Education And Educational Psychology

Theresa Canada, Chair
      canadat@wcsu.edu
      WS 250, Westside Classroom Building
      (203) 837-8509
      (203) 837-8413 (fax)
Ana Cangialosi, Department Secretary
      cangialosia@wcsu.edu
      WS 249, Westside Classroom Building
      (203) 837-8510
      (203) 837-8413 (fax)

Faculty

T. Canada, Chr. A. Aslanian J. Burke
K. Burke K. Campbell J. Caruso
J. Cillizza M. Daria M. Delcourt
E. Duncanson M. Gilles B. Rabe
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 suse of technology in instructional practices.

Introduction to WestConn’s Teacher Education Programs
The School of Professional Studies and the education & educational psychology (E&EP) 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&EP 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 in the School of Professional Studies, and students in music education complete a major within the music and music education department, located within the School of Visual and Performing Arts.
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 & Science 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 Science Majors in:
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Earth Science
      English
      English-Writing Option
      History
      Mathematics
      Social Sciences
      Spanish

• Health Education (grades PK-12)

• Music Education (grades PK-12)

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.

Course Restrictions
For a complete list of prerequisites, corequisites and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Course Description section of this catalog.

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 percent 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 noon on April 1, and the deadline date for spring semester admittance is noon on November 1. 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.

Professional Education Fee
As of the 2008 fiscal year, all new matriculating (degree-seeking) undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a WestConn professional education program will be assessed a one-time professional education fee when they register for their first semester, be it summer, fall, spring or January intersesssion. This one-time fee covers student educational technology (e.g. professional career e-portfolios) and resource material costs (e.g. commercial educational tests) specifically associated with WestConn’s professional education programs.

Application And Submission Process For Professional Program Acceptance
Applications for professional program acceptance can be obtained at the Office of E&EP in Westside 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 Office of E&EP in Westside 249. Call (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 exercise science, 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 EPY 204 Adolescent Development School
    4. ED 440 Integrating Language
  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
      COM 161 Decision Making in Groups or COM 162 Interpersonal Communication
    4. *HIS 101 American Perspectives
    5. *HIS 148 American History: To 1877 and
    6. *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 400 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 400 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 400 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 270 Health Education: Theory and Application

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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/BIO/CHE/ENG/ES/HIS/MAT/SPA/SS 385 Methods of Teaching in the Secondary Schools
ED/BIO/CHE/ENG/ES/HIS/MAT/SPA/SSS 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 230 Drug Studies
* HPX 270 Health Education: Theory and Application
* 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 Office of E&EP in Westside 249. Program completers at WestConn have pass rates of 100 percent 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 bachelor’s 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.

Dismissal from the Student Teaching Experience
Superintendents, school district BEST facilitators, cooperating teachers, principals, university supervisors and faculty members of the E&EP department, in consultation with the appropriate arts and sciences, health education, or music education faculty members, reserve the right to remove a student teacher from any student teaching/clinical experience.

A recommendation for dismissal can be based on but is not limited to:

  1. An absence of five or more consecutive teaching days in a 14-week (70 full teaching days) assignment or three or more consecutive days in a seven week (35 full teaching 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. Evidence of abuse of alcohol or other drugs.
  4. Written recommendation from the K-12 public school’s cooperating teacher, principal, the E&EP department chair and/or the coordinator of student teaching that the student teacher be removed from the clinical placement due to the student teacher’s failure to meet the school’s expectations.
  5. Non-professional behavior as documented by the K-12 public school’s cooperating teacher, principal or
    department chair.
  6. Violation of the Connecticut State Department of Education Code of Professional Responsibility.
  7. Allegation or conviction for sexual, physical or emotional intimidation, harassment or abuse of PK-12 students.
  8. Allegation or confirmation of a felony indictment.

When problems arise during a student teaching/clinical experience, the university supervisor notifies the coordinator of student teaching in a formal letter that clearly states both the concerns and the steps that have been taken to rectify the situation. The coordinator of student teaching then forwards this information to the chair of the E&EP department who, in turn, meets with involved parties –– the student teacher, the coordinator of student teaching, the university supervisor, and the assistant dean/certification officer –– to investigate the situation, develop plans for improvement or to recommend dismissal of the student teacher from the program.
    The chair of the E&EP department confirms all decisions of this meeting via a letter to the student teacher. The letter is signed by the chairperson of the E&EP department and the coordinator of student teaching; copies are sent to the dean and assistant dean of the School of Professional Studies.
    The student teacher has the right to submit a written appeal within seven days of a notification of dismissal, to the chair of the E&EP department, the coordinator of student teaching, and the university supervisor. The affected student also 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”.

First Year

*Writing Intensive Course (W)
*ENG 105, 106 or 107
*PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
*HIS 101 American Perspectives
[*HIS 148 or HIS 149 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
CHE 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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 professionalprogram. 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.

