Department of Education Course Offerings

The department of education seeks to produce not only well-trained, state-certified teachers but also concerned, compassionate individuals who value each human life and who are dedicated to helping each student fulfill his or her God-given potential. The department’s goal of teachers becoming “servant leaders” is supported by its program that emphasizes academic excellence, professional knowledge, character development, and leadership opportunities.

Students planning to teach in either the elementary or secondary school must not only meet requirements for graduation from Belhaven University but must also complete courses specified for teacher licensure. Prospective elementary teachers should major in elementary education; prospective secondary teachers should major in the subject area in which they plan to teach and minor in education. All programs in Teacher Education are subject to any changes in teacher licensure issued from the Mississippi State Department of Education. 

A Mississippi Teacher’s License which entitles the holder to teach in the elementary and secondary schools in Mississippi are issued by the State Department of Education, Division of Teacher Certification, Jackson, Mississippi.  Applications may be secured from the MDE website, Students who plan to teach in states other than Mississippi are responsible for securing all requirements and forms. Graduation from the program does not guarantee a license will be issued.

Courses of Study

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Elementary Education K-6 Core Requirements

English (WVC) 12 hours
     Composition     6 hours
     Literature     6 hours
Speech 102 3 hours
Science/Math 16 hours
     Biological Science     4 hours
     Physical Science     3 hours
     Math     9 hours
Social Studies 12 hours
     History     9 hours
     Culture     3 hours
Psychology 342 3 hours
Bible 6 hours
Worldview Curriculum 401 3 hours

Areas of Concentration

A student must select two (2) areas of content study with a minimum of eighteen (18) hours in each area. Core courses may be counted toward areas of concentration.

(1) English
(2) Reading
(3) Mathematics
(4) Science
(5) Social Studies  
(6) Safety/Health/Physical Ed.
(7) Fine Arts
(8) Special Education

Professional and Specialty courses

The following courses reflect those required or taught in the education program.

* EDU 200 Introduction to Education/Pre Teaching Field Experience
* EDU 221 Child Development
* EDU 301 Educational Psychology
* EDU 331 Planning and Assessment
* REA 311 Literature Based Reading Skills
* REA 312 Critical Reading Skills in Literature
* REA 323 Literacy I
* REA 324 Literacy II
* REA 326 Diagnostic Reading
* HPE 341 Health, Physical Education for the Elementary Child  
* EDU 303 The Language Arts and Skills
* EDU 304 Social Sciences for Children
* EDU 306 Effective Learning Environment
* EDU 307 Science for Children
* EDU 308 Mathematics for Children
* EDU 332 Methods in Elementary Education
* EDU 333 Computers in Education
* EDU355 Creative Arts in the elementary School
* EDU 395 Internship
* EDU 400-401-402 Directed Teaching in the Elementary School
* EDU 406 Classroom Management
     * Required Elementary Education

Minor Course Requirements

Students wishing to minor in education should complete all major requirements and their respective Core Requirements. Minors and Music Education Majors must complete the following:

Professional and Specialty courses

EDU 200 Introduction to Education and Pre-Teaching Field Experience
PSY 240 Human Growth and Development I
PSY 342 Psychology of the Exceptional child
EDU 301 Educational Psychology
EDU 306 Learning Environment
EDU 331 Planning and Assessment
EDU 333 Computers in Education
REA 325 Content Reading Skills (ATE)
EDU 351 Methods in Secondary Teaching (Minors only) (ATE)
EDU 395 Internship
EDU 403-404-405 Directed Teaching in the Secondary School (ATE)
EDU 406 Classroom Management

Requirements for Admittance into Teacher Ed

Admission to Belhaven University Does Not Automatically Admit One to Teacher Education.

Admission to Teacher Education:
The student must complete 44 hours of the core, have an overall GPA of 2.5, and meet the required score on the PRAXIS or ACT (or the current state-required test). Basic professional courses may be taken prior to being admitted to teacher education. No courses listed under the specialized area may be taken until a student has been admitted to teacher education. Students should obtain a passing score on the state-required test, Principles of Learning and Teaching, prior to enrolling in student teaching. Students should complete requirements in the subject area assessment test prior to graduation.

Additional Degree Requirements - Transfer Credits:
Students transferring to Belhaven are required to take at least nine hours in education at Belhaven, excluding student teaching. Students are required to take Methods in Teaching at Belhaven. All students must have at least a C average in all professional and speciality area courses.

