Education (Undergraduate)

Accreditation

The Teacher Education Programs of Graceland University have been approved by the Iowa Department of Education and are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

 

Teacher Education Programs

The Teacher Education Programs of Graceland University have been approved by the Iowa Department of Education and are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Information about the Graceland Teacher Education Program Title II Report is on the internet at www.graceland.edu. When planning to teach in a state other than Iowa, students will plan their programs in accordance with the requirements of the other state. The following endorsements are available:

  • Elementary Education (K-6 grade levels).
  • Secondary Education (5-12 grade levels).
  • Combination (K-8 and 5-12 grade levels — an option for secondary majors in Art, Music, and P.E. only).

Specific requirements for these programs can be found in the education section of the catalog and in the appropriate departmental sections for major and second teaching area requirements at the secondary level. Students enrolling at Graceland University to complete requirements for teacher licensure in Iowa or to add an additional endorsement(s) to a current Iowa teaching license will receive an official transfer credit evaluation and program of study from the Registrar. Students, who do not plan to complete education courses leading to licensure or an approved teaching endorsement, will be considered as being enrolled for personal enrichment and will not be eligible for an institutional recommendation from Graceland.

The student teaching field experience required for individuals who already have teacher licensure and are adding a mild/moderate special education endorsement is fullfilled with EDUC3450 or EDUC3550.

 

Coaching Endorsement (K-12 levels)

Students in Elementary, Secondary, or Combination Programs (see above) may seek a coaching endorsement. Requirements are listed in the Physical Education section of the catalog.

 

Admission to Teacher Education

Students should apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program after successfully completing EDUC2420 Entry Workshop. Application for admission is made through the Director of Teacher Education. Final approval is given by the Teacher Education Committee. Applicants must have:

  1. a minimum grade point average of 2.75 for all work attempted,
  2. a grade of “C” or higher in all education courses and a successful field work evaluation in EDUC1410 Clinical Experience Lab
  3. verification of completion of the English and Mathematics sections of the College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (C-BASE) with scores of 235 or higher,
  4. completed a technology survey and a diversity survey,
  5. a current graduation plan signed by their advisor,
  6. submit application and disclose revoked or suspended education related license or criminal convictions, and
  7. submitted three or more professional references (two of which must come from the GSOE), in which applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: caring attitude, collaboration, reflection, leadership, academic success, communication skills, organization, dependability, and integrity.

Admission to Student Teaching

Admission to the Teacher Education Program and admission to Student Teaching are required to enroll in course work and student teaching during the student teaching semester. Candidates must apply for admission by March 1 of the year prior to student teaching. Applicants must have

  1. been admitted to the Teacher Education Program,
  2. completed required education courses with e-portfolio assessed,
  3. maintained a 2.75 cumulative GPA,
  4. earned a "C" or higher grade in all required education classes,
  5. completed a successful practicum or internship,
  6. removed incomplete grades in required education courses or other courses. If completion of an incomplete grade is pending, submit a plan for completion before participation in student teaching.

Teacher Licensure

At the close of their final semester, students normally apply to the state for licensure. Teaching certificates are then issued by Iowa to applicants who meet these requirements:

  1. a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher and "C" or higher grades in all education courses,
  2. specific program completion with a "Pass" grade for student teaching,
  3. completion of program surveys and assessments,
  4. successful completion of e-portfolio,
  5. All Teacher Education candidates (Elementary and Secondary) must pass two PRAXIS II tests: a Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test, as well as a Content Knowledge test for your major (not endorsement area), and
  6. university recommendation.

When planning to teach in a state other than Iowa, students will plan their programs in accordance with the requirements of the other state. They will in turn be recommended by the university for those certificates for which they qualify.

B.A. Degree - Elementary Education (K-6 grade level)

In addition to the general education requirements, majors in Elementary Education must complete the Education requirements and one approved concentration:

Education Requirements:

  • BIOL1400 Fundamentals of Biological Science or
  •      BIOL1260 Environmental Biology 3 s.h.
  • SCIE1310 Fundamentals of Physical Science 3 s.h.
  • ENGL1410 Modern Rhetoric 3 s.h.
  • Any General Education Goal 3b course with COMM prefix
  • MATH1310 Mathematical Concepts I 3 s.h.
  • * Mathematics elective (MATH1250, MATH1320, MATH1380 recommended) 3 s.h.
  • HIST1320 World Civilizations II or
  •      HIST2420 U.S. History since 1877 3 s.h.
  • POLS1300 American Government or an approved American Government with civic literacy class
  • EDUC1400 Introduction to Education 3 s.h.
  • EDUC1410 Clinical Experience Lab for EDUC1400 1 s.h.
  • EDUC2300 Children's Literature in Elementary Education 3 s.h.
  • EDUC2420 Teacher Education Entry Workshop 0 s.h.
  • EDUC3100 Human Relations for Educators 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3300 Foundations of Reading/Literacy Instruction 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3400 Elementary Reading in the Content Areas 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3480 Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies Methods 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3511 Methods of Teaching Elementary Science 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3530 Methods of Teaching Elementary Math 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3540 Methods Lab 1 s.h.
  • EDUC3580 Psychology of Exceptional Child and Adult 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3590 Educational Psychology and Measurement 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3710 K-6 Elementary Education Practicum
         (may be met by electing EDUC3280, EDUC3290, EDUC3330, or EDUC3450).
         Students with concentrations in Art, Music, or Physical Education must conduct the
         internship in the appropriate subject area. 2-3 s.h.
  • EDUC4100 Legal, Ethical, and Pedagogical Responsibilities in Education 2 s.h.
  • EDUC4200 Elementary Classroom Management 3 s.h.
  • ** EDUC4400 Elementary Student Teaching 14 s.h.
  • PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
  • EDUC2500 Teaching Elementary Physical Education, Health/Wellness, Visual and Performance Arts 1-3 s.h.
         OR Methods courses in 1. Elementary Physical Education 2. Health/Wellness 3. Visual Arts 4. Performance Arts
         (Music or Creative Drama)

