Education, B.A.

Major Requirements

The ED major includes course work in professional and pedagogical studies and disciplinary content; and culminates in the professional year. Many of the University Core courses may also fulfill program licensure requirements. Professional and pedagogical studies provide a planned sequence of courses that develop knowledge about education. A minimum of two-thirds of the credit hours in professional education studies must be earned at John Carroll University. The disciplinary content courses prepare pre-service teachers for their specific licensure area.

Professional and Pedagogical Studies

Professional and pedagogical studies provide a planned sequence of courses that develop knowledge about education, for example, its social and historical foundations, and foster understanding and use of the principles of effective teaching. The following courses are common to all licensure areas (EC, MC, and AYA):

ED 100INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION

3

ED 253SCHOOL & SOCIETY

3

ED 350MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION IN A PLURALISTIC SOCIETY

3

ED 386EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

3

ED 415EDUCATION PROCEDURES FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD

3

 

ED 405AEARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SEMINAR

3

or

ED 405BMIDDLE CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SEMINAR

3

or

ED 405CADOLESCENT EDUCATION SEMINAR

3

 

ED 444AEARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION INTERNSHIP

9

or

ED 444BMIDDLE CHILDHOOD EDUCATION INTERNSHIP

9

or

ED 444CADOLESCENT EDUCATION INTERNSHIP

9

Early Childhood (EC) Specific Professional and Pedagogical Studies and Curriculum and Content

The Early Childhood program develops expertise in working with children from ages 3 through 8 and pre-kindergarten through grade three. Candidates who earn an Early Childhood License may take the appropriate course work and state-mandated exams to earn the Early Childhood (4/5) Generalist Endorsement.

Specific Professional and Pedagogical Studies required for Early Childhood Education

ED 200THE YOUNG CHILD: DEVELOPMENT FROM BIRTH TO AGE 8

3

ED 201LEARNING, ASSESSMENT, AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES

3

ED 224EDUCATING AND CARING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

3

ED 225ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

3

ED 255LITERACY ACROSS THE CURRICULUM

3

ED 331INTEGRATED EARLY CHILDHOOD METHODS I: STEM

3

ED 332INTEGRATED EARLY CHILDHOOD METHODS II: SOCIAL STUDIES

2

ED 355LANGUAGE STUDY AND PHONICS

3

ED 420INTEGRATED P-5 INTEGRATED CURRICULUM AND METHODS

3

ED 420LINTEGRATED P-5 CURRICULUM AND METHODS LAB

0

ED 420PINTEGRATED P-5 CURRICULUM AND METHODS - PRACTICUM

1

ED 456LITERACY ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION

3

ED 457LITERACY METHODS PRACTICUM

3

Early Childhood Curriculum and Content (Licensure requirements) (22 credit hours)

The disciplinary content courses prepare pre-service teachers of young children (ages 3 – 8) for professions in pre-school and school settings, grounded in developmentally appropriate practice, and responsive to individual differences and needs.

MT 175FOUNDATIONS OF ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS

3

AR 171INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE

3

AR 171LINTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE LAB

0

ED 356CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

3

HS 211HISTORY OF THE U.S. TO 1877

3

HS 212HISTORY OF THE U.S. FROM 1877

3

MT 176TOPICS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD MATH

4

 

EC 101INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMIC PROBLEMS AND POLICIES

3

or

PO 101UNITED STATES POLITICS

3

Total Credit Hours:22

Early Childhood (4/5) Generalist Endorsement for Early Childhood Candidate (9 credit hours) and 50 hour field component

ED 414MIDDLE CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY AND INSTRUCTION

3

ED 424AMIDDLE CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM AND CONTENT METHODS: MATH/SCIENCE

3

ED 424BMIDDLE CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM AND CONTENT METHODS: SOCIAL STUDIES AND LANGUAGE ARTS

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Middle Childhood (MC) Specific Professional and Pedagogical Studies and Disciplinary Content

The Middle Childhood program develops expertise in teaching students from ages 8 through 14 and grades four through nine. This program prepares middle-childhood educators in two of four content areas: language arts, math, science, and social studies.

