Teacher Education

Dana Pemberton, Chair
ACU Box 29008
Abilene, Texas 79699-9008
Education Building, Room 101

Phone: 325-674-2112
Fax: 325-674-2123
Email: dlp94a@acu.edu
Web: acu.edu/education 

Faculty
Mitzi Adams, Instructor
Dennis Cavitt, Instructor
Sheila Delony, Assistant Professor
Julie Douthit, Instructor 
Andrew Huddleston, Assistant Professor
Dana Mayhall, Adjunct Instructor
Dana K. Pemberton, Professor
Jenn Rogers, Instructor
Jill Scott, Assistant Professor
Sam Stewart, Associate Professor
Stephanie Talley, Instructor

Majors:
Early Childhood Elementary (BS)
High School Teacher Certification (BS)
 

The Department of Teacher Education offers the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in interdisciplinary studies. Degrees are available leading to certification at three levels: Age 3 through Grade 6, Grades 6 through 12, Grades 7 through 12, and All Level. Supplements that may be added to a teaching field include English as a Second Language (ESL) and Special Education.  

A full list of certifications is available here.

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 400 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 and is nationally accredited through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Abilene Christian University is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education and the Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities in Texas.

Criteria for Admission to ACU Teacher Education   
 

In accordance with Texas state law, the ACU Teacher Education Program has established the following criteria for admission 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. 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 overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 and a GPA of 2.75 or higher in the content field;
  5. Complete 6 hours of University English requirements with no grade lower than a “C” (In order to maintain admission us status, the candidate must earn a C or better in all university required 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. Successfully complete (C or better) EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives;
  8. Successfully complete the Teacher Education Dispositions Review as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook;
  9. Declare a major that includes certification;
  10. Receive successful student life review;
  11. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee.  An interview with the committee may be required.


Any exemptions or modification 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 (2.75).

Note: Candidates must meet criteria for admission in place at the time of application to Teacher Education.

English Language Proficiency Assessment Requirement:
International students with primary languages other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by an official TOEFL score of at least 600 (computer-based score of 250, iBT of 100).

Additional program requirements:

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.75, 2.75 in the content filed, and continued approval of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee must be maintained.  If the GPA falls below the standard, the candidate’s admission to Teacher Education will be revoked.  If the GPA later meets the standard, the candidate must reapply to the program and meet the standards at the time of reapplication.  If the GPA falls below criteria again, the candidate’s admission to Teacher Education will be permanently revoked.
  2. In order to maintain eligibility, the candidate must be able to perform the essential functions of teaching as outlined in the ACU Teacher Education Handbook. 
  3. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the candidate’s teaching filed, all professional education courses, and all courses in the major.
  4. All professional education courses (EDUC, READ, SPED, and EACH) must be taken in residence.
  5. 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.
  6. Any appeals related to admissions will be directed first to the chair of Teacher Education.  If the candidate does not feel the issue is resolved, the appeal will be forwarded to the dean of the College of Education and Human Services.

Note: A candidate who does not have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher may be admitted to the program if all other admissions criteria are met and if all of the following are true;

  1. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 60 hours;
  2. A GPA of 2.75 in the teaching content field with no grade lower than a C;
  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.

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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 exams 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 exams 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. Those who do not take the certification exams 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 program admission, 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 exams.

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. 

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/ELEMENTARY CERTIFICATION (BS) 

BS: EARLY CHILDHOOD/ELEMENTARY DEGREE PLAN (IDSC)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Interdisciplinary Course Requirements  

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 237 Fundamentals of Number and Arithmetic  

MATH 238 Concepts of Mathematics  

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)  

TOTAL

Professional Education Requirements

EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives  

EDUC 287 Integrating the Arts Across the Elementary School Curriculum

EDUC 323 Integrated Math & Science: PreK-2  

EDUC 331 Teaching Social Studies in Pre K - Grade 8 

EDUC 411 Elementary Curriculum, Materials and Media (capstone course)  

EDUC 431 Elementary Management and Methods (capstone course)  

EDUC 370 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Grades 3-6  

EDUC 476 Effective Teaching Strategies for English

        Language Learners  

EDUC 490 Student Teaching* (capstone course) 

*Students who are accepted into the MEd program will have 6 hours waived and will complete Student Teaching in Graduate School.

