2002 - 2003 Education/Teacher Education Programs

Objectives | Admission | Student Teaching | Program Requirements | Degree-Seeking Students | Licensure-Only Students | Combined Masters/Licensure Program | Early Childhood Program Requirements | Elementary Education Program Requirements | Secondary Education Program Requirements | Course Descriptions

Janet Dynak, Dean

Objectives

The School of Education offers majors in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, which lead to licensure and a Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition, the School of Education offers a program in Secondary Education, which leads to licensure, a program leading to an endorsement in Special Education (see Special Education/SPED Program), and a program leading to the Master of Education degree (see MED Program). The education programs are competency based within a humanistic and developmental framework.

Primary emphasis is placed on developing competencies, areas of knowledge, problem solving, methods, and techniques which help the prospective teacher meet the needs of learners in the classroom. A continuing portion of each student's preparation is in field experiences, which begin early in the student's studies. These field experiences create a community of learners immersed in school cultures and better prepared to meet the challenges of teaching.

The Teacher Education Programs are accredited by the Utah State Board of Education and Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. Successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood or Elementary Education or completion of requirements for Secondary Licensure leads to satisfaction of the requirements for the Basic Utah Teaching License. The programs may also, but are not guaranteed to, meet licensure requirements in other states.

Students in undergraduate Teacher Education Programs must also meet requirements in content areas (academic and/or teaching majors and minors). Please refer to individual Teacher Education Programs for specific content area information.

Note: Should the Utah State Board of Education change its requirements for teacher licensure, the Teacher Education Program requirements will change accordingly.

Admission to the Program

All students who wish to pursue an undergraduate education and licensure program must make formal application for admission to the Teacher Education Programs. To declare education as a field of study and apply for formal admission to the Teacher Education Programs, students must follow the procedures and requirements in Step 1 and Step 2 described below. (You must have signed approval from an education advisor to register for any education class, but this is not the same as being formally admitted to one of the programs.)

Forms and application materials referred to are available in the School of Education Office and should be returned to that office when completed.

Declaring Education as a Program of Study

Undergraduate students begin with step 1; Graduate and licensure-only students begin with step 2.

  1. Students pursuing first bachelor's degrees with licensure in Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary Education must pass the writing and language usage test. (Information and testing dates and times are available in the START Center and the School of Education office.) Note: Undergraduate students who do not pass the test after two attempts need to check with the School of Education before proceeding to step 2.
  2. To complete the admissions process, all students must be enrolled in EDUC 302 and may also be enrolled in EDUC 268, 303, 322, and 340 or the graduate level equivalent for combined masters/licensure students. During this semester all students will meet with an education advisor and appropriate content area advisor(s) to complete a program plan.
  3. All undergraduate, graduate, and license-only students pursuing licensure in Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary Education may pick up a packet and turn in the following before or during their first semester of education coursework. Undergraduate students should not begin this paperwork until all but the last few (1-3) Liberal Education classes have been completed.
    • Declaration of Intent form
    • Background Check form
    • Have a 2.75 cumulative GPA
    • Three letters of recommendation

Note: All upper division, education transfer courses must be approved by the Dean or Program Chair. Transfer courses in content areas (i.e., academic and/or teaching majors and minors) will be reviewed by content area advisors to assure that they meet Westminster degree requirements and State of Utah teacher licensure requirements.

Students are admitted each semester and acceptance or denial to the program is based upon the review of applications by the Education faculty and the Teacher Education Program Advisory Council.

Students may not enroll in further education classes without being admitted to the program.

The following courses may be taken prior to formal admission to the Education Programs: EDUC 268, 300, 302, 303, 322, 340, and SPED 303/503.

Student Teaching

To student teach, students must have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and must complete the requirements listed below.

a.

Submit the completed Request for Student Teaching form by the first Monday in March to student teach in the fall or by the first Monday in October to student teach in the spring.

b.

