General Education Courses
As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree. Gen eds are required regardless of your major.
All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Argumentative and Research Writing
- Introduction to Christian Theology
- Interpersonal Communication
- Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
- First Year Studies
Elementary-Middle Education majors will take courses covering topics such as:
- Language arts curriculum and methods
- Math for elementary school teachers
- Art foundations for educators
- Children’s literature
- Primary mathematics curriculum and methods
Teacher Education Department Mission
The mission of the Elementary-Middle Education program is to prepare candidates for the teaching profession by providing them with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to develop the pedagogical, content and technological skills necessary to function effectively as a teacher.
Program Learning Outcomes
After completion of this program, candidates will demonstrate:
- An understanding of the teaching standards, including the knowledge, skills and dispositions expected of a professional teacher.
- Academic competence in a broad base of general education and in a major appropriate for the licensure being sought and demonstrate knowledge of a variety of effective teaching methods and materials (including technology) which utilize skills that effectively apply content knowledge and knowledge of children and adolescents to the learning environment.
- The ability to design instruction effectively using a variety of instructional strategies and adapting instruction to encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills for all students. Candidates also reflect on the instructional process to improve future teaching and learning experiences.
- An understanding and an ability to design, assess and evaluate (both formal and informal) assessments for student learning and reflects on the assessment process to improve future teaching and learning experiences.
- An understanding of a diverse student population and apply appropriate instructional strategies and assessments that acknowledge sensitivity to students’ diverse learning needs.
Admission to the Education Department
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 upon completion of 40 credits
- Meeting one of the following criteria:
- Reported passing scores on all components of the Praxis Core tests (Required: Reading-156, Writing-162, Math-150
- ACT score of 23 or SAT score of 1030
- score of “Sufficient” or higher in Mathematics, English and Essay sections of the Accuplacer exam
- Successful completion of EDU 101: Introduction to Education (grade of “C” or better)
- Proficiency in speaking and listening (grade of “C” or better in COM 101 or COM 232)
- Completion of EDU 202: Psychology of Learning (grade of “C” or better)
- Successful completion of EDU 290: Introduction to Clinical Practice (grade of “C” or better)
- Submission of three Professional Disposition Performance Assessments