2007–2008 Education/Teacher Education Programs

Admission | Student Teaching | Program Requirements | Degree-Seeking Students | Early Childhood (K–3) | Elementary (1–8) | ECE/ELED Composite | Secondary (6–12) | Course Descriptions

Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Licensure

Mission Statement

The teacher education programs take a practical, multifaceted, student centered approach to preparing teachers. Content knowledge and pedagogy are developed to prepare teacher education students for teaching all learners. Professionalism in diverse school contexts is modeled and practiced through courses and related field experience. Teacher education students create a portfolio focused on self-reflection to document growth toward program goals.

Program Standards

Knowledge of Learners and their Development
Knowledge of Subject Matter and Curriculum Goals
Knowledge of Teaching
Knowledge of Culture and Society

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. 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 and letter
    • Background Check form and fingerprints
    • Have a 2.75 cumulative GPA
    • Three letters of recommendation
  3. To complete the admissions process, all students must be enrolled in EDUC 302 and may also be enrolled in EDUC 268, 303, 322, 340 and SPED 303 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.

    Note: All upper division, education transfer courses must be approved by the Dean or Program Director. 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 220, 221, 250, 300, 302, 303, 304, 320, and SPED 303.

Student Teaching

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

  • 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.
  • Submit the Major/Minor/Education Advisor Recommendation and audit forms.
  • Be approved to student teach by the Teacher Education faculty.
  • Must have taken the Praxis II test.

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 after successful completion of the student’s specific teacher education program and completion of state approved licensure tests.

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.

All students must complete the appropriate state required content test(s) in order to meet the requirement for an initial Utah Level I teaching license.

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.

Early Childhood (Grades K–3) Program Requirements (ECE)

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 coursework must be planned with the student’s advisor. Early Childhood Education majors must have an academic or teaching content minor. Acceptable academic or teaching minors and acceptable transfer academic or teaching minors are listed. Other minors must be approved by the dean.

Art

Music

Communication

Physical Science

Computer Science

Psychology

English

Social Science

ESL

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 courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Education major:

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
MATH 141 College Algebra, LE




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4


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, four credit hours of a May term/summer cross-cultural national study tour approved by the School of Education, 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.
Note: Foreign Language is not a requirement for Combined Masters/Licensure Program

II.

Prerequisite Courses

11

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
*PSYC 301 Child Development
**MATH 141 College Algebra, LE

*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.
** Or higher level or equivalent

4
3
4





III.

Required Courses

59

EDUC 220** Math for ECE and ELED Teachers I
EDUC 221** Math for ECE and ELED Teachers II
EDUC 250** Introduction to ECE/ELED Teaching
EDUC 302** Foundations of Education
EDUC 303** Teaching with Technology
EDUC 304** ECE/ELED Child Development Lab
EDUC 305 Classroom Management
EDUC 315 Learning Theory
EDUC 320 Education in a Diverse Society
EDUC 341* Language Arts Methods
EDUC 342* Science Methods
EDUC 343* Reading Foundations I
EDUC 344* Creative Arts Methods
EDUC 346* Social Studies Methods

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

EDUC 360 ECE/ELEM: Portfolio Development
EDUC 361 Healthy Life Styles
EDUC 362 Physical Education Methods
EDUC 368* Math and Methods for K–8 Teachers
EDUC 419 Early Childhood Student Teaching Seminar
EDUC 490 Early Childhood Student Teaching

*Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.

** May be taken prior to admission to the program

3
3
2
4
2
1
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3



1

2
1
1
3
2
10



TOTAL HOURS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION MAJOR

78

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

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 coursework must be planned with the student’s advisor. Elementary education majors must have an academic or teaching content minor.

Programs offering teaching minors are:

Art

Music

Communication

Physical Science

Computer Science

Psychology

English

Social Science

ESL

Spanish

French

Special Education

History

Speech

Mathematics

Theatre

The major in Elementary Education includes the following:

Completion of Teacher Education Program Admission, Step 1

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Education major:

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
MATH 141 College Algebra, LE




4
4


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, four credit hours of a May term/summer cross-cultural national study tour approved by the School of Education, 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.
Note: Foreign Language is not a requirement for Combined Masters/Licensure Program

II.

Prerequisite Courses

11

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
*PSYC 301 Child Development
**MATH 141 College Algebra, LE

*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.
**Or higher level or equivalent

4
3
4





III.