Submit the Major/Minor/Education Advisor Recommendation and audit forms.

c.

Be approved to student teach by the Teacher Education faculty.

Appeal Process: A student has the right to appeal a decision denying admission to the Teacher Education Programs or denying the opportunity to student teach. The student has fifteen days after receiving a denial letter to petition the Dean, in writing, for reconsideration.

Note: Formal admission to the Teacher Education Program does not guarantee a recommendation for licensure. Recommendation for licensure is made upon development of teaching competence in designated areas and after successful completion of the student's specific teacher education program.

Program Requirements

All students, whether seeking degrees and teacher licensure or seeking teacher licensure only, must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 cumulative GPA in education courses and have a minimum grade of C+ in all education courses. In credit/no credit education courses, students must perform work at the level of C+ or higher to receive credit. Education courses may only be repeated once.

Degree-Seeking Students

All degree-seeking students must satisfy general program requirements listed above and must also satisfy requirements detailed under the specific education program.

Students with previously earned bachelor's degrees who are seeking their first teacher licensure in Early Childhood or Elementary Education are considered to be seeking second bachelor's degrees, unless otherwise designated by the Dean. These students are subject to the provisions detailed in the Second Bachelor's Degree section of this catalog.

Students seeking Secondary Education licensure who also wish to complete second bachelor's degrees are subject to the Second Bachelor's Degree section of this catalog.

Licensure-Only Students

Early Childhood or Elementary Education students with previously earned degrees who are designated by the Dean as not seeking second bachelor's degrees are considered to be licensure-only students. These students must meet with an education advisor and an advisor in their content area(s) to review transcripts to assure they meet state licensure requirements.

Secondary Education students with previously earned bachelor's degrees who are not seeking second bachelor's degrees are considered to be licensure-only students. These students must meet with an education advisor and an advisor in their content area(s) to review transcripts to assure they meet state certification requirements.

All licensure-only students must also satisfy general program requirements listed above.

Combined Masters/Licensure Program

This program is designed for students who currently hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking a graduate degree in Education along with a Utah state teaching license in secondary, elementary, or early childhood education. Students must meet the requirements for admission into both the undergraduate licensure and the Masters of Education (MED) programs, including a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Students in this program are permitted to complete four licensure course requirements through MED-level courses:

EDUC 302 (fulfilled by MED 614 or 606 and EDUC 300L)
EDUC 303 (fulfilled by MED 672)
EDUC 315 (fulfilled by MED 601 or 602)
EDUC 320 (fulfilled by MED 610)

These graduate courses will also count toward completion of the student's M.Ed., meaning that the student can complete up to 12 credit hours of the 32 required to obtain an M.Ed. by the time the student finishes his/her licensure course work.

Students are considered undergraduate while in the licensure program even though they are taking some graduate-level courses. This may offer financial aid options that are not available to graduate students. See the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Early Childhood (Grades K-3) Program Requirements (ERCHD)

Students who are seeking their first licensure must take a minimum of 30 credit hours in education at Westminster College and must also meet college residency requirements. All course work must be planned with the student's advisor. Early Childhood Education majors must have an academic/teaching major or minor. Acceptable academic/teaching majors or minors and acceptable transfer academic/teaching majors or minors are listed. Other majors or minors must be approved by the dean.

Art

Music

Communication

Physical Science

Computer Science

Psychology

English

Social Science

Fine Arts

Spanish

French

Special Education

History

Speech

Mathematics

Theatre

The major in Early Childhood Education includes the following:

Completion of Teacher Education Program Admission, Step 1

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following course, which fulfills the LE requirement, is required for the Education major:

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE




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Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Education majors must complete eight credit hours in one of the following ways:

  • Four credit hours of a foreign language, and either: four credit hours of a Westminster May term/summer international study tour, or four credits of an international study tour transferred from an accredited college or university.
  • Eight credit hours of a single foreign language.

See Foreign Language Requirement for equivalencies, AP and CLEP credit policy.

