School of Education
All programs lead to licensure
This program provides pre-service and in-service courses/programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It provides the region with teachers who are able to teach at the elementary level in a variety of cultural environments.
The program of studies for the major in Elementary Education is designed for students who wish to enter the educational profession as teachers in educational programs for K-5 graders. A minimum total of 124 credit hours is required.
Each student must fulfill the General Education requirements as listed in the Academic Rules and Regulations section of the University of Guam Undergraduate Catalog. While there are many choices among the General Education courses offered, it is strongly recommended that Elementary Education students include the following courses as part of their General Education requirements:
Tier I: Core Foundation
Tier II: Diversity Foundation
*(This course should precede Student Teaching)
This program provides pre-service and in-service courses/programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It provides the region with teachers who are able to teach at the secondary level in a variety of cultural environments.
The program in Secondary Education is designed to prepare students for teaching careers in middle and senior high schools. Students seeking a degree in secondary education receive extensive training in professional education as well as preparation in a subject area(s). Students shall demonstrate their ability to teach in their respective teaching area(s). The student's program must be approved by the advisor of the Secondary Education Program.
Each student must fulfill the General Education requirements as listed in the Academic Rules and Regulations section of this catalog.
Two (2) options are available to the student majoring in Secondary Education and English as a Second Language. Students select the option that best relates to their future plans and previous experience.
An “Emphasis Area” option is available in which certification in an added area is possible. Specialty areas must be selected from areas commonly taught in secondary schools.
Option A. Subject Major
Students selecting this option must complete 30-58 semester hours in a subject area as specified by another school of the University. This option stresses in-depth preparation in one subject area and leads to certification in one subject area. If choosing this area, the required credit hours will exceed the 124 credit hour requirement. The student’s program must be approved by the advisor of the Secondary Education Program.
Option B. One Teaching Area of Specialty
Students selecting this option must take a minimum of 30 specified hours in one teaching area. Students receive preparation in a subject area beyond the minimum required for certification. More subject area choices are available to students selecting this option than in Option A. Students should consult the Secondary Education Program description contained under the content area of their choice. This option is provided in order to meet the 124 credit hour requirement. Students must take the appropriate Subject Assessment Test prior to student teaching. At present, the following nine programs make up the Secondary Option "B" Programs available:
Required Courses (32 Credit Hours)
2. General Science
Required Courses (25-30 Credit Hours)
The student shall select three (3) complete sequences from the following:
Prerequisites: *Proficiency at MA161a level or concurrent enrollment. **MA203 or concurrent enrollment.
Electives (16 credit hours)
The student may select a minimum of 16 upper division credit hours from the CH series, PH series, NS series or BI series of courses. Prerequisites must be observed. (Note: 40 credit hours of upper division required- will need upper division general education in order to meet this requirement).
3. Physical Education/School Health (Grades 6-12) Program
The program of study is physical education and school health is designed to prepare teacher candidates at the undergraduate level for entry into the field of physical education and health for grades 6-12. Teacher candidates are prepared for teaching in local, regional, U.S. mainland, Department of Defense and other schools where physical education and health are taught. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to meet the NASPE (2014) Standards.
General Education Requirements (47 credit hours)
Each student must fulfill the General Education requirements as listed in the Academic Rules and Regulations section of this catalogue. The following are requirements for this major that fulfill certain General Education Requirements:
Professional Education Requirements (30 credit hours)
Recommended Elective (6 Credit Hours)
Specialization Requirements (47 credit hours)
NOTE: A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all requirements for the major. A minimum GPA in the content area of 2.75 and 2.7 overall is required for graduation.
4. Fine Arts
Students should use the requirements for the Art Track Minor or Music Track Minor as their guide when selecting required courses. The total number of Art or Music credits is 36 and the elective courses should help prepare the student for the required Praxis Subject Assessments. Please see program advisor.
Required: (36 credit hours in Music or Art). Students must be proficient enough in the fine arts to pass the Praxis II content test in Music or Art or its equivalent as determined by the SOE and Commission for Educator Certification.
5. Career and Technical Education with Emphasis Areas
This Option B is to prepare students for Career and Technical teaching careers in senior high schools and higher education. Students seeking a degree in Secondary Education with an Option B in a Career and Technical Specialty receive extensive preparation in professional education as well as training in their specialty. Candidates will transfer thirty (30) credits of approved skill course credits to the University of Guam (from accredited institutions) and will complete the University and School of Education requirements in the areas of General Education, Professional Education and Field Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree. All programs must be approved by the program coordinator. (Note: 40 credit hours of upper division requiredwill need upper division general education in order to meet this requirement).
Education majors may also add a SPECIALIZATION. The Specialization courses are designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of a specific group of learners. The Specialization does lead to certification in the area. It also satisfies some of the UOG pre-requisite requirements toward admission into the Masters of Education degree in that area.
Areas of Specialization include:
This Specialization FOR ELEMENTARY MAJORS ONLY, provides pre-service and in-service courses at the undergraduate level. It provides the region with teachers who are especially able to teach preschool and primary grade children (PreK-2) in a variety of cultural environments.
Requirements (15 Credit Hours)
The Specialization in ESL is designed for pre-service and in-service teachers who wish to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) at the elementary or secondary level. The courses are designed to prepare students in the specialization to work with second language learners, both in mainstream classes and in pull-out ESL courses. The program includes methods and strategies for promoting success in English as well as content courses for K-12 learners. Issues such as bilingualism, second language acquisition, needs of non-native English speaking children, and culture will be addressed throughout the five specialization courses. Students will be expected to become familiar with the rules of English grammar. This specialization also serves as an entry-way for students hoping to pursue careers teaching ESL abroad.
Requirements (15 Credit Hours)
The Specialization is designed to prepare students for entry into the field of human services for exceptional individuals with specific emphasis areas in teaching exceptional learners. This program is generic and provides basic teaching knowledge and skills applicable to individuals with disabilities. The broad instructional focus takes a life span approach to assisting the exceptional individual and family. Primary emphasis is meeting the needs of students with disabilities in inclusive classroom settings with secondary emphasis on meeting the needs of individuals with moderate to severe disabilities.
Requirements (15 credit hours)