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Curriculum and Instruction - Undergraduate (BS,BA)

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers Bachelor of Science degrees to students interested in working with young children age birth through five (Early Childhood Education Program), as well as those who desire to teach at the elementary, middle and secondary school level (Teacher Education Program).

We offer the following degrees:

We offer Bachelor of Science degrees in the following areas: 

Educator of Young Children-(BAS ) - This degree is designed for individuals currently working with young children, or would like to know more about working with young children in a classroom setting. Courses focus on child development, curriculum and instructional strategies, literacy, child guidance, classroom management, play, and assessment. This degree program also provides information and strategies for working with diverse learners and families—all of which can be directly applied to one's current work to enhance the children’s development and learning. Some coursework will also focus on primary age children.

Core Subjects EC-6 – Elementary education is the term commonly used to describe teacher certification and care of children from early childhood through 6th grade. The EC-6 generalist certification program is for students seeking a Texas teacher certification to work in elementary school classrooms. EC-6 certification curriculum prepares you to become certified to teach grades EC-6 in the State of Texas. Coursework includes the study of child and adolescent development, instruction and assessment and language development for EC-6 content area knowledge.

Core Subjects EC-6 Reading Concentration – Elementary education is the term commonly used to describe teacher certification and care of children from early childhood through 6th grade. The EC-6 generalist certification program is for students seeking a Texas teacher certification to work in elementary school classrooms. EC-6 certification curriculum prepares you to become certified to teach grades EC-6 in the State of Texas. Coursework includes the study of child and adolescent development, instruction and assessment and language development for EC-6 content area knowledge. 

Core Subjects EC-6 with ESL Supplemental–Elementary education is the term commonly used to describe teacher certification and care of children from early childhood through 6th grade. English as a Second Language (ESL) is an English language study program for non-English speakers with the goal of improving students’ levels of English. Language skills are taught based on the students’ English abilities, interests and needs; topics include conversational English, grammar, reading, listening comprehension, writing and vocabulary.

Core Subjects EC-6 Bilingual Supplemental- Elementary education is the term commonly used to describe teacher certification and care of children from early childhood through 6th grade. Bilingual education involves teaching academic content in two languages–a native and a secondary language with varying amounts of each language used. Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) focus on the development of competencies related to effective Bilingual and ESL Education including second language theories and practices, developing literacy in first and second language acquisition, native language instruction, techniques for assessing academic achievement, and linguistics for educators.

Core Subjects EC-6 with Special Education EC-12 - Elementary education is the term commonly used to describe teacher certification and care of children, from early childhood through 6th grade. Special education is the education of students with special needs in a way that addresses the students’ individual differences and needs. The goal is to help learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success than would be possible if the students were only given access to a typical classroom education. 

Core Subjects 4-8 –Intermediate, Middle School and Junior High are terms commonly used to describe teacher certification and care of students from 4th through 8th grade. The Core Subjects 4-8 degree plan prepares you to teach all content areas in those grades levels, and the certification prepares you to become certified to teach all grade levels. This degree is designed for individuals seeking a Texas teacher certification in grades 4-8.

Core Subjects 4-8 with ESL Supplemental – Intermediate, Middle School and Junior High are terms that are commonly used to describe teacher certification and care of children from 4th through 8th grade. English as a Second Language (ESL) is an English language study program for nonnative speakers with the goal of improving students’ levels of English. Language skills are taught based on the students’ English abilities, interests, and needs. This degree is designed for individuals who desire to teach any one or a combination of English, math, science and/or social studies classes in an ESL setting at the middle school level.

Social Studies (4-8)Social studies includes the study of political, economic, cultural, and environmental aspects of societies in the past, present, and future. This knowledge helps young learners understand and participate more effectively in society, laying the foundations for responsible citizen participation within the school, community or the world. A certification in this area allows the individual to teach this subject area in middle school - grades 4-8.

Mathematics (4–8) - this degree is a shared plan with the School of Education and the School of Science and Computer Engineering. Graduates are prepared to engage students in the world of math — from calculating percentages to circumferences to algebraic equations. The coursework graduates are prepared to teach different levels of mathematics, including algebra, geometry, calculus and basic math.

