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5. College of Education
- Students seeking early childhood through grade four certification must complete in residence at least twenty-four semester hours in the professional development sequence, including student teaching. Residence credit includes only courses taken at the University; it does not include credit by examination or courses taken by extension or correspondence.
- Except as otherwise indicated, credit by examination is treated as any other earned credit in meeting degree requirements.
- With the exception of credit earned by examination, each course counted toward the degree or toward certification requirements must be taken on the letter-grade basis, unless the course is offered only on the pass/fail basis. Credit earned by examination on the pass/fail basis may be counted toward degree and certification requirements.
- To graduate, all students must have a University grade point average of at least 2.00.
Physical activity (PED) courses are offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. While physical instruction is not a degree requirement in the College of Education, students are encouraged to take physical activity courses, particularly in activities that can be pursued throughout a lifetime. Up to three semester hours of physical activity coursework may be counted as electives toward any College of Education degree. All physical activity courses are counted among courses for which the student is enrolled, and the grades are included in the grade point average.
A maximum of nine semester hours of credit in air force science, military science, or naval science may be used as free electives in any degree plan of the College of Education.
Credit that a University student in residence earns simultaneously by correspondence or extension from the University or elsewhere or in residence at another school will not be counted toward a degree in the College of Education unless specifically approved in advance by the dean. No more than 30 percent of the semester hours required for any degree offered in the College of Education may be taken by correspondence.
A total of at least 130 semester hours of credit, forty-two of which must be upper-division, is required for the degree.
The curriculum for the degree has three components: (a) basic education requirements, (b) major requirements, and (c) electives. Students may major in applied learning and development, which can lead to early childhood through grade four generalist certification, early childhood through grade four bilingual generalist certification, or early childhood through grade four generalist certification with dual certification in generic special education for early childhood through grade twelve; or in youth and community studies, which does not lead to teacher certification.
The basic education requirements below apply to both majors leading to the Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development.
Area A: English Composition and Literature, Writing, Foreign Language
English composition and literature: Rhetoric and Composition 306, English 316K, and three additional semester hours in English or rhetoric and composition. In addition, three semester hours of literature for children is required; Library and Information Science 322T is acceptable.
Writing: In addition to Rhetoric and Composition 306 and English 316K, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component. These courses are identified in the Course Schedule. One of these two courses must be at the upper-division level.
Foreign language: All beginning students entering the College of Education must have completed two years in a single foreign language in high school. In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in a single foreign language equivalent to that shown by completion of the second college semester in the language; proficiency is usually shown by earning credit for language courses 506 and 507 or the equivalent. Prospective Texas teachers are strongly encouraged to take Spanish to fulfill the language requirement.
Although the foreign language requirement is the attainment of a certain proficiency, rather than the completion of a specified number of hours, the courses taken to gain this proficiency are not electives and may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. Any part of the requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination.
Courses used to fulfill the foreign language requirement must be language courses; literature-in-translation courses, for example, may not be counted.
College of Education students may substitute nine semester hours in specific multicultural and language/communication courses for the foreign language requirement. This program is open only to students who have completed two years of a single foreign language in high school. A list of the acceptable substitute courses is available in the Student Dean's Office, George I. Sanchez Building 216.
Area B: Social Sciences
- History 315K and 315L, or six semester hours in other United States history courses that fulfill the legislative requirement described in chapter 1.
- Government 310L and 312L.
- Geography 305.
- Psychology 301.
Area C: Mathematics and Natural Sciences
- Three semester hours chosen from Mathematics 303D, 305G, and 316. Coursework in calculus may be substituted for all or part of this three-semester-hour requirement.
- Six semester hours in one of the following: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, physical science, and physics.
- Three additional semester hours in computer applications, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, physical science, physics, experimental psychology, physical anthropology, physical geography, or history of science and philosophy of science.
At least one laboratory course must be taken as part of the science requirement.
Area D: General Culture
- Three semester hours in art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), music (including music, instruments, ensemble), or theatre and dance.
- Three semester hours in architecture, courses offered by the College of Fine Arts, classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), or philosophy (excluding courses in logic).
