Education

Professors

Douglas E. Arnold, Director of Neff Center

Janet Justice Crickmer

Sandra Frederick, Chair

Mark Hainsworth

Students seeking licensure to teach in elementary or middle school complete a B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary English, Interdisciplinary Mathematics, or Interdisciplinary History and Social Sciences. Students seeking licensure to teach at the secondary level should select the appropriate bachelor’s degree track in the major they wish to pursue. Requirements in Professional Studies constitute the contextual and support area for teacher preparation students. For details about each program, consult the faculty advisors in the Neff Center for Teacher Education.

Teacher preparation programs at Emory & Henry are based on the conviction that a broad liberal arts background, a strong program of study in an academic discipline, and a rigorous but minimal set of professional experiences constitute the proper undergraduate education for a teacher.

The Department of Education is a component of the William N. Neff Center for Teacher Education. The center and the department work with academic departments of the college to provide programs leading to licensure at the elementary, middle school and secondary school levels.

Students interested in teaching licensure must:

  • Contact the Director of the Neff Center to indicate interest.
  • Complete and file with the Registrar the appropriate form indicating their area of interest for teacher  preparation.
  • Verify each semester’s schedule with an advisor in the Education Department, since graduation and licensure requirements are not always the same.
  • Meet all degree and licensure requirements.
  • Complete student teaching successfully. Completion does not guarantee recommendation for licensure. Apply through the Neff Center for Virginia teaching licensure.

Admissions Requirements: A GPA of 2.5 overall and 2.75 in the major, successful program interview, passing scores on the Praxis I Math subtest or Virginia Department Of Education approved alternatives, Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment, Reading for Virginia Educators (required for PK-3, PK- 6 and Special Education - General Curriculum K-12 only) and the appropriate Praxis II subject area assessment are required for admission into Emory & Henry Teacher Preparation Programs.

Required Assessments: Students interested in teacher preparation must take the Praxis I Math subtest and the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) during the same semester in which they take EDUC 114. Reading for Virginia Educators must be taken at the end of the semester in which students take EDUC 410/549E. The Praxis II subject area test should be taken after all course requirements in the student’s major are completed.

Students are responsible for all testing fees.

For detailed information on admission and retention procedures and course requirements, consult the Neff Center for Teacher Education. Emory & Henry’s teacher preparation programs are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council nationally and by the Commonwealth of Virginia, meet standards of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, and qualify for interstate acceptance under the terms of the Interstate Licensure Contracts.

The college provides approved programs in these areas:
(1) elementary (PK-3, PK-6), elementary and middle school (PK-6, 6-8), all centered around a major in Interdisciplinary English, Interdisciplinary Mathematics, or Interdisciplinary History and Social Sciences; (2) secondary licensure in the following subjects for grades indicated:

Art PK-12
Biology 6-12
Business Education 6-12
Chemistry 6-12
Earth Science 6-12
English, English and Journalism, English and Theatre, English and Speech 6-12 French PK-12
Geography 6-12
History and Social Sciences 6-12
Mathematics 6-12
Music - Choral/Vocal PK-12
Music - Instrumental PK-12
Physical Education PK-12
Physics 6-12
Spanish PK-12

Courses are also available for add-on endorsements in other areas, including driver education and English as a Second Language. Students interested in teaching but not enrolled in an approved program should consult the Director of the Neff Center for Teacher Education.

VIRGINIA LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS

The requirements of all Emory & Henry College Virginia-approved teacher education programs meet or exceed the Virginia licensure requirements which were in effect at the time the programs were approved. From time to time, the Virginia Board of Education and/or the Virginia General Assembly make substantive changes in these requirements and set deadlines for their implementation. Students enrolled in Emory & Henry College teacher preparation programs will be required to meet the current standards for licensure, even if these requirements are not reflected in the college catalog under which the student entered.

Common licensure requirements for interdisciplinary programs

Licensure options share many common objectives and course requirements. Academic work is centered around a major in Interdisciplinary English, Interdisciplinary Mathematics, or Interdisciplinary History and Social Sciences. To complete all requirements in four years, a student should choose core courses carefully, selecting those that meet both core requirements and teacher preparation requirements. It is also important to pay particular attention to sequential courses and courses that are taught only in fall semesters or only in spring semesters.