*A Computer Science course will not meet the mathematics elective.

**Students with majors in Elementary Education and another teaching discipline who are seeking endorsements at both the elementary and secondary levels should substitute EDUC4450 Combination Student Teaching. Students with a concentration in K-8 Mild/Moderate Special Education should substitute EDUC4460 Elementary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching.

 

Art (K-8)

  • ARTS1100 Design Principles 3 s.h.
  • ARTS1200 Artists and Materials 3 s.h.
  • ARTS1230 Drawing 3 s.h.
  • ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval or
        
    ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern 3 s.h.
  • ARTS3100 Modern to Contemporary Art History 3 s.h.
  • Approved Art electives (not to include ARTS4350) 9 s.h.
  • ARTS3300 Art for Elementary School 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3710 K-6 Elementary Education Practicum (in Art) 2 s.h.

 

English/Language Arts (K-8)

  • COMM1200 Speech Communication: An Introduction 3 s.h.
  • EDUC2150 Literacy Instruction for Early Reading and Language Acquisition 3 s.h.
  • EDUC2300 Children's Literature in Elementary Education 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3300 Foundations of Reading Instruction 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3480 Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies Methods 3 s.h.
  • ENGL2330 American Literature to 1900 3 s.h.
  • ENGL3200 Business and Professional Writing or
         ENGL3210 Essay Writing or
         ENGL3220 Technical Report Writing or
         ENGL3250 Advanced Composition: Honors or
         ENGL3270 Media Writing or
         ENGL3280 Newswriting 3 s.h.
  • Approved English Electives (ENGL Prefix) 3 s.h.
  • THTR1220 Beginning Acting or
         THTR1240 Vocal Presentation Skills 3 s.h.

 

Health (K-8)

  • BIOL1400 Fundamentals of Biological Science or
         BIOL2300 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 s.h.
  • BIOL2560 Nutrition or
         HLTH2300 Children's Health, Safety & Nutrition 3 s.h.
  • HLTH1100 First Aid or
         HLTH1110 First Aid for Professional Rescuer 1 s.h.
  • HLTH1300 Lifetime Health and Fitness Lab 2 s.h.
  • HLTH2200 Contemporary Issues in Health 2 s.h.
  • HLTH3200 Community Health 3 s.h.
  • HLTH3370 Methods of Teaching K-12 Health 3 s.h.
  • PHED0490 Relaxation and Stress Management 1 s.h.
  • PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
  • Health related electives: 7 s.h.
  • ATHT3100 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 2 s.h.
  • BIOL2310 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 s.h.
  • BIOL2360 Microbiology 4 s.h.
  • BIOL2560 Nutrition or
        
    HLTH2300 Children's Health, Safety & Nutrition (if not counted above) 3 s.h.
  • HLTH3300 Theory and Practice of Safety 2 s.h.
  • HLTH3900 Advanced Topics in Health 3 s.h.
  • SOCI2320 Marriage and the Family 3 s.h.

 

Mathematics (K-8)

  • Approved Computer Programming Elective 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3530 Methods of Teaching Elementary Math 3 s.h.
  • MATH1250 Informal Geometry or
  • MATH3320 Modern Geometry 3 s.h.
  • MATH1280 College Algebra 3 s.h.
  • MATH1310 Mathematical Concepts I 3 s.h.
  • MATH1320 Mathematical Concepts II 3 s.h.
  • MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.
  • Approved Mathematics Electives (MATH prefix) 6 s.h.

 

Middle School:

  • EDUC3560 Nature and Needs of the Middle Grades Child 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3570 Curriculum for Middle Grades Education 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3400 Elementary Reading in the Content Area or
  • EDUC3520 General Secondary Methods and Content Reading 3 s.h.

