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Early Childhood Education Major (P-5)

The early childhood education major leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and prepares teachers for certification in preschool (P) through grade 5. Early childhood-education teachers must have an extensive general education, a thorough understanding of the principles of human growth and development, specialized study in a variety of professional education courses, experiences designated to prepare teachers for working with preschool children and planned field-based experiences with diverse and exceptional children. These experiences must provide application and synthesis of theoretical learning.

A minor is not required when majoring in early childhood education.

Required Courses
      
      EDU 102  Orientation to Teacher Education 1-0-1
EDU 204*Introduction to Applied Linguistics3-0-3
      EDU 205  Foundations of Education and Psychology (Grades P-5) 3-1-4
Exploration of Diverse Cultures Seminar and   1-0-0
Exploration in Diverse Cultures 1-4-3
      EDU 227  Preschool Curriculum and Methods 2-2-3
      EDU 260  Technology Applications for Educators 3-0-3
      EDU 320  ECE Literacy Instruction 4-0-4
      EDU 321 I  Language Arts for Early Childhood 4-0-4
      EDU 322  Integrated Arts and Cultures for Early Childhood I 3-0-3
      EDU 323  Cultures and Communities in ECE 3-0-3
      EDU 340  Science for Early Childhood Education 3-0-3
      EDU 370 I  Curriculum and Methods for Early Childhood I 2-2-3
      EDU 371 I  Curriculum and Methods for Early Childhood II 2-2-3
      EDU 405  Instructional Management 2-0-2
      EDU 429  Reading Evaluation and Assessment 3-0-3
      EDU 488  Senior Practicum  4 hours
      EDU 490  Professional Seminar 1-0-1
      EDU 495  Teaching of English as a Second Language: Methods and Materials 3-0-3
      EDU 499  Student Teaching 9 hours
      MAT 321  Mathematical Inquiry in Early Childhood Education 3-0-3
      PSY 434 Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children and Youth 3-0-3
Total 71 hours
*Course effective Fall 2013

Middle Grades Education Major

The middle-grades (MG) education major leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and prepares teachers for certification in grades 4-8. The middle-grades teacher must have a broad general education in addition to a knowledge of the techniques and materials needed to teach many different subjects.

Students majoring in middle-grades education are required to choose a primary concentration and a secondary concentration in addition to the professional-education courses.  The primary concentration will be chosen from the areas of language arts, science, social studies or mathematics.  The secondary concentration will be selected from one of the three areas not chosen for the primary.

Some courses satisfying general-education requirements may also satisfy primary and secondary concentrations; however, courses satisfying professional education or the major may not be counted again in the concentration. Each concentration must consist of at least 15 hours and a content pedagogy course. It is suggested that middle-grades majors have a faculty mentor in their area of primary concentration in addition to their education advisor.

Required Professional Courses
      EDU 102  Orientation to Teacher Education 1-0-1
EDU 204*Introduction to Applied Linguistics3-0-3
      EDU 206  Foundations of Education and Psychology (Grades 4-12) 3-2-4
Exploration in Diverse Cultures Seminar  1-0-0
      EDU 222  Exploration in Diverse Cultures 1-4-3
EDU 260* Technology Application for Educators3-0-3
      EDU 331 I  Middle Grades Literacy Instruction 4-0-4
      EDU 375 I  Curriculum and Methods for the Young Adolescent Learner 2-2-3
      EDU 376  Methods and Curriculum for Middle Grades 3-2-4
      EDU 405  Instructional Management 2-0-2
      EDU 430  Reading and Writing in the Content Areas 3-0-3
      EDU 489  Senior Practicum  2 hours
      EDU 490  Professional Seminar 1-0-1
      EDU 495  Teaching English as a Second Language: Methods and Materials 3-0-3
      EDU 499  Student Teaching 9 hours
      MAT 220  Mathematics for Teachers (P-8) 3-0-3
      PSY 434  Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children and Youth 3-0-3
    Total 51 hours
*Course effective Fall 2013

Concentration Areas (choose one primary and one secondary as
described above). 
 

 

36 hours 

Language Arts Concentration Requirements:   18 hours 
     COM 201  Mass Communication and Society 3-0-3
     EDU 330  Language Arts for Middle Grades 4-0-4
     ENG 427  Young Adult Literature 3-0-3
  One course in writing from among the following:  
     ENG 301  Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry 3-0-3
     ENG 302  Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction 3-0-3
     ENG 303 I  Advanced Rhetoric and Writing 3-0-3
  Six additional hours in ENG or COM 6 hours
 
Science Concentration Requirements                          18 hours 
Students will complete EDU 341 and one sequence of the following courses:
     BIO 111 * Principles of Cell Biology  3-2-4
     BIO 202  Principles of Zoology 3-2-4
     BIO 215  Principles of Microbiology and Botany 3-2-4
     EDU 341  Science for Middle Grades Education 3-0-3
     GEO 101 * Physical Geology and  3-2-4
     GEO 102  Historical Geology 3-2-4
     PHY 111 * General Physics I with Algebra and  3-2-4
     PHY 112  General Physics II with Algebra or  3-2-4
     PHY 211 * General Physics I with Calculus and  3-2-4
     PHY 212  General Physics II with Calculus 3-2-4

Students must also take one course in each of the other two disciplines or chemistry for a total of four courses representing three different areas of science for a minimum total of 15 hours.

