Undergraduate Education


Mission
The School of Education is dedicated to a mission of education and human services and seeks to prepare students who will become leaders in their professions.

Undergraduate Education

Primary Purpose of Teacher Education

The primary purpose of teacher education is to prepare highly qualified teachers for Texas and the nation. The goal of Texas Wesleyan University’s Teacher Education Program is to develop teachers who:

  • Possess knowledge to deliver age-appropriate content;
  • Possess specialized knowledge and abilities in their teaching fields;
  • Communicate effectively with students, parents, and other professionals in a range of formats;
  • Apply the principles of instruction and assessment in the delivery of curriculum;
  • Use effective teaching practices;
  • Value and encourage critical thinking and problem solving;
  • Are skilled in the use of instructional technology to promote learning;
  • Uphold the ethics of the teaching profession;
  • Are committed to continued professional growth and development;
  • Actively participate in the democratic process in school and community affairs.
Undergraduate Programs in Education

Elementary
Early Childhood - 6th Grade Generalist
Early Childhood - 6th Grade Bilingual

Secondary
English Language Arts Reading
English Language Arts Reading/Social Studies
History 8-12
Life Science
Mathematics
Music All-level
Spanish All-level

Post Baccalaureate/Certification Only
Early Childhood - 6th grade
English Language Arts Reading (4-8 or 8-12)
English Language Arts Reading/Social Studies
History 8-12
Mathematics
Life Science

5-Year Dual Degree Program

After your junior year, you're eligible for our 5-Year Bachelor's/Master's Program. Start teaching after earning your undergraduate degree and then graduate with your master's degree one year later.

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Education

2300. Foundations of Education 3 hours

Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA
An introduction to teaching, to the Texas Wesleyan University teacher education program and Texas certification standards. Designed to enhance the student’s educational understanding and critical thinking. Students will explore links among historical foundations and best practice, learning theorist, and contemporary concerns in education. Ten fieldwork hours are required. This course is a prerequisite for the professional development core and methodology courses.

3303. Instruction and Assessment in Elementary School 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300 and admission to Teacher Education
An overview of instructional methods and strategies for elementary school teaching. Emphasis is placed on designing and teaching lessons. Includes classroom management techniques and assessment methods.

3304. Instruction and Assessment in Secondary School 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300 and admission to Teacher Education
Principles of instruction and assessment are explored in the context of conceptual development. Includes how to organize and manage a successful learning environment. Twenty hours of field experience within context of a public school are required.

3308. Teaching the Exceptional Child 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300 and admission to Teacher Education
An introductory study of the various exceptionalities. Field experience required.

3310. Studies in Multicultural Education 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300 and admission to Teacher Education
This course address the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary for working with culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse students and their
families, especially as it relates to the role of the classroom teacher in providing appropriate cultural experiences, environments, and curriculum
for students. The course is based on the application of family-centered practices, including preservation of the home language. The format of the
class will provide opportunities for and critical reflection and participation in active learning processes such as role playing, small group discussion, and problem solving with culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse family situations and instructional dilemmas.

3318. Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300 and admission to Teacher Education
This introductory course in Early Childhood Education covers: historical foundations of early childhood education, current programs, best practices, emergent literature, legal and ethical issues, understanding the development of typical and atypical young children and how it influences objectives, activities, materials, and teaching strategies and techniques in an early childhood classroom.

3319. Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300 and admission to Teacher Education
Designed to help future teachers understand the role of mathematics education in the elementary school curriculum and to develop the
knowledge and skills needed for mathematics instruction.

3320. Science for Elementary School Teachers 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300 and admission to Teacher Education
Designed to provide pre-service elementary teachers with a general science background. Biological, chemical, physical, and geological concepts are covered in an infused approach. Research design and laboratory safety are included.

3324. Language Acquisition and Development 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300 and admission to Teacher Education
Students gain an understanding of the various theories regarding the process of first and second language acquisition and development. Students will become familiar with teaching and learning strategies that will enhance the acquisition of a second language.

3338. Computers as a Classroom Tool 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300, admission to Teacher Education
The course focuses on the use of technology as an educational tool. Topics include spreadsheets, desktop publishing, website design, presentation programs, and advanced internet technologies as they pertain to the TEKS and curriculum and instructional design of lesson plans.