II.

Prerequisite Courses

6

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
*PSYC 301 Child Development

*Note: With Dean and/or program chair approval, prerequisite psychology courses at the 200-level may be transferred from other institutions. Psychology courses completed within the previous ten-year period will be considered for transfer.

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Required Courses

53

EDUC 268 Mathematics and Methods for Elementary Teaching I
EDUC 302 Foundations of Education
EDUC 303 Teaching with Technology
EDUC 305 Classroom Management
EDUC 315 Learning Theory
EDUC 320 Education in a Diverse Society
EDUC 340 Materials & Methods for ERCHD
EDUC 341* Language Arts Methods
EDUC 342* Science Methods
EDUC 343* Reading Foundations I

EDUC 354 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties (1)
or
EDUC 355 Literature-Based Reading Instruction (1)

EDUC 344* Creative Arts Methods
EDUC 346* Social Studies Methods
EDUC 361 Healthy Life Styles
EDUC 362 Physical Education Methods
EDUC 368* Mathematics and Methods for Elementary Teaching II
EDUC 419 Early Childhood Student Teaching Seminar
EDUC 490 Early Childhood Student Teaching

*Students must also register for one credit of EDUC 360, Field Experience/Portfolio Development, during the first and last semester enrolled in EDUC 341, 342, 343, 344, 346, 368.

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4
2
3
3
3
2
3
3
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1

3
3
1
1
3
2
10




TOTAL HOURS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION MAJOR

67

Completion of an approved academic or teaching major or minor is required (see individual program listings for details).

The following classes are recommended but not required:

EDUC 300 Special Topics

1 - 4

EDUC 351* Reading Foundations II

3

EDUC 354* Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties

1

EDUC 355* Literature-Based Reading Instruction

1

EDUC 356* Study Skills in the Content Area

1

ENGL 312 Children's Literature

3

THTR 350 Creative Dynamics

2

*If not taken as a required course

Elementary Education (Grades 1-8) Program Requirements (ELED)

Students who are seeking their first licensure must take a minimum of 30 credit hours in education at Westminster College and must also meet college residency requirements. All course work must be planned with the student's advisor. Elementary education majors must have a teaching minor to meet the requirement for an endorsement recommendation.

Programs offering teaching minors are:

Art

History

Biology

Mathematics

Chemistry

Physics

Computer Science

Spanish

English

Special Education

French

Theatre

The major in Elementary Education includes the following:

Completion of Teacher Education Program Admission, Step 1

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following course, which fulfills the LE requirement, is required for the Education major:

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE




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Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Education majors must complete eight credit hours in one of the following ways:

  • Four credit hours of a foreign language, and either: four credit hours of a Westminster May term/summer international study tour, or four credits of an international study tour transferred from an accredited college or university.
  • Eight credit hours of a single foreign language.

See Foreign Language Requirement for equivalencies, AP and CLEP credit policy.

II.

Prerequisite Courses

6

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE 3
*PSYC 301 Child Development 3

*With Dean and/or program chair approval, prerequisite psychology courses at the 200-level may be transferred from other institutions. Psychology courses completed within the previous ten-year period will be considered for transfer.

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III.

Required Courses

53

EDUC 268 Mathematics and Methods for Elem. Teaching I
EDUC 302 Foundations of Education
EDUC 303 Teaching with Technology
EDUC 305 Classroom Management
EDUC 315 Learning Theory
EDUC 320 Education in a Diverse Society

EDUC 322 Methods and Material for Middle School (2)
or
EDUC 340 Methods and Materials for Early Child. Educ. (2)

EDUC 341* Language Arts Methods
EDUC 342* Science Methods

EDUC 343* Reading Foundations I (3)
EDUC 354 or 355 (choice of one) (1)
or
EDUC 351* Reading Foundations II (1 - 3)
EDUC 354 or EDUC 355 or EDUC 356 (choice of one) (1)

EDUC 344* Creative Arts Methods
EDUC 346* Social Studies Methods
EDUC 361 Healthy Life Styles
EDUC 362 Physical Education Methods
EDUC 368* Mathematics and Methods for Elem. Teaching II
EDUC 418 Elementary Student Teaching Seminar
EDUC 480 Elementary Student Teaching

*Students must also register for one credit of EDUC 360, Field Experience/Portfolio Development, during the first and last semester enrolled in EDUC 341, 342, 343, 344, 346, 368.Students must obtain the dean's approval to register for more than three methods courses in one semester.

