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2014-2015 University Catalog

    Academic Majors/Minors

Education

About This Program All Education Courses Recommended Course Sequence

Education Major/Minor Patterns

Students wishing to teach must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program.  Admission is contingent upon the following:

  1. Satisfactory completion of EDU 1004 Observing the Learner, and a minimum 2.75 GPA in education courses, sophomore class standing (9 course units), 2.75 GPA overall.
  2. A minimum 2.75 GPA in the major (i.e. English, math, history) for students pursuing high school and P-12 teaching certification, minimum 2.75 GPA in the middle grades education major (grades 5-9).
  3. A minimum score of 174 in math, 174 in writing, and 176 in reading on the Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam (formerly Praxis I).
  4. A submission of a formal essay and an impromptu writing sample to the Teacher Education Admission Committee.
  5. A completed recommendation from each of the following: a) current academic advisor, b) previous academic advisor or instructor, and c) a member of Transylvania's faculty or staff
  6. Satisfactory results from an interview with the Teacher Education Admissions Committee.  Selection is based on: a) apparent commitment to the profession, b) proficiency in human relations and oral and written communication, c) apparent concern for the best possible education for all youth, d) understanding of skills, responsibilities, and stress involved in teaching, and e) other factors indicative of becoming a successful teacher.

After students are approved for teacher education, continuation in the education pattern leading to certification depends on maintaining a 2.75 minimum GPA in all the ares previously stated and the ability to demonstrate the content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn - as required by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Standard 1. Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions.

If the applicant is denied admission into the Teacher Education Program, she or he has the right of appeal with the university's Committee on Admissions and Academic Standards.

Teaching certification requirements in Kentucky (and generally in the nation) are undergoing far-reaching reviews and changes. It is essential that the prospective teacher maintain a close and continuing liaison with academic advisors and advisors in the education program so that appropriate planning can include state mandated changes and requirements.

Transylvania students have had a 100% pass rate on the PRAXIS exams for the past 5 years.

Majors
Elementary: P-5 Certification
21 course units, including:
EDU 1004 Observing the Learner
EDU 2014 Schooling in American Culture
EDU 2094 Standards-Based Instruction
EDU 2104 The Teaching of Mathematics I
EDU 2164 Designing Constructivist-Based Learning Climates
EDU 3034 Literacy in Written and Spoken Language for Learners in Primary Schools
EDU 3074 Interactive, Integrative Learning Climates
EDU 3084 Inquiry-Based Learning Climates
EDU 3104 The Teaching of Mathematics II
EDU 3244 Practicum in Learning Experiences
EDU 4214 Supervised Teaching in Elementary School
EDU 4514 Senior Seminar

1 education elective.

Allied Courses:
PSY 1004 General Psychology
1 science course with lab
1 English course
1 American History course
1 Math course from the following:
MATH 1034 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics or
MATH 1144 Elementary Statistics or
MATH 1304 Calculus I

Students are strongly encouraged to take Spanish as their foreign language.

Middle Grades: 5-9 Certification
26 course units, including:
EDU 1004 Observing the Learner
EDU 2014 Schooling in American Culture
EDU 2094 Standards-Based Instruction
EDU 2164 Designing Constructivist-Based Learning Climates
EDU 3054 Instructional Strategies and Content Area Literacy for Learners in Middle and Secondary Schools
EDU 3124 Young Adolescents: Preparing to Teach in the Middle Level
EDU 3134 Creating Middle Level Learning Experiences
EDU 3244 Practicum in Learning Experiences
EDU 4414 Supervised Teaching: Middle Grades 5-8
EDU 4514 Senior Seminar

Students must also take the following allied course:
PSY 1004

General Psychology


Specialization Component: 12 course units are required, distributed among 2 teaching fields chosen from English/ communication, mathematics, science, or social studies. There are specific requirements in each teaching field. It is essential that students seeking middle grades certification check with the education faculty when choosing courses to meet these requirements.
 

Educational Studies

This major does not lead to teacher certification. Rather, it is for students considering graduate level work to become teachers, speech therapists, or school psychologists. Others may have an interest in journalism or drama, and some want to be better informed about education as citizens and future parents.

10 course units, including:
EDU 1004 Observing the Learner
EDU 2014 Schooling in American Culture
EDU 3414 Race, Ethnicity, Social Class in American Education
EDU 3204 Philosophy of Education
EDU 4514 Senior Seminar
5 courses from the following:
EDU 2024 Children's Literature
EDU 2084 Literature for Young Adults
EDU 2204 Enculturation in Non-Western Societies
EDU 2314 Gender and Children's Literature
EDU 2414 The Immigrant Child
EDU 3124 Young Adolescents
EDU 3424 Women in Education
*At least four of the total ten courses must be at the 3000-level or above
With permission of Education Program Chair, the following courses can also be taken:
EDU 3294 Special Topics in Education
EDU 4014 Independent Study
EDU 4204 Internship in Educational Studies
A travel course, study abroad course, or any other relevant course
 
Minors
Education Minor for Secondary Certification (8-12)

All students pursuing high school teaching credentials must fulfill the requirements for the Education Minor in Secondary Certification.  See each teaching discipline major (Biology, Chemistry, English, History, and Mathematics) for the requirements for high school teaching certification in these areas.

Educational Minor for P-12 Certification for French and Spanish Certification

Students who plan to teach French or Spanish must fulfill the requirements for the Educational Minor for P-12 Certification for French and Spanish Certification below in addition to the major requirements for the particular foreign language major.

11 course units, including:

EDU 1004 Observing the Learner
EDU 2014 Schooling in American Culture
EDU 2094 Standards-Based Instruction
EDU 2164 Designing Constructivist-Based Learning Climates
EDU 3054 Instructional Strategies and Content Area Literacy for Learners in Middle and Secondary Schools
EDU 3244 Practicum in Learning Experiences
EDU 4314 Supervised Teaching: Twelve Grades

Students must also take the following allied course:
PSY 1004

General Psychology

 
Educational Studies Minor
This minor does not lead to teacher certification. Rather, it is for students considering graduate level work to become teachers, speech therapists, or school psychologists. Others may have an interest in journalism or drama, and some want to be better informed about education as citizens and future parents.
 6 course units, including:
EDU 1004 Observing the Learner
EDU 2014 Schooling in American Culture

1 of the following:
EDU 2204 Enculturation in Non-Western Societies
EDU 2414 The Immigrant Child
EDU 3414 Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class in American Education
EDU 3424 Women in Education
 
3 additional courses upon consultation with the education faculty and approval of the program director.
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