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Our minor in education positions students (who major in another academic field) for further study at the graduate level in a number of fields related to education. Our graduates are prepared to apply for a Master of Arts in Teaching program in secondary education, special education, or another field. Our graduates are also well prepared to enter other graduate programs in education, such as a Master of Arts in School Counseling or a Master of Education in Educating for Change.
As with all of our education programs, our courses provide a core of knowledge, skills and field-based experiences and include performance assessments designed to demonstrate a teacher’s ability to impact student learning.
Featured CoursesEDCC 220 Foundations of EducationAllows teacher candidates to examine some of the historical, philosophical, and cultural foundations of American education. Curriculum content and organization and basic teaching competencies are introduced in light of professional organization. Implications of understanding contemporary educational issues, policy, and decision-making are stressed. A Praxis component is introduced along with an explanation of the teacher education program in light of the standards in teacher education. Field component is an integral part of the course. Students also are required to engage in Praxis I preparation through weekly completion of an on-line Praxis program. Formerly EDU 260 Foundations of Education. 3 creditsPrerequisites: None EDTE 301 Classroom ManagementFocuses on the study of teaching methods and classroom management techniques that facilitate the learning of students in our multicultural and inclusive classrooms. Field component is an integral part of the course. 3 creditsCAS Prerequisites: EDCC 220 with grade of B or higher. SPS Prerequisites: EDCC 220 with grade of B or higher. Evidence of taking the Praxis I or other state-required examinations. General Education: Leadership (UNDE Majors Only) EDTE 321 Reading MaterialsProvides a survey of children's literature with emphasis on works by major authors and illustrators with topics including criteria for evaluating literature, sexism and multicultural aspects of literature for children and integrating literature in the curriculum. Genres covered in the course include picture books, folktales, fables, myths, modern fantasy, poetry, and modern and historical fiction. Selecting, evaluating, and using a variety of materials to create skilled and motivated readers in the elementary grade. Field component is an integral part of the course. 3 creditsPrerequisites: EDCC 220 with grade of B or higher. EDCC 330 Education of Exceptional Children and YouthSurveys major areas of exceptionality and legislative standards for special education and related services for students with special needs. Topics include inclusive education and collaboration among special educators, general educators, related service providers, volunteers, and parents. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), differentiated instruction, accommodations, and enrichment are examined in relation to students' needs and learning styles. Increasing access to curricula based on college- and career- ready standards is addressed. Field component is an integral part of the course. Formerly EDU 376 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth. 3 creditsCAS Prerequisites: EDCC 220 with grade of B or higher. SPS Prerequisites: EDCC 220 with grade of B or higher. Evidence of taking the Praxis I or other state-required examinations. EDCC 340 Teaching and LearningExamines current theory and practice in the teaching and learning process to include the detailed components of planning effective lessons. The dynamics of learning are viewed through the perspectives of human development, motivational theory, learning theory, classroom dynamics, and socio-cultural factors. Field component is an integral part of the course. Formerly EDU 383 Teaching and Learning. 3 creditsCAS Prerequisites: EDCC 220 with grade of B or higher. SPS Prerequisites: EDCC 220 with grade of B or higher. Evidence of having passed the Praxis I or other state-required examinations.
Career possibilities after completion of a graduate degree include:
- Secondary School Teacher
- Special Education Teacher
- Early Childhood Education Teacher
- School Counselor
- Paraprofessional Educator
The program is state approved and nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.). Course syllabi and classroom activities reflect the standards of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (I.N.T.A.S.C.).
CAS offers the undergraduate minor in education in partnership with the School of Education.