(BS) Elementary Education EC-6
Teacher Certifications under Elementary Education EC-6:
- Elementary Education (EC-6) with ESL
- Elementary Education (EC-6) with Bilingual Certification
- Elementary Education (EC-6) with Special Education Certification and ESL
A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on 45 or more hours, interview with the teacher education committee, a score of 230 or higher on the math section of the THEA, a score of 220 or higher on the writing section of the THEA, and a 230 or higher on the reading section of the THEA are required to begin the program.
These programs include:
- Courses in the various core EC-6 subject areas in which elementary school teachers are asked to provide instruction: reading, language arts, social studies, math, science, fine arts, health and physical education
- 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 experience
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 Office of Educator Preparation Program (EPP) 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 our graduates (1-5 years) are well-prepared and maintain skills in the teaching field after graduation.
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