Completion of coursework in two of the following content areas--Candidates receive Iowa Teaching Endorsements in Middle School for selected content areas:

  1. Twelve semester hours of coursework in social studies to include coursework in all of the following:
    1. United States History 3 s.h.
      HIST2410 United States History to 1877 or
      HIST2420 United States History since 1877 or
      HIST/POLS3240 United States Constitutional History or
      HIST3370 The United States Presidency or
      HIST3550 Recent United States History or
      HIST/POLS3460 United States Foreign Relations or
      HIST3540 United States Military History or
      HIST3560 United States Environmental History or
      Approved United States History elective (HIST prefix)
    2. World History 3 s.h.
      HIST1310 World Civilizations I or
      HIST1320 World Civilizations II or
      HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I or
      HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II or
      HIST2340 Middle Eastern Civilizations I or
      HIST2360 Middle Eastern Civilizations II or
      HIST3110 Gender and Women's History or
      HIST/POLS3470 History of British Foreign Relations or
      HIST3530 History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict or
      HIST3620 The Middle Ages or
      HIST3640 Early Modern Europe, 1350-1815 or
      HIST3660 Modern Europe, 1789-Present or
      Approved World History electives (HIST prefix)
    3. Government 3 s.h.
      POLS1300 United States Government or
      POLS2350 Comparative Politics or
      POLS2380 International Politics or
      POLS3200 State and Local Government or
      POLS3220 Global Peace Issues or
      HIST/POLS3240 United States Constitutional History or
      POLS3340 Political Parties and Pressure Groups or
      POLS3430 American Constitutional Law or
      HIST/POLS3470 History of British Foreign Relations or
      Approved United States Government electives (POLS prefix)
    4. Geography 3 s.h.
      GEOG/INTD/POLS1200 Introduction to International Studies or
      Approved elective (GEOG prefix)
  2. Twelve semester hours in mathematics to include coursework in Algebra;
    MATH1280 College Algebra or
    MATH3330 Modern Algebra
    Select 3 courses from the following:
    Approved Mathematics electives (9 s.h. MATH prefix)
  3. Twelve semester hours in science to include coursework in all of the following:
    1. Life Science
      Approved life science electives (BIOL prefix) 3 s.h.
    2. Earth Science
      SCIE2100 Earth Science 3 s.h.
    3. Physical Science
      Approved Physical Science classes (SCIE prefix) 3 s.h.
    4. Any class with SCIE, BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS prefix 3 s.h.
  4. Twelve semester hours in language arts to include coursework in all of the following:
    1. ENGL1410 Modern Rhetoric 3 s.h.
    2. ENGL1500 Introduction to Literature 3 s.h.
    3. COMM1200 Speech Communication: An Introduction 3 s.h.
    4. ENGL2330 American Literature to 1900 3 s.h.
      Note: The following courses required for Elementary Education Majors and English Majors seeking Secondary Endorsement also contain content that applies to the Language Arts course work: EDUC2300 Children's Literature in the Elementary School (Elementary Majors) or ENGL3370 Methods of Teaching English (Secondary Majors) 3 s.h.

 

**K-8 Mild and Moderate Special Education:

  • EDUC3200 Introduction to Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3220 K-8 Methods and Strategies for Mild/Moderate Learners 4 s.h.
  • EDUC3350 Behavior Management for Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3390 Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3450 K-6 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum 2 s.h.
  • EDUC3470 Collaborative Consultation 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3630 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation Strategies 3 s.h.
  • EDUC4200 Elementary Classroom Management 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3580 Psychology of Exceptional Child and Adult 3 s.h.
  • EDUC4460 Elementary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching 14 s.h.

**Licensed teachers may meet student teaching requirement with EDUC3450 K-6 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum, 2 s.h.

 

***5-12 Mild and Moderate Special Education

  • EDUC3200 Introduction to Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3230 5-12 Methods and Strategies for Mild/Moderate Learners 4 s.h.
  • EDUC3260 Transition Programming 2 s.h.
  • EDUC3350 Behavior Management for Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3390 Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities or
         EDUC3520 General Secondary Methods and Content Reading 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3470 Collaborative Consultation 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3550 7-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum 2 s.h.
  • EDUC3630 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation Strategies 3 s.h.
  • EDUC4300 Secondary Classroom Management or
         EDUC4200 Elementary Classroom Management 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3580 Psychology of Exceptional Child & Adult 3 s.h.
  • EDUC4470 Secondary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching or
         EDUC4480 Elementary and Secondary Mild/Moderate Student Teaching 14 s.h.

***Licensed teachers may meet student teaching requirement with EDUC3550 7-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum, 2 s.h.

 

Physical Education (K-8)

  • BIOL2300 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3710 K-6 Elementary Education Practicum (in P.E.) 2 s.h.
  • HLTH1100 First Aid or
         HLTH1110 First Aid for Professional Rescuer 1 s.h.
  • PHED1200 Motor Learning 2 s.h.
  • PHED1250 Calisthenics I 2 s.h.
  • PHED2360 Teaching Sports and Games 3 s.h.
  • PHED2380 Movement and Rhythm Activities 3 s.h.
  • PHED3320 Assessment of K-12 Physical Education 1 s.h.
  • PHED3330 Methods of Teaching K-12 Physical Education 3 s.h.
  • PHED/RECR3430 Special Physical Education/Leisure 3 s.h.
  • Physical Education Electives (PHED prefix, only 2 s.h. of which may be Intercollegiate Athletics) 5 s.h.

