Elementary Education Course Offerings

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The School of Education seeks to produce not only well-trained, state-certified teachers but also concerned, compassionate individuals who value each human life and who are dedicated to helping each student fulfill his or her God-given potential. The department's goal of teachers becoming "servant leaders" is supported by its program that emphasizes academic excellence, professional knowledge, character development, and leadership opportunities.

Students planning to teach in either the elementary or secondary school must not only meet requirements for graduation from Belhaven University but must also complete courses specified for teacher licensure. Prospective elementary teachers should major in elementary education; prospective secondary teachers should major in the subject area in which they plan to teach and minor in education. All programs in Teacher Education are subject to any changes in teacher licensure issued from the Mississippi State School of Education.

A Mississippi Teacher's License which entitles the holder to teach in the elementary and secondary schools in Mississippi are issued by the State School of Education, Division of Teacher Certification, Jackson, Mississippi. Applications may be secured from the MDE website, www.mde.k12.ms.us. Students who plan to teach in states other than Mississippi are responsible for securing all requirements and forms. Graduation from the program does not guarantee a license will be issued.

Courses of Study

Elementary Education K-6

1. Core Requirements
English (WVC) 12 hours
Composition 6 hours
Literature 6 hours
Speech 102 3 hours
Science/Math 16 hours
Biological Science 4 hours
Physical Science 3 hours
Math 9 hours
Social Studies 12 hours
History 9 hours
Culture 3 hours
Psychology 342 3 hours
Bible 6 hours
Kingdom Life 3 hours
2. Areas of Concentration

Teacher candidates are required to have their first Area of Concentration in Reading with a minimum of 21 credit hours. The 21 hours will give candidates an Endorsement in Reading added to their Mississippi Teaching Certificate.  Teacher candidates are also required to have a second Area of Concentration in a content area of study with a minimum of 21 credit hours.  The 21 hours in the second concentration will give candidates another Endorsement of their choosing to be added to their Mississippi Teaching Certificate.  Core university courses may be counted toward areas of concentration.

(1) English
(2) Reading
(3) Mathematics
(4) Science
(5) Social Studies
(6) Safety/Health/Physical Ed.
(7) Fine Arts

(8) Special Education

3. Basic Professional Education

EDU 200 Introduction to Education
EDU 201 Education Seminar
EDU 221 Child Development
EDU 301 Educational Psychology
EDU 309 Effective Classroom Management & Learning
EDU 331 Planning and Assessment
EDU 335 Creative Arts in Education
EDU 341 HPE: for the Elementary Child
EDU 342 Exceptional Learner

4. Specialized Education

EDU 311 Literature Based Reading Skills
REA 323 Early Literacy I
REA 324 Early Literacy II
REA 325 Content Reading Skills
REA 326 Diagnostic Reading Skills
REA 327 Middle Level Literacy
EDU303 Language Arts/Skills
EDU304 Social Sciences for Children
EDU307 Science for Children
EDU308 Mathematics for Children
EDU 400 Clinical PRactice I: Internship Methods
EDU401 Clinical Practice II: Internship Student Teaching

Secondary Education

Dual Enrollment and the Mississippi Alternate Route to Teacher Certification

The Belhaven University School of Education, other than Music, does not offer a traditional undergraduate program to prepare students to be licensed or certified to teach at the middle or the secondary school levels. Instead students are provided with an excellent opportunity to earn a 4-6th grade, middle school, and/or high school Mississippi Teaching Certificate by enrolling in the School of Education’s Dual Enrollment Program leading to the Mississippi Alternate Route Teacher Certification.

