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Majors and Certifications


Major in Early Childhood Education
Major in Education of Exceptional Children
Major in Middle School Education
Major in Secondary Education
Minor in Educational Studies
All-Level Teacher Certification
Three-Two Program in Education
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Teacher Certification for Post-Baccalaureate Students

The School of Education offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with majors in Early Childhood, the Education of Exceptional Stusents, Middle School Education and Secondary Education. After the successful completion of these studies, the candidate is eligible to apply for a Texas teaching certificate. The department also offers a sequence of professional development courses leading to all-level and secondary education certification.

In addition to the prescribed course work within the major and minor fields of study, students seeking teacher certification must (1) submit passing TASP. SAT or ACT scores(see Admission guidelines) prior to taking any professional development courses; (2) complete prescribed field experiences in area schools and pass appropriate ExCET tests. These requirements can usually be met within the framework of the University Curriculum Requirements (UCR).

PASS/NO CREDIT POLICY: No Education course may be taken Pass/No Credit by anyone who intends to apply the course toward Teacher Certification. This policy does not affect Pass/No Credit options related to other courses outside the School of Education.


A. Bachelor of Science in Education with Major in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood major is designed for students who plan to teach in early childhood settings (EC through grade 4). Students focus on developmentally appropriate pedagogy for young children. Field-based coursework provides prospective teachers with significant experiences in urban schools. Students interested in this major may select from the following two options:

Generalist EC-4: This option is designed for students who will teach in diverse early childhood settings including English as a Second Language classrooms. Students must pass required state examinations in order to be awarded a Generalist EC-4 Teaching Certificate with English as a Second Language qualifications.

Bilingual Generalist EC-4: This option is designed for students who will teach in bilingual (Spanish) early childhood settings. Students wishing to pursue this degree option must demonstrate their proficiency in Spanish as a condition for admission to the School of Education. The Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies conducts the Spanish language assessment. Students must pass required state examinations, including the Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT), in order to be awarded a Bilingual Generalist EC-4 Teaching Certificate. Candidates who do not meet the passing criteria for the TOPT, but meet all other coursework and certification requirements, will be eligible for a Generalist EC-4 teaching certificate with English as a Second Language qualifications.

Course Requirements

A. Major in Early Childhood Education, Generalist EC-4 Option

1. University Core 50 hours
2. Specific Course Requirements 76 hours
EDUC 20003 Critical Investigation of Teaching
EDUC 30113 Introduction to Educational Technology
EDUC 30143 Child Development
EDEC 30103 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EDUC 30123 Educational Psychology
EDSP 30603 Study of Exceptional Children
EDEC 30020 Scientific and Mathematical Thinking through Play and Creativity
EDEC 40019 Promoting Language and Literacy
EDEC 40133 Mathematics in the Elementary School
EDEC 40154 Developmentally Appropriate Pedagogy for Social Studies
EDEC 30001 Professional Practice Seminar
EDEC 50010 Learner-Centered Teaching
EDEC 30001 Professional Practice Seminar
EDEC 50020 Professional Induction
Total Semester Hours 126 hours

B. Major in Early Childhood Education, Bilingual Generalist EC-4 Option

1. University Core 50 hours
2. Specific Course Requirements 82 hours
EDUC 20003 Critical Investigation of Teaching
EDUC 30113 Introduction to Educational Technology
EDUC 30143 Child Development
EDEC 30103 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EDUC 30123 Educational Psychology
EDSP 30603 Study of Exceptional Children
EDEC 30020 Scientific and Mathematical Thinking through Play and Creativity
EDEC 40019 Promoting Language and Literacy
EDEC 40133 Mathematics in the Elementary School
EDEC 40154 Developmentally Appropriate Pedagogy for Social Studies
EDEC 30001 Professional Practice Seminar
EDEC 50010 Learner-Centered Teaching
EDEC 30001 Professional Practice Seminar
EDEC 50020 Professional Induction
EDEL 50213 Teaching in Bilingual/Crosscultural Schools
SPAN 50433 Teaching of Second and Foreign Languages
Total Semester Hours 132 hours

B. Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Education of Exceptional Children

The major in the Education of Exceptional Students is designed for students who plan to teach regular classes in elementary school in grades one through six or work in the area of special education in grades Pre-K through twelve.