 

Reading (K-8)

  • EDUC2150 Literacy Instruction for Early Reading and Language Acquisition 3 s.h.
  • EDUC2300 Children's Literature in Elementary Education 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3300 Foundations of Reading Instruction 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3330 K-6 Reading Practicum 2-3 s.h.
  • EDUC3390 Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3400 Elementary Reading in the Content Areas 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3480 Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies Methods (Elementary) 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3630 Assessment, Diagnosis and Evaluation Strategies 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3540 Methods Lab 1 s.h.

Science-Basic (K-8)

  • SCIE1250 Descriptive Astronomy 3 s.h.
  • SCIE1310 Fundamentals of Physical Science 3 s.h.
  • Six hours from the following:
  • CHEM1330 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry 3 s.h.
  • CHEM1430 Principles of Chemistry I and CHEM1431 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 4 s.h.
  • CHEM1440 Principles of Chemistry II and CHEM1441 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 4 s.h.
  • Six hours from the following:
  • BIOL1260 Environmental Biology 3 s.h.
  • BIOL1400 Fundamentals of Biological Science 3 s.h.
  • BIOL2100 Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics 4 s.h.
  • BIOL2430 Animal Biology 4 s.h.
  • BIOL2440 Plant Biology 4 s.h.
  • BIOL2560 Nutrition 3 s.h.
  • SCIE3030 The Nature of Science 3 s.h.
  • Elective of any class with BIOL, SCIE, CHEM, or PHYS prefix 3 - 4 s.h.
  • EDUC3511 Methods of Teaching Elementary Science 3 s.h.

 

Social Science-History (K-8)

  • HIST1310 World Civilizations I 3 s.h.
  • HIST1320 World Civilizations II 3 s.h.
  • HIST2400 Historical Inquiry 3 s.h.
  • HIST2410 United States History to 1877 3 s.h.
  • HIST2420 United States History Since 1877 3 s.h.
  • American History Electives 3 s.h.
  • World History Electives 3 s.h.
  • History Electives 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3480 Language Art, Reading, and Social Studies Methods 3 s.h.

 

Social Science-Social Studies (K-8)

  • ECON1300 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3480 Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies Methods 3 s.h.
  • HIST1310 World Civilizations I 3 s.h.
  • HIST1320 World Civilizations II 3 s.h.
  • HIST2410 United States History to 1877 3 s.h.
  • HIST2420 United States History Since 1877 3 s.h.
  • History Elective 3 s.h.
  • POLS1300 United States Government 3 s.h.
  • PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
  • SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology 3 s.h.

 

Speech Communication/Theatre (K-8)

  • COMM1200 Speech Communication: An Introduction 3 s.h.
  • EDUC2150 Literacy Instruction for Early Reading and Language Acquisition 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3480 Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies Methods 3 s.h.
  • THTR1200 Introduction to Theatre 3 s.h.
  • THTR1220 Beginning Acting 3 s.h.
  • THTR1310 Introduction to Stagecraft 3 s.h.
  • THTR1240 Vocal Presentation Skills or
  • One Speech elective 3 s.h.
  • Two Speech Communication Electives COMM Prefix 6 s.h.

 

PK-3 Early Childhood Education

  • EDUC2150 Literacy Instruction for Early Reading and Language Acquisition 3 s.h.
  • EDUC2390 Early Childhood Education (Infants/Toddlers) 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3200 Introduction to Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3290 Early Childhood Practicum 2.5 s.h.
  • EDUC3310 Early Childhood Education (Preprimary/Kindergarten) 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3470 Collaborative Consultation 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3580 Psychology of Exceptional Child and Adult 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3620 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 2 s.h.
  • EDUC3630 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation Strategies 3 s.h.
  • EDUC4200 Elementary Classroom Management 3 s.h.
  • EDUC4440 Early Childhood Student Teaching (substitutes for EDUC4400) 14 s.h.
  • HLTH2300 Children's Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3 s.h.
  • PHED2380 Movement and Rhythm Activities 3 s.h.
  • PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.

 

Secondary Education Program (5-12 grade level)

Education Requirements:

  • EDUC1400 Introduction to Education 3 s.h.
  • EDUC1410 Clinical Experience Lab for EDUC1400 1 s.h.
  • EDUC2420 Teacher Education Entry Workshop 0 s.h.
  • EDUC3100 Human Relations for Educators 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3520 General Secondary Methods and Content Reading 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3580 Psychology of Exceptional Child and Adult 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3590 Educational Psychology and Measurement 3 s.h.
  • *EDUC3720 7-12 Secondary Education Practicum 2 s.h.
  • EDUC4100 Legal, Ethical, and Pedagogical Responsibilities in Education 2 s.h.
  • EDUC4300 Secondary Classroom Management 3 s.h.
  • **EDUC4420 Secondary Student Teaching 14 s.h.
  • PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
  • The appropriate methods course 3-5 s.h.

*Majors in Art, Music, and Physical Education may substitute EDUC3710 K-6 Elementary Education Practicum or EDUC3730 Combination K-6 and 7-12 Education Practicum. Secondary subject-area majors with a 5-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education endorsement must enroll in EDUC3550 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum. Secondary candidates with more than one 5-12 teaching major should have an internship for each major to meet the pre-student teaching requirement of the state of Iowa for teaching majors.