All students interested in teacher preparation should register with the Neff Center for Teacher Education during the first year or sophomore year in addition to the relevant academic department.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

EDUC 114 : Introduction to Education

Introduction to the career of teaching and the field of education through early field experience and discussion. Preparation for Praxis I, a prerequisite for acceptance into the teacher education program. Education 114 should be completed in the first semester of the sophomore year and should be taken prior to the first Education 115.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

.

EDUC 115 : Early Field Experience

Pre-student teaching experience during sophomore and junior years. Observation and teacher-aiding in a variety of elementary, secondary, and special education settings. Minimum 20 hours per experience. Expenses are the responsibility of the student. Two enrollments in Education 115 (with passing grade) are required of all teacher preparation students. Students are urged to make early contact with one of the Neff Center faculty to discuss the teacher preparation program and register for an initial field experience. The 115 experience may begin as early as the sophomore year and must be completed before the professional semester. Some courses related to teacher preparation will require a concurrent 115 registration.

Semester Hours

0.5

Prerequisites

114.

EDUC 116 : Field Experience/Tutoring

Intensive training as reading or math tutors, and then one-on-one work with children in area K-12 schools, typically twice a week for one hour each visit. On-campus training and supplies are provided. Each 116 registration earns one semester hour. May be taken twice for credit. Pass-Fail only.

Semester Hours

1

EDUC 305 : Human Growth & Development

Study of growth and development from birth through adolescence, contributing to an understanding of the physical, social, intellectual, emotional, and psychological development of children and youth, and the ability to use this understanding in guiding teaching and learning experiences. Focus on implications for education, early childhood through adolescence. Includes a service learning component.

Semester Hours

3

EDUC 310 : Teach Read & the Language Arts

Introduction to the reading process; exploration of how meaning is constructed in relation to written texts, and the teacher's role in helping elementary and middle school students including those with cultural, linguistic, and other learning differences learn this developmental process. Comprehension, skill acquisition, and assessment; explanation of how to provide students with integrated language arts instruction that includes a strong systematic, explicit phonics component; Virginia Standards of Learning.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

junior status.

EDUC 324 : Assessing for Learning

Understanding, skill development, and application of creating, selecting, and implementing valid and reliable assessments including needs of diverse learners. Why we assess students, how to appropriately assess, creating authentic assessments, types of assessments, how to analyze assessment data, and using assessment information to drive instructional decision marking.

Semester Hours

3

EDUC 340 : Teaching of Math/Sci in Elem/Ms

Current curricular methods, materials, philosophies, and Virginia Standards of Learning in elementary and middle school science and mathematics education. Developing and identifying science and mathematics materials and approaches.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

Education 115, junior status, and one course in laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics) and one course in mathematics.

EDUC 350 : Special Topics

Particular issues, movements, or initiatives that are timely and of interest and value especially to the student in teacher education. Not restricted to students in teacher education. One to three semester hours.

Semester Hours

3

EDUC 351 : Fundamentals Science/Lab Pedagogy

Laboratory teaching for those seeking secondary teaching endorsements in biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science. Understanding and application of the knowledge, skills, and processes for teaching laboratory science, including the ability to: implement classroom, field, and laboratory safety rules and procedures; conduct research projects and experiments including applications of the design processes and technology; conduct systematic field investigations using school grounds, the community, and regional resources, and organize key biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science content (whichever is applicable to the students's major), skills, and practices into meaningful units of instruction that actively engage students in learning. Two semester hours.

Semester Hours

2

EDUC 370 : Survey of Exceptional Children

Diverse and exceptional students, their learning needs, and protection under the law. Focus on creating instructional contexts and using appropriate teaching strategies to accommodate the special learning needs of students who are academically at-risk, including but not limited to students who are labeled learning dis/Abled, emotionally disturbed, developmentally delayed, autistic, other health impaired, traumatic brain injury, multiple dis/Abilities, gifted and talented, and those who come from culturally, linguistically, socioeconomically, or multiculturally diverse backgrounds. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Critical Thinking in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

305.

EDUC 401 : Practicum in Education

Required of all persons seeking PK-6 licensure. Suggested for all persons seeking secondary licensure who are interested in teaching middle school. Approximately 80 hours on-site experience.

