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    Dec 09, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Education


Teresa Poole, Ph.D. (Dean)

 

The purpose of the School of Education is to provide professional training and study that will prepare education students to pursue a career in the field of education. This training is characterized by course content, field assignments, practica, and clinical experiences. All teacher candidates are evaluated on content knowledge, pedagogy, and dispositions.

Our mission: The School of Education serves to prepare confident, caring, and reflective educators within a Christian environment from a liberal arts curriculum for preservice educators and advanced preparation for inservice educators.

The School of Education is responsible for the development of undergraduate and graduate curricula in (1) elementary education, (2) secondary education, and (3) other add-on certification areas and for supervision and preparation of teachers with majors in those areas.

Teresa Poole, Ph.D., Dean

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Katie Tonore, Chair; Professor Conner; Associate Professors Benigno. Windham; Assistant Professors Aycock, Benton, Freitag, Hanson, Liverette, Nyman, C. Payne, Permenter, Pitre, Poole, Sellers, Smith, Tonore, Miller, Weiss, Woullard, Yeager 

 

Teacher Education Committee

Teacher education is considered to be an institution-wide function at William Carey University. The teacher education committee broadly represents the departments interested in the preparation of teachers for elementary and secondary schools.

The teacher education committee formulates and reviews policies for teacher education consistent with state law and subject to the approval of the university administration. These policies deal with dispositions, philosophy and objectives, organization and administration, curricula and student personnel services. Curriculum changes must be approved by the academic council and/or the undergraduate committee.

Selective Admission and Retention in Teacher Education

  1. Admission procedures:
    1. Students need to make application for admission to the professional program in teacher education prior to taking courses in education.
      1. Students should make application for admission by the end of their sophomore year in college. Transfer students should make application prior to registering for their first trimester of courses at Carey.
      2. All students enrolled in education must have clearance of criminal background checks prior to participating in clinical activities (field-based practica). After initial enrollment, any subsequent disciplinary actions, arrests, charges, addiction or impairment (alcohol or drugs) shall also be reported immediately to the dean of education. Failure to report any and all subsequent disciplinary actions, arrests, charges, addiction or impairment will constitute falsification of records and may result in denial of licensure as an educator. All students must complete a certified background check that includes fingerprinting. After the report has been processed, the student will receive an ID card which is to be worn during all field practica and the final internship.
      3. All students must purchase liability insurance from one of the following professional organizations: American Federation of Teachers, Mississippi Association of Educators, or Mississippi Professional Educators.
      4. All students must be formally admitted before they will be permitted to take more than six hours (secondary majors) or nine hours (elementary majors) of 300 level education courses. A student who has not been admitted will not be permitted to take 400 level education courses.
      5. EDU 300  and EDU 300.1  and EDU 372  must score a “C” or better in the first six hours of teacher education course work.
      6. All teacher candidates must score emerging or higher on WCU’s Professional Dispositions before admission to teacher education.
    2. All applications for admission will be processed by the School of Education faculty. A file will be maintained on each student. Admission requirements are subject to change should the Mississippi Department of Education change licensure requirements.
    3. Students who make proper application will be admitted to teacher education and be referred to as teacher candidates when they meet these requirements for Transition Point One (admission/core):
      1. Achieve and maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.75 or better on the teacher education liberal arts core as defined in the Teacher Education Handbook.
      2. Achieve the required score on PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators which includes all subtests (Reading, Writing, Mathematics). The required score is set by the Mississippi Department of Education. A student may also meet these tests’ requirements with a score of 21 or better on the ACT. Admission requirements are subject to change should the Mississippi Department of Education change licensure requirements.
      3. Achieve a grade of C or better in English 101 and 102.
      4. EDU 300  and EDU 300.1  and EDU 372  must score a “C” or better in the first six hours of teacher education course work.
      5. Must have completed a background check with fingerprinting and receive clearance.
      6. All teacher candidates must have successfully completed PRAXIS Core Academics for Educators tests—Reading, Writing, and Mathematics—prior to acceptance into teacher education or have an ACT score of 21 or higher. Teacher candidates are encouraged to take the professional knowledge (Principles of Learning and Teaching) and the specialty area examinations at least one trimester before residency II. The teacher candidates must present passing scores on PRAXIS II, PLT and specialty area to the School of Education and Foundations of Reading before they are allowed to begin Residency II.
  2. Progression procedures:

    The Education Professional Standards Committee will review the status of students formally admitted to the professional program in teacher education and will take proper action in the following instances:
    1. when advisors or other faculty members request to review the continued eligibility of a student;
    2. when advisors, faculty, or host school personnel recognize continual disposition related infractions by a teacher candidate;
    3. when the grades of a teacher candidate warrant such a review (consistent failing grades, a failure to make normal progress); Transition Point Two;
    4. when the student makes application for Residency I and Residency II; Transition Point Three;
    5. when the supervising teacher (university and/or site-based), the school principal, or the director of student teaching indicates unsatisfactory progress in Residency I or student teaching (Residency II); Transition Point Three;
    6. when the advisor approves the final review of program; Transition Point Four (graduation and licensure).

Teacher Education Liberal Arts Core

Teacher candidates seeking teacher certification must fulfill 44-46 hours of particular liberal arts core courses for admission to teacher education.