**Students with majors in Elementary Education and another teaching discipline who are seeking endorsements at both the elementary and secondary levels should substitute EDUC4450 Combination Student Teaching. Students with a concentration in 5-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education should substitute EDUC4470 Secondary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching.

Teaching Major Requirements
All secondary education candidates must complete at least one teaching major. The University offers the following secondary teaching major endorsements (see the corresponding departmental section of the catalog for specific major requirements):

Second Teaching Fields:
In addition to the teaching major, students may seek endorsements for the following second teaching fields:

  • American History
  • American Government
  • Art
  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English/Language Arts
  • General Science
  • Health
  • Mathematics
  • Middle School
  • Music
  • Mild/Moderate Special Education
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Speech Communication/Theatre
  • Sociology
  • World History

Secondary education students majoring in any teaching major, who desire Iowa Teacher Certification with endorsements in K-8 Mild/Moderate Special Education, 5-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education, must complete the Secondary Teacher Education Program and the appropriate concentration, substituting EDUC4300 Secondary Classroom Management for EDUC4200 Elementary Classroom Management.

Combination Program (K-8 and 5-12 grade level)

A secondary education student majoring in Art, Music, or Physical Education may also complete a modified Teacher Education program adding an elementary level endorsement in the same field (e.g., secondary and elementary music).

Combination Requirements and Modifications

  • Completion of the Secondary Education Program with a major in Art, Music, or P.E. except as modified below:
  • Elementary methods courses in art, music, or P.E. 3-13 s.h.
  • EDUC4450 Combination Student Teaching 14 s.h.
  • Note: This combination includes 14 s.h. of student teaching credit, 7 s.h. elementary and 7 s.h. secondary.

Elementary Program (K-8 Art, Music, and Physical Education)

Art, Music, or Physical Education majors desiring a K-6 endorsement must complete the Secondary Education Program (5-12 grade-level requirements), substituting an elementary methods course in art, music, or physical education and EDUC4400 for a secondary methods course and EDUC4420.

Courses in Education

EDUC1400 Introduction to Education 3 s.h.
Emphasis is upon social, historical, and philosophical foundations of education; ethics; reflection; and professional development. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in this class for admission to the Teacher Education Program and to enroll in junior-level education classes. Prerequisite: At least second semester freshman standing. Co-requisite: EDUC1410

EDUC1410 Clinical Experience for EDUC1400 1 s.h.
A robust series of well-sequenced early clinical field experiences that connect to and integrate the content of EDUC1400. Students will observe and participate in teaching activities in a variety of P-12 classroom settings monitored by licensed professional educators as well as university faculty. Corequisite: EDUC1400 (concurrent registration required). (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC2000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

EDUC2100 Technology Applications in Education 3 s.h.
Focus on effective and appropriate use of technologies commonly used in the field of education, including administrative applications, multimedia applications and hardware, and Personal Digital Assistant. Emphasis on understanding functional apsects, legal issues, and be able to create educational products with each technology.  

EDUC2150 Literacy Instruction for Early Reading and Language Acquisition 3 s.h.
Study the psychological, socio-cultural, and linguistic foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction. Apply knowledge of language development, reading acquisition (birth through third grade), and the variations related to culture and linguistic diversity to provide effective instruction in reading and writing. Acquire knowledge of the unique needs and backgrounds of students with language differences and delays and uses effective strategies for facilitating the learning of standard English by all learners.

EDUC2300 Children's Literature in Elementary Education 3 s.h.
A survey of literature for children. Prepare to use knowledge of children’s literature for modeling the reading and writing of varied genres, fiction and nonfiction, technology- and media-based information, and non-print materials; for motivating through the use of texts at multiple levels, representing broad interests, and reflecting varied cultures, linguistic backgrounds, and perspectives; and for matching text complexities to the proficiencies and needs of readers. Includes a brief survey of literature for the adolescent. Does not apply toward literature for general education.

+EDUC2390 Early Childhood Education (Infants/Toddlers) 3 s.h.
Focuses on the development and the implementation of integrated learning experiences that facilitate cognition, communication, social and physical development of typical and atypical infants and toddlers, including developmentally appropriate assessments and adaptations for children at risk or have exceptional needs, within the context of parent-child and care giver-child relationships. Co-requisite: EDUC3310, EDUC3620.

EDUC2420 Teacher Education Entry Workshop 0 s.h.
Acquire information pertaining to teacher education requirements and candidate responsibilities for the program assessment system. Take the C-BASE examination and complete other testing required for program participation. Enroll the semester after completion of EDUC1400 Introduction to Education. Also required for all transfer students during their first semester or term at Graceland. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC2500 Teaching Elementary Physical Education, Health/Wellness, Visual and Performance Arts 1-3 s.h.
Development of skills and abilities related to learning physical education, health/wellness, visual and performance arts methods for teaching in the elementary classroom.