Semester Hours

2

Prerequisites

permission of instructor and Education Department.

EDUC 410 : Practicum: Reading Problems

Techniques in evaluation of reading process, difficulties encountered by children in reading-learning process, and diagnostic techniques used by the classroom teacher. Individualized instruction; pragmatic corrective measures.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

C- or higher in 310.

EDUC 420 : Teaching in Elem/Middle

Required as part of supervised-teaching block. General review, consolidation, and amplification of instructional techniques. Overview of educational administration, career education, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic concerns in education. Identification and referral of exceptional children. Assessment strategies, Virginia Standards of Learning. Priorities, frustrations, appropriate role-clarification, and other needs of the student teacher as a person.

Semester Hours

2

EDUC 430 : Elem/Middle Methods

Current curricular methods, materials, philosophies, and Virginia Standards of Learning in elementary and middle school social studies and writing education. Developing and identifying social studies and writing materials and approaches.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

Education 115, junior status, one course in the social sciences, and one course in English.

EDUC 440 : Seminar: Teaching Secondary School

Required as part of supervised-teaching block. General review, consolidation, and amplification of instructional techniques. Overview of educational administration, career education, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic concerns in education. Identification and referral of exceptional children. Assessment strategies, Virginia Standards of Learning. Priorities, frustrations, appropriate role-clarification, and other needs of the student teacher as a person.

Semester Hours

2

EDUC 445 : Foundations of Education

History and contemporary issues in general and special education. Historical, philosophical, social, political, and cultural factors affecting the nature of schooling, curriculum, and individual education attainment for students with and without dis/Abilities. Legal aspects, regulatory requirements, and expectations associated with identification, education, and evaluation of students with and without dis/Abilities. Virginia Standards of Learning and the organization of schools. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Ethical Reasoning in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

junior or senior status or permission of instructor.

EDUC 449 : Reading & Writing in Content Areas

Instructional techniques useful to secondary teachers in supporting and guiding students prior to, during, and after reading, writing, and learning experiences. Discipline-specific methods during content instruction, including the appropriate use of technology and texts, and specific strategies for supporting students with cultural, linguistic, and other learning differences. Must be taken in the semester immediately prior to student teaching.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

senior status or permission of department.

EDUC 450 : Curriculum&instruct in Sec School

Organization and direction of classroom activities and experiences. Varied teaching methods, techniques and strategies, lesson planning, and Virginia Standards of Learning. Guest lecturers, individual or small group study directed by departmental representatives. Student presentations to demonstrate grasp of content.

Semester Hours

3

EDUC 451 : Instructional Methods for Esl

Introduction to and practice of effective strategies and methods for teaching English to speakers of other languages,for future teachers. Practicum included.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

permission of Neff Center Director.

EDUC 452 : Esl Curriculum Development

Current second language curriculum models, with emphasis on theoretical and practical aspects of cross-cultural communication which underlie their use in various classrooms.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

permission of Neff Center Director.

EDUC 453 : Esl Assessment Principles

Testing methods for the second language classroom. Design of various assessment tools for use in practical settings,implementing a selection, and reporting on their relative effectiveness.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

permission of Neff Center Director.

EDUC 460 : Independent Study

Supervised research in selected areas. Offered to advanced students on individual basis with approval of instructor and department chair.

Semester Hours

4

EDUC 501 : Practicum in Education

Classroom and approximately one hundred hours field-based experience.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

permission of instructor and Education Department.

EDUC 501B : Practicum in Interv - Disabili

Required of all persons seeking a licensure that includes special education-general curriculum K-12. Approximately one hundred hours on-site experience in an inclusive setting.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

permission of instructor and Education Department.

EDUC 505 : Contemporary Issues & Problems Edu

Growth and development from birth through adolescence, contributing to an understanding of the physical, social, intellectual, emotional, and psychological development of children and youth, and the ability to use this understanding in guiding teaching and learning experiences. Focus on implications for education, early childhood through adolescence. Includes a service learning component.

Semester Hours

3

EDUC 509 : Action Research Practicum

Design of an action research project within a school setting that includes children of differing abilities. Practical, problem-based, and professional development criteria; curricular changes and teaching and learning strategies.

