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Liberal Studies with EC-6 Core Subjects and M.Ed. Early Admission

Degree Requirements

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Degree Requirements

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Liberal Studies with Core Subjects EC-6 Education, B.S./M.Ed.

The Fifth Year Option B.S/M.Ed. program provides students with an undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies Bachelor of Science with Core Subjects EC-6 Education and with a Master in Education degree with a concentration in Reading Specialist and Writing or in Second Language Education and Culture. By meeting requirements for the two degrees simultaneously, students are able to earn the B.S./M.Ed. in a shorter length of time than if each of these degrees were pursued separately. The combined B.S./M.Ed. degree program gives students who plan to become Texas certified teachers the capability to complete the certification program hours of study required by the Texas State Board of Education. The two degrees may be completed in approximately five years. Enrollment must be continual and in consecutive semesters. Applicants are initially admitted into the Teacher Education Program and must follow the degree requirements of Liberal Studies Bachelor of Science with Core Subjects EC-6 Education. Students must apply for the M.Ed. program after completing 90 hours. Applicants to the Fifth Year Option degree program must meet the admission requirements of both the undergraduate and the graduate programs, and follow the application procedures for the respective programs.

Available to Wesleyan undergraduates who are Liberal Studies Bachelor of Science with Core Subject EC-6 Education, the Fifth Year Option allows outstanding students to combine a bachelor’s degree with the Master of Education (M.Ed.), completing both in five years.

To be considered for admission to the Fifth Year Option, students must submit a Fifth Year Option application after they complete 90 hours at the University. Only Fifth Year Option applicants demonstrating superior undergraduate academic performance and strong recommendation for faculty members will be considered for admission to the Fifth Year Option.

If admitted to the Fifth Year Option, a student may complete up to 9 semester hours of the M.Ed. program during the fourth year of undergraduate study. The student’s Liberal Studies Bachelor of Science with Core Subject EC-6 Education will be posted and the student will continue in the M.Ed. program. During the fifth year at Texas Wesleyan University, the student will complete the remaining semester hours and requirements toward the M.Ed. degree, graduating with the M.Ed.

Enrollment in the Fifth Year Option must be continual and in consecutive semesters. If a Fifth Year Option student does not enroll continuously or consecutively, his/her degree plan will default to the standard 30-hour M.Ed. program.

Additional information on admission criteria, the admission process, and graduation from the program may be found in the University Catalog.

General Education Curriculum (40)

The Education program uses a modified version of the General Education Curriculum (GEC) listed in this Catalog.

Complete Graduation Requirements are listed in this catalog.


ENG 1301 Composition I 3 Credits
ENG 1302 Composition II 3 Credits

one of the following courses:

ENG 2324 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 Credits
ENG 2326 Exploring American Lit 3 Credits
ENG 2327 Exploring World Lit 3 Credits
ENG 2328 Exploring British Lit 3 Credits

Exercise Science

EXS 1220 Basic Concepts of Wellness 2 Credits

Fine Arts

any 3 hour FAR, MUS or THA


HIS 2324 Fundamentals of Modern American History 3 Credits

choose one of the following:

HIS 2301 World History to 1648 3 Credits
HIS 2303 World History Since 1648 3 Credits


MAT 1302 College Algebra 3 Credits

Natural Science

CHE 1403 Nature of Physical Science 4 Credits
NSC 1402 Introductory Astronomy 4 Credits


choose 3 hours from the following:

REL 1311 Introduction to Jewish Scriptures 3 Credits
REL 1312 Introduction to Christian Scriptures 3 Credits
REL 1313 Introduction to Ethics 3 Credits
REL 1321 Introduction to Comparative Religions 3 Credits
REL 1323 Introduction to Interfaith Leadership 3 Credits

Social Science

choose two of the following:

ECO 2305 Principles of Economics I 3 Credits
POL 2311 American Government I 3 Credits
PSY 1301 General Psychology 3 Credits

