B.A. Degree with a Major in Education Studies with Middle Grades Mathematics Certification, 5-9
This degree emphasizes the integration of content knowledge, educational theory, and pedagogical practice within appropriate teaching contexts leading to middle-grades certification. Candidates who meet the requirements for the major will complete the program below in nine (9) terms, including completion of the pre-professional term (eighth term) and Student Teaching (ninth term). No other courses may be taken during the Student Teaching term. Candidates must also meet all criteria for admission into, and completion of this Teacher Education Program (TEP), including the required admission Written Assessment and the Exit Portfolio.
Requirements for the Major
A major in Education Studies with Middle Grades Mathematics Certification, 5-9, is achieved by completion of the following requirements (including portfolios), in addition to the General Education and electives required for a degree:
Required Core Courses
EDS 150, 228, 249, 325,340, 346, 349, 355 (or an approved alternative), 385, and 485
Required Professional Year Courses
EDS 471, 472, and 479 (see course sequencing below)
Requirements for Academic Specializations
MAT 104, either 108 or 115, 125, 135, 201, 202, 203, and an elective chosen from either MAT/CSC or some area of applied mathematics, such as Business Administration, Science (Physics or Chemistry), Sustainability and Environmental Science, or Technology and Applied Design. The course needs to have a mathematical focus. The expectation is that the student would complete eight (8) courses in the major. If Mathematics courses are waived, additional courses in Mathematics are required.
Exploring the Major
Students will begin the Education Studies program with EDS 150 (see course sequencing below). Those students past their first year (including transfers) will be given priority for registration in EDS 150. Prior to the first day of the EDS 150 class, students must have completed a state criminal records clearance, which takes 6-8 weeks to be processed. Students will learn about this procedure during pre-registration. While taking EDS 150, students will be assigned a mentor who will begin working with them at the beginning of their sophomore year.
Admission to the Major
Grades of B- or higher in EDS 150 and one other EDS course (preferably EDS 228); a minimum overall GPA of 2.5; and demonstration of appropriate qualities of judgment, disposition, and temperament in classroom and field settings. Education Studies majors, together with their advisors, will also construct a well-developed Curriculum Plan. Also see "Requirements for All Students Seeking Certification" for information about the TEP, Student Teaching, and Recommendation for Certification.
Course Sequencing Considerations (in order to complete degree requirements within nine terms)
Students planning to major in Education Studies with Middle Grades Certification (5-9) are strongly encouraged to take EDS 150 in the second term of the first year, but no later than the first term of the sophomore year. (Multiple sections of EDS 150 are offered each Fall and Spring term.) Students will take courses in this approximate sequence, leading up to the pre-professional 8th term and Student Teaching in the 9th term: EDS 228, MAT 201, MAT 202, and EDS courses and specialization courses in consultation with the Education Advisor. EDS 479 is to be taken in the pre-professional term, which is the Spring Term of the senior year. Student teaching will take place in the ninth term (Fall). Throughout their preparation, students should seek to make connections between each of their General Education courses and their professional preparation as teachers.
Proficiency Requirements for Retention in and Completion of the Major
must meet all criteria for admission and retention at each stage of their Teacher Education Program. (See Requirements for all Students Seeking Certification.) In addition to completing specified course requirements and required written assessments, portfolios, and performance assessment, each student must satisfy program standards for written and oral communication, demonstrated through the portfolio and course work; and demonstrate appropriate qualities of judgment, disposition, and temperament in classroom and field settings.
Other Considerations and Recommendations
Transfer students should contact Education Studies as early as possible because special rules may apply. Throughout their preparation, majors are expected to seek out rich and substantive experiences with students of the ages they plan to teach beyond those associated with EDS courses. Such activities include SFA-related service work (e.g., One-on-One Tutoring), working with after-school programs, summer camp experiences, etc.
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This online publication is the official text of the Berea College Catalog & Student Handbook. Berea College reserves the right to amend, revise, or modify content within this publication at any time.Posted: 8-14-2012
Updated by Wanda Burch