Must make application and be approved to take EDUC 490.

GPA of 2.75 required to remain in Teacher Education Program.

Other Required Courses

        Fine Arts

        MUSE 330 Music Education for Elementary Teachers 

    Science

          BIOL 101 Biology - Human Perspective or

              BIOL 203 Basic Biology for Teachers  

        Choose three hours from: AENV 130, GEOL 111, PHYS 102 

Social Sciences/Humanities

         Choose 3 hours from: HIST 117, 118, 221, or 222

         Choose 3 hours from: GEOG 235, 354, INTS 212, 217

         Choose 3 hours from: POLS 225, 226 or ECON 260

TOTAL 
1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

4

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

3

37

 

(3)1

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

3

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 


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(3)¹

 

(3)1

(2)1/1

(3)1

4

 
 

ELECTIVES  
Minimum        5
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS      73
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Minimum total hours (MEd acceptance)

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

2.75

33

129

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HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CERTIFICATION (BS)   

Some of the teaching fields for high school and All-Level certifications 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 at times change in response to state level changes. 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 high school and All-Level teaching fields contact the Department of Teacher Education.

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHING CERTIFICATIONS

 Department of Teacher Education:

     · High School Teacher Certification English Language Arts (IDSH) (ELA)

Other Departments:

· High School Teacher Certification -Life Sciences (BIOT)

· Chemistry and Biochemistry: Chemistry (CHMT) 
  High School Teacher Certification - Physical Science (CPST)

· English: English (ENGT)

· High School Teacher Certification - Social Studies (HSST)

· High School Teacher Certification - History (HSTT)

· Mathematics: Mathematics (MATT)

· High School Teacher Certification - Physics and Mathematics (PHMT) 

· Convergence Journalism/Multimedia - Journalism and Technology Applications    Certifications (JMCT) 

· High School Teacher Certification - Computer Science and Mathematics (CSMT)

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

 
  

BS: HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CERTIFICATION - ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS DEGREE PLAN (IDSH) (ELA)  
   UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

English Teaching Field   

   ENGL 221 Major British Writers I   

   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 432 Introduction to Linguistics  

   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, 471499 

Other Required Courses

  EDUC 476 Effective Teaching Strategies for English Language Learners  

  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 Incidence Disabilities 

  SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs

        (writing-intensive course)  

Professional Education Requirements 

  EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives 

  EDUC 221 Educational Psychology  

  EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media (capstone course)  

  EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods  

  EDUC 490 Student Teaching (capstone course)  

Must make application and be approved to take EDUC 490.

GPA of 2.75 required to remain in Teacher Education Program.

TOTAL 

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)¹

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

6

3

 

(3)1

3

3

 

 

3

 

3

  

3

(3)¹

3

3

6

 

 

63

 
 

ELECTIVES  
Minimum 9
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS  72
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

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

2.75

33

128


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All-Level (EC through 12) Certification 

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

·   Art (ARTT)

·   Music (MTIA, MTPA or MTVA)

·   Theatre (THED)

·   Language and Literature: Spanish (SPNT)

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

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Supplements

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:

  SPED 374 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Children  

  SPED 477 Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities  

  SPED 481 Teaching Students with Low Incidence 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 

Complete student teaching and courses in an approved teaching field.

TOTAL 

  
 
 
 

3

3

3

3

 

 

3

 

15

ADDING ALL-LEVEL SPECIAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATION TO ANOTHER   TEACHING CERTIFICATE (ELEMENTARY, 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:

  MATH 237 Fundamentals of Number and Arithmetic  

  MATH 238 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 374 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Children  

  SPED 477 Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities  

  SPED 481 Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities  

  SPED 485 Assessment and Behavior in Special Education  

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

TOTAL 

 
 
 

3

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3


33

 
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, TECH, and SPED.

 

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