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Education Program Requirements

The following program requirements are from the Clarke University 2013-2014 Academic Catalog and apply to students currently enrolled. The university reserves any right to change, without notice, any information posted on this Web page and in the catalog. For the most current information, please contact the Clarke University Registrar's Office at registrar@clarke.edu.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

An education student must complete the following general education and professional core course requirements. All courses required for licensure must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Secondary education majors must earn grades in their content field that are considered passing by their content major.

The following general education areas are required:

  • GNED 110 Cornerstone I
  • GNED 111 Cornerstone II
  • One literature course
  • Child and adolescent developmental psychology (except for secondary education students)
  • Math 105 and Math 106 or higher accepted as general education elective
  • One United States/Political Science course
  • One World History/Political Science course
  • Biological science*
  • Physical science*

* One science must be a lab course

PROFESSIONAL CORE REQUIREMENTS

The following professional core courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Education students must maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher:

  • EDUC 100 Introduction to Reflective Teaching
  • EDUC 119 Multicultural Education
  • EDUC 125 Educational Psychology
  • EDUC 200 Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 202 Introduction to Exceptionalities B-21*
  • EDUC 405 Educational Measurement and Evaluation

* Elementary and Special education majors take EDSP 200 Foundations of Special Education instead of EDUC 202 Introduction to Exceptionalities B-21. Kinesiology students take KINS 337 Adaptive Kinesiology instead of EDUC 202 Introduction to Exceptionalities B-21.

All students must demonstrate competency in the use of written and spoken language.

Portfolios are required and constructed in EDUC 100. Portfolios are based on the Clarke University Teacher Education competencies and are developed and reviewed throughout the student’s academic program.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Elementary Education, a student completes 16 hours of the professional core courses listed above, as well as 39 hours of the following courses:

    • EDUC 230 Children’s Literature
  • The following four PDS courses, taken concurrently:
    • EDUC 330 Clinical Literacy
    • EDUC 331 Curriculum and Instruction in Language Arts
    • EDUC 332 Developmental Reading
    • EDUC 335 Curriculum and Instruction in Social Studies
  • The following four PDS courses, taken concurrently:
    • EDUC 333 Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics
    • EDUC 334 Clinical: Interdisciplinary
    • EDUC 336 Curriculum and Instruction in Science
    • EDUC 337 Reading Applications
  • The following four 1-credit courses
    • EDUC 364 Curriculum and Instruction in Health
    • EDUC 365 Curriculum and Instruction in Physical Education
    • EDUC 366 Curriculum and Instruction in Art
    • EDUC 367 Curriculum and Instruction in Music
  • Senior Performance
    • EDUC 432 Student teaching in the elementary schools (6-12) hours
    • EDUC 499 Capstone

NOTE: Admission to major is required for enrollment in upper division courses, including clinical PDS blocks. Admission requirements include passing Portfolio I and II reviews, and passing scores on the PRAXIS I exam (Math: 170, Writing 172, Reading: 172 or a composite score of 514 or better with two passing scores and a failing score no more than 3 points below the required score in each area). Students may appeal the Praxis exam requirements for enrollment in the first PDS block. Appeals will be considered on a case by case basis.

All education majors must pass two Praxis II exit exams with passing scores as determined by the State of Iowa in order to earn licensure.

All education majors also have one of the following:

  • An approved 24-semester-hour concentration in elementary generalist, reading/ language arts, math, math/science, science, or social studies
  • An endorsement in special education
  • An approved academic major outside of education

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Clarke University offers a special education endorsement listed by the State of Iowa as Instructional Strategist I: Mild and Moderate Grade Level K-8.

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Special Education, a student completes 79 hours, including the requirements for the elementary education major and the following courses:

    • EDSP 200 Foundations of Special Educatio
    • EDSP 201 Selecting Behavioral Intervention
    • EDSP 202 Including Everyon
    • EDSP 300 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Educatio
    • EDSP 301 Strategic Academic Learnin
    • EDUC 339 Reading Strategies
    • EDSP 400 Special Education Practicum
    • EDSP 401 Preventing and Remediating Challenging Behaviors
    • EDSP 402 Collaborative Solutions
  • Senior Performance
    • EDSP 403 Student Teaching in Special Education
    • EDUC 499 Capstone

SECONDARY EDUCATION

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Secondary Education, a student completes the requirements for a teaching content major and 16 hours of professional core courses:

    • EDUC 100 Introduction to Reflecting Teaching
    • EDUC 119 Multicultural Education
    • EDUC 125 Educational Psychology
    • EDUC 200 Foundations of Education
    • EDUC 202 Introduction to Exceptionalities B-21
    • EDUC 351 Special Secondary Curriculum and Methods
    • EDUC 405 Educational Measurement and Evaluation

In addition, students must complete the middle school PDS block consisting of the following four courses.

    • EDUC 360 Teaching in the Middle School and Secondary School
    • EDUC 361 The Adolescent Learner
    • EDUC 362 Adolescent Literacy
    • EDUC 363 Clinical Experience in the Middle Level
  • Senior Performance
    • EDUC 452 Student Teaching
    • EDUC 499 Capstone*

* Consult major department for additional Capstone requirements.

NOTE: Students seeking licensure at the secondary level must complete a minimum 30-semesterhour teaching major in an approved teaching major field as well as the education program. Secondary Education majors must earn grades in their content field that are considered passing by their content major. Students should confer with their academic adviser regarding specific teaching major, minor and endorsement requirements and required major courses.

