Civilization I .........................................................................................

     HIST 118 Civilization II ........................................................................................

     HIST 480 Texas History .......................................................................................

     HIST 496 History for Teachers ..............................................................................

     POLS 225 National Government ............................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Other Required Courses
     EDUC 250 Literature for Children or

          ENGL 351 Literature for Young Adults ....................................................

     READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas ..................................

     SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs (writing-intensive course) .......

 

3

3

3

Professional Education Requirements

     EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives ...............

     EDUC 335 Teaching in the Middle School .........................................

     EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media ..................................................

     EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods .................................

     EDUC 490 Student Teaching ...................................................

3

3

3

3

6

Must make application and be approved to take EDUC 490.

GPA of 2.70 required to remain in Teacher Education Program.

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................57
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................15
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.70

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128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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   HIGH SCHOOL GRADES 8 THROUGH 12 CERTIFICATION (BS)

Some of the teaching fields for Grades 8 through 12 and All-Level are at times revised by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). As a result of those revisions, the degree requirements for some of the teaching fields may be changed during the next year. Teacher education students must meet the requirements for their teaching field that are in effect at the time they graduate, even if those requirements differ from those on the degree plans that follow. For the most current information regarding requirements for Grades 8 through 12 and All-Level teaching fields contact the Department of Teacher Education.

ONE-FIELD TEACHING CERTIFICATION

Department of Teacher Education:

          • English/Language Arts (IDSH) (ELA)

Other Departments:

          • Biology: Life Sciences (BIOT)

          • Chemistry and Biochemistry: Chemistry (CHMT) and Physical Science (CPST)

          • English: English (ENGT)

          • Foreign Languages: Spanish (SPNT)

          • History: History (HSTT) and Social Studies for Teachers (HSST)

          • Mathematics: Mathematics (MATT)

Information on degree requirements for these teaching fields can be found in the appropriate catalog section for those departments.

   

BS: HIGH SCHOOL – ONE FIELD (GRADES 8-12) CONCENTRATION IN
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS DEGREE PLAN (IDSH) (ELA)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus .................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ...................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible (recommended BIBM 390, 430, 434, 438) .............................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature – ENGL 221 ..........................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..............................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................

3

Science

     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 120 .................


6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) ..................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BS DEGREE CORE (HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CERTIFICATION)
English
     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature .........................................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities
     Choose from: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, history,

          philosophy, political science, psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology

          (maximum one course per area) ....................................................................

 

 

9

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, 221, 222, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        THEA 220 or THEA 250 .....................................................................

3
TOTAL BS (ELA – HIGH SCHOOL) CORE ........................................................15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
English Teaching Field

     ENGL 222 Major British Writers II .........................................................................

     ENGL 311 Literary Theory and Criticism ...............................................

     ENGL 325 Advanced Composition (writing-intensive course) ............................

     ENGL 330 Advanced English Grammar ..................................................................

     ENGL 351 Young Adult Literature ..........................................................................

     ENGL 459 English for Secondary Teachers ...................................................

     ENGL 483 Shakespeare .......................................................................................

     Choose from: ENGL 495, 496, 497 ........................................................................

     Choose from: ENGL 362, 363, 464 ........................................................................

     Choose from: ENGL 376, 377, 378, 470, 471, 499 .......................................

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

6

3

Other Required Courses

     READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas ............................................
     READ 363 Foundations of Reading ...........................

     READ 480 Problems in Reading or 
          READ 460 Reading Assessment and Instruction or 
          SPED 477 Teaching Students with High Incident Disabilities  ........................

     SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs (writing-intensive course) .......

3

3

 

 

3

3

Professional Education Requirements

     EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives ...................

     EDUC 221 Educational Psychology (may also fulfill social sciences credit) ............

     EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media .............................................

     EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods ............................................

     EDUC 490 Student Teaching ....................................................

3

3

3

3

6

Must make application and be approved to take EDUC 490.

GPA of 2.70 required to remain in Teacher Education Program.

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................63
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................9-12
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.70

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Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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   All-Level (EC through 12) Certification

All-Level teacher certification is offered in the following areas:

          • Art (ARTT)

          • Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS)

          • Music (MTIA, MTPA or MTVA)

          • Special Education (IDSP)

For requirements in All-Level teaching certification degrees, see the catalog section of the appropriate department.

BS: ALL-LEVEL SPECIAL EDUCATION (EC-12) (IDSP)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus .....................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ...................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible (recommended BIBM 390, 430, 434, 438) .........................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature – choose one: ENGL 221, 222, 231, 232, 262, 263 ..........

3

3

Speech
     COMS 286 Speech Activities in Elementary School .........................3
History
     HIST 221 American History I ................................................................................3
Science

     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 120 ..............


