Education Programs of Study

The SPCS Education program offers the following programs of studies:

  • Elementary Education (Elem Ed) licensure program while completing the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA)
  • The Master of Teaching (MT) is our primary teacher licensure pathway
    • Some provisionally licensed students may qualified for the Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation (Grad Cert TLP)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (MEd C&I)
  • Master of Educatio in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (MEd ELPS)
  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (Grad Cert ELPS), a post-master’s graduate certificate
  • Elem Ed

    Elementary Education Program of Study

    Undergraduate students may opt for an additional concentration in education toward elementary teacher licensure preparation while working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA) degree.

    Total: 41 semester hours

    Professional Studies

    27 semester hours

    • EDUC 307U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Science
    • EDUC 308U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Social Studies
    • EDUC 310U Concepts and Methods in Elementary Math
    • EDUC 311U Assessment and Differentiation in Elementary Math
    • EDUC 317U Foundations of Education
    • EDUC 318U Diverse Learners and Human Growth and Development
    • EDUC 324U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
    • EDUC 326U Assessment, Intervention and Literacy Strategies for Elementary Readers
    • EDUC 358U Classroom and Behavior Management
    • EDUC 384U Pre-Internship Workshop Series

    Field Experience

    14 semester hours

    • EDUC 475U Teaching Internship (12 sem. hrs.)
    • EDUC 485U Capstone Seminar (2 sem. hrs.)
  • MEd C&I

    M.Ed.-C&I Program of Study

    Total: 30 semester hours

    Core Courses

    18 semester hours

    • EDUC 650U Advanced Educational Psychology
    • EDUC 651U Assessment and Accountability
    • EDUC 652U Differentiated Instruction
    • EDUC 660U Curriculum Development
    • EDUC 653U Issues, Ethics and Policy in Education
    • EDUC 661U Instructional Leadership

    Elective Courses

    6 semester hours. Elective options vary by semester based on school division requests and needs within the field of education.

    Research Experience

    6 semester hours

    • EDUC 680U Content Specialization and Research I
    • EDUC 681U Content Specialization and Research II

    Capstone Experience

    Comprehensive Written Examination to be completed during the final semester.

  • MEd ELPS

    M.Ed.-ELPS Program of Study

    Total: 37 semester hours

    Core

    15 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses. Each course includes a 30-hour practicum.

    • EDUC 601U Foundations of Educational Leadership Studies
    • EDUC 602U Data for Decision-Making
    • EDUC 603U Leading and Supervising Instruction
    • EDUC 604U Communicating and Leading
    • EDUC 605U School Law and Ethics

    Professional Studies

    15 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses. Each course includes a 10-hour practicum.

    • EDUC 630U School Technology
    • EDUC 631U Fiscal Leadership
    • EDUC 632U Leading Change in Educational Settings
    • EDUC 633U School Culture and Human Resource Leadership
    • EDUC 634U Context of Educational Public Policy and Politics

    Field Experience

    7 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses. Reflective Leadership Seminar residency includes 170 hours in practicum.

    • EDUC 610U Reflective Leadership Seminar I
    • EDUC 611U Reflective Leadership Seminar II

    Capstone Experience

    All candidates must complete a Comprehensive Written Examination.

  • Grad Cert ELPS

    GC-ELPS Program of Study

    An earned graduate degree is required for admission.

    Total: 22 semester hours

    Core

    15 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses.

    • EDUC 601U Foundations of Educational Leadership Studies
    • EDUC 602U Data for Decision-Making
    • EDUC 603U Leading and Supervising Instruction
    • EDUC 604U Communicating and Leading
    • EDUC 605U School Law and Ethics

    Field Experience

    7 semester hours. All candidates must complete at least 320 hours of practicum outside the classroom to qualify for the endorsement. Each Core course requires 30 hours of practicum; the remaining 170 hours is completed through the Reflective Leadership Seminar residency program. All candidates must complete the practicum courses.

    • EDUC 610U Reflective Leadership Seminar I
    • EDUC 611U Reflective Leadership Seminar II

    Capstone Experience

    All candidates must complete a Comprehensive Written Examination.

  • MT

    MT Program of Study

    Total: 44 semester hours

    Professional Studies — All

    9 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses.

    • EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
    • EDUC 518U Diverse Learners and Human Growth and Development
    • EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management
    • EDUC 584U Pre-Internship Workshop Series

    Professional Studies — Elementary

    18 semester hours. Elementary education candidates only.

    • EDUC 507U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Science
    • EDUC 508U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Social Studies
    • EDUC 510U Concepts and Methods in Elementary Math
    • EDUC 511U Assessment and Differentiation in Elementary Math
    • EDUC 524U Reading Foundations
    • EDUC 526U Assessment, Intervention and Literacy Strategies

    Professional Studies — Secondary & Comprehensive

    18 semester hours. Secondary & comprehensive education candidates only.

    • EDUC 538U Technology-enhanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning
    • EDUC 542U Teaching and Learning in Secondary Classrooms
    • EDUC 543U Assessment and Evaluation in Education
    • EDUC 547U Content-Specific Instruction in Secondary Classrooms
    • EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy
    • EDUC 560U Assessment, Intervention, and Literacy Strategies for Adolescents

    Elective

    3 semester hours from department-approved list. All candidates must take one elective graduate course, which may include initial coursework to meet add-on endorsement requirements in Gifted Education, Special Education or ESL.

    Clinical Experience

    14 semester hours

    • EDUC 575U Teaching Internship (12 sem. hrs.)
    • EDUC 585U Capstone Seminar (2 sem. hrs.)
  • TLP

    TLP Program of Study

    Total: 35-41 semester hours

    Professional Studies - All Candidates

    12 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses.

    • EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
    • EDUC 518U Diverse Learners and Human Growth and Development
    • EDUC 538UTechnology-Enhanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning
    • EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management
    • EDUC 584U Pre-Internship Workshop Series

    Professional Studies—Elementary

    15 semester hours. Elementary candidates only.

    • EDUC 507U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Science
    • EDUC 508U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Social Studies
    • EDUC 524U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
    • EDUC 526U Assessment, Intervention and Literacy Strategies for Elementary Readers
    • EDUC 527U Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Mathematics

    Professional Studies—Secondary & Comprehensive

    9 semester hours. Secondary and comprehensive candidates only.

    • EDUC 542U Teaching and Learning in Secondary Classrooms
    • EDUC 543U Assessment and Evaluation in Education
    • EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy

    Clinical Experience

    14 semester hours

    • EDUC 575U Teaching Internship (12 sem. hrs.)
    • EDUC 585U Capstone Seminar (2 sem. hrs.)