2009-2010 Education/Teacher Education Programs

Admission | Student Teaching | Program Requirements | Degree-Seeking Students | Elementary (K-6) | Secondary (6-12) | Course Descriptions

Elementary Education, Special 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.

School of Education Domains & Standards

Learners and Their Development

  1. Teacher candidates will demonstrate understanding of learning as developmental.
  2. Teacher candidates will demonstrate knowledge of multiple theories of learning.
  3. Teacher candidates will, with sensitivity to exceptionalities and cultural diversity, evaluate why all children may be responding or behaving in particular ways.
  4. Teacher candidates will apply systematic inquiry and reflection to understanding student learning.

Subject Matter and Curriculum Goals

  1. Teacher candidates will demonstrate knowledge of subject matter.
  2. Teacher candidates will develop curriculum that connects knowledge about students to content specific instructional standards.

Teaching

  1. Teacher candidates will develop and implement assessments that measure learning and drive the design of differentiated instruction and intervention.
  2. Teacher candidates will demonstrate how factors such as exceptionalities, gender, and class affect learning.
  3. Teacher candidates will create and manage a caring, equitable, respectful, purposeful classroom.
  4. Teacher candidates will demonstrate multiple effective teaching strategies including the use of technology.
  5. Teacher candidates will work collaboratively with peers, K-12 students, colleagues, and faculty to critique each other's practice with the goal of improving learning.
  6. Teacher candidates will connect learning to students' prior knowledge and experiences.
  7. Teacher candidates will use research and engage in reflection to improve student learning.

Self, Cultures, and Contexts

  1. Teacher candidates will demonstrate how their culture affects their teaching.
  2. Teacher candidates will demonstrate how to learn about other cultures and language patterns.
  3. Teacher candidates will work with parents and colleagues to create a shared set of expectations and supports for students' learning.
  4. Teacher candidates will articulate their philosophy of education.
  5. Teacher candidates will demonstrate knowledge of how decisions affecting public education are made.
  6. Teacher candidates' work with students, families, and communities reflects the attitudes and practices expected of professional educators as delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards.
  7. Teacher candidates will recognize when their own professional attitudes and practices may need to be adjusted and are able to make appropriate changes.

Admission to the Program

All students who wish to pursue an undergraduate education licensure program must make formal application for admission to the Teacher Education Programs. Students who enter Westminster as freshmen are encouraged to complete all or most of their Liberal Education courses in the first three semesters and register for EDUC 302 in their fourth semester. Students who apply for admission to the School of Education as transfer students are encouraged to contact the Westminster College Office of Admissions at least a semester before they plan to transfer. The admissions process includes the following steps:

  1. Prior to enrolling in EDUC 302, students must pass a writing and language usage test. Information and testing dates and times are available in the START Center and the School of Education office.

    Note: Students who do not pass the test after two attempts need to check with the School of Education before proceeding to step 2.
  2. After passing the writing and language usage test, students register for EDUC 302. During this semester all students will meet with an education advisor and appropriate content area advisor(s) to complete a program plan.
  3. While enrolled in EDUC 302, students complete an admissions packet for the School of Education, which includes:

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.

The following courses may be taken prior to formal admission to the Education Programs: EDUC 201, 205, 220, 221, 250, 300, 302, 303, 320, and SPED 303. Students may not enroll in other education classes without being admitted to the program.

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.

Student Teaching

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

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 Elementary Education or Special 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.

Elementary Education (Grades K-6) 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.

Acceptable academic or teaching minors and acceptable transfer academic or teaching minors must be approved by the dean or program director.

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
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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:
  • Eight credit hours of a single foreign language.
  • Four credit hours of a foreign language and four credit hours from an international or national cross-cultural study tour approved by the School of Education.
See Foreign Language Requirement for equivalencies, AP and CLEP credit policy.
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II. Prerequisite Courses 12
. 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
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III. Required Courses 59
. EDUC 220** Math for K-6 Teachers I
EDUC 221** Math for K-6 Teachers II
EDUC 250** Introduction to Teaching
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 341* Language Arts Methods
EDUC 342* Science Methods
EDUC 343* Literacy Methods for K-6 Teachers
EDUC 344* Creative Arts Methods
EDUC 346* Social Studies Methods
EDUC 351* Early Literacy Assessment and Intervention
EDUC 360 ELED: Portfolio Development
EDUC 361 Healthy Life Styles
EDUC 362 Physical Education Methods
EDUC 368* Math Methods
EDUC 416 ELED 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.
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TOTAL HOURS FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION 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)
ENGL 383 Children's Literature (3)

Recommended Plan of Study for Elementary Education (K-6)

First Three
Semesters

LE and prerequisite courses
PSYC 105 (LE)
MATH 141 (LE) (and any classes prerequisite to MATH 141)
EDUC 320 (LE)
PSYC 301
EDUC 220
EDUC 221
Most remaining LE courses beyond the 3 listed above
Begin minor and foreign language courses
Fourth Semester Foundations courses EDUC 302
EDUC 303
Any remaining LE courses
Additional minor and foreign language courses
Fifth, Sixth and
Seventh Semesters
Methods courses
EDUC 305 EDUC 315
EDUC 341 EDUC 342
EDUC 343 EDUC 344
EDUC 346 EDUC 351
EDUC 360 EDUC 361
EDUC 362 EDUC 368
Remaining minor and foreign language courses
Eighth Semester
Student teaching
EDUC 418
EDUC 480

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. All coursework must be planned with the student's major and education advisors.

Programs offering teaching majors include:

Art Mathematics
Biology Physical Science
Chemistry Physics
English Social Science
History  

Secondary Education students may choose to complete a minor in Special Education, English as a Second Language, or a teaching minor in addition to their teaching major.

The Secondary Education program includes the following:

Completion of Teacher Education Program Admission, Step 1

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, is required for the Secondary Education program:

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 12
. 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 Portfolio Development
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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TOTAL HOURS FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MAJOR 52-58

The following classes are recommended but not required.

EDUC 300 Special Topics (1-4)
ENGL 384 Literature for Young Adults (3)

Recommended Plan of Study for Secondary Education

First Three
Semesters

LE and prerequisite courses
PSYC 105 (LE)
EDUC 320 (LE)
PSYC 305
Most remaining LE courses beyond the 3 listed above
Begin teaching major
Fourth Semester Foundations courses EDUC 302
EDUC 303
Any remaining LE courses
Additional courses in teaching major
Fifth, Sixth and
Seventh Semesters
Methods courses
EDUC 305 EDUC 315
EDUC 345
EDUC 330 EDUC 331
Remaining teaching major courses
Eighth Semester
Student teaching
EDUC 417
EDUC 470