- For teacher certification students, documented evidence of proficiency in oral communication. Proficiency is assessed in Curriculum and Instruction 331C. Students who lack speech proficiency must take three semester hours chosen from the following courses: Communication Studies 306M, Theatre and Dance 303, 303C, 326C, and 326D.
It is recommended that teacher certification students meet requirements 1 and 2 with six semester hours chosen from Music 313, 354D, Theatre and Dance 326C, 326D, Visual Art Studies 221C, 121D, 222C, and 122D, since these courses cover the essential elements of knowledge in the fine arts needed by an elementary school teacher.
Applied Learning and Development
Students who have completed the major in applied learning and development may be entitled to teach prekindergarten through grade four after meeting additional state requirements. By following certain options within this program, students may also become qualified for certification in bilingual education or special education.
For the major in applied learning and development, students must complete the following in addition to the basic education requirements and electives.
Prescribed work in applied learning and development
Three semester hours in human development chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and Psychology 304.
Three semester hours in cognition and learning chosen from Applied Learning and Development 320 and 321.
Applied Learning and Development 322.
Three semester hours in the development and learning of language and literacy chosen from Applied Learning and Development 324, 325, 326, Psychology 338K, and Special Education 378T (Topic 1: Language-Minority Students in Special Education).
Applied Learning and Development 327.
Applied Learning and Development 328.
A curricular specialization consisting of Curriculum and Instruction 670E (Topic 19: Reading/Language Arts), Kinesiology 314 and 333, Mathematics 316K and 316L, and Special Education 378T (Topic: Reading Difficulties, Disabilities, and Dyslexia), or the equivalent.
A minor of at least fifteen semester hours, at least six of which must be upper-division, in any other approved field of study in the University. At least six of the required fifteen semester hours must be taken in residence. No more than six semester hours in the minor may count toward other degree requirements. Information about approved areas of study and specific courses that may be used is available in the Student Dean's Office, George I. Sanchez Building 216.
Students seeking bilingual education or special education certification must complete a minor in that area.
Prescribed work in professional development. Admission to the professional development sequence is restricted; information about admission requirements is available in the Office of the Dean. The professional development courses are
Methods courses: Curriculum and Instruction 370E (Topic 5: Mathematics), 370E (Topic 3: Science), and 370E (Topic 4: Social Studies).
Curriculum and Instruction 331C (Topic 1: School Organization and Classroom Management in Elementary Schools).
Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 19: Guiding Young Children in Groups).
Curriculum and Instruction 950E or, for those with a student teaching emphasis in special education, Special Education 960.
Students seeking bilingual education or special education certification must take a special sequence of these professional development courses with an appropriate emphasis.
Youth and Community Studies
Completion of a major in youth and community studies does not entitle the student to receive a teaching certificate. For this major the student must complete basic education requirements, prescribed work in applied learning and development, prescribed work in a minor, prescribed work in professional development, and electives.
- Basic education requirements: The basic education requirements given above for the BSALD, with the following modifications:
- A fourth course in English may be counted toward the Area A English composition and literature requirement in place of the children's literature course.
- A course in economics or anthropology may be counted toward the Area B requirement in place of Geography 305.
- A course in sociology may be counted toward the Area B requirement in place of Psychology 301.
- Prescribed work in applied learning and development:
- Three semester hours chosen from Educational Psychology 332, 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent Development), Human Development and FamilySciences 313, Psychology 304, 309, and other approved courses.
- Applied Learning and Development 320 or 321, 322, and 327.
- Three semester hours chosen from Applied Learning and Development 324, 325, 326, and other approved courses.
- Three additional semester hours of coursework in applied learning and development.
- Kinesiology 314 and 333.
- Prescribed work in a minor: Eighteen semester hours, nine of which must be upper-division, in a subject area outside the major that is approved by an academic adviser. No more than six semester hours may be counted toward both the minor and the basic educationrequirements.
- Prescribed work in professional development: Eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in education approved by an academic adviser in the dean's office. Registration in the professional development sequence is restricted to those who have received approval for this major from an academic adviser. Before beginning the professional development sequence, students must have a University grade point average of at least 2.00.
Additional elective coursework may be needed to provide the total of 130 semester hours required for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development.