Required Related Courses

Exercise Science

EXS 2201 Hlth Phys Ed Activties for Elem Teachers 2 Credits


HIS 3322 History of Texas 3 Credits


GEG 2304 World Geography 3 Credits


MAT 1304 Math for Liberal Arts 3 Credits
MAT 1305 Adv Fda of Math for Teachers 3 Credits

Natural Science*

* All EC-6 candidates are required to complete a minimum of 3 math and 3 science courses as a part of their degree plan.
BIO 1406 Contemporary Biology 4 Credits

Major Requirements

Professional Development

EDU 2100 Foundations of Education 1 Credit

EDU 3310 Multicultural Education 3 Credits

EC-6 Pedagogy

EDU 2208 Fine Arts Elementary 2 Credits
EDU 2341 Instr/Assess/Class Mgt EC-12 3 Credits
EDU 3318 Intro to Early Childhood Education 3 Credits
EDU 3319 Math for Elementary School Teachers 3 Credits
EDU 3320 Science for Elementary School Teachers 3 Credits
EDU 3338 Technology for Classroom Instr 3 Credits
EDU 4331 Differ Instr Mix-Ability K-12 Classrm 3 Credits
EDU 4340 Envir Process/Assess for E C-6 3 Credits
EDU 4348 Social Studies for Element Schl Teachers 3 Credits


RDG 3322 Children's Lit 3 Credits
RDG 4345 Teach Wrtg in Elem Classrm 3 Credits
RDG 4401 Beginning Literacy 4 Credits
RDG 4402 Intermediate Literacy 4 Credits

English as a Second Language

EDU 4317 English As a Second Language Methodology 3 Credits

Clinical Teaching

EDU 4611 Clinical Teaching 6 Credits


(Students may choose to enroll in elective coursework; will add hours to degree.)

M.Ed. Major Requirements

Required Courses

EDU 6305 Psychosocial Dimensions in Edu 3 Credits
EDU 6364 Using Data to Improve Education 3 Credits

Concentration area (choose one)

Reading Specialist and Writing

EDU 6326 Writing Institute I 3 Credits
EDU 6327 Writing Institute II 3 Credits
RDG 6321 Reading & Writing Seminar 3 Credits
RDG 6319 Foundations of Rdg 3 Credits
RDG 6320 Diag/Rem Rdg Diff 3 Credits
RDG 6324 Reading Clinic 3 Credits
one of the following:
RDG 6322 Reading Practicum 3 Credits

Advisor Approved Elective 3 Credits
one of the following:
RDG 6345 Rdg Content Area-Ele 3 Credits
RDG 6346 Rdg Content Area-Secondary 3 Credits

Second Language Education and Culture

EDU 6320 Culturally Responsive Teching Methods 3 Credits
EDU 6356 App Lingistics in the Div Urban Classroo 3 Credits
EDU 6357 Cross-Cultural Communications 3 Credits
EDU 6358 Improving practice Internship 3 Credits
EDU 6360 Language Acquisition 3 Credits
RDG 6320 Diag/Rem Rdg Diff 3 Credits

any 6 graduate hours with approval of the program advisor 6 Credits

Total Hours (150)

Modified GEC, Related Requirements and Major Requirements established for EC-6 programs.

Timeline for students who are considering the Fifth Year Option:

  1. Financial Aid advising;
  2. Apply for admission during/upon 90 hours completed;
  3. Meet admission requirements, one-time spring admission;
  4. Acceptance letter received;
  5. Senior year schedule of undergraduate program as listed below:

    Fall first semester:

    Complete final undergraduate clinical teaching coursework

    One required graduate course and other undergraduate coursework as needed

    Spring second semester:

    Two required graduate courses

    Summer third/fourth semesters:

    3-4 graduate courses in concentration area and/or

    Travel and Teach option as electives

    Enroll in Fifth Year schedule:

    Fall fifth semester:

    Two graduate courses

    Spring sixth semester:

    One graduate course

    Total graduate hours 30

  6. Successfully pass comprehensive exams spring or summer semester.
  7. Graduate May or August of Fifth year.