EDUC3000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

EDUC3100 Human Relations for Educators 3 s.h.
Development of awareness of various societal subgroups, recognizing and dealing with dehumanizing biases, and learning to relate effectively to various groups in order to foster respect for diversity. Emphasis on self-awareness in human relations issues and how this awareness can be translated into positive relationships. Introduction to pedagogical, curricular, and social considerations involved in educating various societal subgroups. Pre- or co-requisite: EDUC1400. Goal 3E

EDUC3200 Introduction to Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12 3 s.h.
Understand the general developmental, academic, social, career, and functional characteristics of individuals with mild and moderate disabilities. Examine educational alternatives and related services, including the role of the multidisciplinary team in studying etiologies of disabilities and providing appropriate educational programming. Prerequisites: EDUC1400 and junior standing. Co- or prerequisites: EDUC3580.

EDUC3220 K–8 Methods and Strategies for Mild/Moderate Special Education 4 s.h.
Learn to facilitate instructional methodologies for elementary-level learners with exceptional needs, including learning, behavioral, emotional, mental, and language disabilities in a mild/moderate setting. Prepare to plan individual educational programs and to implement curricula for the development of cognitive, academic, language, and functional life skills. Address remedial methods and techniques, including alternative methods for teaching skills and strategies, as well as appropriate assistive technology. One semester hour of this course is a supervised field experience. Prerequisites: EDUC1400, EDUC3200, EDUC3580 and junior standing.

EDUC3230 5-12 Methods and Strategies for Mild/Moderate Special Education 4 s.h.
Learn to facilitate instructional methodologies for secondary-level learners with exceptional needs, including learning, behavior, emotional, mental, and language disabilities in a mild/moderate setting. Prepare to plan individual educational programs and to implement curricula for the development of cognitive, academic, language, and functional life skills. Address remedial methods and techniques, including alternative methods for teaching skills and strategies, as well as appropriate assistive technology. One semester hour of this course is a supervised field experience. Prerequisites: EDUC1400, EDUC3200, EDUC3580 and junior standing.

EDUC3260 Transition Programming 2 s.h.
An introduction to organizing and implementing career-vocational programs for secondary students with mild disabilities. Prerequisites: EDUC1400, EDUC3580 and junior standing.

EDUC3280 Middle School Practicum 1-2 s.h.
A two-week practicum in a middle school classroom. Prerequisites: EDUC3560 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis).

EDUC3290 Early Childhood Practicum 1-2.5 s.h.
A pre-student teaching practicum of at least 100 clock hours, normally offered during winter term. Work with three age levels: (1) infant and toddler, (2) preprimary, and (3) primary students in two different settings such as rural and urban, and encompassing differing socioeconomic status, ability levels, cultural and linguistic diversity and program types and sponsorship. Prerequisites: EDUC2390, EDUC3200, EDUC3310 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC3300 Foundations of Reading/Literacy Instruction 3 s.h.
Study a range of research pertaining to reading, writing, and learning, including
scientifically-based reading research, and knowledge of histories of reading. Examine
major components of reading. Use a variety of assessment strategies to identify reading
proficiencies and evaluating needs for planning and instruction and communicating
results of assessments. Match text complexities to the proficiencies and needs of readers.
Use knowledge of a range of research-based strategies and instructional technology for
designing and delivering effective instruction across the curriculum, for grouping
students, and for selecting materials appropriate for learners at various stages of reading
and writing development and from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
Prerequisite EDUC1400 and EDUC1410.

+EDUC3310 Early Childhood Education (Pre-primary/Kindergarten) 3 s.h.
Focuses on the development and the implementation of integrated learning experiences for typical and atypical preprimary and kindergarten children with focus on multicultural and nonsexist content that includes, aesthetic, physical, cognitive, social and emotional development and developmentally appropriate adaptations for children at risk or have exceptional needs. Co-requisite: EDUC2390, EDUC3620.

EDUC3330 K-6 Reading Practicum 1-3 s.h.
A three-week practicum offered during winter term in elementary school literacy programs for struggling students. Work with a licensed professional who observes, evaluates, and provides feedback on knowledge, dispositions, and performance of the teaching of reading and writing. Effectively use reading and writing strategies, materials, and assessments based upon appropriate reading and writing research and work with colleagues and families in the support of reading and writing development. Prerequisites: EDUC3390, and admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC3340 7-12 Reading Practicum 1-6 s.h.
A three-week practicum offered during winter term in middle or high school literacy programs for struggling students. Work with a licensed professional who observes, evaluates, and provides feedback on knowledge, dispositions, and performance of the teaching of reading and writing. Effectively use reading and writing strategies, materials, and assessments based upon appropriate reading and writing research and work with colleagues and families in the support of reading and writing development. Prerequisites: EDUC3390, and admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC3350 Behavior Management for Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3 s.h.
Preparation in behavior management theories, methods, and techniques for K-12 students with mild/moderate learning, behavior, emotional, mental, and language disabilities. Address use of diagnostic instruments and non-aversive techniques for controlling targeted behaviors and attention deficits. Prepare to design, implement, and evaluate instructional programs that enhance an individual’s social participation in family, school, and community activities.

