B.S. Education

OVERVIEW

Teacher Education, one of the major programs at A&M-Central Texas, emphasizes broad general education as a foundation for mastery of teaching skills and specialized knowledge in an academic discipline. The primary purpose of teacher education is to prepare highly qualified teachers for employment in Texas and the nation. The goal of the Educator Preparation Program is to develop teachers who:

  1. Possess appropriate knowledge and abilities in specific content areas or teaching fields.
  2. Communicate effectively with students, parents, and other professionals.
  3. Apply the principles of instructional planning in the development of curriculum.
  4. Use effective teaching practices.
  5. Formally and informally evaluate student performance and use results of such assessment in the instructional decision-making process.
  6. Promote critical thinking and participatory citizenship.
  7. Are skilled in the use of instructional technology.
  8. Are proficient in mathematical skills.
  9. Operate within the legal guidelines and uphold the ethics of the teaching profession.
  10. Demonstrate concern for students’ general welfare. 
  11. Are committed to continued professional growth and development.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Achieve the necessary knowledge and skills to earn teacher certification in Texas.
  • Be employable as educators in Texas.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the disciplines studied to earn a baccalaureate degree.
  • Communicate effectively both in writing and speaking.

Students are encouraged to speak with an Academic Advisor prior to Block I for a student educational plan.  Students must meet with an Academic Advisor prior to enrollment into Block I courses. 

Acceptance into the BS in Education Major:

Students will be accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Education major when they are accepted into the university and meet application criteria required to enroll in Block I courses. Criteria include the completion of the majority of the lower 60 hours required in the BS in Education degree plan. Specifically, students should have completed four ENGL courses, college algebra, US History I and II, Texas and Federal Government, two of the three science courses with labs, a psychology course, and MATH 1350.

Admittance into the Educator Preparation Program:

After successful completion of all Block I classes (EDUC 3420, EDUC 3430, SPED 3361, and *READ 3310), students will apply to be admitted into the Educator Preparation Program (EPP). 

*BS in Education 4-8 Mathematics do not take READ 3310.

Entry Requirements needed in application to be admitted into the EPP include:

  • Complete an application packet.
  • Complete all Block I courses.
  • Have a minimum 2.75 grade point average (GPA) overall or in the last 60 hours to include semester where 60th occurred.
  • 12 credit hours of English with a grade C or better.
  • College Algebra with a grade C or better.
  • Completion of 60 credit hours towards the degree.
  • Completion of 15 credit hours in the certification subject area with a grade of C or better.
  • Content Proficiency Assessment.
  • Interview.
  • TSI complete.

Bachelor of Science Education - Elementary

Refer to the General Education Core Requirements page for more information on the CORE REQ coursework. The Field of Study (FOS) courses are listed in the footnotes (if applicable). At least 120 credit hours are required for the degree.

The program listed is a general guideline for semester coursework, speak with a college advisor for an individualized student education plan.  This program may require summer coursework.

Please note the following courses require a grade of 'C' or better:  12 credit hours of English, College Algebra, and approved Educational Psychology course and completion of 15 credit hours in the certification subject area.

First Year
Fall
ENGL 1301Composition I (CORE REQ (010)3
MATH 1314College Algebra (CORE REQ (020)3
CORE REQ Life and Physical Sciences (030)4
EDUC 1301Introduction to the Teaching Profession (DEG REQ)3
TECA 1354Child Growth & Development (CORE REQ (080)3
or PSYC 2308 Child Psychology
or PSYC 2301 General Psychology
or PSYC 3303 Educational Psychology
Spring
ENGL 1302Composition II (CORE REQ (010)3
SPCH 1315Public Speaking (DEG REQ)3
or SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication
or SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication
or SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication
HIST 1301United States History I (CORE REQ (060)3
CORE REQ Biology Elective (090) 34
MATH 1350Mathematics for Teachers I (DEG REQ)3
or MATH 3303 Concepts of Elementary Math I
Second Year
Fall
PHYS 1405Elementary Physics I (Lecture + Lab) (CORE REQ (030)4
or PHYS 1415 Physical Science I (Lecture + Lab)
CORE REQ Sophomore Literature (040)3
GOVT 2305Federal Government (CORE REQ (070)3
HIST 1302United States History II (CORE REQ (060)3
MATH 1351Mathematics for Teachers II (DEG REQ)3
or MATH 3305 Concepts of Elementary Math II
Spring
GOVT 2306Texas Government (CORE REQ (070)3
DEG REQ Sophomore Literature 2 3
CORE REQ Creative Arts (050) HUMA 1315 recommended3
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations (DEG REQ)3
or TECA 1303 Families, School, & Community
or ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
or GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography
Third Year - Approval Required
Fall - Block I
SPED 3361Survey Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 3420Instructional Planning and Delivery4
EDUC 3430The Learner and the Learning Environment4
READ 3310Foundations of Literacy3
Spring - Block II
READ 3311Literacy Development I3
EDUC 3325Fundamentals of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elem Math III3
EDUC 3370Instructional Strategies3
EDUC 3371Educational Technology and Assessment 3
READ 3301Children's Literature in the Elementary Classroom3
HLTH 3351Principles of Health and Fitness for Children 13
Fourth Year - Admission to Teacher Education Required
Fall - Block III
READ 4312Literacy Development II3
READ 4313Analysis and Response3
EDUC 4345Mathematics & Science Methods in the Elementary Classroom3
EDUC 4320Integrated Social Studies Methods, EC-83
EDUC 4484Field Experience4
Spring - Block IV
EDUC 4335Capstone for Educators3
EDUC 4691Clinical Teaching6
Total Credit Hours120

