Education

The education department offers teacher preparation programs for students wishing to teach in early childhood programs (Pre-K-3), middle childhood programs (4-9), adolescent/young adult programs (7-12), multi-age programs (Pre-K-12) and intervention specialist programs for students with mild/moderate education needs (K-12). Students may choose a major in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood Education or Intervention Specialist within the Education Department or choose a major in another discipline with the addition of an adolescent/young adult or multi-age teacher licensure program.

Students in early childhood may also complete requirements for intervention specialist licensure (K-12) as an intervention specialist for children with mild to moderate disabilities or this program may be completed as a major with no additional licensure. 

Endorsements are available to be added to a teaching license: Early Childhood Generalist (added to the early childhood license); PreK Special Needs (added to Early Childhood or Intervention Specialist licenses), and Middle Childhood Generalist (4-6):  Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Math (added to Middle Childhood licenses). A prospective teacher must complete a major, approved courses in the chosen licensure areas, and education and professional licensure requirements for the state of Ohio.

Any student who wishes to pursue a program of teacher education at Bluffton University must seek approval through the teacher education office. Application must be made (on forms obtained while enrolled in EDU 200) in three stages: 1) admission to the teacher education program (first-year student/sophomore); 2) admission to clinical practice (junior); and 3) recommendation for licensure (senior). Criteria used in considering admission to teacher education include: declaration of major, overall GPA (2.7 minimum), GPA in the major area (2.7 minimum), assessments in reading, writing and mathematics, available from education office test scores, completed teacher education application, recommendations from faculty and various administrative personnel of the university and BCI/FBI clearance. Detailed information is available in the Teacher Education Handbook. Licensure from the Ohio Department of Education requires the completion of all program requirements and meeting the state-approved score on appropriate PRAXIS II exams.

Any course taken within the student's licensure area, major, general and professional education programs must be passed with at least a grade of C-.  In addition a 2.7 cumulative and major GPA is required for graduation.

Praxis II - Pass-Rate Data for the regular teacher preparation program is available from the admissions office and can be found on the department's Web site under "Quality of Teacher Preparation."
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Majors

The student may select a major in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood Education, Intervention Specialist or in another discipline with adolescent/young adult, or multi-age licensure.

Child Development

(45-47 hours)

COM 195 Interpersonal Communication (3)
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society (3)
EDU 205 Field Experience: Early Childhood (1)
EDU 282 Teaching Reading through Literature  (3)
EDU 332 Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
EDU 356 Early Childhood Practicum: Preschool (3)
EDU 358 Early Childhood Development and Programming (3)
EDU 384 Child Development Practicum (1)
HFS 135 Recreation Games & Social Recreation (3)
   or  HFS 145 Recreation Arts & Crafts (3)
HFS 220 Personal and Community Health Concerns (3)
LAS 342 Cross-cultural / Service Learning Experience (4)
  or  6 hours of foreign language (6)
NTR 225 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3)
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SED 228 Introduction to the Education of Students with Mild/Moderate Educational Needs (3)
SWK 263 Human Behavior and Social Environment 1 (3)
One upper-level Sociology course (3)

Required: Red Cross Certificates: Caring for Ill Children/Communicable Diseases; Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention; and First Aid.

Early Childhood Education

(70 hours)
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society (3)
EDU 205 Early Field Experience (1)
EDU 220 Curriculum and Assessment (2)
EDU 282 Teaching Reading Through Literature: EC (3)
EDU 285 Phonics and Word Identification (3)
EDU 287 Developmental Curriculum:  Literature and the Arts (3)
EDU 303 Computers and Technology in Education (2)
EDU 332 Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
EDU 335 Teaching & Assessing Reading (3)
EDU 302 Content Area Literacy (3)
EDU 353 Ed Psychology &Instructional Practices(3)
EDU 356 Early Childhood Practicum: Preschool (3)
EDU 358 Early Childhood and Programming (3)
EDU 425 Leadership Seminar (2)
EDU 445 Clinical Practice: Early Childhood (12)
HFS 220 Personal and Community Health Concerns (3)
MAT 185 Fundamental Math Concepts for Early Childhood (3)
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SED 228 Introduction to Education of Students with Mild/Moderate Educational Needs (3)
SED 230 Diagnosis and Educational Planning (3)
SED 235 Language Development for Diverse Learners (3)
SED 384 Methods/Materials for Diverse Learners (3)

Required: Red Cross Certificates: Caring for Ill Children/Communicable Diseases and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention.

