School of Education
Both 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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.