Semester Hours

4

EDUC 518 : Supervision of Instruction

Introduction to supervision, emphasizing skills for a supervisor to perform effectively in a leadership position. Special attention to developing skill in human relations, group processes, and personnel administration and evaluation, particularly in reading/language arts programs.

Semester Hours

-1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EDUC 520 : Seminar Teach-Elem & Middle

Required as part of supervised-teaching block. General review, consolidation, and amplification of instructional techniques. Overview of educational administration, career education, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic concerns in education. Identification and referral of exceptional children. Assessment strategies, Virginia Standards of Learning. Priorities, frustrations, appropriate role-clarification, and other needs of the student teacher as a person.

Semester Hours

2

EDUC 524 : Assessing for Learning

Understanding, skill development, and application of creating, selecting, and implementing valid and reliable assessments including needs of diverse learners. Why we assess students, how to appropriately assess, creating authentic assessments, types of assessments, how to analyze assessment data, and using assessment information to drive instructional decision making. Includes action research component.

Semester Hours

3

EDUC 530 : Curr & Inst in Soc Sci in Elem/Middle

Current curricular methods, materials, philosophies, and Virginia Standards of Learning in elementary and middle school social studies and writing education. Developing and identifying social studies and writing materials ands pproaches.

Semester Hours

3

EDUC 540 : Seminar: Teaching in Sec. School (9-12)

Required as part of supervised-teaching block. General review, consolidation, and amplification of instructional techniques. Overview of educational administration, career education, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic concerns in education. Identification and referral of exceptional children. Assessment strategies, Virginia Standards of Learning. Priorities, frustrations, appropriate role-clarification, and other needs of the student teacher as a person.

Semester Hours

2

EDUC 545 : Foundations of Education

History and contemporary issues in general and special education. Historical, philosophical, social, political, and cultural factors affecting the nature of schooling, curriculum, and individual education attainment for students with and without dis/Abilities. Legal aspects, regulatory requirements, and expectations associated with identification, education, and evaluation of students with and without dis/Abilities. Virginia Standards of Learning and the organization of schools.

Semester Hours

3

EDUC 549E : Prac Diag & Rem Read Problems

Techniques in evaluation of the reading process, difficulties encountered by children in the reading-learning process,and diagnostic techniques used by the classroom teacher. Individualized instruction; pragmatic corrective measures.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

310 and senior status.

EDUC 549S : Reading Writing Instruct. in Cont. Areas

Instructional techniques useful to secondary teachers in supporting and guiding students prior to, during, and after reading, writing, and learning experiences. Discipline-specific methods during content instruction, including the appropriate use of technology and texts, and specific strategies for supporting students with cultural, linguistic, and other learning differences. Must be taken in the semester immediately prior to student teaching.

Semester Hours

3

EDUC 550 : Curric & Instruction in Second

Organization and direction of classroom activities and experiences. Varied teaching methods, techniques and strategies, lesson planning, and Virginia Standards of Learning. Guest lecturers, individual or small group study directed by department representatives. Student presentations to demonstrate grasp of content.

Semester Hours

3

EDUC 560 : Sem: Teach K-12 Spec Classroom

Required as part of supervised teaching block. General review, consolidation, and amplification of instructional techniques in special and inclusive education settings. Overview of educational administration, career education, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic concerns in education. Review of identification and referral of exceptional children, assessment strategies, and Virginia Standards of Learning. Transition, consultation, and collaboration issues in special and inclusive education. Priorities, frustrations, appropriate role-clarification, and other needs of the student teacher as a person.

Semester Hours

2

EDUC 570 : Survey of Exceptional Children

Diverse and exceptional students, their learning needs, and protection under the law. Focus on creating instructional contexts and using appropriate teaching strategies to accommodate the special learning needs of students who are academically at-risk, including but not limited to students who are labeled learning dis/Abled, emotionally disturbed, developmentally delayed, autistic, other health impaired, traumatic brain injury, multiple dis/Abilities, gifted and talented, and those who come from culturally, linguistically, socioeconomically, or multiculturally diverse backgrounds. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Critical Thinking in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

Education 305 or 505.

EDUC 600 : Graduate Seminar

Selected content, pedagogy, movements, or issues in the K-12 curriculum.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

graduate status and permission of instructor.

EDUC 601 : Independent Study

Advanced independent research in a special area of education.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

permission of the Director of the M.