2011 - 2012 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

The School of Education has developed 20 standards that all students must meet to complete one of our programs and be recommended for a teaching license. These 20 standards are education-specific manifestations of the college-wide learning goals.

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

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

Teaching

7. Teacher candidates will develop and implement assessments that measure learning and drive the design of differentiated instruction and intervention.
8. Teacher candidates will demonstrate how factors such as exceptionalities, gender, and class affect learning.
9. Teacher candidates will create and manage a caring, equitable, respectful, purposeful classroom.
10. Teacher candidates will demonstrate multiple effective teaching strategies including the use of technology.
11. 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.
12. Teacher candidates will connect learning to students' prior knowledge and experiences.
13. Teacher candidates will use research and engage in reflection to improve student learning.

Self, Cultures, and Contexts

14. Teacher candidates will demonstrate how their culture affects their teaching.
15. Teacher candidates will demonstrate how to learn about other cultures and language patterns.
16. Teacher candidates will work with parents and colleagues to create a shared set of expectations and supports for students' learning.
17. Teacher candidates will articulate their philosophy of education.
18. Teacher candidates will demonstrate knowledge of how decisions affecting public education are made.
19. 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.
20. 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, 252, 300, 302, 303, 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 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 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. We will generally encourage these students to enter our Master of Arts in Teaching program instead.

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. Cultural Awareness 0-4
  While the themes of diversity and cultural awareness run throughout the program, a specific cultural awareness requirement is also included to help our students become better teachers of the diverse student populations in Utah and the U.S. This requirement may be met by successfully completing one of the following:
Demonstrate proficiency in a second language:
  ▫ Complete a second semester college-level language course
  ▫ Receive a passing score on a Level 1 CLEP language exam
  ▫ Receive a passing score on a 102-level BYU language proficiency exam
  ▫ Provide evidence of another language as your first language
A May term study experience approved by the School of Education
A semester of study abroad approved by the School of Education
Student teaching in a foreign country or other alternate placement approved by the School of Education
 
II. Prerequisite Courses 8
  PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
MATH 141 College Algebra, LE (or higher level or equivalent)
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III. Required Courses 52-56
  EDUC 220† Math for K–6 Teachers I
EDUC 221† Math for K–6 Teachers II
EDUC 252† Developmentally Approp. Teaching & Learning
EDUC 302† Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society
EDUC 303† Teaching with Technology
EDUC 305 Classroom Management
EDUC 311‡ English Learners in All Classrooms
EDUC 312†§ Specialized Education Services
EDUC 361 Healthy Life Styles
EDUC 362 Physical Education Methods
EDUC 363* Literacy Foundations, Assessment & Instruction
EDUC 364± Teaching Methods: Reading & Language Arts
EDUC 365* Teaching Methods: Creative Arts & Social Studies
EDUC 367± Teaching Methods: Mathematics & Science
EDUC 391 Portfolio Development
EDUC 418 ELEM Student Teaching Seminar
EDUC 480 Elementary Student Teaching

† May be taken prior to admission to the program.
*Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.
± Students are required to spend thirty clock hours in a field placement.
‡ Not required for students completing a minor in English as a Second Language
§ Not required for students completing a minor in Special Education
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4
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5
5
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10
TOTAL HOURS FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MAJOR 60-68
Completion of an approved academic or teaching minor is required (see individual program listings for details). Students must take the requisite Praxis Test before their student teaching semester.

The following class is recommended but not required.

EDUC 300 Special Topics 1–4

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

First Three Semesters
LE and prerequisite courses
PSYC 105
MATH 141 (and any classes prerequisite to MATH 141)
EDUC 220
EDUC 221
EDUC 312
Most remaining LE courses beyond the 3 listed above
Begin minor courses
Fourth Semester
Foundations courses
EDUC 252
EDUC 302
EDUC 303
Any remaining LE courses
Additional minor courses
Fifth, Sixth and
Seventh Semesters

Methods courses
EDUC 305 EDUC 364
EDUC 311 EDUC 365
EDUC 361 EDUC 367
EDUC 362 EDUC 391
EDUC 363
Remaining minor 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  


Though not required, 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.

Westminster undergraduates interested in secondary education are encouraged to consider the Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Program, open only to graduates of Westminster College who have completed a teaching major or teaching minor in a content area and have also completed the following courses as part of their undergraduate studies:

EDUC 303 Teaching with Technology
EDUC 311 English Learners in All Classrooms
EDUC 312 Specialized Education Services
EDUC 315 Learning Theory

This program allows students who have completed a bachelor's degree in a teaching subject to complete the requirements for a Masters Degree and a secondary teaching license in one year after graduation. Students who choose this program will take only the four Education courses listed above as undergraduates, allowing them to focus on preparation in their teaching discipline. Students who are considering applying for the Accelerated MAT Secondary program should meet with the program director early in their undergraduate career, preferably before their junior year.

The undergraduate 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
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Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Prerequisite Courses 8
  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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II. Required Courses 31
  EDUC 302 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society
EDUC 303 Teaching with Technology
EDUC 305 Classroom Management
EDUC 311† English Learners in All Classrooms
EDUC 312‡ Specialized Education Services
EDUC 330 Secondary Instructional Planning and Techniques
EDUC 345 Reading in the Secondary Classroom
EDUC 391 Portfolio Development
EDUC 417 Secondary Student Teaching Seminar
EDUC 470 Secondary Student Teaching

† Not required for students completing a minor in English as a Second Language
‡ Not required for students completing a minor in Special Education
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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SECONDARY EDUCATION LICENSURE 39
A student who has completed an academic major rather than a teaching major may, with the approval of the dean or program chair, be accepted to this program. These students must also complete the corresponding content methods course (EDUC 381-390).

Students must take the requisite Praxis Test before their student teaching semester.

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
EDUC 312
PSYC 305
Most remaining LE courses
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 311
EDUC 345 EDUC 391
EDUC 330
Remaining teaching major courses
Eighth Semester
Student teaching
EDUC 417
EDUC 470