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Education

Our Lady of the Lake University's Education Department prepares the professional educator to understand and meet the comprehensive needs of a diverse student population. Graduates of our programs are committed to being life long learners, who are called to serve children, families and community, and to provide innovative practices as leaders in their field.

Formal entry into the teacher education program is contingent upon junior standing, a cumulative grade point average of 2.75, favorable recommendations, and the attainment of certain prerequisites in general education, academic foundations, pre-professional courses and other requirements as specified in the Teacher Education Handbook. In addition, students seeking admission to teacher education must demonstrate satisfactory performance in mathematics, reading and writing/composition on the Student Success Initiative exam listed in the Teacher Education handbook to assess basic skills mandated by the State Board for Educator Certification. All teacher education applicants submit a writing sample and are interviewed by members of the Education faculty and must receive a favorable recommendation. Any out-of-country applicants must also submit a passing score of 26 or higher on the speaking section of the TOEFL-IBT, per state guidelines for demonstration of oral communication skills prior to admission to teacher education.

Candidates for standard Texas teacher’s certificates must achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the examinations prescribed by the State Board for Educator Certification. All applicants will be screened for a record of felony or misdemeanor conviction through the Texas Department of Public Safety as prescribed by state law.

Texas teaching certificates may be earned as follows:

Early Childhood - Grade 6 Certification

Students desiring Early Childhood through Grade 6 certification pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specializations in the areas of Early Childhood, Bilingual or Special Education.

Grades 4 - 8 Certification - (under Admission Moratorium starting in fall 2013)

Students desiring grades 4-8 certification pursue a degree in Liberal Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. This degree with an interdisciplinary major includes courses needed for certification. An academic area of specialization is required and may be chosen from the following:

English Language Arts and Reading

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

Grades 7 - 12 Certification

Students desiring grades 7-12 certification pursue a major and minor in the chosen teaching fields. Additional courses in professional education are taken for certification. Current Certificates:

Computer Science

English Language Arts and Reading

History

Mathematics

Technology Applications

All Level Certification

Art

Spanish

Special Education (see EC-6)

Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies - BS - EC-6 certification

(includes student teaching and fulfills all academic requirements for state teacher certification)

Total number of hours required for this degree:

124 for early childhood) and 130 (for bilingual and special education) semester hours

Total number of hours (not including prerequisites) in major:

69 semester hours

Total number of advanced hours required in major:

69 semester hours

Required courses all specializations:

Early Elementary Core: 27 hours: EDUC 4330, EDUC 4331, EDUC 4345, EDUC 4363, EDUC 4370,

EDUC 4372, EDUC 5325, SPED 4338, PSYC 3375

Professional Education courses: 27 hours: EDUC 4365, EDUC 5307, EDUC 4348, EDUC 5372,

EDUC 5303, EDUC 5330, EDUC 5370 and 6 hours in student teaching

Suggested Sequence of courses for BS in Interdisciplinary Studies –

(EC-6 certification:

FALL - YEAR ONE

 

 

SPRING - YEAR ONE

 

(GE) ENGL 1313

3 hrs

 

(GE) ENGL 1314

3 hrs

EDUC 1321

3 hrs

 

(GE) CISS 1310

3 hrs

(GE) PSYC 1305

3 hrs

 

HIST 1302

3 hrs

(GE) POLS 1301

3 hrs

 

(GE) MATH 1304

3 hrs

(GE) HIST 1301

3 hrs

 

(GE) DRAM 2312

3 hrs

INDS 1131 (For first term

traditional freshmen)

1 hr

 

 

 

Total

16 hrs

 

Total

15 hrs

SUMMER

 

*(GE) SPAN 1411

3-4 hrs

*(GE) SPAN 1412

3-4 hrs

*Spanish credit can be obtained through Advanced Placement credit (AP), CLEP credit

or OLLU Spanish Assessment (MLA). Students seeking Spanish major, minor,

bilingual certification and/or the E-6 certification with a specialization in Bilingual

must earn the credit through either AP or OLLU Spanish Assessment.

FALL - YEAR TWO

 

 

SPRING - YEAR TWO

 

(GE) PHIL 2321

3 hrs

 

PSYC 3375

3 hrs

(GE) One of the following:

ENGL 2332, ENGL 2335,

ENGL 2336 or ENGL 2370

3 hrs

 

MATH 1407

3-4 hrs

MATH 1406

3-4 hrs

 

EDUC 4363

3 hrs

(GE) One of the following:

BIOL 2300, CHEM 1401,

PHSC 1411, or PHSC 1412

3-4 hrs

 

(GE) One of the following:

RLST 1310, RLST 1333,

or RLST 1350

3 hrs

EDUC 4330

3 hrs

 

SPED 4338

3 hrs

 

 

 

**(GE) One of the following:

BIOL 1400, BIOL 2300,

CHEM 1401, PHSC 1411,

or PHSC 1412

3-4

Total

15-17 hrs

 

Total

18-20 hrs

**May be taken in summer (with adviser approval)

Summer

(GE) One of the following:

BIOL 1400, BIOL 2300,

CHEM 1401, PHSC 1411,

or PHSC 1412

3-4 hrs

Total

3-4 hrs

FALL - YEAR THREE

 

 

SPRING - YEAR THREE

 

PHIL 4350

3 hrs

 

^EDUC 4365

3 hrs

EDUC 4370

3 hrs

 

^EDUC 4348

3 hrs

EDUC 4345

3 hrs

 

^EDUC 5307

3 hrs

Specialization course

3 hrs

 

^EDUC 5372

3 hrs

(GE) One of the following:

ARTS 1361, DRAM 2301,

DRAM 2310 or MUSI 2331

3-4 hrs

 

EDUC 4372

3 hrs

***Dual specialization course

3 hrs

 

***Dual specialization course

3 hrs

Total

15-16 hrs

 

Total

15 hrs

***courses required in TEACH

^apply for TEACH this semester to begin SPRING YEAR 3

FALL - YEAR FOUR

 

 

SPRING - YEAR FOUR

 

^EDUC 5303

3 hrs

 

^6 hours of student teaching

6 hrs

^EDUC 5330

3 hrs

 

EDUC 4331

3 hrs

^EDUC 5370

3 hrs

 

#SPAN 3302

3 hrs

EDUC 5325

3 hrs

 

 

 

specialization course

3 hrs

 

 

 

#SPAN 3301

3 hrs

 

 

 

Total

15-18 hrs

 

Total

9-12 hrs

#Bilingual students only

Early Childhood Specialization Course Sequence:

Fall - Year Three EDUC 4367

Fall - Year Four EDUC 4390

Bilingual Specialization Course Sequence:

Fall - Year Three EDUC 3320

ENGL 5386

Spring - Year Three

EDUC 4356

Fall - Year Four EDUC 4340

Special Education Specialization Course Sequence:

Fall - Year Three SPED 4324

SPED 4351

Spring - Year Three

SPED 3341

Fall - Year Four SPED 5343

The following components are required in all degrees:

General education, major, and verification completion of:

  • overall semester hours - 124 - 130
  • institutional semester hours - 45
  • overall advanced hours - 36
  • institutional advanced hours - 24

Other course requirements:

Professional Education courses may not be taken until after students are officially admitted to the teacher education program

Acceptable minor fields:

None required