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.
Math for Critical Thinking or Higher
Foundations of Arithmetic & Numeration
Foundations of Geometry, Measurement, Probability, and Statistics
COURSES TAKEN AFTER ADMISSION INTO THE TEACHER PREPARATION PRGRAM
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.
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.
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.
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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