EDUC3390 Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities 3 s.h.
Use knowledge of assessment instruments, procedures, and practices for the identification of students’ reading proficiencies and needs, for planning and revising instruction for all students as well as those with reading difficulties. Examine policies and procedures related to special programs, including Title I. Use knowledge of a range of research-based strategies and instructional technology for designing and delivering effective instruction and for selecting materials appropriate for learners at various stages of reading and writing development and from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Prerequisites: EDUC1400, EDUC1410, EDUC3300.

EDUC3400 Elementary Reading in the Content Areas 3 s.h.
Examine text structure and the dimensions of content area vocabulary and comprehension (e.g. literal, interpretive, critical, and evaluative). Focus on content area instruction in reading and writing that effectively uses a variety of research-based strategies and practices. Integrate curricular standards with student interests, motivation, and background knowledge. Prerequisites: EDUC1400, EDUC1410, EDUC3300.

EDUC3450 K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum 1-2 s.h.
A two-week practicum in Mild/Moderate Special Education Programs in elementary schools. Prerequisites: EDUC3200, EDUC3220, and admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC3470 Collaborative Consultation 3 s.h.
A study of methods and strategies for working with parents, support services personnel, regular classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, and other individuals involved in the education program. Prerequisite: EDUC1400, EDUC3580 or EDUC3200.

EDUC3480 Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies Methods 3 s.h.
Curriculum and strategies for instructing language arts, reading, and the social sciences
in the elementary school. Use knowledge and assessment of reading- writing-speaking
connections, listening and viewing, the writing process, the stages of spelling
development, writing genres and the connections between oral and written language
development to effectively teach writing as communication and integrating within the
areas of history, geography, and economics. Technology and classroom management
as it applies to social science and literacy methods is included. Enroll during the
semester prior to enrollment in student teaching. Prerequisite: EDUC1400, and junior
standing. Co-requisite: EDUC3511, EDUC3540.

EDUC3511 Methods of Teaching Elementary Science 3 s.h.
An introduction to best-practice, research-based methods of inquiry based teaching
and learning of science. Curriculum and strategies introduced for instructing in the
areas of physical, earth/space, and life science. Integration of technology and
classroom management as it applies to science methods included. Prerequisite:
EDUCI400, junior standing.

EDUC3520 General Secondary Methods and Content Reading 3 s.h.
Study of theory and research related to content area reading in the secondary school. Apply techniques for evaluating textbooks, assessing achievement, improving comprehension and critical thinking, enhancing study skills, and developing vocabulary. Prerequisite: EDUC1400.

EDUC3530 Methods of Teaching Elementary Math 3 s.h.
An introduction to best-practice, research-based methods of teaching and learning
mathematical processes to include problem solving, reasoning, communication,
making connections and representations to the real life experiences for student
learning. Curriculum, instruction, assessment, diagnosis and evaluation strategies
introduced in the areas of numbers/operations, algebra, geometry, measurement,
data analysis, and probability. Integration of technology and classroom
management as it applies to math methods included. Prerequisites: MATH 1310,
EDUC1400, and junior standing. Co-requisite: EDUC3540.

EDUC3540 Methods Lab 1 s.h.
Students apply curriculum planning and instructional strategies for teaching
literacy and mathematics in a pre-student teaching clinical experience. Students are
placed in two different grade levels to include one primary and one intermediate
placement. Enroll during the semester prior to enrollment in student teaching.
Prerequisite: EDUC1400, Co-requisite: EDUC3530, 3480.

EDUC3550 7–12 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum 1-2 s.h.
A two-week practicum in Mild/Moderate Special Education Programs in secondary schools. Prerequisites: EDUC3200, EDUC3230, and admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

+EDUC3560 Nature and Needs of the Middle Grades Child 3 s.h.
The nature and needs of the middle grades child (grades 5-8) as they relate to the middle school philosophy and curriculum. An overview of the history of the middle school movement in this country. Prerequisite: EDUC1400.

+EDUC3570 Curriculum for Middle Grades Education 3 s.h.
A study of the curriculum needs for the middle grades student with emphasis upon the unique transitional function of the middle school concept in curricular planning and materials selection. Prerequisite: EDUC1400, EDUC3560.

EDUC3580 Psychology of Exceptional Child and Adult 3 s.h.
Examine the philosophical, historical and legal bases for special education, including the definitions and etiologies of individuals with disabilities and exceptional learning needs. Study gifted individuals and those with exceptional needs from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Prerequisites: EDUC1400, PSYC1300. 

EDUC3590 Educational Psychology and Measurement 3 s.h.
The relationship between psychology and education with emphasis on the individual as a learner and the psychology of the learning process. A review of teaching models and classroom test construction will be covered. Prerequisite: EDUC1400, PSYC1300.

 +EDUC3620 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 2 s.h.
Examines principles of administration, organization and operation of programs for ages 0-8 and their families, including staff and program development, supervision and evaluation of staff, and continuing improvement of programs and services. Examine legal aspects, historical, philosophical, and social foundations of early childhood education. Co-requisite: EDUC2390, EDUC3310.