1. University Curriculum Requirements 47 hours
2. Major in Education of Exceptional Students 30 hours

Special Education/Related Courses:

EDSP 30603 Study of Exceptional Students
EDSP 40303 Assessment in Schools
EDSP 40613 Educational Programs for Exceptional Students
EDSP 40623 Families, Schools and Communities Partnership
EDSP 40643 Curricular Issues for Special Populations
EDSP 40663 Classroom Management
EDRE 50223 Practicum in Reading
PHED 40700 Practicum in Adapted Physical Education
PSYC 10213 General Psychology
PSYC Elective

Related Education/Professional Education Courses 30 hours

EDUC 30123 Educational Psychology
EDUC 30143 Child and Adolescent Development
EDRE 40113 Literacy Education in Elementary Schools
EDRE 40843 Children's Literature
EDUC 30013 Foundations of Education
EDEL 30143 Science in the ElementarySchool
EDEL 40133 Mathematics in the Elementary School
EDEL 40153 Social Studies in the Elementary School
EDEL 40990 Student Teaching in the Elementary School

3. Subjects Related to Elementary 18 hours


SPAN 10153 First Semester College Spanish
SPAN10163 Second Semester College Spanish*
MATH 20053 Fundamentals of Modern Math
Choose 3 hours from courses in History or Geography (In addition to those taken for UCR)
Choose 3 hours from courses in Biology, Geology, Physics or Chemistry (In addition to those taken for UCR)
Choose 3 hours from the following:

KINE 20403 Physical Education for Elementary School Children
ART 10803 Elementary School Art
MUSI 10223 Basic Music

*Note: SPAN 10033 Basic Conversational Spanish may substitute for SPAN 10163.

4. Electives 5 hours
Total Semester Hours for Degree 130 hours

C. Bachelor of Science in Education with Major in Middle School Education

Requirements for a B.S. in Education with a major in middle school education 124-128 total

Major. 33 semester hours.

EDUC 20003 Critical Investigations of Teaching
EDUC 30113 Introduction to Educational Technology
EDMS 30153 Adolescent Development
EDMS 30163 Secondary Educational Psychology
EDSP 30603 Study of Exceptional Students
EDMS 30014 Professional Roles and Responsibilities
EDMS 40213 Promoting Literacy in the Content Subjects
EDMS 50014 Effective Teaching and Classroom Implementation
EDMS 30001 Professional Practice Seminar EDMS 40980 Student Teaching

Certification Areas. Students who are majoring in middle school education must seek certification in one of the following areas:

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS (51 hrs)

ENGL 10803 Introductory Composition, Writing from Sources (UCR requirement)
ENGL 20803 Intermediate Composition, Writing within Communities (UCR requirement)
ENGL 20403 Major British Writers ENGL 20503 Major American Writers
ENGL 20733 Science Fiction
ENGL 30283 Cyberliteracy
ENGL 30313 Introduction to Language Study
ENGL 50243 Teaching of Writing
ENGL 40323 History of the Language OR ENGL 40333 Language and Society
JOUR 10103 Communication in Society
SPCO 10123 Basic Speech Communication (can be used to fulfill UCR requirement) OR SPCO 20133 Instructional Communication
SPCO 20113 Interpersonal Communication OR SPCO 30133 Group Discussion
EDMS 30023 Promoting Literacy in the Middle School (certification requirement)
EDMS 50013 Analysis of Literacy Problems
EDMS 50153 Literature for Adolescents EDMS 50223 Practicum in Reading
EDMS 50503 Developing Communication Competencies of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students

MATH (29-31 hrs)

MATH 10123 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 10524 Calculus I
MATH 20053 Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics
MATH 20063 Topics in Modern Mathematics
MATH 40073 History of Mathematics
MATH 40353 Geometry and Topology

Associated Requirements:

EDMS 40433 Senior Seminar in Middle School Education: Math

Select TWO courses from the following:

MATH 20525 Calculus II
MATH 30224 Linear Algebra
MATH 30803 Probability and Statistics I