All education majors must pass two Praxis II exit exams with passing scores as determined by the State of Iowa in order to earn licensure.

K-12 EDUCATION

Students receiving a bachelor’s degree in art, music, kinesiology (physical education) or Spanish may obtain an endorsement in K-12. Students must complete departmental requirements for K-12 education. Furthermore, they must complete the core courses required for all education majors with a grade of C or higher, and the following professional core courses:

    • EDUC 100 Introduction to Reflecting Teaching
    • EDUC 119 Multicultural Education
    • EDUC 125 Educational Psychology
    • EDUC 200 Foundations of Education
    • EDUC 202 Introduction to Exceptionalities B-21
    • EDUC 357 Reading in the Content Area (required of all K-12 education majors).
    • EDUC 405 Educational Measurement and Evaluation or a designated discipline-specific course/s.

    A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher is required.

  • Senior Performance: Select one set of student teaching courses based on major discipline
    and Capstone.
    • Music: EDUC 461/462
    • Art: EDUC 463/464
    • Physical Education: EDUC 465/466
    • Spanish: EDUC 452
    • EDUC 499 Capstone*

* Consult major department for additional Capstone requirements.

All education majors must pass two Praxis II exit exams with passing scores as determined by the State of Iowa in order to earn licensure.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Physical Education with Teaching Certification, the student must complete all general education and professional core course requirements. All courses required for licensure must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Core Requirements

Students earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education may obtain a K-12 Teaching license. Students must complete departmental requirements with a grade of C or higher.

  • 35 hours of the following courses:
    • ATHT 130 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • EDPE 132 Activities for Elementary Physical Education
    • EDPE 133 Dynamics of Health & Nutrition
    • EDPE 230 Coaching & Sport Theory
    • EDPE 232 Elementary Physical Education & Health Methods
    • EDPE 248 Assessment of Human Movement
    • EDPE 249 Anatomical Kinesiology
    • EDPE 337 Adaptive Physical Education
    • One course from EDPE 340 – 347
    • EDPE 440 Secondary Physical Education & Health Methods
    • EDPE 445 Exercise Physiology
    • EDPE 448 Administration of Kinesiological Strategies

Current certification in American First Aid & CPR is required at the start of student teaching. All education majors must pass two Praxis II exit exams with passing scores as determined by the State of Iowa in order to earn licensure.

Professional Education Core Courses

Students must complete the following professional education courses:

    • EDUC 100 Introduction to Reflective Teaching
    • EDUC 119 Multicultural Education
    • EDUC 125 Educational Psychology
    • EDUC 200 Foundations of Education
    • EDUC 357 Reading in the Content Area
  • Senior Performance
    • EDUC 465 Student Teaching in Secondary Physical Education
    • EDUC 466 Student Teaching in Elementary Physical Education
    • EDUC 499 Education Capstone

Endorsements

Health Endorsement (24 hours)

    • EDPE 110 Community Health
    • EDPE 210 Consumer Health Concepts
    • EDPE 220 Substance Abuse
    • PSYC 305 Marriage & the Family
    • EDPE 310 Mental & Emotional Wellness
    • PSYC 121 Child & Adolescent Development
    • ATHT 130 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • ATHT 133 Health & Nutrition

    Coaching Endorsement (14 hours)

    • BIOL 102 – Biology of the Human Body or equivalent
    • PSYC 121 Child and Adolescent Development
    • EDPE 120 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries for Coaches
    • EDPE 230 Coaching and Sport Theory
    • One course from the sequence EDPE 340-347

ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENTS

Middle School Endorsement

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Elementary Education with a Middle School Endorsement, or to add a Middle School Endorsement to a secondary education teaching major, a student completes:

  • An elementary education major or an academic teaching major with secondary education courses
  • Middle School PDS block (Consisting of the following courses):
    • EDUC 360 Teaching in the Middle School and Secondary School
    • EDUC 361 The Adolescent Learner
    • EDUC 362 Adolescent Literacy
    • EDUC 363 Clinical Experience in the Middle Level
  • 12 hours in two of four possible content fields (math, science, history/government and language arts). See department for specific courses.
  • Senior Performance: See Elementary Education or Secondary Education Program.

Reading Endorsement

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement, a student completes:

  • Requirements of an elementary education major.
  • EDUC 324 Emergent Literacy
  • EDUC 339 Reading Interventions
  • EDUC 420 Practicum and Instruction in Correction and Remediation of Reading Problems
  • EDUC 450 Foundations of Reading
  • Senior Performance: See Elementary Education Program.

COMPUTER LITERACY REQUIREMENT

Teacher preparation students must meet the university technology proficiency.

RESEARCH REQUIREMENT

Educational research is infused throughout the teacher preparation program. Research papers are written using American Psychological Association style as found in the publication manual.

SENIOR PERFORMANCE

The required culminating teacher preparation experience is demonstrated in student teaching courses (EDUC 432, EDUC 452, EDUC 461, EDUC 462, EDUC 463, EDUC 464, EDUC 465 and EDUC 466), and all Capstone requirements (EDUC 499). In special cases, students who do not complete student teaching will design a senior performance with their adviser and education department faculty. This student will earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education without licensure. 

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