Course Descriptions

200 Introduction to Education and Pre-teaching Field Experience (3).
A study of the historical, philosophical, and legal foundations for education, the role of the profession of teaching and of schools in a changing society.   Includes field experiences in accredited schools representing a variety of classroom organization, methodology, grades and subject areas.  (Fall and spring)   
221  Child Development (3).
A study of the growth and development of the individual from conception through early adolescence, with emphasis on physical, perceptual, motor, cognitive, language, personality, and social development.  Includes the use of the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the development of children and young adolescents in order to construct learning experiences to support the individual’s development.   (Fall and Spring)
301  Educational Psychology (3).
A study of the teaching-learning process: the student behavior, research data, theory, and illustrations all concerned with actual classroom application of psychological principles.  (Fall and spring) 
303 The Language Arts and Skills (3). Prereq: Admission to education .
Emphasis on traditional grammar, speech, listening, written communications, creative and utilitarian writing, and on whole language integration with content areas.  (Fall only)
304  Social Sciences for Children (3).  Prereq: Admission to education. A prerequisite for student teaching.
A survey of the social sciences taught in K-8, with special attention given to geography, history, and civics.  (Spring only)
306 Effective Learning Environments (2).  Prereq: EDU 200.  A prerequisite for student teaching.
Intended to provide theories on various models of discipline, classroom management styles and student motivation.  The focus will be on understanding and managing diverse student populations.  Emphasis will be placed on the development of a personal system of discipline reflective of the needs, traits and social realities of the school and community.  (Fall and spring)
307  Science for Children (3).  Prereq: Admission to education.
The subject matter, materials, and methods of teaching science and health in the elementary school.  (Spring only)
308   Mathematics for Children (3). Prereq: Admission to education. A prerequisite for student teaching.
An introduction to the subject matter, materials, and methods of teaching modern mathematics in the elementary school.  (Fall only)
320  Principles of Early Childhood (3).
An overview of fundamental educational principles related to early childhood issues. Designed to emphasize the history, theory, trends, principles, and curriculum pertinent to the young child.  Offered on demand.  (Fall only)
322 Seminar in Early Childhood (3).  Prereq: EDU 320.
This course is designed to assist the preschool teacher and directors in the organization and administration of facilities, personnel, developmental materials and equipment, and curriculum concerns relevant to a preschool program.  Offered on demand.  (Spring only)
331  Planning and Assessment (3). A prerequisite for student teaching.
This course is intended to provide pre-service teachers with the principles and techniques necessary to develop sound instructional lesson plans and assessments.  The primary focus of the course will be on assessment techniques, administering classroom evaluations, analyzing classroom assessment data, and describing the roles planning and assessment have in daily classroom practice.  The use and interpretation of standardized tests will also be discussed, as well as ethical issues related to assessment.  (Fall and spring)
332  Methods in Elementary Education (3). Prereq: Senior status; admission to education, EDU 200, 301, 306, 331.  A prerequisite for student teaching.
A study of methods, techniques and procedures used in elementary and middle schools, with special emphasis on curriculum development and various assessment instruments. Includes field experiences in designated schools.  (Fall and spring)
333 Computers in Education (3).
An introduction to computing designed specifically to explore pedagogical issues for effective use of computers in the elementary curriculum. Students develop computer literacy through a survey of basic computer hardware and software concepts and terminology.  (A student may test out of this course upon passing a technology proficiency exam).  (Fall only)
335 Creative Arts in the Elementary School (3).
This course will provide elementary education majors the necessary skills to successfully integrate the arts (music, art, movement, and drama) into all aspects of instruction.  Emphasis will also be placed on the importance of the arts across the curriculum as a means for communication, inquiry, and insight among elementary students.  Performing arts majors may also take the course.  (Fall only)
351  Methods in Secondary School Teaching (3). Prereq: Senior status; admission to education, EDU 200, 301, 301, 331. A prerequisite for student teaching.
A study of methods, techniques, and procedures and a survey of material for teaching secondary school subjects, emphasis on curriculum development and various assessment instruments.   Includes field experiences in designated schools The course is conducted jointly by the school of education and the faculty from the major subject areas. (Fall and spring)
390 Special Topics in Education (1-3). Prereq: Admission to education.
Varied topics; may be repeated for credit. 
395 Internship (2). Prereq: Junior status; admission to education; coreq.: EDU 332/351. A prerequisite for student teaching.
Supervised internship providing field-based experience in a major area of study.  (Fall and spring)
396  Practicum in Preschool (3).  Prereq: EDU 322.
This course is designed to provide a clinical experience for students to work with professionals in designing and implementing state standards of childcare. Emphasis will also be given to securing grants and working with parents. Offered on demand. 
400-401-402 Directed Observation and Teaching in the Elementary School (9). Prereq: REA 323, 324,
EDU 306308, 331, 332, 395; Senior status; admission to education.
Teaching and observation throughout a semester in an accredited elementary or middle school, supported by seminars and conferences between students and the college supervisor.  (Fall and spring)
403-404-405 Directed Observation and Teaching in the Secondary School (9). Prereq: Senior status and EDU 306, 331, 351, EDU 395; admission to education.  Teaching and observation throughout a semester in an accredited secondary school, supported by seminars and conferences between students and the college supervisor.  (Fall and spring)
406 Classroom Management (1). Coreq.: Enrollment in EDU 400-402 or 403-405.
Focus is on providing practical application of strategies to establish effective classroom organization and for managing and monitoring student behavior.  (Fall and spring)
490-495  Special Topics (3).
Designed for non-degree seeking students. Enrollment by consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
099   Reading Excellence (3).  Institutional credit only.
Three lecture hours per week.  Designed to prepare a student to comprehend college-level reading materials; does not count toward a degree.  Emphasis is on comprehension and vocabulary improvement skills as well as affective and critical reading skills.  (Spring only)
101 Tutorial Reading Internship (1-3).
This course provides basic instruction in reading strategies and tutorial procedures. Includes a directed tutorial internship.
102   College Reading and Study Skills (3).
Three lecture hours per week. Designed to help students increase individual study skills required for independent reading and college-level study and research.  Emphasis is on both the development of individual reading skills and successful comprehension and analysis of reading material across various disciplines of study.  Required of those students whose ACT reading scores are 20 or below (SAT verbal scores are 420 or below) and for transfer students with a transfer GPA of C- or below for all class work.  Course must be passed or student must register for REA099 semester immediately following first attempt of REA102 or student is dismissed from Belhaven University.  This course does count toward the 124 hours required for graduation.  (Fall only)
311   Literature Based Reading Skills (3). Prereq: Admission to education.
The development of critical reading skills through the study of children’s books, the history of children's literature, an overview of the classics, books promoting various genres and multi-cultural themes.   Includes various presentations and field experiences with young children.  (Fall only)
323 Early Literacy I  (3). Prereq: Admission to education. A prerequisite for student teaching.
Concepts, materials and teaching strategies for oral language development and systematic early reading and writing instruction, specific to concepts about print, phonemic awareness, and phonics.  (Fall and spring)
324  Early Literacy II (3). Prereq: REA 323; admission to education. A prerequisite for student teaching.
Concepts materials and teaching strategies for oral language development and early systematic reading and writing instruction specific to vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.  Includes tutorial and teaching assignments in area schools.  (Spring only)
325 Content Reading Skills (3). Prereq: Admission to education.
A study of reading skills necessary for secondary students to read and comprehend subject matter.  Includes clinical field experiences in various school settings. 
326   Diagnostic Reading Skills (3). Prereq: REA 323, Coreq. 324; admission to education.
A study of reading problems, assessment procedures, and individualized instructional programs for problem readers. Includes case study and internship in schools.  (Spring only)
327 Middle Level Literacy and Content Reading Skills. (Lecture, 2; Lab, 1) Prereq: admission to education
A study of reading skills, concepts, methods, and materials for literacy teaching and learning for upper elementary and young adolescents. Emphasis will be on writing, comprehension, strategy instruction and assessment. Includes clinical field experiences in various school settings.  (Fall only)


