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Degrees

General Requirements

  1. All College of Education students seeking teacher certification must complete the entire professional development sequence of coursework in residence. Residence credit includes only courses taken at the University; it does not include credit by examination, courses taken by extension or correspondence, or courses taken at another institution.
  2. Students seeking teacher certification must adhere to current state requirements, even if they differ from the degree requirements described in this catalog.
  3. Except as otherwise indicated, credit by examination is treated as any other earned credit in meeting degree requirements.
  4. 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.
  5. To graduate, all students must have a University grade point average of at least 2.00.
  6. A student may not earn both the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and the Bachelor of Arts with an intercollege major in kinesiology and health.
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Applicability of Certain Courses

Physical Activity Courses

Physical activity (PED) courses are offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. Although 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.

ROTC Courses

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.

Correspondence and Extension Courses

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. In the semester they plan to graduate, students may not take any course to be counted toward the degree at another institution or by correspondence; students who plan to graduate at the end of the summer session may request approval to take transfer work only in the first summer term.

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Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development

The curriculum for the degree has three components: (a) basic education requirements, (b) major requirements, and (c) electives. Students choose one of three majors: early childhood through grade four generalist, which can lead to early childhood through grade four generalist certification or early childhood through grade four bilingual generalist certification; all-level generic special education, which can lead to all-level generic special education certification; or youth and community studies, which does not lead to teacher certification.

Basic Education Requirements

The basic education requirements below apply to all majors leading to the Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development.

Area A: English Composition and Literature, Writing, Foreign Language

  1. English composition and literature: Rhetoric and Writing 306, English 316K, three additional semester hours in English or rhetoric and writing, and Information Studies 322T.
  2. Writing: In addition to Rhetoric and Writing 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.
  3. Foreign language: 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 who are not pursuing teacher certification may substitute nine semester hours in specific multicultural and language/communication courses for the foreign language requirement. This program is available 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. Sánchez Building 216, and in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, Bellmont 222.

Area B: Social Sciences

  1. History 315K and 315L, or six semester hours in other United States history courses that fulfill the legislative requirement described in chapter 1.
  2. Government 310L and 312L.
  3. Psychology 301.

Area C: Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  1. Three semester hours chosen from Mathematics 302, 303D, 305G, and 316. Coursework in calculus may be substituted for all or part of this three-semester-hour requirement.
  2. Six semester hours in one of the following: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, physical science, and physics.
  3. 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.
  4. Geography 301C.

At least one laboratory course must be taken as part of the science requirement.

Area D: Culture and Diversity

  1. Three semester hours in art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), music (including music, instruments, ensemble), or theatre and dance.
  2. Three semester hours of coursework dealing with at least one minority or nondominant group in the United States. A list of acceptable courses is available in the Student Dean's Office, George I. Sánchez Building 216, and in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, Bellmont 222.

It is recommended that teacher certification students meet requirement 1 with three 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.

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Major Requirements

Early Childhood through Grade Four Generalist

Students who have completed the early childhood through grade four generalist major are eligible to teach prekindergarten through grade four after meeting additional state requirements. By choosing appropriate options within this program, students may also become qualified for certification in bilingual education.

For this major, students must complete the following in addition to the basic education requirements and electives.

  1. Prescribed work in applied learning and development:
    1. Three semester hours in human development chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and Psychology 304.
    2. Three semester hours in cognition and learning chosen from Applied Learning and Development 320 and 321.
    3. Applied Learning and Development 322.
    4. Three semester hours in the development and learning of language and literacy chosen from Applied Learning and Development 324, 325, and Psychology 338K [1].
    5. Applied Learning and Development 327.
    6. Applied Learning and Development 328.
  2. A curricular specialization consisting of Curriculum and Instruction 670E (Topic 19: Reading/Language Arts), Kinesiology 314 and 333, Mathematics 316K and 316L, and either Special Education 378T (Topic: Reading Difficulties, Disabilities, and Dyslexia) or Curriculum and Instruction 371R.
  3. A minor of at least fifteen semester hours, six of which must be upper-division, in any 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. Sánchez Building 216.
          Students seeking bilingual education certification must complete a minor in that area.
  4. Prescribed work in professional development:
    1. Methods courses: Curriculum and Instruction 370E (Topic 5: Mathematics), 370E (Topic 3: Science), and 370E (Topic 4: Social Studies).
    2. Curriculum and Instruction 331E.
    3. Curriculum and Instruction 371G.
    4. Curriculum and Instruction 950E.
    Students seeking bilingual education certification must take a special sequence of these professional development courses with an appropriate emphasis.
          Admission to the professional development sequence is restricted; admission requirements are given in this chapter.

All-Level Generic Special Education

Students who have completed the all-level generic special education major are eligible to teach in special education classrooms from prekindergarten through grade twelve after meeting additional state requirements.

For this major, students must complete the following in addition to the basic education requirements and electives.

  1. Prescribed work in applied learning and development:
    1. Three semester hours in human development chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and Psychology 304.
    2. Three semester hours in cognition and learning chosen from Applied Learning and Development 320 and 321.
    3. Applied Learning and Development 322, 326, 327, and 328.
  2. A curricular specialization consisting of Kinesiology 314 and Mathematics 316K and 316L.
  3. Prescribed work in special education: Special Education 332, 337, 372, 375C, 376, 378D, 378E, 378R, and 378S.
  4. Prescribed work in professional development:
    1. Curriculum and Instruction 370E (Topic 5: Mathematics) and 670E (Topic 19: Reading/Language Arts).
    2. Curriculum and Instruction 331E.
    3. Special Education 960.
    Admission to the professional development sequence is restricted; admission requirements are given in this chapter.
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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.

  1. Basic education requirements: The basic education requirements described above, with the following modifications:
    1. A fourth course in English or rhetoric and writing may be counted toward the Area A English composition and literature requirement in place of Information Studies 322T.
    2. Students must take a three-semester-hour course in anthropology, economics, geography, or sociology in addition to the Area B social studies requirement.
    3. A laboratory course is not required as part of the Area C mathematics and natural sciences requirement.
    4. Students must take a three-semester-hour computer applications course instead of Geography 301C.
  2. Prescribed work in applied learning and development:
    1. Three semester hours chosen from Educational Psychology 332, 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent Development), Human Development and Family Sciences 313, Psychology 304, 309, and other approved courses.
    2. Applied Learning and Development 320 or 321, 322, and 327.
    3. Three semester hours chosen from Applied Learning and Development 324, 325, and other approved courses.
    4. Three additional semester hours of coursework in applied learning and development.
    5. Six semester hours of coursework in kinesiology.
  3. A minor of at least eighteen semester hours, nine of which must be upper-division, in any approved field of study in the University. At least six of the required eighteen semester hours must be completed in residence. No more than six semester hours in the minor may also be counted 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. Sánchez Building 216.
  4. Professional coursework: Eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in education.

Electives

Additional elective coursework may be needed to provide the total number of semester hours required for the student's major. The early childhood through grade four generalist major and the youth and community studies major require 130 hours of coursework; the early childhood through grade four generalist major with bilingual generalist certification requires 139 hours of coursework; and the all-level generic special education major requires 133 hours of coursework. Students in all majors must complete at least 42 hours of upper-division coursework.

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