Education And Educational Psychology

Theresa Canada, Chair
canadat@wcsu.edu
Westside Classroom Building 250, Westside campus
(203) 837-8509
(203) 837-8413 (fax)

Ana Cangialosi, Department Secretary
cangialosia@wcsu.edu
Westside Classroom Building 249, Westside campus
(203) 837-8510
(203) 837-8413 (fax)

Faculty

T. Canada, Chair A. Aslanian J. Burke
K. Burke K. Campbell J. Caruso
J. Cillizza M. Daria M. Delcourt
E. Duncanson M. Gilles D. Shaw
L. Stambler J. Volpe M. WIlson

Mission

The mission of the education and educational psychology (E&EP) department is to prepare candidates for careers in teaching and counseling professions. We believe in initiating and maintaining professional relationships with the broader educational community and are committed to the continuous support and development of cooperative projects and services with area schools and community agencies. We embrace the broader mission of WestConn to empower students to “…attain the highest standards of academic achievement…personal development, and ethical conduct.” Candidates in our teacher and counselor preparation programs must achieve the following objectives:

  1. Demonstrate academic competence in their selected fields;
  2. Complete a general program of studies (in education) in addition to a recommended content area major other than education,
  3. Know the historical, social, economic, political, comparative and philosophical foundations of education or school counseling,
  4. Understand the variety of patterns of human growth and development;
  5. Value and infuse cultural diversity;
  6. Demonstrate a proficiency in and working knowledge of the Connecticut Common Core of Teaching (with the embedded Connecticut Competency Instrument), Connecticut Common Core of Learning, curriculum frameworks K-12, the Connecticut Code of Professional Responsibility, and effective practices in the profession;
  7. Demonstrate a spirit of inquiry, the use of critical thinking skills, and the habits of the reflective practitioner, and,
  8. Demonstrate the ability to incorporate appropriately the use of technology in instructional practices.

Introduction to WestConn’s Teacher Education Programs

The School of Professional Studies and the education & educational psychology (E & EPY) department are recognized by the Connecticut Department of Education (CSDE) as the principal units for the university with regard to teacher education preparation, serving to coordinate all the university’s teacher education degree and related programs. The university’s designated officer for CSDE Certification, the Assistant Dean of the School of Professional Studies, is located in White Hall 003C. Students in elementary education complete two areas of study–one in elementary education within the E & EPY department, and a specific academic major offered within the School of Arts and Sciences.

Students in secondary education complete only one specific major offered within one of the departments in the School of Arts and Sciences. Similarly, students interested in health education complete a major in health education within the health promotion and exercise sciences department, and students in music education complete a major within the music and music education department, both located within the School of Professional Studies.

WestConn offers the following undergraduate and graduate teacher education degree and related programs:

Undergraduate Teacher Education Bachelor of Science Degree Programs

  • Elementary Education (grades K-6) with Academic Arts & Sciences Majors in:
    • American Studies
    • Anthropology/Sociology
    • Biology
    • Communication
    • English
    • English-Writing Option
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Social Sciences
    • Spanish
  • Secondary Education (grades 7-12) with Arts and Sciences Majors in:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • English
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Social Sciences
    • Spanish
  • Health Education (grades PK-12)
  • Music Education (grades PK-12)
  • Teacher Certification Only Program

The teacher certification only program is designed for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in one of the above areas of study who are seeking to earn initial teacher certification in Connecticut.

Maintaining Status as A Self-Declared Education Major

Self-declared education majors must maintain a GPA of 2.67 or higher upon completing 60 credits of course work in order to remain self-declared education majors. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be contacted by the dean of the School of Professional Studies. Students must achieve a GPA of 2.8 or higher in order to be accepted into all professional education programs as candidates for teacher certification.

EPY 203 and 204 Requirements

Elementary Education/Psychology majors who choose to fulfill the course requirements for EPY 203 Child Development in Schools by taking PSY 210 Child Psychology must complete the one credit, 15-hour school observation requirement by taking EPY 201.  Transfer students who receive permission of the E&EP Chairperson to use a child or adolescent psychology course taken at another university to fulfill the course requirements for EPY 203 or 204 must also complete a one credit, 15-hour observation requirement by registering for EPY 201 or EPY 202, respectively.