 

English Language Arts and Reading (7–12) –this is a shared degree plan with the School of Education and the School of Science and Computer engineering. It focuses on the life science, biology, and environmental related sciences and prepares the candidate to teach grades 7-12. The coursework addresses how students learn science and how to teach science. The study of science also develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can lead to discussions about key issues involving science, technology, engineering, math, and related careers.

Life Science (7-12)This certification focuses on the life science, biology, and environmental related sciences and prepares the candidate to teach grades 7-12. The coursework addresses how students learn science and how to teach science. The study of science also develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can lead to discussions about key issues involving science, technology, engineering, math, and related careers.  

Social Studies (7-12)- students may choose either a Bachelor of Arts in History or a Bachelor of Science in Geography. These are shared degree plans with the School of Education and the School of Human Services and Humanities. These degrees ready graduates to teach any Social Studies subject including American History, World History, Geography, Economics, Government, Sociology, and Psychology. Comprehensive in design, the coursework prepares graduates to design and implement curricula grounded in the thinking processes required of a variety of social science disciplines.

History (7-12)- this is a shared degree plan with the School of Education and the School of Human Services and Humanities. The degree prepares graduates to teach American or World History within grades 7-12. Coursework exposes candidates to the historical thinking required of historians.

Mathematics (Grades 7 to 12) – students may choose either a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Schience or Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Science. These are shared degree plans with the School of Education and the School of Science and Computer Engineering. Graduates are prepared to introduce young people to the world of math, opening minds to its far-reaching impact in everyday life. Coursework includes learning to teach different levels of mathematics, including geometry, statistics, algebra and calculus.

Art (EC–12) – this is a shared plan with the School of Education and the School of Human Services and Humanity. Graduates are prepared to spark the imaginations and creativity of young people as an art teacher. Coursework includes establishing a solid foundation for teaching all aspects of art — from art history to techniques in drawing, painting, ceramics and other mediums.

Physical Educaiton (EC–12) – this is a shared plan with the School of Education and the School of Human Services and Humanities. Graduates are prepared to be a physical education teacher, and to help motivate and inspire young people with the healthy practices of physical education. Coursework includes all aspects of fitness and its important role in fostering lifelong good health.

We offer the following minors:

Minor in Early Childhood Education- This minor will provide students the fundamental theories, concepts, and practices in working with young children. This minor will provide students a rich learning experience regarding early childhood issues including literacy development, parent engagement, and curriculum. Courses may be especially attractive to majors in psychology and sociology who may want to work with CPS, Child Care Licensing or other agencies related to children and families.

Minor in Instructional Technology- This minor will prepare students to design technology-rich learning environments and to become comfortable with adopting emerging technologies to facilitate learning. The application of instructional technology in business and education sectors will be examined as students gain skills in the design and development of technology-based applications. Students would find career paths in areas of support for web-based and digital learning environments as well as areas of teaching and training.

Minor in Special Education- This minor can provide undergraduates with foundational knowledge about special needs and disabilities as well as teaching theories and practices in addressing the educational needs of learners. This minor may be of special interest to psychology and social work students who may wish to work with special needs learners, from early childhood to adulthood, and their families.

Minor in Teacher Education- This minor will provide students foundational knowledge in multiple educational areas including early childhood, special populations, multiculturalism, learning theories, and instructional technologies. This minor may be of special interest to students who want to develop their interest in the teaching profession. Moreover, it would provide basic information in working various types of formal and information educational settings like afterschool and tutoring programs.

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Core Subjects EC-6
Core Subjects EC-6 Reading Concentration
Core Subjects EC-6 with ESL Supplemental
Core Subjects EC-6 Bilingual Supplemental
Core Subjects EC-6 with Special Education EC-12
Core Subjects 4-8
Core Subjects 4-8 with ESL Supplemental
Social Studies (4-8)
Mathematics (4–8)
English Language Arts and Reading (7–12)
Life Science (7-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
History (7-12)
Mathematics (Grades 7 to 12)
Art (EC–12)
Physical Educaiton (EC–12)
Minor in Early Childhood Education
Minor in Instructional Technology
Minor in Special Education
Minor in Teacher Education

Last updated: 09/20/2016 UTC
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