B.A. Degree with a Major in Teaching & Curriculum with Certification
This degree emphasizes the integration of content knowledge, educational theory, and practice within appropriate teaching contexts leading to teaching certification in a content area. Candidates who meet the requirements for the major will complete the program below in nine terms, including the completion of the pre-professional term (8th term) and Student Teaching (9th term). No other courses may be taken during the Student Teaching term. Candidates must meet all criteria for admission into, and completion of, the Teacher Education Program (see above), including the required admission Written Assessment and the Exit Portfolio. In order to be certified to teach, a major in Teaching and Curriculum with Certification must be paired with a major in one of the following disciplines: art, biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, physics, sociology, or technology.
Requirements for the Major
A major in Teaching and Curriculum with Certification 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, 349, 325, 355 (or an approved alternative), 385, and 485
Required Professional Term Courses
EDS 479, 480, 481, and 482.
Required Collateral Course for students seeking secondary mathematics certification
Exploring the Major
Students will begin the Teaching and Curriculum with Certification program with EDS 150 (see course sequencing below). Prior to registration for EDS 150, students must have completed a state criminal records clearance. After completion of EDS 150, students will be assigned a mentor who will begin working with them 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. Teaching and Curriculum with Certification 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 a concentration in Teaching and Curriculum for Certification are 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, 325, EDS 349, EDS 355, EDS 385 and EDS 485. Courses to be taken in the Pre-Professional term, which will be the Spring Term of the senior year are EDS 479 and EDS 480. 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
Students must meet all criteria for admission and retention at each stage of the 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 education courses. Such activities include Students for Appalachia-related service work (e.g., One-on-One Tutoring), working with after-school programs, volunteering in schools, or summer camp experiences.