Education

PROGRAMS IN EDUCATION

The teaching profession is a noble one, and Brigham Young University – Idaho is committed to providing excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue teaching certificates. Because we are located in Idaho, we will adhere to the Certification Standards set by the state of Idaho. However, an Idaho Teaching Certificate is valid in 42 other states.

Within the next few years, BYU-Idaho will begin offering three distinct teaching certificates:

Early Childhood/Special Education (which allows a teacher to work with children from birth through 3rd grade)

Elementary Education (for Kindergarten through 8th grade)

Secondary Education (for 6th through 12th grade)

During the 2001-2002 academic year, we will begin by phasing in the Elementary and some of the Secondary Education programs.

Early Childhood/Special Education will not be offered for several years. Students wishing to major in Early Childhood Education will need to transfer to another university to complete a Bachelor’s Degree. While at BYU-Idaho, lower division courses may be taken from the Family Science Department. Consult with an advisor there.

Elementary Education (a Bachelor of Science degree) is an exciting and challenging major. In addition to the information found in this “Education” section, students interested in an Elementary Certificate (K-8) will want to read the “General Education” and “Elementary Education” sections of this catalog.

Secondary Education is NOT a major. It is a certificate. Students interested in a Secondary Certificate (grades 6-12) will need to select a major (and possibly even a minor) subject to teach. Some major programs follow the Bachelor of Science General Education (BS); others follow the Bachelor of Arts General Education (BA). Students should read the “General Education” section and the section written by the Department sponsoring the major for a more detailed explanation of the program’s requirements.

Majors                             Available 
Art Education (BA)                 2004
English Education (BS)             2003
Health Education (BS)              2003
History Education (BS)             2003
Mathematics Education (BS)         2003
Spanish Education (BA)             2004

Minors 
Art Education                      2003
Biology Education                  2003
Chemistry Education                2003
Economics Education                2003
English Education                  2003
Geography Education                2003
Health Education                   2003
Journalism Education               2003
Mathematics Education              2003
Music Education                    2003
Natural Science Education          2003
Physical Education                 2004
Physical Science Education         2003
Spanish Education                  2004
Speech Education                   2003
Theatre Arts Education             2003

Majors with Required Minors
Biology Education (BS)             2003
Minor: Physical Science Education
Chemistry Education (BS)           2004
Minor: Physical Science Education
Earth Science Education (BS)       2003
Minor: Physical Science Education
 or Natural Science Education
Physics Education (BS)             2005
Minor: Math Education

Composites
English Education (BS)             2003
Family and Consumer 
Education (BS)                     2003
Music Education (BS)               2004
Social Studies Education (BS)      2003

Students in Education Majors (Early Childhood/Special Education, Elementary, or Secondary Education) will have to complete a set of “Core” Education classes in order to become certified in the state of Idaho. The Introduction to Education course (Ed 120) is not part of the Core. It is open to all students who wish to explore Education programs. The Professional Teacher Education Core of eight classes is as follows:

Ed  200 – Foundations of Education
Ed  250 – Educational Technology
Ed  300 – Educational Psychology
Ed  320 – Exceptional Students: Principles of Collaboration
Ed  380 – Reading
Ed  400, 
    401, or 
    402 – Methods and/or Assessment 
Ed  490 – Student Teaching 
Rel 371 – Introduction to Teaching 

In the Core sequence, students should take Foundations of Education first. To enroll, students must have declared an approved Teacher Education major program and must have completed at least 15 total college credit hours. The remaining Professional Teacher Education Core classes are restricted to students who have declared an approved Teacher Education major program and who have completed at least 30 credit hours. (The first digit of the course number indicates the year in which any particular course should be taken.) In order to be recommended for Certification, all Core classes must be passed with a C- or better. State Competency Exams are required in Technology (for Secondary, Elementary, and Early Childhood/Special Education) and in Literacy (for Elementary and Early Childhood/Special Education). These must be passed before Certification. The State has also recently decided to require that students demonstrate competency in the Subject they intend to teach prior to Student Teaching. The tests are currently being written, and more information will be available by Fall 2001. Student Teaching will not be offered by BYU-Idaho at all during the 2001-2002 academic year. Details about the Partner Schools, the Placement Files, the required Religion 371 course, and much more will come later.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Ed 120 Introduction to Education 2
Allows students an exploration of the roles and challenges of the teaching profession through readings, school visits, and self-evaluation.

Ed 200 Foundations of Education 2
Provides future teachers with a knowledge of the historical events, philosophies, and theories that have helped build American Education; fosters in them an understanding of their own personal teaching philosophy; and encourages them to develop the wisdom to follow the Savior as they strive to become Master Teachers.

Ed 208 Tutor Training I 1
Provides training in establishing rapport, assessing student needs, teaching study habits, and helping students accept responsibility. A paid internship accompanies the course and allows National Certification in Tutoring.

Ed 209 Tutor Training II 1
Provides advanced training in collaborative learning strategies, structuring the learning experience, and tutoring in specific subject areas. A paid internship accompanies the course and allows Advanced and Master National Certification in Tutoring.

Ed 220 Foundations of Occupational Education 3
Prepares future teachers to work in and to coordinate school-to-work programs at the secondary and post-secondary levels and to advise students in occupational programs.

Ed 250 Educational Technology 1
Introduces prospective teachers to educational technology for use in instruction, assessment, and professional productivity. The course is designed to prepare future teachers to pass the state-mandated technology competency requirement and may be “challenged” and waived by students who can pass the test without it.

Ed 300 Educational Psychology 2
Introduces students to current educational theories of learning.

Ed 320 Exceptional Students: Principles of Collaboration 3
Helps future educators meet the needs of exceptional children and youth. Topics include identification of disabilities, teaching strategies, legal issues, and appropriate collaboration in the intervention process.

Ed 330 Career Pathways/Guidance 3
Prepares future occupational educators to teach school and career options to secondary students.

Ed 380 Reading 4
Prepares future teachers in the areas of language acquisition, structure, and development; basic skills of literacy fluency; and strategies for improving reading in all content areas.

Ed 400 Assessment and Evaluation in ECSE 3
Assists the prospective Early Childhood/Special Educator in developing skills in the use of assessment, the construction of assessment devices, the statistical analysis of test results, and the appraisal of educational research.

Ed 401 Assessment & Evaluation in Elementary Education 3
Assists the prospective Elementary Educator in developing skills in the use of assessment, the construction of assessment devices, the statistical analysis of test results, and the appraisal of educational research.

Ed 402 General Secondary Methods and Assessment 2
Introduces the prospective Secondary Educator to general instructional strategies appropriate for grades 6-12. Also assists in developing skills in the use of assessment, the construction of assessment devices, the statistical analysis of test results, and the appraisal of educational research.

Ed 450 Curriculum Development in Occupational Education 3
Teaches preparation of lesson plans in occupation education and provides practice of lesson presentations.

Ed 490 Student Teaching 10
Provides a venue for students to highlight what they have learned from the education received in their major fields of study. Students will typically spend six weeks in each of two placements. This will provide hands-on practical experience in classroom management, instructional design and delivery, and educational assessment. A weekly seminar will provide a forum where student teachers from diverse majors and disciplines will come together and focus their expertise and efforts on the common problems they are facing.


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


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