MATH/SCIENCE (52-54 hrs)

BIOL 10003 Contemporary Issues in Biology
BIOL 30613 Natural History of North America
PHYS 20053 Physics of Music and Speech
PHYS 20073 Introductory Astronomy
PHYS 20083 Introductory Astronomy
CHEM 10163 General Chemistry for Non-Majors
GEOL 10113 Understanding the Earth
GEOL 10143 Earth Resources and the Environment
MATH 10123 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 10524 Calculus I
MATH 20053 Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics
MATH 20063 Topics in Modern Mathematics
MATH 40073 History of Mathematics
MATH 40353 Geometry and Topology

Associated Requirements:

EDMS 40433 Senior Seminar in Middle School Education: Math
EDMS 40533 Senior Seminar in Middle School Education: Science

Select ONE course from the following:

MATH 20525 Calculus II
MATH 30224 Linear Algebra
MATH 30803 Probability and Statistics I

SCIENCE (38-39 hrs)

BIOL 10003 Contemporary Issues in Biology
BIOL 10504-10514 Principles of Life Sciences
BIOL 30613 Natural History of North America
PHYS 20053 Physics of Music and Speech
PHYS 20073 Introductory Astronomy
PHYS 20083 Introductory Astronomy
CHEM 10163 General Chemistry for Non-Majors
GEOL 10113 Understanding the Earth
GEOL 10143 Earth Resources and the Environment

Associated Requirements:

EDMS 40533 Senior Seminar in Middle School Education: Science

Select ONE course from the following:

MATH 10283 Applied Calculus
MATH 10524 Calculus

SOCIAL STUDIES (42 hrs)

ANTH 20623 Introductory Cultural Anthropology
ECON 10223 Introductory Microeconomics
ECON 10233 Introductory Macroeconomics
ECON 30413 Economic Development of the United States (new title: American Economic History)
GEOG 10003 World Regional Geography
HIST 10603 United States History: A Survey to 1877
HIST 10613 United States History: A Survey since 1877
HIST 10003 History of Civilization
HIST 10013 History of Civilization
HIST 40743 History of Texas
POSC 10133 American and Texas Government
SOCI 20213 Introductory Sociology
SOCI 30343 American Minority Groups

Associated Requirements:

EDSE 40633 Senior Seminar in Middle School Education: Social Studies


D. Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Secondary Education

Requirements for a B.S. in Education with a major in middle school education........124-128 total semester hours.

Major (33 semester hours)

EDUC 20003 Critical Investigations of Teaching
EDUC 30113 Introduction to Educational Technology
EDSE 30001 Professional Practice Seminar
EDSE 30014 Professional Roles and Responsibilities
EDSE 30153 Adolescent Development
EDSE 30163 Secondary Educational Psychology
EDSP 30603 Study of Exceptional Students
EDSE 40213 Promoting Literacy in the Content Subjects
EDSE 50014 Effective Teaching and Classroom Implementation
EDSE 40980 Student Teaching

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS (57 hours)

ENGL 10803 Introductory Composition, Writing from Sources
ENGL 20803 Intermediate Composition, Writing with Communities
ENGL 20503 Major American Writers
ENGL 30103 Introduction to Literary Theory
ENGL 30113 British Literature to 1800
ENGL 30123 British Literature since 1800
ENGL 30223 Technical Writing and Documentary Design
ENGL 30283 Cyberliteracy
ENGL 30313 Introduction to Language Study
ENGL 50243 Teaching Writing
ENGL 40323 History of the Language OR ENGL 40333 Language and Society
SPCO 10123 Basic Speech Communication OR SPCO 20133 Instructional Communication
SPCO 20113 Interpersonal Communication OR SPCO 30133 Group Discussion
JOUR 10103 Communication in Society
EDSE 40213 Promoting Literacy in the Content Subjects
EDSE 50013 Analysis of Literacy Problems
EDSE 50153 Literature for Adolescents
EDSE 50223 Practicum in Reading
EDSE 50503 Developing Communication Competencies of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students

LIFE SCIENCE (47-49 hrs)