  1. 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 GPA of 2.8. Students are advised not to register for other courses during the student teaching semester. A student teaching application, available in the Office of the Office of E&EP in Westside 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/MED 340 Assessment of Teaching Strategies (pass/fail only)
2. ED 341 Student Teaching - Elementary majors (pass/fail only)

  1. 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 GPA in their academic and professional education required courses to graduate in the elementary education program.
  2. Other general requirements for the B.S. degree in Elementary Education include the completion of all
    general education requirements, including the exercise science 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 in White Hall 123, or the Office of E&EP in Westside 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 251 or MAT 363. 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)
This program is for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution who wish to earn initial teacher certification in Connecticut. The university is not accepting any new applications to this program. The Certification Only Program is in the process of being phased out and replaced by the Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Currently the MAT program has received approval from the State of Connecticut for secondary education in biology, mathematics and Spanish. Approval is pending for Elementary Education.
   Those who wish to pursue certification in areas not yet approved for the MAT program should contact the assistant dean of the School of Professional Studies at (203) 837-8950 for possible alternative routes to certification at WCSU.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN SECONDARY EDUCATION (B.S.) (Grades 7–12)
Alex Standish, Coord. of Secondary Education Programs
      standisha@wcsu.edu
      Warner Hall 217, Midtown campus
      (203) 837-8454

Biology
Thomas Lonergan, Chair
      lonergant@wcsu.edu
      Science Building 145, Midtown campus
      (203) 837-9894

Chemistry
Paula Secondo, Chair
      secondop@wcsu.edu
      Science Building 201, Midtown campus
      (203) 837-8440

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

English
Çigdem Üsekes,Chair
      usekesc@wcsu.edu
      Berkshire Hall 210E, Midtown campus
      (203) 837-9329

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

Mathematics
David Burns, Chair
      burnsd@wcsu.edu
      HI 102F, Midtown campus
      (203) 837-9346

Social Sciences
Robert Whittemore, Chair
      whittemorer@wcsu.edu
      WA 206, Midtown campus
      (203) 837-8461

Spanish (World Languages & Literature)
Stacey Alba D. Skar, Chair
      skars@wcsu.edu
      BR 223, Midtown campus
      (203) 837-8485

Professional Program Acceptance Requirements
Refer to earlier section for requirements.

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/BIO/CHE/ENG/ES/HIS/MAT/SPA/SSS 385 Methods of Teaching in the Secondary Schools
ED/BIO/CHE/ENG/ES/HIS/MAT/SPA/SSS 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?                                                                          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
Physics 110, 111 General Physics (Calculus) I and II (Placement Test required)
One track option in astronomy, geology, or meteorology

English: Teaching of Literature Option

ENG 130W English Seminar
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 or 308W Shakespeare I or II
ENG 315 Critical Theory
ENG 430 Literature for Adolescents
ENG 470 Senior Seminar
WRT 347W Teaching Writing in the Schools (High School)
One literature course (300-level)
One literature course (400-level)
GPA of 2.67 or better is required in English courses used to satisfy the major requirements.

English: Teaching of Writing Option

ENG 130W English Seminar
ENG 209 and 210 or ENG 211 and 212
ENG 213 Classics of Western Literature
ENG 276 English Language Skills
ENG 307W or 308W Shakespeare I or II
ENG 315 Critical Theory
ENG 430 Literature for Adolescents
WRT 243W Fiction Workshop I
WRT 335W Fact-Based Opinion Writing
WRT 339W Creative Essay
WRT 347W Teaching Writing in the Schools (High School)
One additional writing course
WRT 465W Thesis Project Writing Portfolio
GPA of 2.67 or better is required in English courses used to satisfy the major requirements.

History/Social Studies

*ECO 100 Principles of Macroeconomics or
*ECO 101 Principles of Microeconomics
*GEO 100 Principles of World Geography
HIS 148 American History: To 1877
HIS 149 American History: Since 1877
HIS 186 Europe: Ancient and Medieval
HIS 187 Modern Europe
HIS 294 Introduction to Historical Research
HIS 350 Historiography
HIS 490 Senior Seminar
*PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
*PS 102 American Government
Four upper level history courses
*Two 100 level Non-Western Cultures courses

Mathematics

CS 140, 143 or 170 Programming Language
MAT/CS 165 Introductory Discrete Mathematics
MAT 171 or 181, 182, 281 Calculus I, II & III
MAT 242 Foundations of Geometry
MAT 272 Introduction to Linear Algebra
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, 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: Ancient 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 400 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

One conversation and composition course
SPA 203: Conversation and Composition: Film
SPA 204: Conversation and Composition: Essay

One foundations of analysis course
SPA 207: Introduction to Analysis: Fiction
SPA 208: Introduction to Analysis: Poetry

Three culture courses
SPA 221: Cultures of Spain
SPA 222: Cultures of Spanish America
SPA 224: Trans-Atlantic Hispanic Cultures
SPA 225: Hispanic Cultures: Connecticut

Five 300 level literature courses
SPA 320: The Poetry of Spain and Latin America
SPA 330: Representative Authors: Spain
SPA 331: Representative Authors: Spanish America
SPA 336: Theater in Spain and Latin America
SPA 337: Modern Spanish Novel
SPA 360: Readings on The Arts in Spain and Latin America
SPA 361: Gender & Sexuality in Spanish America
SPA 365: Revolution, Testimony, and Memory in Spanish America
SPA 367: Colonial Spanish America
SPA 370: US Latina/Latino Literature
SPA 371: Spanish-Caribbean Identities
SPA 375: The Picaresque in Spanish Literature

One linguistics course
SPA 400 Linguistics

  1. Students are not eligible for professional semester education course work unless they have received professional program acceptance.
  2. 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 GPA 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 Office of E&EP in Westside 249, must be approved by the secondary education coordinator of the appropriate arts and sciences department and by the chair of the E&EP department. Applications must be filed in the Office of E&EP 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 GPA in academic and professional required courses to graduate in the secondary education programs.
  3. 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 the Department of E&EP in Westside 249, no later than the end of the second semester of the senior year.
  4. 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 in the section for Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences.


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