Professional Program Requirements for all Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs

The teacher education programs at WestConn are rigorous and not all candidates applying for professional program admission are accepted. While students may gain acceptance to the university, those interested in obtaining state teacher’s certification (elementary, secondary, music, and health education) must file a separate application for professional program acceptance usually during the second semester of their of the junior year. Program completers at WestConn have pass rates of 100% for state required testing on Praxis I and Praxis II. Additional information is available from the E & EP department upon request.

Deadline Dates Applying for Professional Program Acceptance

The following deadline dates must be met for students applying for professional teacher education program acceptance. The deadline date for fall semester admittance into a professional teacher education program is 12 noon on April 1st, and the deadline date for spring semester admittance is 12 noon on November 1st. Music education candidates must apply for professional program acceptance in the spring semester of their sophomore year for the coming fall semester acceptance. Health education and elementary education candidates apply for professional program acceptance for the next semester in either the spring or fall semester of their junior year, and secondary education candidates may only apply in the spring semester of their junior year for the fall semester acceptance.

Students must have all of their materials submitted to the teacher education program coordinator (or department chair where applicable) by the deadline date. It is the student’s responsibility to insure that all materials are submitted by the deadline date. Once materials are received, students are contacted for an interview. Only complete files are reviewed for acceptance.

Application And Submission Process For Professional Program Acceptance

Applications for professional program acceptance can be obtained at the Education Office (WS 249). Applications are filed with the chair of the education and educational psychology department after consultation with the student’s appropriate teacher education advisor or program coordinator.

Criteria For Professional Program Acceptance

Students seeking admission to any of WestConn’s teacher education certification programs must have completed and met the following criteria by the deadline dates:

  1. Candidates must pass a Connecticut state mandated basic skills examination (PRAXIS I) in mathematics, reading and writing, or must obtain a waiver from the State Department of Education by presenting a combined score of 1,100 or more with no less than 450 on either the verbal or math subtest. If the SAT was administered prior to March 31, 1995, the candidate must present a combined score of 1,000 with at least a score of 400 on both the verbal and the math sections. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for this waiver. (Students may present a passing score on a similar test for another state with which Connecticut has certification reciprocity agreements). Information concerning the PRAXIS I exam and waiver information is available in the Office of the Dean of Professional Studies, Midtown campus, 123 White Hall, (203-837-8575) or in the Education Office, Westside campus, Classroom Building 249 (203-837-8510).
  2. Present at least a 2.8 cumulative average for undergraduate courses taken prior to professional program acceptance (approximately 90 credits and reflecting courses in progress). Note: The 2.8 cumulative average requirements is effective for all students, including any change of majors. All work done both at WestConn and other colleges will be considered in the computation of the cumulative grade point average. Note: Students with less than a cumulative 2.8 grade point average will not be admitted to or retained in the program.
  3. Completed the university’s general education requirements (42 semester hour minimum) in communication, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics/computer science, and physical education, as well as complete a writing intensive course. (Refer to specific teacher education program for which general education courses meet their degree program criteria.)
  4. Complete with a minimum grade of “B” in the following courses:
    1. HPX 215 Health Issues in the Schools (Grades PK-12)
    2. ED 206 Introduction to Education
    3. EPY 203 Child Development in the School or
    4. EPY 204 Adolescent Development School
  5. Complete with a minimum grade of “C” the following courses:
    1. Writing Intensive Course
    2. PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology
    3. COM 160 Speech Fundamentals or
    4. COM 161 Decision Making in Groups or
    5. COM 162 Interpersonal Communication
    6. *HIS 101 American Perspectives
    7. *HIS 148 American History: To 1877 and
    8. *HIS 149 American History: Since 1877