Required Courses

59

EDUC 220** Math for ECE and ELED Teachers I
EDUC 221** Math for ECE and ELED Teachers II
EDUC 250** Introduction to ECE/ELED Teaching
EDUC 302** Foundations of Education
EDUC 303** Teaching with Technology
EDUC 304** ECE/ELED Child Development Lab
EDUC 305 Classroom Management
EDUC 315 Learning Theory
EDUC 320 Education in a Diverse Society
EDUC 341* Language Arts Methods
EDUC 342* Science Methods
EDUC 344* Creative Arts Methods
EDUC 346* Social Studies Methods
EDUC 351* Reading Foundations II
EDUC 354 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties (1)
or
EDUC 355 Literature-Based Reading Instruction (1)
EDUC 360 ECE/ELED: Portfolio Development
EDUC 361 Healthy Life Styles
EDUC 362 Physical Education Methods
EDUC 368* Math Methods for K–8 Teachers
EDUC 418 Elementary Student Teaching Seminar
EDUC 480 Elementary Student Teaching
*Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.
** May be taken prior to admission to the program.

3
3
2
4
2
1
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3


1
2
1
1
3
2
10



TOTAL HOURS FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MAJOR

78

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 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

ENGL 312 Children's Literature

3

THTR 350 Creative Dynamics

2


*if not taken as required courses

Early Childhood/Elementary Composite (Grades K–8) Program Requirements (ECE/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 coursework must be planned with the student’s advisor. Early Childhood/Elementary Education Composite majors must have an academic or teaching content minor. Acceptable academic or teaching minors and acceptable transfer academic or teaching minors are listed. Other minors must be approved by the dean.

Art

Music

Communication

Physical Science

Computer Science

Psychology

English

Social Science

ESL

Spanish

French

Special Education

History

Speech

Mathematics Theatre

The major in Early Childhood/Elementary Education includes the following:

Completion of Teacher Education Program Admission, Step 1

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Education major:

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
MATH 141 College Algebra, LE




4
4


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, four credit hours of a May term/summer cross-cultural national study tour approved by the School of Education, 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

11

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
*PSYC 301 Child Development
**MATH 141 College Algebra, LE

*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.
** or higher level equivalent

4
3
4






III.

Required Courses

61

EDUC 220** Math for ECE and ELED Teachers I
EDUC 221** Math for ECE and ELED Teachers II
EDUC 250** Introduction to ECE/ELED Teaching
EDUC 302** Foundations of Education
EDUC 303** Teaching with Technology
EDUC 304** ECE/ELED Child Development Lab
EDUC 305 Classroom Management
EDUC 315 Learning Theory
EDUC 320 Education in a Diverse Society
EDUC 341* Language Arts Methods
EDUC 342* Science Methods
EDUC 343* Reading Foundations I
EDUC 344* Creative Arts Methods
EDUC 346* Social Studies Methods
EDUC 351* Reading Foundations II
EDUC 360 ECE/ELED: Portfolio Development
EDUC 361 Healthy Life Styles
EDUC 362 Physical Education Methods
EDUC 368* Math Methods for K–8 Teachers
EDUC 416 ECE/ELED Student Teaching Seminar
EDUC 480 Elementary Student Teaching
EDUC 490 Early Childhood Student Teaching
*Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.
** May be taken prior to admission to the program.

3
3
2
4
2
1
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
2
1
1
3
2
6 or 4
4 or 6


TOTAL HOURS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD/ELEMENTARY EDUCATION COMPOSITE MAJOR

80

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

The following classes are recommended but not required.

EDUC 300 Special Topics (1–4)

EDUC 354 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties (1)

EDUC 355 Literature-Based Reading Instruction (1)

ENGL 312 Children's Literature (3)

THTR 350 Creative Dynamics (2)

*If not taken as a required course

Secondary Education (Grades 6–12) 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 coursework at Westminster. Secondary education students must select a teaching major and an academic or teaching minor, or a composite teaching major. All coursework 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




4


Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Secondary Education students must complete the Foreign Language requirement of their teaching major.

II.

Prerequisite Courses

7

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.

4
3





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

4
2
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
10
2–8

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SECONDARY EDUCATION LICENSURE

51–57

Completion of an approved teaching major and academic or teaching minor or composite teaching major 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 313 Literature for Young Adults

3