The undergraduate degree programs include a major in Elementary Education (K-6) leading to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree and, in partnership with the Family and Consumer Sciences department, an undergraduate major in Early Childhood Unified Birth through Third Grade including Special Education leading to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree.
For all candidates preparing to teach at the early childhood, elementary or secondary level, the department provides a sequence of courses in professional education. Included is an entire semester devoted to professional coursework, related laboratory experiences, and off-campus student teaching. Undergraduate degree programs include:
The Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood Unified Birth through Third Grade, is an inter-disciplinary undergraduate major offered by the Departments of Teaching and Leadership and Family and Consumer Sciences. The ECU program prepares participants for working/teaching in infant-toddler programs, preschool programs, and primary grades in public schools. It leads to eligibility for teaching licensure from the Kansas State Department of Education for both general and special education through grade three. Candidates in this program must meet all requirements of Teacher Education programs.
Majors in the Early Childhood Unified (ECU) Birth through Third Grade devote the greater portion of their work during the first two years of coursework in general education and early childhood coursework/field experiences. The work of the last two years consists of continued academic coursework with greater focus upon special education, early childhood education, and primary grade education and experiences in public school settings. The candidate’s professional education program culminates in the senior year, usually the last semester, with the professional semester, a 17-credit hour block which includes off-campus student teaching in a primary level classroom. Candidates participate in field experiences and school settings for over 1,000 hours during the program.
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Majors in Elementary Education (K-6) have an opportunity to be in K-6 classrooms during the freshman year and while taking General Education courses. Coursework consists of sequenced Professional Education courses and practica in a variety of school settings. The candidate’s professional education program culminates in the senior year with the internship semester followed by the professional semester, resulting in a full year of teaching experience. Candidates participate in K-6 classrooms for over 1,000 hours during this program.
Candidates working toward licensure in Elementary (K-6) who wish to add a second teaching field in middle level education or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) will find those listings under the heading Second Teaching Fields.
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A minor in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is available for education and non-education majors. Candidates do not need to be proficient in a second language. For education majors, successful completion of the 18-hour minor and pass score on the ESOL Praxis examination results in a Pre-K-12 endorsement to the teaching license. Non-education majors do not earn a teaching license, but are well-qualified to teach English as a second language in settings other than PreK-12 schools.
This minor will provide the Bachelor of Science in Education major (elementary or secondary) with additional preparation for serving the needs of all students in the general education classroom and assist candidates in deciding if they want to pursue a career or Master of Science in Special Education. This minor does not lead to a provisional certification in Special Education. This program includes field experiences in special education settings working with students with special needs.
The International Teaching Minor is designed for the education major who is interested in a career in teaching outside of the United States. The primary goal of the International Teaching Minor is to prepare competent, committed, caring professionals to teach and serve the needs of students and schools in an international setting.
A Leadership Minor includes an introduction to information on leadership theory, leadership styles, problem-solving, resolving conflict, nurturing change within organizations, decision-making styles, small group facilitation, and systems thinking. Students must complete a 15 hour field work experience in required courses.
The minor in Technological Literacy is available to all appropriate majors. The course combines Educational Technology courses with Technology Education courses to provide a comprehensive approach to the practical use and implementation of computer skills, design and problem solving skills and teaming concepts into real world practices and experiences. The minor is designed for Elementary Education majors who want to be able to integrate STEM standards across the curriculum.
The primary goal of the minor is to have competent, committed, and caring professionals teach, serve, and understand the needs of students in urban and suburban settings, their families, the schools, and the community. This experience is designed to provide depth in context of urban and suburban educational systems.
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