BIOL 10003 Contemporary Issues in Biology
BIOL 10504-10514 Principles of Life Sciences
BIOL 30403 Ecology
BIOL 30603 Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology
BIOL 30303 Microbiology
BIOL 30504 Plant Biology
BIOL 40123 Genetics

Select TWO courses from the following:

BIOL 30104 Comparative Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 30124 Biology of the Vertebrates
BIOL 30404 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL 30613 Natural History of North America
BIOL 30323 Marine Science
BIOL 30233 Economic Botany

Associated Requirements:

MATH 10283 Applied Calculus
EDSE 40533 Senior Seminar in Secondary Education: Science
CHEM 10113-10123 General Chemistry
CHEM 10122 General Chemistry Laboratory OR CHEM 10114 General Chemistry Honors
CHEM 10124 General Chemistry Honors

PHYSICAL SCIENCE (42 hrs)

GEOL 10113 Understanding the Earth
GEOL 10143 Earth Resources and the Environment
GEOL 30133 Historical Geology I
CHEM 10113-10123 General Chemistry
CHEM 10122 General Chemistry Laboratory OR CHEM 10114 General Chemistry Honors
CHEM 10124 General Chemistry Honors
PHYS 10151-10153 General Physics I
PHYS 10161-10163 General Physics II OR PHYS 20471-20473 Physics I Mechanics
PHYS 20481-20483 Physics II Electromagnetism and Optics
PHYS 20073-20083 Introductory Astronomy
PHYS 30491-30493 Physics III Modern Physics

Associated Requirements:

MATH 10524 Calculus
EDSE 40533 Senior Seminar in Secondary Education: Science

SCIENCE (56-57 hrs)

BIOL 10003 Contemporary Issues in Biology
BIOL 10504-10514 Principles of Life Science
BIOL 30403 Ecology
BIOL 30603 Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology OR BIOL 40123 Genetics
PHYS 10151-10153 General Physics I
PHYS 10161-10163 General Physics II
PHYS 20073-20083 Introductory Astronomy
CHEM 10113-10123 General Chemistry
CHEM 10122 General Chemistry Laboratory OR CHEM 10114-10124 General Chemistry Honors
CHEM 30122-30123 Organic Chemistry
GEOL 10113 Understanding the Earth
GEOL 10143 Earth Resources and the Environment

Associated Requirements

EDSE 40533 Senior Seminar in Secondary Education: Science
MATH 10283 Applied Calculus OR MATH 10524 Calculus

SOCIAL STUDIES (51 hrs)

ANTH 20623 Introductory Cultural Anthropology
ECON 10223 Introductory Microeconomics
ECON 10233 Introductory Macroeconomics
ECON 30413 American Economic History
GEOG 10003 World Regional Geography
HIST 10003 History of Civilization
HIST 10013 History of Civilization: A Survey from 1500 to present
HIST 10603 United States History: A Survey to 1877
HIST 10613 United States History: A Survey since 1877
HIST 40743 History of Texas
POSC 10133 American and Texas Government
POSC 20203 Introduction to Political Theory
SOCI 20213 Introductory Sociology
POSC 30103 Topics in American Politics
SOCI 30343 American Minority Groups

Select ONE upper division course from Economics, History, or Political Science. Associated Requirements:

EDSE 40633 Senior Seminar in Secondary Education: Social Studies

TECHNOLOGY (39 hrs)

COSC 10203 Computer Literacy
COSC 10403 Introduction to Computer Science
COSC 20203 Techniques in Computer Science
COSC 20533 Computers, Technology, and Society
CISC 20503 Multimedia Authoring
CISC 20703 Introductory Applied Structures
CISC 30153 Interface Design and Scripting Fundamentals
JOUR 10103 Communication in Society
JOUR 30453 Information Graphics
EDUC 30113 Introduction to Educational Technology

Select THREE upper division courses from technology-related content courses.


E. Minor in Educational Studies

Students who are pursuing a traditional University major in an area that is taught in the elementary school and who are sMinor in Educational Studies. Students who major in a content area outside the School of Education may obtain a minor in Educational Studies by completing 21 hours of the required Professional Development courses if approved by the College in the content major.