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3
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4

3
3
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1
3
2
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TOTAL HOURS FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MAJOR

67

Completion of an approved academic or teaching major or minor is required (see individual program listings for details).

The following classes are recommended but not required.

EDUC 300 Special Topics

1 - 4

EDUC 322 Methods and Materials for Middle School Educ.

2

ENGL 312 Children's Literature

3

THTR 350 Creative Dynamics

2

EDUC 343* Reading Foundations I (3)
or
EDUC 351* Reading Foundations II (3)

3

EDUC 354* Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties

1

EDUC 355* Literature-Based Reading Instruction

1

EDUC 356* Study Skills

1

*if not taken as required courses

Secondary Education (Grades 7-12) Program Requirements (SED)

Students who are seeking their bachelor's degree and first licensure must take a minimum of 30 credit hours of education at Westminster College and must also meet college residency requirements. Students who already have a bachelor's degree and are seeking their first licensure must take a minimum of 24 hours of education course work at Westminster. Secondary education students must select either a teaching major and teaching minor or a composite teaching major. All course work must be planned with the student's major, minor, and education advisors.

Programs offering teaching majors and minors include:

Art (major/minor)

Mathematics (major/minor)

Biology (composite major/minor)

Physical Science (composite major)

Chemistry (major/minor)

Physics (major/minor)

Computer Science (minor)

Social Science (composite major)

English (major/minor)

Spanish (minor)

French (minor)

Special Education (minor)

History (major/minor)

Theatre (minor)

The Secondary Education program includes the following:

Completion of Teacher Education Program Admission, Step 1

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following course, which fulfills the LE requirement, is required for the Education major:

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE




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Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Education majors must complete eight credit hours in one of the following ways:

  • Four credit hours of a foreign language, and either: four credit hours of a Westminster May term/summer international study tour, or four credits of an international study tour transferred from an accredited college or university.
  • Eight credit hours of a single foreign language.

See Foreign Language Requirement for equivalencies, AP and CLEP credit policy.

II.

Prerequisite Courses

6

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
*PSYC 305 Adolescent Development

*Note: With Dean and/or program chair approval, prerequisite psychology courses at the 200-level may be transferred from other institutions. Psychology courses completed within the previous ten-year period will be considered for transfer.

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III.

Required Courses

36 - 42

EDUC 302 Foundations of Education
EDUC 303 Teaching with Technology
EDUC 305 Classroom Management
EDUC 315 Learning Theory
EDUC 320 Education in a Diverse Society
EDUC 330 Secondary Instructional Planning and Techniques
EDUC 331 Secondary Field Study Experience
EDUC 345 Reading in the Secondary Classroom
EDUC 417 Secondary Student Teaching Seminar
EDUC 470 Secondary Student Teaching
Major/minor or composite methods courses

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2
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
10
2 - 8

TOTAL HOURS FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION LICENSURE

50 - 56

Completion of an approved academic or teaching major or minor is required (see individual program listings for details).

The following classes are recommended but not required.

EDUC 300 Special Topics

1 - 4

EDUC 322 Methods and Materials for Middle School Education

2

EDUC 351 Reading Foundations II

3

EDUC 354 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties

1

EDUC 355 Literature-Based Reading Instruction

1

EDUC 356 Study Skills in the Content Area

1

ENGL 313 Literature for Young Adults

3