      *HIS 148 and HIS 149 replace HIS 101 requirement for elementary and secondary education history and social science majors.
    Elementary education teacher education program candidates must show evidence of completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of “C” or better in the following courses:
    1. ENG 105 Introduction to Poetry or ENG 106 Introduction to Fiction or ENG 107 Introduction to Drama
    2. GEO 100 Principles of World Geography
    3. SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or ANT 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    4. MAT 105 & 106 Foundation of Mathematics I & II
    5. Laboratory Science Courses (8 SH)
    Elementary education anthropology/sociology candidates must also have a minimum grade of “C” or better in the following courses:
    1. ANT 110 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
    2. SOC 101 Social Problems
    3. SS 201 Researching Social Issues
    4. SS 300 Social Sciences Research Seminar
    Elementary education – political science candidates must also have a minimum grade of “C” or better in the following courses:
    1. PS 100 Introduction to Political Science
    2. PS 102 American Government
    3. PS 104 World Governments, Economies and Cultures or PS 110 Introduction to Political Economy
    4. SS 201 Researching Social Issues
    5. SS 300 Social Sciences Research Seminar
    Both elementary education and secondary education social sciences candidates must also have a minimum grade of “C” or better in the following courses:
    1. NWC course(s)
    2. SS 201 Researching Social Issues
    3. SS 300 Social Sciences Research Seminar
    4. ECO 100 level course
    5. PS 100 Introduction to Political Science or PS 102 American Government
    Health education program candidates must show evidence of completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of “C” or better in the following courses:
    1. SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
    2. BIO 105 & 106 Anatomy and Physiology I & II
    3. HPX 280 Principles of Health Education
    Music education program candidates must show evidence of completion of all required 100 and 200 level MED and MUS courses with a minimum grade of "C" or better.
  6. Prepare and present an essay demonstrating a command of the English language and explaining the reasons for enrolling in the teacher education program, emphasizing experience relevant to teaching.
  7. Present at least two (2) letters of recommendation from persons outside the university who are able to testify to the candidate’s suitability as a prospective teacher.
  8. Participate in an interview by a teacher education faculty team, which will assess candidates’ personal attributes affecting their performance as teachers.

Note: Acceptance in the professional program is a prerequisite to enrolling in the following professional semester and student teaching semester courses:

Elementary Education
ED 320 The Professional Development School Experience
ED/MED 340 Assessment of Teaching Strategies
ED 341 Student Teaching – Elementary majors (grades K-6)
* ED 360 Teaching Reading (grades K-6)

*ED 415 Elementary School Science:  Content, Skills and Teaching Methods

*ED 420 Elementary School Social Studies:  Content, Skills and Teaching Methods
* ED 440 Integrating Language
* EPY 405 Introduction to Special Education

Secondary Education
ED/MED 340 Assessment of Teaching Strategies (grades 7-12)
ED 342 Student Teaching – Secondary majors (grades 7-12)

*ED 385 Methods of Teaching in the Secondary Schools

ED/BIO/CHE/ES/MAT/SPA/ENG/HIS/SS 386 Secondary Education Professional

   Development School Experience

* ED 440 Integrating Language

*ED/HIS/SS 441 Teaching History and Social Studies in Secondary Schools

*ED/BIO/CHE/ES 442 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools

*ED/ENG 447 Teaching English in Secondary Schools

*ED/SPA 448 Teaching Spanish in Secondary Schools

*ED/MAT 449 Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools
* EPY 405 Introduction to Special Education

Health Education
* HPX 215 Health Issues in the Schools
* HPX 280 Principles of Health Education
* HPX 310 Methods and Materials in Health Education
* HPX 311 School Health Programs

HPX 386 Health Education Professional Development School Experience
* HPX 460 Student Teaching Seminar – Health Education
* HPX 464 Student Teaching – Health Education
ED 340 Assessment of Teaching Strategies

* EPY 405 Introduction to Special Education

Music Education
MED 303 Elementary Music Methods
MED 353 Secondary Music Methods
* EPY 405 Introduction to Special Education
MED 320 Student Teaching

MED 304 Elementary Professional Development School Experience
MED/ED 340 Assessment of Teaching Strategies

MED 354 Secondary Professional Development School Experience

*A minimum grade of “B” or better is required.

Program Completion And Eligibility For State Teacher’s Certification

A passing score on the appropriate PRAXIS II examination is a requirement for program completion. Students will not be recommended by WCSU for state teacher’s certification until passing scores are received and filed with the university’s teacher education certification officer, the Assistant Dean of the School of Professional Studies, who is located in White Hall 003C. Detailed information on PRAXIS II testing is available in the Education Office, Westside Classroom Building 249. Program completers at WestConn have pass rates of 100% for state required testing on Praxis I and Praxis II. Additional information is available from the E & EP Department upon request.