Bachelor of Science Education - Middle School English Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies

Refer to the General Education Core Requirements page for more information on the CORE REQ coursework. The Field of Study (FOS) courses are listed in the footnotes (if applicable). At least 120 credit hours are required for the degree.

The program listed is a general guideline for semester coursework, speak with a college advisor for an individualized student education plan. This program may require summer coursework.

Please note the following courses require a grade of 'C' or better: 12 credit hours of English, College Algebra, and approved Educational Psychology course and completion of 15 credit hours in the certification subject area.

First Year
Fall
ENGL 1301Composition I (CORE REQ (010)3
MATH 1314College Algebra (CORE REQ (020)3
CORE REQ Life and Physical Sciences (030)4
EDUC 1301Introduction to the Teaching Profession (DEG REQ)3
TECA 1354Child Growth & Development (CORE REQ (080)3
or PSYC 2308 Child Psychology
or PSYC 2301 General Psychology
or PSYC 3303 Educational Psychology
Spring
ENGL 1302Composition II (CORE REQ (010)3
SPCH 1315Public Speaking (DEG REQ)3
or SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication
or SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication
or SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication
HIST 1301United States History I (CORE REQ (060)3
DEG REQ Biology Elective (090) 14
GEOG 1301Physical Geography (DEG REQ)3
or GEOG 1302 Human Geography
Second Year
Fall
PHYS 1405Elementary Physics I (Lecture + Lab) (CORE REQ (030)4
or PHYS 1415 Physical Science I (Lecture + Lab)
CORE REQ Sophomore Literature (040)3
GOVT 2305Federal Government (CORE REQ (070)3
HIST 1302United States History II (CORE REQ (060)3
HIST 2311Western Civilization I (DEG REQ)3
or HIST 2312 Western Civilization II
Spring
GOVT 2306Texas Government (CORE REQ (070)3
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography (DEG REQ)3
HIST 2301Texas History (DEG REQ)3
or HIST 3322 History of Texas
CORE REQ Creative Arts (050) HUMA 1315 recommended3
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics (DEG REQ)3
or ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
Third Year - Approval Required
Fall - Block I
SPED 3361Survey Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 3420Instructional Planning and Delivery4
EDUC 3430The Learner and the Learning Environment4
READ 3310Foundations of Literacy3
ENGL 3350Children's Literature3
or ENGL 3306 Readings in Adolescent Lit
Spring - Block II
ENGL 3330Advanced Composition (or Sophomore Literature)3
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammars3
READ 3311Literacy Development I3
EDUC 3371Educational Technology and Assessment 3
EDUC 3370Instructional Strategies3
Fourth Year - Admission to Teacher Education Required
Fall - Block III
READ 4312Literacy Development II3
READ 4313Analysis and Response3
EDUC 4320Integrated Social Studies Methods, EC-83
EDUC 3325Fundamentals of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4484Field Experience4
Spring - Block IV
EDUC 4335Capstone for Educators3
EDUC 4691Clinical Teaching6
Total Credit Hours120

Bachelor of Science Education - Middle School Mathematics

Refer to the General Education Core Requirements page for more information on the CORE REQ coursework. The Field of Study (FOS) courses are listed in the footnotes (if applicable). At least 120 credit hours are required for the degree.

The program listed is a general guideline for semester coursework, speak with a college advisor for an individualized student education plan. This program may require summer coursework.

Please note the following courses require a grade of 'C' or better: 12 credit hours of English, College Algebra, and approved Educational Psychology course and completion of 15 credit hours in the certification subject area.