Middle Childhood Curriculum and Disciplinary Content (Licensure requirements)

(2 curriculum content areas; number of credit hours varies by discipline)

The curriculum and content courses of the Middle Childhood License prepare pre-service middle-level teachers to understand the unique nature of the middle-school environment and to organize the learning environment to respect developmental characteristics of middle-level students. Candidates are required to complete education and disciplinary content-area course work for two teaching areas, which include:

Language Arts (ED 424 plus 33-36 credit hours of specified course work in ED, EN and COM).

Mathematics (ED 424 plus 22-24 credit hours of specified course work in MT and CS).

Science (ED 424 plus 18 credit hours of specified course work in BL, CH, and PH).

Social Studies (ED 424 plus 24 credit hours of specified course work in EC, PO, SC, and HS).

Note:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.7 or higher must be maintained in disciplinary content-area course work for Middle Childhood and Adolescent/Young Adult Licensure.
  2. Undergraduate candidates who complete less than one-half of disciplinary content-area course work at John Carroll will be required to pass the state assessment in the content area as a prerequisite for both student teaching, and the Middle Childhood and Adolescent/Young Adult Licensure.
  3. Specific course work for each of the content areas may be found on the department’s website.

Specific Professional and Pedagogical Studies required for Middle Childhood Education

ED 202THE ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT: LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

3

ED 255LITERACY ACROSS THE CURRICULUM

3

ED 301EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT

3

ED 330 MIDDLE CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY AND INSTRUCTION

3

ED 355LANGUAGE STUDY AND PHONICS

3

ED 424MIDDLE CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM AND CONTENT-SPECIFIC METHOD

3

ED 424LMIDDLE CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM AND CONTENT-SPECIFIC METHODS PRACTICUM

0

ED 456LITERACY ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION

3

ED 457LITERACY METHODS PRACTICUM

3

Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) Specific Professional and Pedagogical Studies and Disciplinary Content

The Adolescent/Young Adult candidate prepares to work with adolescents from ages 12 through 21 and grades seven through twelve in a specific content area. ED majors enrolled in the AYA concentration also complete a major in their content area. The disciplinary content area is the student’s primary major, and the ED major with AYA concentration is the secondary major. Through completing the two majors the student prepares for the teaching content area and for licensure in teaching the AYA concentration.

Candidates may be licensed in at least one of the following teaching fields:

Primary Content Area Major

English (48 semester hrs.)

History (54 semester hrs.)

Mathematics Teaching (37 semester hrs.)

Chemistry major/Biology minor (86-90 semester hrs.)

Biology (72-78 semester hrs.)

Chemistry major/Physics minor (94-99 semester hrs.)

Physics (66 semester hrs.)

Chemistry (55-56 semester hrs.)

Biology major/Chemistry minor (86-90 semester hrs.)

Secondary ED Major/AYA Concentration Licensure Area

Integrated Language Arts

Integrated Social Studies

Integrated Math

Chemistry/Life Science

Life Science

Physical Science: Chemistry/Physics

Physics

Chemistry

Life Science/Chemistry

Specific Professional and Pedagogical Studies required for Adolescent/Young Adult Education

ED 202THE ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT: LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

3

ED 255LITERACY ACROSS THE CURRICULUM

3

ED 301EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT

3

ED 337ADOLESCENT EDUCATION SPECIAL METHODS

3

ED 427ADOLESCENT EDUCATION SPECIAL TOPICS

3

ED 427LADOLESCENT SPECIAL TOPICS PRACTICUM

0

Adolescent and Young Adult Disciplinary Content (Licensure requirements)

The curriculum and content courses of the Adolescent and Young Adult License equip the pre-service secondary school teachers with the capacities and commitments to promote individual development and civic connection within and across diverse settings.

Students interested in AYA licensure major in education and also must major in an academic subject area and may need to complete additional courses specific to the subject-area license. During the initial semesters, students should plan to complete Core requirements. Where possible, they should take courses that simultaneously meet the requirements of the University core, their subject area major, and/or AYA program requirements. These program requirements are subject to change based on the SPAs and Ohio Department of Education requirements.