Once a student has completed all his/her bachelors degree teacher certification requirements, the university’s teacher certification officer will file with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CDE) the necessary documents for the student’s receipt of CDE teacher certification.

Dismissal From, Admission To, Or Retention In, Professional Teacher Education Program

Strict guidelines for admission to, and retention in, the teacher education certification programs are part of academic excellence. Students who fail to meet or maintain established admission and retention criteria will be dismissed from the program.

If a professional program faculty interviewing team recommends that a student not be admitted to a professional teacher education program, said student may reapply for admission to that program one semester after the notification of denial. Students have the right to review a copy of the completed interview form.

Denial From the Student Teaching/Clinical Experience

Superintendents, school district facilitators, cooperating teachers, principals, university supervisors and the education and the educational psychology department faculty in consultation with the appropriate arts & sciences, health or music teacher education faculty reserve the right to dismiss the student from any student teaching/clinical experience. When problems arise during a student teaching/clinical experience, the university supervisor must notify the student teaching coordinator. The coordinator then forwards any information to the chair of the education and educational psychology department who in turn informs the student of any decision. A recommendation for dismissal can be based on, but not limited to:

  1. An absence of five or more consecutive teaching days in a fourteen week (requires 70 full days) assignment or three or more consecutive days in a seven week (requires 35 full days) assignment, without presenting a verified explanation.
  2. A failure to demonstrate the state mandated teaching competencies during student teaching or any clinical experience.
  3. Drug or alcohol abuse.
  4. Allegation or conviction for sexual, physical or emotional intimidation, harassment or abuse of PK-12 students.
  5. Allegation or confirmation of a felony indictment.

The affected student has the right to request, in writing, within seven days of a notification of dismissal, a hearing with the university’s teacher supervisor, the student teaching coordinator and the chair of the education and educational psychology department. The reason(s) for dismissal shall be identified. The affected student has the right within two weeks of the hearing date to appeal, in writing, his/her dismissal to the dean of professional studies.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (B.S.) (GRADES K-6)

Marsha Daria, Coordinator of Elementary Education Program
dariam@wcsu.edu
WS 307, Westside Classroom Building
(203) 837-9359
(203) 837-8413 (fax)

Program Learning Objectives

Graduates of the B.S. degree program in the elementary education will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate essential knowledge of the elementary school curriculum as it relates to the American Council of Elementary Instruction (ACEI) and Connecticut State Department of Education's Elementary School Curriculum's Student Learning Standards, with specifics related to reading, writing, science, mathematics, and social studies.
  • Possess the knowledge and skills to successfully plan, implement, and evaluate classroom differentiated instruction to effectively maximize students' learning potentials, including the use of instructional technology and literacy.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and skills for effectively assessing all school children's learning in the classroom.
  • Conduct themselves at all times in a professional and ethical manner both as classroom teachers and as school leaders, and will embrace the professional values and commitments according to the Connecticut Code of Professional Responsibility.
  • Possess classroom management skills that will assist students to take responsibility for their own behavior while maintaining a classroom that is conducive to learning.
  • Continually improve their professional growth through the practice of inquiry and reflection as a classroom teacher and leader.

Admission and Degree Requirements

  1. Students must apply and meet the criteria for professional program acceptance.
  2. Students planning to major in elementary education must complete the following
    pre-professional courses before professional program acceptance is granted. Note that some of these courses have minimum grade requirements. (see courses with asterisks).

    *These courses must be completed with minimum grade of “C”.
    **These courses must be completed with minimum grade of “B”.