First Year
Fall
ENGL 1301Composition I (CORE REQ (010)3
MATH 1314College Algebra (CORE REQ (020)3
CORE REQ Life and Physical Sciences (030)4
EDUC 1301Introduction to the Teaching Profession (DEG REQ)3
TECA 1354Child Growth & Development (CORE REQ (080)3
or PSYC 2308 Child Psychology
or PSYC 2301 General Psychology
or PSYC 3303 Educational Psychology
Spring
ENGL 1302Composition II (CORE REQ (010)3
CORE REQ Creative Arts (050) HUMA 1315 recommended3
HIST 1301United States History I (CORE REQ (060)3
CORE REQ Biology Elective (090) 24
MATH 1350Mathematics for Teachers I (DEG REQ)3
or MATH 3303 Concepts of Elementary Math I
Second Year
Fall
CORE REQ Sophomore Literature (040)3
GOVT 2305Federal Government (CORE REQ (070)3
HIST 1302United States History II (CORE REQ (060)3
MATH 2412 Pre Calculus (DEG REQ)4
MATH 1351Mathematics for Teachers II (DEG REQ)3
or MATH 3305 Concepts of Elementary Math II
Spring
GOVT 2306Texas Government (CORE REQ (070)3
DEG REQ Sophomore Literature3
PHYS 1405Elementary Physics I (Lecture + Lab) (CORE REQ (030)4
or PHYS 1415 Physical Science I (Lecture + Lab)
MATH 2413Calculus I ((DEG REQ))4
Third Year - Approval Required
Fall - Block I
SPED 3361Survey Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 3420Instructional Planning and Delivery4
EDUC 3430The Learner and the Learning Environment4
MATH 3309Algebraic Function3
MATH 4304Survey of Mathematical Ideas3
MATH 4304LSurvey of Mathematical Ideas Lab1
Spring - Block II
MATH 3311Probability & Statistics I3
MATH 3370An Introduction to Linear Programming3
EDUC 3371Educational Technology and Assessment 3
EDUC 3370Instructional Strategies3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elem Math III3
MATH 4302College Geometry 13
Fourth Year - Admission to Teacher Education Required
READ 3335Content Area Reading 13
MATH 3315Mathematics & Technology3
EDUC 3325Fundamentals of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4484Field Experience4
Fall - Block III
Spring - Block IV
EDUC 4335Capstone for Educators3
EDUC 4691Clinical Teaching6
Total Credit Hours120

Bachelor of Science Education - All Level Special Education

Refer to the General Education Core Requirements page for more information on the CORE REQ coursework. The Field of Study (FOS) courses are listed in the footnotes (if applicable). At least 120 credit hours are required for the degree.

The program listed is a general guideline for semester coursework, speak with a college advisor for an individualized student education plan. This program may require summer coursework.

Please note the following courses require a grade of 'C' or better: 12 credit hours of English, College Algebra, and approved Educational Psychology course and completion of 15 credit hours in the certification subject area,

First Year
Fall
ENGL 1301Composition I (CORE REQ (010)3
MATH 1314College Algebra (CORE REQ (020)3
CORE REQ Life and Physical Sciences (030)4
EDUC 1301Introduction to the Teaching Profession (DEG REQ)3
TECA 1354Child Growth & Development (CORE REQ (080)3
or PSYC 2308 Child Psychology
or PSYC 2301 General Psychology
or PSYC 3303 Educational Psychology
Spring
ENGL 1302Composition II (CORE REQ (010)3
SPCH 1315Public Speaking (DEG REQ)3
or SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication
or SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication
or SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication
HIST 1301United States History I (CORE REQ (060)3
DEG REQ Biology Elective (090)4
MATH 1350Mathematics for Teachers I (DEG REQ)3
or MATH 3303 Concepts of Elementary Math I
Second Year
Fall
PHYS 1405Elementary Physics I (Lecture + Lab) (CORE REQ (030)4
or PHYS 1415 Physical Science I (Lecture + Lab)
CORE REQ Sophomore Literature (040)3
GOVT 2305Federal Government (CORE REQ (070)3
HIST 1302United States History II (CORE REQ (060)3
MATH 1351Mathematics for Teachers II (DEG REQ)3
or MATH 3305 Concepts of Elementary Math II
Spring
GOVT 2306Texas Government (CORE REQ (070)3
DEG REQ Sophomore Literature3
CORE REQ Creative Arts (050) HUMA 1315 recommended3
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations (DEG REQ)3
or TECA 1303 Families, School, & Community
or ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
or GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography
Third Year - Approval Required
Fall- Block I
EDUC 3420Instructional Planning and Delivery4
EDUC 3430The Learner and the Learning Environment4
READ 3310Foundations of Literacy3
SPED 3361Survey Exceptional Learners3
Spring - Block II
READ 3311Literacy Development I3
EDUC 3325Fundamentals of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 3370Instructional Strategies3
SPED 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
SPED 4365Behavioral Management for the Classroom3
HLTH 3351Principles of Health and Fitness for Children 13
SPED 4362Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teacher 13
Fourth Year - Admission to Teacher Education Required
Fall - Block III
READ 4312Literacy Development II3
READ 4313Analysis and Response3
EDUC 4345Mathematics & Science Methods in the Elementary Classroom3
EDUC 4320Integrated Social Studies Methods, EC-83
EDUC 4484Field Experience4
Spring - Block IV
EDUC 4335Capstone for Educators3
EDUC 4691Clinical Teaching6
Total Credit Hours120