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Education (EDU)

Professor Hand, Dean of the School of Education
Assistant Professor Evans, Chair of Undergraduate Teacher Education
Assistant Professor Chiassson
Associate Professor Quinn
Professor McCardle
Professor Nisbett
Professor Wasson

The school 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. Education students will have real-world experience through internships, practicum and directed observation and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Students planning to teach in either the elementary or secondary school must not only meet requirements for graduation from Belhaven University but also must complete courses specified for teacher licensure. All course requirements are subject to change reflecting requirements from the Mississippi Department of Education. 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.

Licenses that entitle the holder to teach in the elementary and secondary schools in Mississippi are issued by the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensure, Jackson, Mississippi. Applications for licensure may be secured from the dean of education. Students who plan to teach in states other than Mississippi are responsible for securing all requirements and forms.

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

Admission to Teacher Education:
The student must have successfully completed 44 hours have an overall GPA of 2.5, and meet the required score on the PRAXIS, ACT or SAT (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 and an appropriate Subject Area Assessment Test prior to enrolling in student teaching.

PACE Program
Belhaven University School of Education has designed a program for teacher assistants-paraprofessionals- who desire to complete a degree in elementary education. This program is available to those persons who are teacher assistants and who have met all requirements for admission to the Belhaven Teacher Education program. Individuals in PACE must complete the approved K-6 program described for all traditional students though sequential coursework and field experiences. Candidates employed as teacher assistants may enter as pre-PACE until all requirements for admissions are met.

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 specialty area courses.

Elementary Education K-6

Candidates for a major in elementary education are required to obtain the courses listed in sections 1-4 below. The student must also meet the college core and other requirements as outlined for a Belhaven University degree.

1. Teacher Education Core Hours
English 12 hours
Speech 102 3 hours
Science 9 hours
Mathematics 9 hours
Social Studies 12 hours
Psychology 342 3 hours
Bible 6 hours
Worldview Curriculum 401 3 hours
Total 57 hours

*Transfer Students should refer to degree requirements

2. Areas of Concentration: A student must select an additional content study with a minimum of 18 hours. Core courses may be counted toward areas of:

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

3. Basic Professional Education Hours

EDU 200 3 hours
EDU 221 3 hours
EDU 301 3 hours
EDU 331 3 hours
EDU 335 3 hours
HPE 341 3 hours
18 hours

4. Specialized Education Hours

REA 311 3 hours
REA 323 3 hours
REA 324 3 hours
REA 326 3 hours
REA 327 3 hours
EDU 303 3 hours
EDU 304 3 hours
EDU 306 2 hours
EDU 307 3 hours **Counts in core science requirements
EDU 308 3 hours
EDU 332 3 hours
EDU 395 2 hours
EDU 400, 401, 402 9 hours
EDU 406 1 hours
44 hours
Major Total
119 hours plus 2nd endorsement.

Middle School Endorsement - Grades 6-8: In order to teach in middle school, a student must complete a minimum of 21 hours in each area of endorsement sought, or pass the Praxis test for that area. The prefix must be in that area of endorsement.

Secondary Education

To be certified to teach on the secondary level, a student must complete the courses in sections 1, 2, and 3 and meet the requirements in at least one subject area as outlined in section 4 below:

1. Teacher Education Core Hours
English 12 hours
Speech 102 3 hours
Science 4 hours
Mathematics 3 hours
History 6 hours
Psychology 240 3 hours
Psychology 342 3 hours
Bible 6 hours
Worldview Curriculum 401 3 hours
Total 43 hours

2. Basic Professional Education Hours

EDU 200 3 hours
EDU 301 3 hours
EDU 331 3 hours
9 hours

3. Specialized Professional Education Hours

REA 325 or 327 3 hours
EDU 306 2 hours
EDU 351 3 hours
EDU 395 2 hours
EDU 403-404-405 9 hours
EDU 406 1 hour
20 hours

4. Subject Matter Specialization
Completion of English major.

Completion of a mathematics major.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education should refer to the Music Education program.

Endorsement Areas Hours
Voice (Public School Music)
Voice 15 hours
MUS 358 Vocal Pedagogy 3 hours
MUS 355 Music for Children 2 hours
MUS 365-366 Advanced Conducting Lab I-II 1+1 hours

Note: Language recommended: French or Spanish

Instrumental (Public School Music)

Instrumental/Piano/Organ 15 hours
Additional instrumental areas (each family) 2 hours
MUS 365-366 Advanced Conducting Lab I-II 1+1 hours
MUS 426 Orchestration 2 hours
MUS 173-174; 180-181 Instrumental ensembles 6 hours
Note: Language recommended: Spanish

Social Studies
Completion of a history major, to include the following: HIS 315; ECO (3); and SOC (3).


Early Childhood Education N-1
18 hours to include EDU 221, 303, 320, 322, 396, and REA 311.

Reading Endorsement K-6
18 hours to include REA 311, 323, 324, 325 or 327, and EDU 303.

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

Honors Courses: The school of education offers opportunities for students to enroll in honors courses from its department. The following are general education, elective, and major courses that may be taken as honors courses: EDU 221, 301, 304, 307, and 308, and REA 311 and 312. For students majoring in education, one must pass a minimum of nine hours of honors courses within the discipline and a minimum of nine hours from the honors courses of other departments. Each course must be passed with a B or better. No more than 18 hours are required for the honors degree. For other honors program policies, see "Honors Program" under the "Administration of the Curriculum" section of the catalogue.

101 MOSAIC (1).
MOSAIC explores different topics and experiences as they relate to life in college.  Students will develop a proper understanding of the role college plays in their life as well as how a Christian worldview will impact not only their studies, but their perspective on life and careers as well.  Topics that will be covered include academic management, career planning, financial planning, campus life, and a discussion of worldviews.  (Fall only)
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)
210 Transfer Success Seminar (1).
Incoming transfer students can often experience what’s known as “transfer shock” when arriving on a new campus.  Although transfer students have some experience at the college level prior to coming to Belhaven, encountering a new campus, culture, vocabulary, faculty, policies, and peer group can often leave them feeling isolated and disengaged.  In the worst case scenario, this experience can lead to a lower GPA and eventual departure from Belhaven.  This course will give new transfer students the tools and resources needed to make a successful transition to Belhaven.
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. (Spring only)
332 Methods in Elementary Education (3). Prereq: 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 - offered on demand)
335 Creative Arts in Education (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.  By permission of Chair.  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 21 or below (SAT verbal scores are 490 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)

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).