    Freshman Year

    *Writing Intensive Course (W)
    *ENG 105, 106, 107 or 208
    *PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
    *HIS 101 American Perspectives
    [*HIS 248 or HIS 249 replaces HIS 101 requirement for academic majors in history or social sciences]
    *COM 160 Speech Foundations, *COM 161 Decision Making in Groups
    or
    *COM 162 Interpersonal Communications
    One course in Fine Arts (art or music)
    or
    Foreign Language
    *SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
    or
    *ANT 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

    Sophomore Year
    *MAT 105 & 106 Foundations of Math I & II
    *GEO 100 Principles of Geography
    *Laboratory Science Course (8 SH)
    **ED 206 Introduction to Education
    **EPY 203 Child Development in School
    **HPX 215 Health Issues in Schools
    [Laboratory Sciences: AST 122, 126, 134, 150; BIO 100, 103, 104, 111, 130, 156; CHEM 102, 104 110, 111, 120, 202; MTR 150, 162, 175; PHY 103, 110, 111, 120, 121, 136, 170]
    *A minimum grade of “C” or better is required.
  3. Students must select an academic major in arts and sciences in addition to completing their professional education courses. Students must select one of the following academic majors. At the discretion of the chair of the education and educational psychology department, other academic majors may be considered to meet this requirement:

    American Studies
    Anthropology/Sociology
    Biology
    Communication
    English
    English–Writing Option
    History
    Mathematics
    Political Science
    Psychology
    Social Sciences
    Spanish

    In addition to the course requirements for each of the academic majors in arts and sciences listed above, students must complete thirty-seven (37) hours in professional education coursework. The successful completion of these courses in the following professional education general areas will result in eligibility to be teacher certified as a K-6 grade elementary in Connecticut:

    AREA I: Foundations of Education
    AREA II: Educational Psychology
    AREA III: Curriculum and Methods of Teaching
    AREA IV: Supervised Full-Time Student Teaching
  4. Once students receive professional program acceptance as an elementary education major, they are eligible to register for the following professional semester courses. Registration for this block of courses is open only to students accepted into the professional program. A minimum grade of “B” is required in each of these courses:
    1. ED 320 The Professional Development School Experience (pass/fail only)
    2. ED 360 Teaching Reading (Grades K-6)
    3. EPY 405 Introduction to Special Education
    4. ED 415 Elementary School Science:  Content, Skills and Teaching Methods
    5. ED 420 Elementary School Social Studies:  Content, Skills and Teaching Methods
    6. ED 440 Integrating Language
    Note: Science field experiences are an integral part of the professional semester; students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from their assigned schools.
  5. During the senior year students will enter the student teaching phase of the program. Since field experiences are an integral part of the professional semester, students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from their assigned schools. In order to register for student teaching, elementary education majors must present at least a cumulative average of 2.8. Students are advised not to register for other courses during the student teaching semester. A student teaching application (available in the Department of Education & Educational Psychology Office—WS 249) approved by the appropriate elementary education adviser must be filed with the chairperson of the education and educational psychology department during the semester just prior to the student teaching semester. The applications must be submitted by March 1 for the fall semester, and November 1 for the spring semester.
    Before enrolling in the student teaching semester, teacher candidates may not have more than 13 semester hours of required professional education courses or 8 semester hours of an approved, academic major coursework remaining.

    Senior Year Professional Teaching Semester Courses
    1. ED 340 Assessment of Teaching Strategies (pass/fail only)
    2. ED 341 Student Teaching - Elementary majors (pass/fail only)
  6. Students earning less than a “P” grade in student teaching may be required to complete additional student teaching and/or coursework before receiving a recommendation for graduation and certification. Students must present at least a 2.8 cumulative average in their academic and professional education required courses to graduate in the elementary education program.
  7. Other general requirements for the B.S. degree in Elementary Education include the completion of all general education requirements, including the physical education requirement and electives. Students are strongly urged to maintain an updated and signed copy of their program sheet. All requirements for this degree are listed on this program sheet, which may be obtained at the Office of the Dean of Professional Studies (White Hall 123) or the Department of Education and Educational Psychology (WS 249). Students must meet those degree requirements in effect at the time of their matriculation or re-admittance to the university.

Minor in Mathematics for Elementary Education Majors

At least 17 credits to include MAT 171 or 181, MAT 182, MAT 120, MAT 242 and at least one of the following: MAT 211, MAT 363, or MAT 251. Additionally, MAT 105 and 106 are required, as they are for all elementary education certification students.