3363. Foundations of Bilingual Education 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300, admission to Teacher Education
This course examines the history and role of bilingual education in American education. In addition, it examines the effects of bilingualism on
the cognitive and meta-linguistic development, and the creative thinking of balanced bilingual students. Multicultural themes such as discrimination and racism in the United States are addressed. Various models of bilingual programs implemented in the States and abroad are examined.

4110. Pedagogy and Professional Development 1 hour

Prerequisite: EDU 2300, 3303, admission to Teacher Education
Provides review of professional development TExES exam. Student must achieve mastery of the material to satisfactorily complete the course. This course is a prerequisite for student teaching.

4201. Bilingual Internship I 2 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300, 3303, and admission to Teacher Education
Under the supervision of Wesleyan faculty and a classroom teacher, students create classroom materials and prepare and present lessons in
Spanish and English in all subjects. Internship I is a 1st through 3rd grade placement.

4202. Bilingual Internship II 2 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300, 3303, and admission to Teacher Education
Under the supervision of Wesleyan faculty and a classroom teacher, students create classroom materials and prepare and present lessons in
Spanish and English in all subjects. Internship II is a 4th through 5th grade placement.

4301. Teaching Literature to Adolescents 3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature
survey
A study of numerous literary works suitable for classroom use with young adults. Recommended for students being certified in secondary education and for those seeking a reading specialization.

4317. English as a Second Language Methodology 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300, 3303, 3324, and admission to Teacher
Education
Examines the history of first and second language teaching to assess the effectiveness of such methodologies. Competency will be established in
defining and applying terminology and basic concepts regarding the language development of LEP student. In addition, it examines more
contemporary second language teaching approaches as they relate to the development of curriculum, lesson plan preparation, and the language
assessment of LEP students. The role and application of computer-assisted instruction in the language development of LEP students will be
emphasized.

4324. Elementary Education Internship I 3 hours

Prerequisites: EDU 2300, 3303, and senior status
Under the supervision of Texas Wesleyan University faculty and a classroom mentor teacher, students will create classroom materials and
prepare and present lessons in all subject areas or the student’s specialization as appropriate. Students are required to attend the internship
for 20 hours a week for 14 weeks. Students will also be required to attend regularly scheduled seminars at the University throughout the semester. Course precedes Internship II.

4325. Elementary Education Internship II 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300, 3303, 4324, and admission to Teacher
Education
Under the supervision of Wesleyan faculty and a classroom mentor teacher, students will create classroom materials and prepare and present
lessons in all subject areas or the student’s specialization as appropriate. Students are required to attend the internship for 20 hours a week for 14 weeks. Students will also be required to attend regularly scheduled seminars at the University throughout the semester. Course follows
Internship I.

4326H. Philosophy for Children 3 hours

Prerequisite: undergraduate students in honors program only, admission
to Teacher Education
This education honors course utilizes discussion of philosophical ideas drawn from various types of children’s literature. Dialogues following
readings engage students in topics which improve critical thinking and learning across the curriculum.

4327H. Honors Professional Leadership in Education 3 hours

Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education
This education honors course for undergraduate students provides opportunities to demonstrate leadership abilities, to reflect on those
opportunities, and to assist students’ growth in the area of educational leadership. Students must be an officer of an educational student-led
organization at Texas Wesleyan for the entire semester of enrollment in this course, as well as perform additional reflective activities assigned by
the faculty advisor of the student organization.

4328H. Reflective Education Seminar for 3 hours

Departmental Honors
Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education
This education honors course for undergraduate students in education provides intense and reflective emphasis upon school and cultural
contexts for those who enroll in education study abroad programs. Assignments include journal readings, a synthesis paper, and a photo
essay, web-based dialogue journal, portfolio rendition or similar project of important education questions answered during the study abroad program. This course is designed for departmental honors in undergraduate education credit in EC-6, bilingual or secondary education. It may not be repeated for honors credit.

4329. Content Methodology in the Bilingual 3 hours

Prerequisite: Spanish language proficiency, EDU 2300, 3303, 3363 and
admission to Teacher Education
Examines the variety of learning styles and teaching methods that promote an active learning process in teaching modern elementary level
mathematics, science, and social studies. The incorporation of computerassisted instruction in the bilingual setting will be emphasized.

4330. Certification Exam Review 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300 and 3303, and admission to Teacher Education,
and senior status
A review of content related to the ExCET and areas of certification in Texas. Student must achieve mastery of material to satisfactorily complete
the course.