The professional development courses that constitute the 21-hour minor include:

EDSE 30153 Adolescent Development
EDSE 30163 Secondary Educational Psychology
EDSP 30603 Study of Exceptional Students
EDSE 30014 Professional Roles and Responsibilities
EDSE 40213 Promoting Literacy in the Content Subjects
EDSE 50014 Effective Teaching and Classroom Implementation
EDSE 30001 Professional Practice Seminar

G. All-Level Teacher Certification

All-Level certification enables students to teach in grades K-12. Majors include Art, Music, Physical Education and Habilitation of the Deaf. Each of these academic specialization's, with the exception of Physical Education, requires completion of 48 semester hours of which 24 semester hours must be upper division. Physical Education requires completion of 36 semester hours of which 18 must be upper division. All-Level certification students follow the same sequence of education courses as secondary certification students with the exception of student teaching. All-Level certification students do student teaching in both the elementary and secondary schools.

The professional development courses that must be taken in education are as follows:

EDUC   30013   Foundations of Education
EDUC   30123   Educational Psychology
EDUC   30143   Child and Adolescent Development
EDSP   30603   Study of Exceptional Students
EDRE   40113   Literacy Education in the Elementary School or
EDRE   40213   Promoting Literacy in the Content Subjects
EDSE   50013   Instructional Planning
EDEL   40990   Student Teaching in the Elementary School
EDSE   40980   Student Teaching in the Secondary School


H. Three-Two Program in Education

The School of Education, in conjunction with appropriate departments across other University schools and colleges, offers a program in which the student seeking teaching certification can earn both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree (M.Ed.) in a five-year period. The program is designed to provide students with the necessary coursework to complete the requirements for teacher certification, area of specialization (for Elementary Certification) or teaching field content areas (for Secondary Certification), and other degree requirements for both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees. (Note: Students intending to pursue the Three-Two Program should make their plans known as early as possible to the appropriate College or School to ensure proper advising.)

Program Requirements:

During the first three years students enroll in undergraduate courses leading to the completion of University Curriculum Requirements (UCR) and their chosen specialization or teaching fields(s). Students must have completed a minimum of 95-101 hours by the end of their Junior year to be considered for admission to the Three-Two Program.

Students interested in pursuing the Three-Two must first apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program by the junior year. The same requirements that apply to undergraduate admission apply to Three-Two students. (Please refer to the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin for Admission to Teacher Education Program requirements.) In addition, a TCU grade point average of 3.0 is necessary for admission to the Three-Two Program.

If admitted to the graduate program, the student begins coursework toward the M.Ed. degree in the fourth year of study at TCU. During this year, the student enrolls in 12 semester hours of upper division or graduate level coursework. During year five, the student completes remaining graduate course work to fulfill degreee requirements. After successful completion of the first year of graduate work, the student may petition the appropriate dean to be awarded the undergraduate degree.

I. English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English as Second Language (ESL) is designed for students who intend to teach learners for whom English is a second language. The ESL Endorsement may be added to a valid Texas teacher certificate, special education certificate, or a vocational education certificate.

The coursework consists of 12 semester hours:

SPAN   50033   Teaching of Second and Foreign Languages 3
EDEL/EDSE   50503   Developing Communication Competencies of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students 3
EDEL/EDSE   50513   Curriculum and Instruction in the Second language Learning Classroom 3
EDUC   50003   Diversity in American Education 3

In addition to the above coursework, students are required to complete a student teaching experience in an approved ESL classroom. One year of successful classroom teaching experience in an approved ESL or bilingual education program may be substituted for student teaching.

J. Teacher Certification for Post-Baccalaureate Students

The Post-Baccalaureate program, designed in accordance with Texas Education Agency policy, leads to initial teacher certification. Students who wish to be admitted to this program must meet the following qualifications:

1.Possess at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

2.Have an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 system at the baccalaureate level.

3.Have demonstrated basic skills on a state mandated test (TASP) in reading, writing and mathematics. Applicants will not be permitted to enroll in Education courses until they present evidence of having passed all three sections of this test.

A certification plan will be completed by the certification officer stipulating all areas of deficiency.