Bachelor of Science Core


Requirements


44 hours of courses are required for admission to teacher certification: ENG 101 -ENG 102 , six hours of ENG literature, MAT 131  or higher, PSY 201 , COM 101 , HIS 101 -HIS 102  or HIS 201 -HIS 202 , three hours of fine arts, eleven hours of science including two lab sciences, and three hours of a social studies elective (history, political science, geography, anthropology, economics, sociology).

Additional General Requirements


Additional noneducation courses required for teacher certification are:


Bachelor of Arts General Core


Requirements


46 hours of courses are required for admission to teacher certification: ENG 101 -ENG 102 , six hours of literature, MAT 131  or higher, PSY 201 , COM 101  or COM 230 , HIS 101 -HIS 102  or HIS 201 -HIS 202 , three hours of fine arts, four hours of a lab science, six hours of Foreign Language (intermediate level), three hours of a social studies elective (history, political science, geography, anthropology, economics, sociology) and three hours of history, philosophy or English elective.

Additional General Requirements


Additional noneducation courses required for teacher certification are:


Bachelor of Arts Core - Art


Requirements


46 hours of courses are required for admission to teacher certification: ENG 101 -ENG 102 , six hours of literature, three hours of English literature or PHI 201 , six hours of Fine Arts, MAT 131  or higher, PSY 201 , COM 101  or COM 230 , HIS 101 -HIS 102  or HIS 201 -HIS 202 , three hours of art, four hours of a lab science, and three hours of a social science (history, political science, geography, economics and/or sociology).

Additional General Requirements


Additional noneducation courses required for teacher certification are:


Education Interdisciplinary Concentration


Requirements


Transition One: Admission to Teacher Education
Transition Two: Approval for Residency I, application for Teacher Candidate 101 license, and Professional Courses
Teacher candidate should have a overall GPA of 2.75 and completed all necessary course work before entering in Residency I
Transition Three: Completion of Residency I and Residency II (student teaching internship)
Transition Four: Graduation and Licensure

Elementary education majors are required to complete an interdisciplinary concentration with a grade of C or above, consisting of the following courses:


Specialty/Clinical Courses



Required Professional Courses


Requirements


(Elementary, Secondary, and Special Subject Areas)

For teacher licensure, required professional education courses are:

Residency II—Student Teaching Internship Requirements


A teacher candidate may take directed teaching (EDU 483 , EDU 484 , EDU 496 ) in one of the cooperating school districts during his/her senior year provided the following requirements have been met:

  1. Be a senior (completed at least 90 semester hours).
  2. Have been admitted to teacher education for one trimester.
  3. Have earned an overall grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
  4. Have earned grades of C or better in all professional education courses.
  5. Have earned a grade of C or better in all courses in major teaching field.
  6. Make an application for winter Residency I by September 10 or make an application for spring Residency I by November 15 preceding. Hold a valid Teacher Candidate 101 license from the Mississippi Department of Education.
  7. Have approval of the chair of the curriculum and instruction department and director of Residency I.
  8. In addition to admission to teacher education requirements, the student must pass Residency I, have the approval of the director of student teaching, and have achieved the required scores on all exams required by Mississippi Department of Education.
  9. Must have completed all specialty and professional courses with a minimum grade of C or better in each course. Special permission from the chairman of the department of curriculum and instruction must be secured to take courses during or after student teaching.

Licensure applications cannot be processed until all requirements are met.

Notes:


All students, including teacher assistants, are required to complete Residency I and Residency II (student teaching internship).

Special Subject Areas

Teacher candidates who want to teach in the areas of art, music (vocal and instrumental), and physical education are licensed to teach grades K-12. Those teacher candidates pursuing degree programs that meet K-12 licensure requirements must complete the university core (outlined elsewhere in this catalog for the B.A., B.S., B.F.A., and B.M. degrees), additional teacher education core courses, the specialty area courses listed within the respective departments, and professional courses including EDU 300 , EDU 300.1 , EDU 372 , EDU 436 , EDU 478 , EDU 496 , PSY 202 , PSY 203 , or PSY 205  , and PSY 204 . See Music for individual requirements.

Licensure Procedure

Teacher candidates are responsible for making the proper application to the Mississippi Department of Education, for requesting their licensure. Forms are available in the department of curriculum and instruction office. The student must also fill out a release-of-records form.

Completion of the teacher education program does not guarantee licensure. The student must meet all requirements specified by the Mississippi Department of Education and current law.

NOTE: All education programs and requirements are subject to change due to requirements set forth by the Mississippi Department of Education and state law. The current requirements for licensure—if different from this catalog—will supersede the catalog descriptions. New federal legislation requires each state to submit a definition for highly qualified teachers which adheres to federal guidelines.

Programs

Major

Minor

Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Greg Bullock, Ph.D. (Chair) Halford, Knight; Instructors, Bullock, English, Hartfield, Lovdahl, Weldon

The purpose of the department is to provide individuals seeking a degree with the knowledge necessary to educate others about wellness for life. It is also the aim of the department to give physical education majors, minors, and coaches a clear understanding of procedures, methods, techniques, and materials for effective, competent teaching and coaching.

The department offers degrees in physical education; health, physical education and recreation; and physical education and health teacher licensure. Minors are offered in coaching; health and physical education; and recreation. The various paths towards majors and minors are as follows:

Programs

Major

Minor

Other Programs