Course Descriptions

101 MOSAIC (1).
MOSAIC explores different topics and experiences as they relate to life in college.  Students will develop a proper understanding of the role college plays in their life as well as how a Christian worldview will impact not only their studies, but their perspective on life and careers as well.  Topics that will be covered include academic management, career planning, financial planning, campus life, and a discussion of worldviews.  (Fall only)
200 Introduction to Education and Pre-teaching Field Experience (3).
A study of the historical, philosophical, and legal foundations for education, the role of the profession of teaching and of schools in a changing society. Includes field experiences in accredited schools representing a variety of classroom organization, methodology, grades and subject areas. (Spring only)
202 Education Seminar (0).
A required seminar session that meets once each semester and is required for all undergrad students enrolled and taking courses in the School of Education.  This includes students as pre-candidates for the Teacher Education Preparation Program and/or for those candidates having been interviewed and admitted to the Teacher Education Preparation Program.  Candidates involved in Clinical II – Internship Student Teaching are exempt from Education Seminar.  The Education Seminar is designed for all Education majors to be informed of current education issues and decisions form the Mississippi Department of Education that may affect candidates’ plan of studies and other issues concerning teacher certification.  At times professional educational leaders may be scheduled as guest speakers or panelist. (Fall and Spring)
210 Transfer Success Seminar (1).
Incoming transfer students can often experience what’s known as “transfer shock” when arriving on a new campus.  Although transfer students have some experience at the college level prior to coming to Belhaven, encountering a new campus, culture, vocabulary, faculty, policies, and peer group can often leave them feeling isolated and disengaged.  In the worst case scenario, this experience can lead to a lower GPA and eventual departure from Belhaven.  This course will give new transfer students the tools and resources needed to make a successful transition to Belhaven.
221 Child Development (3).
A study of the growth and development of the individual from conception through early adolescence, with emphasis on physical, perceptual, motor, cognitive, language, personality, and social development. Includes the use of the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the development of children and young adolescents in order to construct learning experiences to support the individual-s development. (Spring only)
301 Educational Psychology (3).
A study of the teaching-learning process: the student behavior, research data, theory, and illustrations all concerned with actual classroom application of psychological principles. (Spring only)
303 The Language Arts and Skills (3). Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.
Emphasis on traditional grammar, speech, listening, written communications, creative and utilitarian writing, and on whole language integration with content areas. (Fall only)
304 Social Sciences for Children (3). Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.
A survey of the social sciences taught in K-8, with special attention given to geography, history, and civics. (Spring only)
307 Science for Children (3). Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.
The subject matter, materials, and methods of teaching science and health in the elementary school. (Spring only)
308 Mathematics for Children (3). Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.  A prerequisite for student teaching.
An introduction to the subject matter, materials, and methods of teaching modern mathematics in the elementary school. (Fall only)
309 Effective Classroom Management and Learning (3),  ).  Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.
Intended to provide theories on various models of discipline, classroom management styles and student motivation.  The focus will be on understanding and managing diverse student populations.  Emphasis will be placed on the development of a personal system of discipline reflective of the needs, traits and social realities of the school and community. Focus is on providing practical application of strategies to establish effective classroom organization and for managing and monitoring student behavior for improved learning opportunities.   (Spring only)
331 Planning and Assessment (3). A prerequisite for student teaching.
This course is intended to provide pre-service teachers with the principles and techniques necessary to develop sound instructional lesson plans and assessments. The primary focus of the course will be on assessment techniques, administering classroom evaluations, analyzing classroom assessment data, and describing the roles planning and assessment have in daily classroom practice. The use and interpretation of standardized tests will also be discussed, as well as ethical issues related to assessment. (Fall only)
335 Creative Arts in Education (3).
This course will provide Elementary Education majors the necessary skills to successfully integrate the arts (music, art, movement, and drama) into all aspects of instruction. Emphasis will also be placed on the importance of the arts across the curriculum as a means for communication, inquiry, and insight among elementary students. Performing arts majors may also take the course. (Fall only)
341 Health and Physical Education for the Elementary Child (3).
A course with emphasis on the young child, as to physical fitness and motor fitness. Attention will be given to teaching techniques in motor skills and to curriculum development.
342 The Exceptional Learner (3).
A study of the child whose development follows atypical patterns. This would include all children eligible for special education placement: the mentally retarded, the gifted, the physically and behaviorally handicapped, the visually and hearing impaired, the learning disabled, the speech and language impaired, and autistic children. Students visit several local agencies in order to become more familiar with exceptional children and services available for these children.  (Spring only)
390 Special Topics in Education (1-3). Prereq: Admission to education.  By permission of Chair.  Varied topics; may be repeated for credit.
400 Clinical Practice I: Internship/Methods (6) Prereq: REA 324, EDU 308, 309, 331, 332; Senior status; Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.  
Observation with some teaching throughout a semester in an accredited elementary or middle school, supported by seminars and conferences between students and the college supervisor. A study of methods, techniques and procedures observed in elementary schools while in the field, with special emphasis on curriculum development and various assessment instruments. Includes field experiences in designated schools.  (Fall only)
401 Clinical Practice II: Internship/Student Teaching (10)  Prereq: Senior status and EDU 400, EDU 309, 331;
Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program and passing the Praxis II and Foundations of Reading Test.  Teaching and observation throughout a semester in an accredited elementary school, supported by required seminars and conferences between candidates and the School of Education supervisor.  (Spring only)
490-495 Special Topics (3).
Designed for non-degree seeking students. Enrollment by consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
099 Reading Excellence (3). Institutional credit only.
Three lecture hours per week. Designed to prepare a student to comprehend college-level reading materials; does not count toward a degree. Emphasis is on comprehension and vocabulary improvement skills as well as affective and critical reading skills. (Spring only)
101 Tutorial Reading Internship (1-3).
This course provides basic instruction in reading strategies and tutorial procedures. Includes a directed tutorial internship.
102 College Reading and Study Skills (3).
Three lecture hours per week. Designed to help students increase individual study skills required for independent reading and college-level study and research. Emphasis is on both the development of individual reading skills and successful comprehension and analysis of reading material across various disciplines of study. Required of those students whose ACT reading scores are 21 or below (SAT verbal scores are 490 or below) and for transfer students with a transfer GPA of C- or below for all class work. Course must be passed or student must register for REA099 semester immediately following first attempt of REA102 or student is dismissed from Belhaven University. This course does count toward the 124 hours required for graduation. (Fall only)
311 Literature Based Reading Skills (3). Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.
The development of critical reading skills through the study of children-s books, the history of children's literature, an overview of the classics, books promoting various genres and multi-cultural themes. Includes various presentations and field experiences with young children. (Fall only)
323 Early Literacy I (3). Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. A prerequisite for student teaching.
Concepts, materials and teaching strategies for oral language development and systematic early reading and writing instruction, specific to concepts about print, phonemic awareness, and phonics. (Fall only)
324 Early Literacy II (3). Prereq: REA 323; Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. A prerequisite for student teaching.
Concepts materials and teaching strategies for oral language development and early systematic reading and writing instruction specific to vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Includes tutorial and teaching assignments in area schools. (Spring only)
325 Content Reading Skills (3). Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.
A study of reading skills necessary for secondary students to read and comprehend subject matter. Includes clinical field experiences in various school settings.  (Fall only)
326 Diagnostic Reading Skills (3). Prereq: REA 323, Coreq. 324; Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.
A study of reading problems, assessment procedures, and individualized instructional programs for problem readers. Includes case study and internship in schools. (Spring only)
327 Middle Level Literacy. Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.
A study of reading skills, concepts, methods, and materials for literacy teaching and learning for upper elementary and young adolescents. Emphasis will be on writing, comprehension, strategy instruction and assessment. Includes clinical field experiences in various school settings. (Fall only)