Middle Childhood Education

(50 hours)
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society (3)
EDU 205 Field Experience (1)
EDU 220 Curriculum and Assessment (2)
EDU 285 Phonics and Word Identification (3)
EDU 297 Teaching Reading through Literature in Middle Childhood (3)
EDU 302 Reading in the Content Areas: Middle Childhood (3)
EDU 303 Computers & Technology in Education (2)
EDU 332 Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
EDU 335 Teaching & Assessing Reading (3)
EDU 353 Educational Psychology & Instructional Practices(3)
EDU 425 Leadership Seminar (2)
EDU 450 Clinical Practice (Middle Childhood) (12)
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SED 220 The Adolescent: Development and Diversity (2)
SED 389 Issues in Special Education (1)

Liberal arts and science requirements for licensure are met through the university general education program. Students working toward teaching licensure must follow the Bluffton University teacher education approved program of course work in the subject field in which licensure for teaching is sought. This program may not necessarily correspond with the university requirements for a major or with minimum state requirements. Specific requirements for each teaching field may be found in the Teacher Education Handbook, from an academic advisor or from the director of teacher education.

Choose two of the following, based on concentration
EDU 405 Middle Childhood Methods: Language Arts (2)
EDU 406 Middle Childhood Methods: Science (2)
EDU 407 Middle Childhood Methods: Social Studies (2)
EDU 408 Middle Childhood Methods: Math (2)

In addition, completion of two areas of concentration is required, to be chosen from the following: language arts, mathematics, science or social studies.

Language arts concentration (24 hours, fulfills 3 LAS hours)
EDU 317 Studies in Adolescent Literature (3)
ENG 110/120 College English (3)
ENG 160 Approaches to Literature (3)
ENG 240 Survey of American Literature (3)

Choose one:
ENG 256 Survey of English Literature 1 (3)
ENG 257 Survey of English Literature 2 (3)

Choose one:
ENG 252 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
ENG 271 English Grammar (3)

Choose one:
COM 185 Public Speaking and Persuasion (3)
THE 257 Oral Interpretation (3)

Choose one:
ENG 202 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
ENG 203 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
ENG 205 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3)

Math concentration (21-23 hours, fulfills 2 LAS hours)
MAT 105 Understanding Numerical Data (2)
MAT 114 Pre-Calculus (4)
MAT 135 Calculus 1 *(5)
MAT 185 Fundamental Math Concepts: Early Childhood (3)
MAT 186 Fundamental Math Concepts: Middle Childhood (3)
MAT 220 Discrete Mathematics (3)
MAT 277 Algebra: Functions and Modeling (3)

* If a student is placed in MAT 135, the student will take:  MAT 136 Calculus 2 (5) or CPS 108 (3).

Science concentration (27-29 hours, fulfills 7 hours LAS)
Required:
BIO 135 Botany (4)
PHY 202 Astronomy (4)
PHY 203 Earth Science (4)
PHY 211 Physics: Science & Engineering 1 (5)
PHY 213 Physics 2: Middle Childhood Education (3)

Choose one:
BIO 205 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
BIO 230 Anatomy and Physiology (4)

Choose one:
CEM 121 General Inorganic Chemistry (5)
NSC 105 The Chemistry of Everything (3)

 

Social studies concentration (33 hours, fulfills 16 LAS hours)
ECN 141/142  Principles of Macroeconomics or Microeconomics (3)
EDU 303 Computers & Technology (2)
GEO 111 Principles of Geography (3)
HIS 200 Foundations of American Civilization (3)
HIS 201 The Making of Contemporary America (3)
HIS 210 World History I (3)
      or HIS 212 World History II (3)
HIS 252 Ohio and the Old Northwest (3)
LAS 105 Becoming a Scholar (3)
LAS 342 Cross-cultural Experience (4)
LAS 400 Christian Values in a Global Community (3)
PLS 215 Introduction to Politics (3)

 

Intervention Specialist

(60hours)
Students interested in licensure in special education may complete the intervention specialist program for persons with mild to moderate disabilities (K-12).

EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society (3)
EDU 205 Field Experience (1)
EDU 220 Curriculum and Assessment (2)
EDU 285 Phonics and Word Identification (3)
EDU 302 Reading in the Content Areas: MC (3)
    or  EDU 305 Content Area Literacy/General Methods (3)
EDU 303 Computers and Technology in Education (2)
EDU 332 Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
EDU 335 Teaching & Assessing Reading (3)
EDU 353 Ed Psychology & Instructional Practices(3)
EDU 425 Leadership Seminar (2)
MAT 185 Fundamental Math Concepts: EC (3)
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SED 220 Child & Adolescent Diversity (2)
SED 228 Introduction to Education of Students with Mild/Moderate Educational Needs (3)
SED 230 Diagnosis and Educational Planning for Special Needs Children (3)
SED 235 Reading and Language Instruction for Diverse Learners (3)
SED 344 Intervention Specialist Classroom Organization (2)
SED 384 Methods and Materials for Diverse Learners (3)
SED 389 Issues in Special Education (1)
SED 453 Clinical Practice: IS (12)

Required Red Cross Certificates: Caring for Ill Children/Communicable Diseases, and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention.

