Elementary Education (EC-6)



Elementary Education (EC-6) with ESL Certification

Students wishing to pursue a teaching career in preschool through grade six complete the Elementary Education program. This is a field-based program that provides practical and hands-on preparation for teaching. All students must complete the Liberal Arts Core in addition to the below listed coursework. In addition to the required professional development courses and a full semester of Clinical Teaching (student teaching), in the School of Education, students must complete courses in one of the teaching fields offered at HBU for elementary grades.

Degree Plan:
Elementary Education (EC-6)
Elementary Ed (EC-6) with ESL Certification

 

Course Syllabi

Course No. Course Name
MATH 1305 Math for Critical Thinking or Higher
MATH 2301 Foundations of Arithmetic & Numeration
MATH 2302 Foundations of Geometry, Measurement, Probability, and Statistics

PRE-EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Course No. Course Name
EDUC 2320 Learning and Development
EDUC 2330 Foundations of American Educational Thought

COURSES TAKEN AFTER ADMISSION INTO THE TEACHER PREPARATION PRGRAM

Course No. Course Name
EDEC 4313 Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education
EDRE 4320 Teaching Reading Through Children's Literature
EDRE 4351 Emergent Literacy
EDRE 4350 Reading and the Language Arts
EDRE 4360 Developing and Teaching Literacy
INDC 4160 Wellness & Fitness for Children
EDUC 4100 TExES State Certification Exam Preparation Seminar
INDC 4385 Essential Elements of Fine Art
INDC 4350 Essential Elements of Science
INDC 4360 Essential Elements of Math
INDC 4380 Essential Elements of Social Studies
EDUC 4301 Curriculum & Instruction for Elementary School
EDUC 4306 Educational Applications of Technology
EDUC 4873 Student Teaching in the EC-6 Classroom
EDUC 4400 Student Teaching Seminar
EDBI 4304 Methods of Teaching ESL
EDBI 4305 Second Language Acquisition
EDSP 4302 Survey of Exceptional Children
EDSP 4319 Teaching Strategies in Special Education
EDSP 4325 Educating Gifted Learners
EDSP 4311 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching for Exceptional Children





Elementary Education (EC-6) with Bilingual Certification

Changing demographics in the state of Texas and the United States as a whole have resulted in an increasingly diverse student population and thus, an increasing demand for bilingual education teachers. This program will prepare students for a Bilingual Generalist Certification for EC-6 (early childhood through grade six) and will consist of bilingual elementary education and professional education course work. All students must complete the Liberal Arts Core in addition to the below listed coursework. In addition to the required professional development courses and a full semester of Clinical Teaching (student teaching), in the School of Education, students must complete courses in one of the teaching fields offered at HBU for elementary grades.
 


Course Syllabi


Course No. Course Name
Math for Critical Thinking or higher
Foundations of Arithmetic & Numeration
Foundations of Geometry, Measurement, Probability, and Statistics

PRE-EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
 
Learning and Development
Foundations of American Educational Thought

COURSES TAKEN AFTER ADMISSION TO TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM:
 
Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education
Reading and the Language Arts
Developing and Teaching Literacy
Survey of Exceptional Children
Diagnostic & Prescriptive Teaching for Exceptional Children
Essential Elements of Fine Arts
EDUC 4100 TExES State Certification Exam Preparation Seminar
INDC 4160 Wellness & Fitness for Children
Essential Elements of Science
Essential Elements of Math
Essential Elements of Social Studies
Curriculum & Instruction for Elementary School
Educational Applications of Technology
Student Teaching in the Bilingual Classroom
Student Teaching Seminar
Spanish Writing Workshop
Teaching School Content Areas in the Bilingual Classroom
Methods of Teaching ESL
Second Language Acquisition
Foundations for Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education
Developing Literacy in the Bilingual Classroom




Elementary Education (EC-6) with All Level Special Education Certification (EC-12)

This degree prepares educators to teach early childhood  through grade six (EC-6), as well as students with exceptionalities on all grade levels (EC-12). Graduates of this program also gain the opportunity to obtain a certificate in Gifted and Talented upon completion of the Educating Gifted Learners class which has been recognized by TAG as meeting the 45 hour requirement. In addition to the required professional development courses and a full semester of Clinical Teaching (student teaching), in the School of Education, students must complete courses in one of the teaching fields offered at HBU for elementary grades.