Note:

  1. For the AYA license, an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher must be maintained in discipline area course work.
  2. For the AYA license, undergraduate candidates who complete less than one-half of content-area course work at John Carroll will be required to pass the state assessment in the content area as a prerequisite for student teaching.

Professional Year of Clinical Practice

The professional year is a unique aspect of the professional development of pre-service candidates at John Carroll University. All candidates participate in a full academic-year of clinical experience in one school for both pre-student teaching and student teaching. Pre-student teaching offers the opportunity to reflect, question, and continue with weekly classroom experiences that culminates in student teaching. As a requirement of the pre-student teaching and student teaching experiences, candidates meet on a regular basis in conference with the cooperating teacher and University supervisor to discuss teaching practice, receive feedback on areas for improvement, and continue to develop as a future educator. Successful completion of pre-student teaching is a pre-requisite to student teaching.

Pre-Student Teaching

The candidate applies two semesters before the projected student teaching semester. The pre-student teacher is assigned a cooperating teacher in one or more of his/her intended licensure and content areas. In addition, a University supervisor is assigned to each pre-student teacher.

Candidates for pre-student teaching are evaluated by the TE program coordinator and the chair on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Course work
    1. Minimum GPAs

      2.7 overall

      2.7 in education courses

      2.7 in content areas for MC and AYA only

    2. All course requirements have been completed or will be completed prior to student teaching.
  2. Application to pre-student teaching, faculty interview, and resume.
  3. No or limited concerns regarding dispositions for teaching based on instructor observations in courses and field experiences.

Decisions: Accept; Accept Conditionally

  1. Accepted – candidate may proceed with pre-student teaching
  2. Accepted Conditionally – Candidate meets with TE Coordinators to develop an intervention plan.

    All requirements in the intervention plan must be successfully met in order to proceed with student teaching.

    Candidate may continue taking courses toward teacher licensure. The decision applies when one or more of the listed criteria are evidenced.

    i.Academic Record:

    2.5 – 2.7 overall GPA

    2.5 – 2.7 education GPA

    2.5 – 2.7 content-area GPA

    ii. Some concerns regarding oral and written communication based on course performance and interview process.

    iii. Some concerns regarding dispositions for teaching based on instructor observations in courses and field experiences.

Student Teaching

During the pre-student teaching semester, each candidate applies for student teaching. In planning programs, candidates and advisors should be aware that student teaching is more demanding than course work. Therefore, candidates should schedule no more than the required 12 hours of education credit during the professional semester, including student teaching.

Approval is granted by the Council on Teacher Education and requires that the candidate has:

  1. The following minimum GPAs:

    2.7 overall

    2.7 in education courses

    2.7 in teaching content area(s) for MC and AYA only

  2. Successfully completed all clinical and field requirements for each course.
  3. Completed all course requirements, education and discipline content area(s). Requests for one additional course beyond 12 hours during student teaching must be submitted in writing to the Council on Teacher Education as part of the application for student teaching.
  4. Obtained a recommendation to continue into student teaching by the cooperating teacher and University supervisor through completion of the Final Evaluation Form.
  5. Demonstrated teaching practices that provide evidence of the department’s dispositions for the teaching profession.

Note:

Admission to student teaching does not guarantee successful completion of the student teaching experience.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the student may apply for the bachelor’s degree.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements and appropriate state licensure exams, the student may apply to the Ohio Department of Education for the Resident Educator License.

Program Assessment Points

The program has several assessment points:

  1. Admission to the University.
  2. Application and acceptance into the Teacher Education program and approval by the faculty.
  3. Ongoing evaluation of the candidate’s course work, clinical and field experiences, and evidence of appropriate dispositions for the teaching profession based on instructor observations in courses and field experiences.
  4. Application and acceptance into the Pre-Student Teaching semester, placement in an intensive field-based pre-student teaching experience with University supervision in preparation for student teaching and approval by the TE coordinators and department chair.
  5. Application and admission to the professional semester for Student Teaching, and approval by the Council on Teacher Education.
  6. Exit assessments to meet program requirements, i.e. edTPA.

Note: Other policies and procedures applying to teacher education candidates and the teacher education program may be found in the department's Teacher Education Handbook located on the department's website.