Bachelor of Science in Education Degree with a Major in Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education (Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing)
All three programs in the department have numerous desired outcomes. Examples of these outcomes include the following:
Selected Educational Outcomes
- Students in initial teacher education programs demonstrate knowledge of the content that they plan to teach and can explain important principles and concepts delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards.
- Students in initial teacher education programs apply content-specific pedagogy to the subject area content and demonstrate a broad knowledge of instructional strategies that draws upon content and pedagogical knowledge and skills delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards to help all students learn.
- Students in initial teacher education programs analyze educational research findings and incorporate new information into their practice.
- Students in initial teacher education programs assess and analyze student learning, make appropriate adjustments to instruction, monitor student learning, and have a positive effect on learning for all students.
The departmental faculty members assess the desired learner outcomes for these three programs by using a variety of techniques. Examples of summative assessments in addition to course evaluations include the following:
Examples of Outcome Assessments
- Students in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate content knowledge through passing the state-required content assessment.
- Students in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge and knowledge of evidence-based strategies through development of lesson plans identifying use of research-validated procedures and effective content pedagogy.
- Students in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate skills in assessment, instructional strategies, use of technology, and monitoring and modifying instruction during observed teaching episodes evaluated by a university supervisor and P-12 mentor teacher.
- Students in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate their ability to positively impact P-12 learning through the completion of a capstone applied research project..
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education Degree with a Major in Middle Grades Education
|Core Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)||42|
|Area F Requirements|
|EDUC 2000||Written and Verbal Communication for Education||3|
|EDUC 2120||Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity||3|
|EDUC 2130||Exploring Learning and Teaching||3|
|SPEC 2000||Serving Students with Diverse Needs||3|
|Primary Concentration (select one area)||3|
|Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies (select from the approved course list for concentration area)|
|Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (select from the approved course list for concentration area)|
|EDUC 2999||Teacher Education Requirements||0|
|All courses in Area F must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.|
|All courses listed under program requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.|
|All courses listed under Program Requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.|
|MGED 3220||Reading and Writing in the Content Areas for Middle Grades||3|
|MGED 3990||Development and Education of the Middle Grades Student, Part 1||3|
|MGED 3991||Differentiated Classroom for Middle Grades||3|
|MGED 3020||Introduction to Standards, Planning, and Assessment||2|
|Primary Concentration Area 1||12|
|Secondary Concentration Area 1||12|
|MGED 4000||Assessment for Middle Grades Education||3|
|Select two methods courses from the following:||6|
|Mathematics Methods for Middle Grades Education|
|Science Methods for Middle Grades Education|
|Social Studies Methods for Middle Grades Education|
|Language Arts Methods for Middle Grades Education|
|Methods of Teaching Reading for Middle Grades Education|
|MGED 4620||Apprenticeship in Middle Grades Teaching||2|
|MGED 3110||Integrating Technology in Middle Grades Education||2|
|MGED 4790||Student Teaching in the Middle Grades||10|
|MGED 4800||Professional Practices Seminar||2|
|Total hours required for the degree||120|
Program Grade/GPA Requirements
Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" or better in all Area F, teaching concentration, and professional courses; earn an adjusted GPA of 3.0 or higher across Area F, teaching concentrations, and professional courses; and maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading (select from the approved course list for concentration area)