CERTIFICATION ONLY PROGRAM

Dr. Maryann Rossi, Assistant Dean

Coord. of Certification Only Program

School of Professional Studies

rossim@wcsu.edu

White Hall 003C
(203) 837-8950
(203) 837-8526 (fax)

Individuals holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution who wish to earn initial teacher certification in Connecticut can do so by enrolling in WestConn’s Certification Only Program. Applicants are required to meet all current admissions criteria for teacher education programs as mandated by the State of Connecticut and the university. These requirements currently include:

  1. Passing score on Praxis 1 Basic Skills Examination (or combined SAT score of 1,000 (1,100) with at least 400 (450) on both the verbal and math sections respectively, depending on date of administration).
  2. Overall GPA of 2.8 for all undergraduate courses taken at ALL institutions attended.
  3. Thirty-nine (39) SH general education distribution requirements.
  4. Two letters of reference attesting to potential as an educator.
  5. A written essay describing reasons for seeking a teaching career.
  6. An interview with members of the education department faculty.
  7. Additionally, an audition and specific music skills and course work are required for admission into the Certification Only Program in music education. In most cases, students will take a planned program of undergraduate courses leading to certification in: elementary education (grades K-6); secondary education (grades 7-12) in math, English, social science/history, chemistry, biology, earth science and Spanish; health education (PK-12); music education (PK-12); and, on the graduate level, school counseling (all grade levels). Other requirements may include general education courses lacking in a student’s undergraduate background that are required by the university and/or the State Department of Education. After completing the Certification Only Program, and prior to being recommended for teacher certification, all students must take and pass Praxis II (content exams in the appropriate field of study). Candidates may not register for more than two courses without being formally admitted to the Certification Only Program, which requires meeting all entrance requirements as noted above.

Students who wish to have their transcripts evaluated to determine program requirements must pay a $75 non-refundable transcript evaluation fee. For complete information and an application for the Certification Only Program, contact the Assistant Dean's Office of the School of Professional Studies, at (203) 837-8951 or (203) 837-8576.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN SECONDARY EDUCATION (B.S.) (Grades 7–12)

David Burns, Coord. of Secondary Education Programs
burnsd@wcsu.edu
Midtown, H1018r/Westside 251
(203) 837-9364/837-9346

Biology
Mitch Wagener, Chair
wagenerm@wcsu.edu
Science Building 145, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8790

Chemistry
Paula Secondo, Chair
secondop@wcsu.edu
Science Building 323, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8440

Earth Science (Physics, Astronomy, Meteorology)
Alice Chance, Chair
chancea@wcsu.edu
Science Building 178, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8667

English
Cigdem Üsekes, Chair
usekesc@wcsu.edu
BR 210E, Midtown campus
(203) 837-9329

History
Burton Peretti, Chair
perettib@wcsu.edu
WA 221, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8309

Mathematics
Josie Hamer, Chair
hamerj@wcsu.edu
HI 102, Midtown campus
(203) 837-9347

Social Sciences
Laurie Weinstein, Chair
weinsteinl@wcsu.edu
WA 211, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8453

Spanish (World Languages & Literature)
Stacey Alba D. Skar, Chair

scars@wcsu.edu
BR 223, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8485

Oscar De Los Santos, Chair
delossantoso@wcsu.edu

Berkshire Hall 225, Midtown campus

(203) 837-9044

(203) 837-8912 (fax)

Professional Program Acceptance Requirements

Refer to School of Professional Studies

Admission And Degree Requirements

All secondary education majors must:

  1. Apply and meet the criteria for professional program acceptance.
  2. Complete all general education course requirements (refer to specific program sheet and arts and sciences department section in this catalog) and free electives.
  3. All students enrolled in secondary education curricula (grade 7-12 certification) must fulfill the foreign language requirement.
  4. Complete the arts and sciences departmental major course requirements (listed by majors below).
  5. Complete the professional education sequence including:

Freshman Year/Pre-Professional Course Work and General Education Requirements

* Writing Intensive Course (W)
* PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
***HIS 101 American Perspectives
* COM 160 Speech Fundamentals or
* COM 161 Decision Making in Groups or
* COM 162 Interpersonal Communication

