Education Program

College of Education

College of Education Faculty

While there is not a major in education, the College of Education offers, as electives toward the bachelor’s degree, courses designed to prepare the liberal arts student to meet requirements for licensure as a teacher.

Those students who are pursuing licensure at the elementary (preK-6) level enter the Master of Science in Elementary Education Program, which is a five-year undergraduate-graduate program. Students complete education course work and field experiences at the undergraduate level; graduate with their class receiving their bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts or sciences major; and return for one more year during which they complete graduate education course work, an internship, and a research study.

Those students who are pursuing licensure for Special Education: General Curriculum enter the Master of Education Initial Licensure Five Year Pathway: Special Education General Curriculum, which is a five-year undergraduate/graduate program. Students major in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, history, English, or mathematics, complete education coursework and field experiences at the undergraduate level; graduate with their class receiving their bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts or sciences major; and return for one more year during which they complete graduate education coursework, an internship, and a research study (33 total graduate hours).

Those students who are pursuing licensure for Special Education: Adapted Curriculum enter the Master of Education Initial Licensure Five Year Pathway: Special Education Adapted Curriculum, which is a five-year  undergraduate-graduate program. Students complete education coursework and field experiences at the undergraduate level; graduate with their class receiving their bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts or sciences major; and return for one more year during which they complete graduate education coursework, an internship, and a research study (33 total graduate hours).

The College also offers the Master of Education Initial Teacher Licensure Five Year Pathway: PreK-12 for students pursuing licensure at the preK-12 level in Visual Arts, Foreign Language (French, German, Latin, Spanish), Music, and Theatre Arts; and the Master of Education Initial Teacher Licensure Five-Year Pathway: Secondary for licensure in grades 6-12 in each of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Earth Science, History and Social Science, Mathematics, and Physics. Add-on endorsements are offered in Journalism, Speech Communication, and Algebra I. These programs are undergraduate-graduate pathways to the Master of Education degree. Students complete education course work and field experiences at the undergraduate level; graduate with their class receiving their bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts or sciences major; and return for one more year during which they complete graduate education course work, an internship, and a research study.

Throughout the program, students gain experiences and skills in monitoring their own professional growth through research, reflection, and problem solving. Most of the courses require students to complete field experiences in the public schools.

College of Education students have access to all the Academic Resources outlined in that section of this Catalog. All University Academic Policies described in the Catalog apply to the College of Education students. Students must complete general education requirements, a liberal arts or sciences major, and professional studies (education course work) requirements. The professional studies component provides students with background knowledge and experience in curriculum planning and implimentation with a focus on teaching the national and state standards from a constructivist-developmental approach.

All students who gain admission to the program are eligible to join the Student Education Association. Students with high academic achievement are invited to become members of the Nu Xi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education. Awards are given each year to students who excel in supervised teaching, academic achievement, and leadership. Students in the Teacher Education Program have the opportunity to apply for a variety of scholarships.

Additional details are found in the section describing Undergraduate-Graduate Programs in Education.