*May require additional mathematics pre-requisites.

Social Science Concentration Requirements:  18 hours 
Integrated Arts and Cultures for Middle Grades 3-0-3
     HIS 154  World History to 1550 3-0-3
     HIS 155  World History Since 1550 3-0-3
     HIS 205  American History to 1877 3-0-3
     SOC 335  Social Inequality: Race, Class, and Gender or  3-0-3
  GOV 300-level course 3 hours
  Three additional hours in ECO or GOV 3 hours
     
Mathematics Concentration Requirements  18 hours 
     MAT 120  Precalculus 4-0-4
     MAT 145  Applied Calculus or  3-0-3
     MAT 201  Calculus I 4-0-4
     MAT 220 Mathematics for Teachers P-8 3-0-3
     MAT 324  Geometry for the Middle Grades 3-0-3
MAT 340*Methods for Middle Grades and Secondary Mathematical Instruction3-0-3
Three additional hours in MAT 3 hours
*Course effective Fall 2013

Secondary Education or P-12 Education Dual Major (35 hours) with Teacher Certification

Effective Fall 2013

Students interested in teaching in grades 6-12 should have a major in a subject area and a major in secondary education. Secondary teacher certification is available in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, history and government. Students seeking teacher certification at the secondary level have two advisors, a major advisor in the subject area and an advisor in education.

P-12 certification (preschool through twelfth grade) is available in art, French, German, Spanish, and music. Students seeking P-12 teacher certification have two advisors, a major advisor in the subject area and a major advisor in education.

Required Courses
 
      EDU 102  Orientation to Teacher Education 1-0-1
EDU 204*Introduction to Applied Linguistics3-0-3
      EDU 206  Foundations of Education and Psychology (Grades 4-12) 3-2-4
Exploration in Diverse Cultures Seminar 1-0-0
      EDU 222  Exploration in Diverse Cultures 1-4-3
      EDU 380  Curriculum and Methods for Secondary Education 3-2-4
      EDU 405  Instructional Management 2-0-2
      EDU 490  Professional Seminar 1-0-1
      EDU 495  Teaching of English as a Second Language: Methods and Materials 3-0-3
      EDU 497  Student Teaching (Secondary, P-12) or  0-11-11
      EDU 489  Senior Practicum and  2 hours
      EDU 499  Student Teaching 9 hours
      PSY 434  Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children and Youth 3-0-3
*Course effective Fall 2013
Special Qualifications
  • English majors will also take EDU 430.
  • Music majors will take MUS 305 instead of EDU 380.
  • Art majors will also take ART 304.
  • Foreign-language majors will also take 400 FLA listed in their majors.

It is strongly recommended that all secondary and P-12 education students take EDU 260 - Technology Applications for Educators or a computer class within their content area.

FAMILY STUDIES MINOR

Faculty: Professors Bell and Jory; Associate Professors Johnson-Pynn, Haney and Johnston; Assistant Professor Allred.

Cook Building, Room 261 Telephone: (706) 290-2640

The minor in family studies allows students to learn about dating and mate selection, family financial management, family strengths, communication, conflict resolution, relationship enhancement, parenting, care giving for the elderly, domestic violence, chronic illness, divorce and family therapy. Family studies draws upon psychology, anthropology, sociology, history and economics; yet it has its own unique theoretical framework, ecological-systems theory. The American Psychological Association, the American Sociological Association, the American Bar Association, the National Education Association and the American Medical Association have divisions dedicated to families, parenting and close relationships. At Berry College, the minor attracts students from many majors across campus, including religion, literature, psychology, sociology, history, communication, business and early childhood education.

The minor will consist of 18 hours.

The following courses are required:

     FIN 225  Personal Finance 3-0-3
     FAM 230  Marriage and Family 3-0-3
     FAM 330WI  Family Problems and Intervention 3-0-3
     PSY 221WI  Life-Span Developmental Psychology 3-0-3

and at least two of the following courses:
     EDU 440  Children in Families, Communities and Cultures 3-0-3
     FAM 496  Academic Internship 3 hours
     PSY 342  Child and Adolescent Psychology 3-0-3
     PSY 390  Adulthood and Aging 3-0-3
     SOC 350  Sociology of the Family 3-0-3
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