EDUC3630 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation Strategies 3 s.h.
Examine legal provisions, regulations and guidelines regarding unbiased assessment and use of psychometric instruments and instructional assessment measures with disabilities as infants through high school age. Study a variety of instruments, procedures, and practices that range from individual to group and from formal to informal to alternative for the identification of students’ reading proficiencies and needs, for planning and revising instruction for all students, and for communicating results of ongoing assessment to all stakeholders. Practice administering, scoring and interpreting diagnostic tests used by schools to individualize program development and management, and identify the relationship between assessment and placement decisions. Prerequisite: EDUC1400, EDUC1410, EDUC3580, and junior standing.

EDUC3710 K-6 Elementary Education Practicum 1-2 s.h.
A required two-week internship for Elementary Education majors. Interns with endorsements in English/Language Arts, Health, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Speech Communication/Theatre have full-day placements in regular elementary classroom programs. Interns with endorsements in Art, Foreign Language, Music and Physical Education have placements in these specialty-area classrooms. Elementary majors may substitute PHED3400. Prerequisites: endorsement-area methods class, and admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC3720 7-12 Secondary Education Practicum 1-2 s.h.
A required two-week internship for Secondary Teacher Education Program. Interns have full-day placements in secondary school subject-area programs. Prerequisite: subject-area methods class, EDUC3520, and admission to the Teacher Education program. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) 

EDUC3730 Combination K-6 and 7-12 Education Practicum 1-2 s.h.
Candidates with majors in art, music, and physical education complete two weeks of internship in art, music, or physical education. Interns have full-day placement with half of experience at the secondary level and half at the elementary level. Prerequisite: subject-area methods courses, EDUC3520, admission to the Teacher Education program, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC3900 Topics in Education 1-3 s.h.
Content may vary and will be announced at time of offering. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: EDUC1400.

EDUC4000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

EDUC4100 Legal, Ethical, and Pedagogical Responsibilities in Education 2 s.h.
A study of professional ethics, school law, educational policy, and professional organizations. As evidence of readiness for student teaching, students present a pedagogically sound portfolio which has been developed to meet the outcomes specified in the Graceland Teacher Education Program Model.. Prerequisites: application to the Graceland Teacher Education Program.

EDUC4200 Elementary Classroom Management 3 s.h.
Designed for the Elementary major in preparation for student teaching. Review several theoretical models for managing groups of students and develop a plan for structuring an appropriate learning environment. Understand strategies that motivate students and techniques to monitor student engagement in active learning. Analyze and discuss the application of concepts and techniques. Credit cannot be received for this course and EDUC4300. Prerequisites: application to the Teacher Education Program. Enroll during the semester that precedes student teaching.

EDUC4300 Secondary Classroom Management 3 s.h.
Designed for the Secondary major in preparation for student teaching. Review several theoretical models for managing groups of students and develop a plan for structuring appropriate learning environment. Understand strategies which motivate students and techniques to monitor student engagement in active learning. Analyze and discuss the application of concepts and techniques. Credit cannot be received for this course and EDUC4200. Prerequisites: application to the Teacher Education Program. Enroll during the semester that precedes student teaching.

* EDUC4400 Elementary Student Teaching (K-6) 6-14 s.h.
Elementary Education Majors complete 14 weeks of elementary student teaching in accordance with the policies in the Teacher Education Handbook. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admission to the Teacher Education Program, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

* EDUC4420 Secondary Student Teaching (7-12) 6-14 s.h.
Secondary Education Candidates complete 14 weeks of secondary student teaching in accordance with the policies in the Teacher Education Handbook. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admission to the Teacher Education Program, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

* EDUC4440 Early Childhood Student Teaching 6-14 s.h.
Elementary Education Majors complete 14 weeks of student teaching. Will include a placement with preprimary children and a placement from kindergarten to grade three. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admission to the Teacher Education Program, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC4450 Combination K-6 and 7-12 Student Teaching 6-14 s.h.
Candidates with majors in art, music, and physical education complete 14 weeks of student teaching in art, music, or physical education. Half (7 s.h.) of the experience is secondary level and half is elementary level. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admission to the Teacher Education Program, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

**EDUC4460 Elementary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching 6-14 s.h.
Elementary Education Majors complete 14 weeks of student teaching. Will include a mild/moderate special education setting and a mainstream elementary classroom. This course substitutes for EDUC4400.  Prerequisites: Senior standing, admission to the Teacher Education Program, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) 

*** EDUC4470 Secondary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching 6-14 s.h.
Secondary Education Candidates complete 14 weeks of student teaching to include placements in a mild/moderate special education setting and a secondary subject area classroom. This course substitutes for EDUC4420. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admission to the Teacher Education Program, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) 

EDUC4480 Elementary and Secondary Mild/Moderate Student Teaching 6-14 s.h.
Elementary Education Majors complete 14 weeks of student teaching. Will include a placement in a secondary mild/moderate special education setting and a mainstream elementary classroom. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admission to the Teacher Education Program, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

+ Denotes an alternate year course.

* If a candidate with more than one teaching major completes 14 semester hours of student teaching for one major (or endorsements that require student teaching), an additional six semester hours of student teaching will meet the student teaching requirement for the asterisked second teaching major.

** This is the only student teaching course required for elementary majors completing the K-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education endorsement.

***This is the only student teaching course required for secondary majors completing the K-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education endorsement.