Sophomore Year/Pre-Professional Education Course Work

** ED 206 Introduction to Education
** EPY 204 Adolescent Development In School
** HPX 215 Health Issues in Schools

Fall of Senior Year/Professional Semester Education Course Work

**ED 385 Methods of Teaching in the Secondary Schools

ED/BIO/CHE/ES/MAT/SPA/ENG/HIS/SS 386 Secondary Education Professional Development School Experience
** EPY 405 Introduction To Special Education
** ED 440 Integrating Language

**ED/HIS/SS 441 Teaching History and Social Studies in Secondary Schools

**ED/BIO/CHE/ES 442 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools

**ED/ENG 447 Teaching English in Secondary Schools

**ED/SPA 448 Teaching Spanish in Secondary Schools

**ED/MAT 449 Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools

Senior Year/Student Teaching and Required Education Course Work

ED/MED 340 Assessment of Teaching Strategies
ED 342 Student Teaching for Secondary Education Majors

Note: Field experience components require that students provide their own transportation to and from their assigned schools.

* A minimum of “C” grade is required.
** A minimum of “B” grade is required.
***Excluding history and social sciences programs. Refer to their specific requirements in this catalog.

Biology
BIO 103, 104 General Biology I & II
BIO 200 Ecology
BIO 205 Animal Physiology
or
BIO 207 Plant Physiology
BIO 300 Cell Biology
BIO 312 Genetics
BIO 325 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 360 Scientific Communication
BIO 490 Senior Research
CHE 110, 111 General Chemistry I & II (Placement exam required)
CHE 210, 211 Organic Chemistry I & II

Chemistry
CHE 110, 111 General Chemistry I & II (Placement exam required)
CHE 205 Analytical Chemistry Lecture
CHE 206 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 210, 211 Organic Chemistry I & II
CHE 250 Chemistry Seminar
CHE 300, 301 Physical Chemistry I & II
PHY 110, 111 General Physics I & II
MAT 181, 182 Calculus I & II

Senior presentation
An approved math or upper level science elective

Earth Science
AST 150 General Astronomy
ES 103 Planet Earth
ES 110 Physical Geology
ES 210 Introduction to Physical Oceanography
MTR 150 Meteorology
MTR/ENV 162 Air Pollution Sources
One track option in astronomy, geology, or meteorology

English: Teaching of Literature Option
ENG 209 American Literature to 1865

ENG 210 American Literature from 1865

ENG 211 English Literature to 1798

ENG 212 English Literature from 1798
ENG 213 Classics of Western Literature

ENG 276 English Language Skills

ENG 307W Shakespeare I or ENG 308W Shakespeare II

ENG 315 Critical Theory

WRT 347W Teaching Writing in the Schools - High School

ENG 430 Literature for Adolescents

ENG 470 Senior Seminar

One 300-level literature course

One 400-level literature courses

Students must have an overall GPA of 2.67 or better in all English courses to satisfy the major requirements.

English: Teaching of Writing Option
English (21 semester hours)

ENG 209 American Literature to 1865 & ENG 210 American Literature from 1865

OR
ENG 211 English Literature to 1798 & ENG 212 English Literature from 1798

ENG 213 Classics of Western Literature

ENG 276 English Language Skills

ENG 307W Shakespeare I or ENG 308W Shakespeare II

ENG 315 Critical Theory

ENG 430 Literature for Adolescents

Teaching of Writing Option (18 semester hours)

WRT 243W Fiction Workshop I

WRT 335W Fact-Based Opinion Writing

WRT 339W The Creative Essay

WRT 347W Teaching Writing in the Schools - High School

One additional Writing Course

WRT 465W Thesis Project

Writing Portfolio Requirement

Students must have an overall GPA of 2.67 or better in all English courses to satisfy the major requirements.

History/Social Studies
*ECO 101 Principles of Macroeconomics or
*ECO 101 Principles of Microeconomics
*GEO 100 Principles of World Geography
HIS 186 Ancient and Medieval Europe
HIS 187 Modern Europe
HIS 148 American History: To 1877
HIS 149 American History: Since 1877

HIS 294 Introduction to Historical Research
HIS 350 Reading in Historiography
HIS 490 Senior Seminar
*PS 102 American Government
*PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
Four upper level history courses
*Two 100 level Non-Western Cultures courses

Mathematics
CS 170 Computer Science I
MAT/CS 165 Introductory Discrete Mathematics
MAT 171 or 181, 182, 281 Calculus I, II & III
MAT 272 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MAT 242 Foundations of Geometry
MAT 342 Topics in Geometry
MAT 416 Introduction to Abstract Algebra

Three major mathematics courses from the department list (see major program sheet or math department section in this catalog).