6
Mathematics
     MATH 148 Concepts of Mathematics .........................................................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities (1 hour must be EXSC 222) ................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BS DEGREE CORE (IDSS – HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CERTIFICATION)
English
     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature .......................................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities
     Choose from: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, history,

          philosophy, political science, psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology

          (maximum one course per area) .....................................................................

 

 

9

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, 221, 222, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        THEA 220 or THEA 250 .....................................................................

3
TOTAL BS (IDSP – ALL-LEVEL SPECIAL EDUCATION EC-12) CORE .................15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Interdisciplinary Course Requirements
     SPED 374 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Children .................................

     EDUC 250 Literature for Children or

          ENGL 351 Literature for Young Adults .......................................................

     MATH 147 Fundamentals of Number and Arithmetic .......................................

     MATH 247 Number Concepts of Middle School Mathematics .............................
     READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas ..............................................
     READ 363 Foundations of Reading .........................................

     READ 460 Reading Assessment and Instruction ..........................................

     READ 480 Problems in Reading ............................................................................

     SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs (writing-intensive course) ......

     SPED 477 Teaching Students with High Incident Disabilities ..........................

     SPED 481 Teaching Students with Low Incident Disabilities ................................

     SPED 485 Assessment and Behavior in Special Education ..............................

     SPED 488 Programs and Services in Special Education or
          EACH 363 Early Language and Literacy or
          EDUC 476 Effective Teaching Strategies for English Language Learners .........

3

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Professional Education Requirements

     EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives ....................

     EDUC 221 Educational Psychology (may also fulfill social sciences credit) .........

     EDUC 331 Teaching Social Studies in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 ............

     EDUC 411 Elementary Curriculum, Materials and Media ....................................

     EDUC 431 Elementary Management and Methods .......................................

     EDUC 470 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Grades ..................................

     EDUC 490 Student Teaching .....................................................

3

3

3

3

3

3

6

Must make application and be approved to take EDUC 490.

GPA of 2.70 required to remain in Teacher Education Program.

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................63
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................9-12
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.70

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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   Supplements

English as a Second Language

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE SUPPLEMENT FOR 4-8, 8-12, AND EC-12 CERTIFICATIONS

The following 15 hours are required:

     EDUC 476 Effective Teaching Strategies for English Language Learners ..........
     EDUC 490 Student Teaching .........................................................................

     ENGL 330 Advanced English Grammar ..................................................................

     ENGL 432 Introduction to Linguistics ....................................................

     READ 464 Reading-Writing Connection ........................................................

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3

3

3

3



 

   Special Education

ADDING SUPPLEMENTAL SPECIAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATION TO AN INITIAL ELEMENTARY, ALL-LEVEL, MIDDLE SCHOOL OR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CERTIFICATE

This supplement will certify an individual to teach special education at the level and in the field
of his/her certification. In addition to the requirements of the degree plan for their initial
teacher certification, students will be required to take the following courses:

      COMP 334 Language Disorders in Children or

          SPED 374 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Children .......................

     SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs ............................................

     SPED 477 Teaching Students with High Incident Disabilities ......................

     SPED 481 Teaching Students with Low Incident Disabilities ...........................

     SPED 485 Assessment and Behavior in Special Education ................................

     SPED 488 Programs and Services in Special Education .................................

     Complete student teaching and courses in an approved teaching field.

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................18


 

ADDING ALL-LEVEL STAND-ALONE SPECIAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATION TO ANOTHER TEACHING CERTIFICATE (ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL, ALL-LEVEL)

This will certify an individual to teach special education at all levels and in all content fields.
In addition to the requirements of the degree plan for their initial teacher certification,
students will be required to take the following courses:

     COMP 334 Language Disorders in Children or

          SPED 374 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Children ..................
     EACH 363 Early Language and Literacy ...................................................
     MATH 147 Fundamentals of Number and Arithmetic ..........................................

     MATH 148 Concepts of Mathematics ...........................................................

     MATH 247 Number Concepts of Middle School Mathematics .............................

     READ 363 Foundations of Reading .................................

     READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas or

          READ 464 Reading Assessment and Instruction .......................................

     READ 480 Problems in Reading ............................................................................
     SPED 477 Teaching Students with High Incident Disabilities ...............................

     SPED 481 Teaching Students with Low Incident Disabilities .............................

     SPED 485 Assessment and Behavior in Special Education ...............................

     SPED 488 Programs and Services in Special Education ...................................   


3
3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3
3
3
3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................36

Some of these hours may be met under the degree plan for the initial teacher certification,
i.e. Elementary (EC-6), Middle School (all content fields), High School (all content fields),
All-Level (exercise science, art, music). Check those degree plans for more information.
Students will take the Stand-Alone Special Education TExES (161) in addition to the
Content and PPR TExEs for their certificate.



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