Academics

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The Education Studies program is designed to meet the needs of students who seek a degree in education which does not lead to teaching certification. Many opportunities to work with children and young adults exist, and this program equips students with the knowledge and skills to work in a variety of non-certificated positions in schools as well as other community settings. Graduates of this program could work in education settings as special education para-professionals and work in schools or other community-based settings with students who are deaf or for whom English is a second language. The addition of an optional academic concentration also creates new opportunities for employment.

Program Requirements for Education Studies Major:
1. General requirements for baccalaureate degree, p. 8.
2. To fulfill the technological literacy requirement, students must successfully complete EDU/ELE 240 Media and Technology in Education.
3. Complete the pre-professional courses:
  • EDU 213 Foundations of Education
  • EDU 214 Educational Psychology
  • EDU/ELE 240 Media and Technology in Education
  • SPE 229 Survey of Exceptional Students
4. Complete two areas of concentration from the following four areas:
Special education concentration:
  • SPE 239 Characteristics of Students with Special Needs
  • SPE 362 Young Adult Literature
  • SPE 450 Characteristics/Strategies for Behavior Disabilities
  • SPE 453 Seminar/Practicum-SPED (taken concurrently with SPE 469)
  • SPE 468 Characteristic/Strategies – Mild/Moderate/Severe
  • SPE 469 Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Bilingual/ESL concentration:
  • BIL/ESL 300 Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual and ESL Education
  • BIL/ESL 310 Applied Linguistics for Bilingual and ESL Education
  • BIL/ESL 320 Assessment of Bilingual and ESL Students
  • BIL/ESL 400 Methods and Materials for Teaching LEP Students in Bilingual Programs
  • BIL/ESL 410 Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching LEP Students
  • BIL/ESL 420 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL
American Sign Language concentration:
  • ASL 200 American Sign Language I
  • ASL 250 American Sign Language II
  • ASL 260 Finger Spelling and Numbers
  • ASL 300 American Sign Language III
  • ASL 350 American Sign Language IV
  • ITP 202 Perspectives in Deafness: Deaf Culture and History
Minor concentration (within an academic discipline):
Students may determine an 18-hour course of study in an academic area that interests them. In disciplines for which a minor exists, this concentration would consist of the courses required for the minor.

5. Successfully complete two 3-hour practicum experiences, preferably from each area of concentration.
6. Demonstrate professional disposition in coursework and practicum experiences.