Social Sciences/History
MAT 120 Elementary Statistics or both MAT 105 and 106 Fundamentals of Math I, II
*PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
*Any two non-western culture history courses (NWC label)
HIS 148 American History: To 1877
HIS 149 American History: Since 1877
HIS 186 Europe: Pagan and Medieval
HIS 187 Modern Europe

Observing prerequisites, select one course from each of the four discipline labels listed (total of 12 semester hours):
*ANT or SOC
*ECO
*GEO
*PS
*SS 201 Researching Social Issues
*SS 300 Social Sciences Research Seminar
Select four courses (12 SH) at the 200-400 level from ANT, ECO, GEO, PS, OR SOC.
* A minimum “C” grade is required.

Spanish
SPA 196 Lengua y Cultura I
SPA 197 Lengua y Cultura II
SPA 201 El mundo iberoamericano
SPA 203 Conversación
SPA 205 Traducción inversa
SPA 207 Comentario de texto
SPA 221 La civilización española
SPA 230 El cuento
SPA 231 El teatro española
SPA 300 Advanced Composition and Syntax
SPA 330,331 Autores representativos I & II
SPA 400 Linguistics

6. Students are not eligible for professional semester education course work unless they have received professional program acceptance.

7. Student Teaching Requirements:
During their last year, students enter the student teaching phase of the program. In order to register for student teaching, which is offered only during the spring semester, secondary education majors must present at least a 2.8 cumulative average for all courses taken in their academic and professional education course work. Students are advised not to register for other courses during the student teacher semester.

Since secondary student teaching (ED 342) is offered only in the spring semester, applications (available at the Education Office, WS 249) must be approved by the secondary education coordinator of the appropriate arts and sciences department and by the chair of the education and educational psychology department. Applications must be filed in the Education Office by November 1. The student teaching requirement for secondary education majors consists of one full semester (70 contact days) of supervised teaching. During the student teaching semester, students must concurrently register for ED 340 and no other courses during the student teaching semester. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the school to which they are assigned for student teaching.
Students earning less than a “P” grade in student teaching may be required to complete additional student teaching and/or course work before receiving a recommendation for graduation and certification. Students must present at least a 2.8 cumulative average in academic and professional required courses to graduate in the secondary education programs.

8. After completing the academic program and successfully completing student teaching, but before being certified as a public school teacher, the PRAXIS II SUBJECT ASSESSMENT examination must be passed. The exam tests the essential subject area knowledge unique to each certification teaching area. All PRAXIS II exams are now being offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS utilizes the national teacher examination (PRAXIS II) specialty area tests for this requirement. Although not a graduation requirement, passing scores on appropriate PRAXIS II exams are necessary for program completion and subsequent recommendation for certification. It is suggested that students take and pass the PRAXIS II exam prior to the end of the second semester of their senior year. Copies of the PRAXIS II exam scores must be sent to the university’s education certification officer located in education & educational psychology dept. (WS 249) no later than the end of the second semester of the senior year.

9. Students are strongly urged to maintain an updated and signed copy of their program sheet. All requirements for this degree are listed on this sheet, which may be obtained from the student’s academic advisor or department chair.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH EDUCATION (B.S., PK-12)

Information for this education degree is listed on following pages.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MUSIC EDUCATION (B.S., PK-12)

Information for this education degree is located under the music and music education department, school of visual and performing arts.

The Center for Professional Development

The Center for Professional Development serves as a community resource for continuing education for personnel in the public schools. The Center is recognized and approved by the Connecticut State University Board of Trustees and the Connecticut State Department of Education. Formed in 1986 by the education and educational psychology department, the Center facilitates development, capitalizing on the education, technological, and research strengths of WCSU combined with the resources of CSU system to enhance and strengthen the professional work force. The Center shares information and research with current and future professionals to help implement contemporary research in the most efficient, cost effective, and expedient method possible.

For information, contact the Center director at (203) 837-8517.


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