Adolescent/Young Adult

Students who wish to obtain an Ohio teaching license for adolescent/young adult (7-12) must complete the following professional education courses in addition to the licensure area, general education and major requirements:
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society (3)
EDU 205 Field Experience (1)
EDU 220 Curriculum and Assessment (2)
EDU 303 Computers and Technology in Education (2)
EDU 305 Content Area Literacy/General Methods (3)
EDU 332 Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
EDU 353 Educational Psychology and Instructional Practices (3)
SED 220 The Adolescent: Development and Diversity (2)
SED 389 Issues in Special Education (1)

Choose one of the following:
EDU 401 Adolescent/Young Adult Special Methods: Language Arts (2)
EDU 402 Adolescent/Young Adult Special Methods: Science (2)
EDU 403 Adolescent/Young Adult Special Methods: Social Studies (2)
EDU 404 Adolescent/Young Adult Special Methods: Math (2)

All of the previously listed professional education courses, plus the completion of all coursework in the major of the licensure area, are prerequisites for clinical practice:
EDU 425 Leadership Seminar (2)
EDU 451 Clinical Practice (Adolescent/Young Adult) (12)

Liberal arts and science requirements for licensure are met through the university general education program. Students working toward teaching licensure must follow the Bluffton University teacher education approved program of course work in the subject field in which licensure for teaching is sought. This program may not necessarily correspond with the university requirements for a major or with minimum state requirements. Specific requirements for each teaching field may be found in the Teacher Education Handbook, from an academic advisor or from the director of teacher education.

The subject fields in which students may seek licensure are: 
Integrated language arts
(English)
Integrated mathematics (Mathematics)
Integrated social studies (History)
Life science (Biology)
Physical science (Physics or Chemistry)
 
Students should consult with the education department about licensure programs no later than the sophomore year to insure completion of requirements during a four-year period.

Multi-age education

Students who wish to obtain an Ohio teaching license for multi-age (Pre-K-12) must complete the following professional education courses in addition to the licensure area, general education and major requirements:

EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society (3)
EDU 205 Field Experience (1)
EDU 220 Curriculum & Assessment (2)
EDU 302 Reading in the Content Areas: Middle Childhood (3) 
   or  EDU 305 Content Area Literacy/General Methods (3)
EDU 303 Computers & Technology in Education (2) (not required for Music Education)
EDU 332 Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
EDU 353 Educational Psychology and Instructional Practices (3)
EDU 425 Leadership Seminar (2)
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SED 389 Issues in Special Education (1)

All of the previously listed professional education courses, plus the completion of at least 80 percent of the licensure area course work, are prerequisites for clinical practice:

EDU 452 Clinical Practice (Multi-age) (12)

Liberal arts and science requirements for licensure are met through the university general education program. Students working toward teaching licensure must follow the Bluffton University teacher education approved program of course work in the subject field in which licensure for teaching is sought. This program may not necessarily correspond with the university requirements for a major or with minimum state requirements. Specific requirements for each teaching field may be found in the Teacher Education Handbook, from an academic advisor or from the director of teacher education.

The subject fields in which students may seek multi-age (Pre-K-12) licensure are:
Music  
Spanish
Visual arts
 
Students should consult with the education department about licensure programs no later than the sophomore year to insure completion of requirements during a four-year period.

Endorsements

Early childhood generalist endorsement (may be added to the early childhood license) (9 hours)

Completion of Early Childhood Licensure Program
EDU 255 Developmental Curriculum: Science & Mathematics (3)
EDU 256 Developmental Curriculum: Social Studies & Language Arts (3)
EDU 341 Middle Childhood Instructional Methods & Classroom Organization (3)

Pre-K special needs endorsement (may be added to the early childhood or intervention specialist license) (21 hours)
EDU 358 Early Childhood Development & Programming (3)
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SED 228 Introduction to Education of Students with Mild/Mod. Educational Needs (3)
SED 230 Diagnosis and Educational Planning (3)
SED 235 Reading and Language Instruction for Diverse Learners (3)
SED 384 Methods/Materials for Students with M/M Educational Needs (3)
SED 383 Early Intervention Practicum (3)

 Middle Childhood Generalist endorsements may be added to a middle childhood license and prepares candidates to teach the subjects in grades 4-6.

 
Language Arts (6 hours)
     EDU 297 Teaching Reading Through Literature: MC (3)
     ENG 271 English Grammar (3)

Mathematics (6 hours)
     MAT 185 Fundamental Mathematics Concepts: EC (3)
     MAT 186 Fundamental Mathematics Concepts: MC (3)

Social Studies (6 hours)
      HIS 252 Ohio and the Old Northwest (3)
      PLS 215 Introduction to Politics (3)

Science (8 hours)
      BIO 105 The Biological World (4)
      PHY 105 The Physical World (4)     

July 2014