4341. Post-Baccalaureate Internship I (Texas Wesleyan 3 hours

School of Education graduates only)
Provides the post-baccalaureate student with opportunities for supervision and mentoring during the “teacher of record” experience. The internship will be for the duration of the school semester. The student is responsible for obtaining her/his teaching position as “teacher of record” with a local school district. The student will be recommended for a probationary teaching certificate through the Texas Education Agency upon proof of employment. Course precedes Post-Baccalaureate Internship II.

4342. Post-Baccalaureate Internship II (Texas Wesleyan 3 hours

School of Education graduates only)
Provides the post-baccalaureate student with opportunities for supervision and mentoring during the “teacher of record” experience. The internship will be for the duration of the school semester. The student is responsible for obtaining her/his teaching position as “teacher of record” with a local school district. The student will be recommended for a probationary teaching certificate through the Texas Education Agency upon proof of employment. Course follows Post-Baccalaureate Internship I.

4344. Classroom Management 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300, 3303 or 3304, and admission to Teacher
Education
This course examines the strategies used in managing a positive classroom environment with the framework of today’s diverse student population at all grade levels. Topics include models of discipline, establishing expectations and procedures, motivating students, parent communication, managing disruptive students, and materials management and record keeping. The course focuses on helping teach candidates to develop an individual classroom management plan appropriate for their targeted grade levels and needs. 10 hours of structured field experience is required and students must provide their own transportation.

4346. Mathematics and Science Methods EC-6 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300, 3303, 3319, 3320, and admission to Teacher
Education
Designed to provide pre-service elementary teachers with pedagogical skills. Structures to develop numerical fluency with conceptual understanding and computational accuracy using EC-6 concepts, strategies and methods. Process development is used to develop critical thinking skills in both math and science. Fifteen (15) field hours at selected schools are required for this course. Students must provide their own transportation to and from these locations.

4348. Social Studies for Elementary School Teachers 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300, 3303, and admission to Teacher Education
This course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to teach Social Students in the elementary grades. This course uses content form the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) to plan lessons and units. This curse is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding for grades EC-6. Five (5) observation hours in an elementary Social Studies setting arranged by he student is a requirement of this course. Transportation to and from the schools are the responsibility of the student.

4362. Reading and Language Arts in the Bilingual Classroom 3 hours

Prerequisite: Spanish language proficiency; EDU 2300, 3303, 3363 and
admission to Teacher Education
Examines the principles, theories, and techniques involved in the teaching of reading and writing in bilingual classrooms. Course also explores the
language arts curriculum, development of language and literary skills in exceptional bilingual students, assessment of literacy skills in Spanish, and the use of computer-assisted instruction in the teaching of reading to LEP students.

4363. Foundations of Bilingual Education 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300, 3303, and admission to Teacher Education
Examines the history and role of bilingual education; the various models of bilingual, ESL, and multicultural education programs; and cognitive and metalinguistic theories of bilingualism.

4371. English as a Second Language Literacy 3 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300, 3303, 3324, and admission to Teacher
Education
This course is an introduction to the student of the second language acquisition and of teaching strategies facilitation the process of learning a new language and literacy. The course will emphasize language acquisition theories, learning processes, social and affective factors in learning a second language, best teaching practices in dual language and ESL classrooms, and literacy development, emergent literacy for English-speaking students, and LPAC duties and responsibilities.

4604. Student Teaching in the Secondary School 6 hours

Prerequisite: Consent of Teacher Education Committee

4608. Student Teaching in Elementary School 6 hours

Prerequisite: Consent of Teacher Education Committee

4610. Environmental Processes & Assessments for 6 hours

Prerequisite: EDU 2300, 3303, and admission to Teacher Education
This course considers early childhood learning processes as well as implications for individual, group, and program assessment. Areas of emphasis include development of skills in selection, use and interpretation of developmentally appropriate practices. Focus areas include formal, informal and holistic assessment instruments as well as learning environmental materials and resources. Implications for technology in assessment and management are discussed. Field experience required (15 structured hours).

4613. Student Teaching, Bilingual 6 hours

Prerequisite: Consent of Teacher Education Committee

4614. Post-Baccalaureate Internship 6 hours

Provides the post-baccalaureate student with opportunities for supervision and mentoring during the teacher of record experience.

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