Degree Plan :
Elementary Education (EC-6) with All Level Special Education Certification (EC-12)


Course Syllabi

Course No. Course Name
MATH 1305 Math for Critical Thinking or higher
MATH 2302   Foundations for Arithmetic and Numeration
MATH 2303 Foundations of Geometry, Measurement, Probability, and Statistics

PRE-EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
 
EDUC 2320 Learning and Development
EDUC 2330 Foundations of American Educational Thought

COURSES TAKEN AFTER ADMISSION TO TEACHER PREPARATION
PROGRAM:
 
EDEC 4313 Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education
EDRE 4320 Teaching Reading Through Children’s Literature
EDRE 4350 Reading and the Language Arts
EDRE 4360 Developing and Teaching Literacy
EDRE 4351 Emergent Literacy
INDC 4160 Wellness & Fitness for Children
INDC 4385 Essential Elements of Fine Arts
EDBI 4304 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
EDBI 4305 Second Language Acquisition
EDUC 4100 TExES State Certification Exam Preparation Seminar
INDC 4350 Essential Elements of Science
INDC 4360 Essential Elements of Math
INDC 4380 Essential Elements of Social Studies
EDUC 4301 Curriculum & Instruction for Elementary School
EDUC 4306 Educational Applications of Technology
EDUC 4471
EDUC 4472
Student Teaching in the EC-6 Classroom
Student Teaching in Special Education
EDUC 4400 Student Teaching Seminar
EDSP 4352 Behavior and Classroom Management
EDSP 4353 Field Experiences in Special Education
EDSP 4302 Survey of Exceptional Children
EDSP 4319 Teaching Strategies in Special Education
EDSP 4325 Educating Gifted Learners
EDSP 4311 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching for Exceptional Children




Requirements

A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on 45 or more hours, interview with the teacher education committee, a score of 240 or higher on the math section of the THEA, a score of 220 or higher on the writing section of the THEA and a 260 or higher on the reading section of the THEA are required to begin the program.

These programs include:
  • Courses in the various subject areas in which elementary school teachers are asked to provide instruction: reading, language arts, social studies, math, and science.
  • Courses in learning and development, curriculum, instructional techniques, classroom management, and working with special populations (special education, dyslexia, gifted, ESL, etc.)
  • Coursework focused on early childhood education
  • Extensive opportunities to work with children in elementary schools culminating in student teaching which involves a full semester in EC-6 settings, including at least 10 days of full-time.


Advantages and Opportunities

Course work in the EC-6 program--and the educator preparation programs in general--is field-based. Throughout the programs, students develop knowledge and skills through working with students and their teachers in early childhood and elementary school settings.

Houston Baptist University teacher preparation programs have close ties with area schools (public and private) and school districts. These districts provide practical experiences for students at each phase of the teacher preparation program and create employment opportunities after graduation. The Center for the Preparation of Professional Educators (CPPE) works collaboratively with school principals and HR directors in the selection of highly qualified, certified teachers to serve as cooperating teachers for field based courses and student teaching. All university supervisors (overseeing student teaching)hold an appointment as faculty at HBU.

State-of-the-art technology resources are available, and students learn to use these to enhance their professional effectiveness--both on campus and in PK-6.

After Graduation

There is a demand for quality elementary, bilingual and special education teachers throughout the state. Most graduates are employed in Houston-area schools following student teaching. Employment opportunities vary according to teaching field. Districts involved in the hiring of our graduates are surveyed annually to provide feedback on the level of preparation our graduates receive prior to entering the field as teachers or related service personnel. Our feedback results indicate that employees of our graduates (1-5 years) are well prepared and maintain skills in the teaching field after graduation.

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