Education of the Exceptional Child (EEX)
(Mildly/Moderately Disabled)

Professor Rasberry, Dean of the School of Education

330 American Sign Language (3).
This course is an introduction to American Sign Language. The student will develop a high degree of familiarity with and a respect for the usage of the basic principles of ASL through nonverbal communication techniques, eye training, and finger spelling. Students will be introduced to the basic patterns of American Sign Language.  (Offered on demand).
344 Nature and Needs of the Mildly/Moderately Handicapped Child (3).
Emphasis is placed on the social, emotional, physical, and learning characteristics of the mildly/moderately handicapped child. Theories, curriculum, and current issues presented. (Fall only)
346 Instructional Methods and Materials for the Exceptional Child (3).
Emphasis on curriculum, instructional procedures, and components of the individualized educational plan.  (Spring only)
348 Organization of Special Education (3).
Includes referral to placement process, assessment procedures, federal, state, and local laws, financial bases, community resources, use of records, and record keeping.  (Spring only)
349 Practicum in Special Education (3). Prereq: PSY 342 and EEX 344.
Open to elementary education majors only. The student will complete clinical experience in an approved special education classroom.


Endorsement:  Mildly/Moderately Disabled Education

12 hours to include PSY 342, EEX 344, 346, 348.  (Area of concentration +6hrs-EEX 349 and REA 326).

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