Bachelor of Science in Education (EC-6 Core Subjects)

Website: https://twu.edu/teacher-education/undergraduate-programs/

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Education leads to careers as engaged, prepared, and professional educators. Students completing this degree take courses across multiple disciplines to prepare for educational careers in a variety of settings, depending on the specific degree selected. The undergraduate program requires a minimum of 120 semester hours. The specific number of hours required is determined by the degree plan selected (i.e., grade level, additional specializations).

EC-6 Core Subjects

Students selecting this degree plan will take courses to prepare them to be elementary school educators who can teach all subjects in early childhood settings through sixth-grade classrooms.

Undergraduate Student Advising

College of Professional Education undergraduate students seeking a Bachelor of Science with a major in Education receive academic advising from the Office of Educator Preparation Services (OEPS). The OEPS provides advising in creating and following academic plans and supports students in their pursuit of academic success. Students should schedule regular appointments with an OEPS advisor (Stoddard Hall, Room 211) to create or edit a degree plan, to receive current information regarding specific degree or certification requirements, or to receive academic guidance and help. Because OEPS advising is by appointment only, appointment times fill quickly and students are encouraged to schedule advising appointments at least two weeks in advance. See the Office of Educator Preparation Services website for additional degree and other OEPS information.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Appropriately explain the impact of effective planning and communication (within the chosen area of concentration) to relevant internal and external stakeholders in an education or community setting.
  2. (For those students seeking initial educator certification) Identify, select, and implement entry-level instructional plans when serving as an instructor in the school setting.
  3. (For those students seeking initial educator certification) Successfully manage organizational and student behavior when teaching in the school setting.
  4. (For those students seeking initial educator certification) Efficiently and accurately assess student progress and use data to develop and modify instruction for K-12 students.
  5. (For those students seeking initial educator certification) Work effectively and collaboratively with students and families from diverse backgrounds.

Admissions

Teacher Certification

In addition to the general undergraduate admissions requirements, to obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (and prior to taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching) students must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (includes all courses, whether posted to TWU transcript or used on a degree plan. Excludes developmental and repeated courses);
  • Completed EDUC 2003 with a C or higher;
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Completed the Digital Literacy Pre-assessment;
  • Successfully completed a pre-admission departmental interview with an interview panel;
  • A minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought;
  • Completed department application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program;
  • Completed a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Professional Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Submitted a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee; and
  • Acknowledged and accepted admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Please note: 

  • All accepted students must maintain the admission requirements to remain in the TWU Education Preparation Program.
  • Admission requirements are determined by Texas Education Agency policies and are subject to change without notice.
  • Students seeking Bilingual certification must meet minimum proficiency in Spanish.
  • Students seeking Deaf/Hard of Hearing certification must meet minimum proficiency in sign.

Contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services (OEPS) at copeadvising@twu.edu or 940-898-2829 with any questions.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 122   

Major: 80 SCH                        

Program Code: EDUCATION.BS.EC-6GEN   CIP Code: 13.0101.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

Reading
READ 3433Literacy Foundations EC-63
READ 4383Phonological and Orthographic Principles in Reading3
READ 4453Literacy Assessment and Instruction: EC63
READ 4493Reading and Language Arts across the Curriculum: EC-63
ESL
EDBE 3003Linguistics for ESL Educators3
EDBE 3453Teaching English As a Second Language3
Science
EDUC 4903Special Topics (Methods for Teaching the Elementary Science Classroom)3
Science (Life Science of Physical Science)3
Math
EDUC 4903Special Topics (Methods for Teaching the Elementary Math Classroom)3
MATH 1523Mathematics Concepts I3
MATH 1533Mathematics Concepts II3
Social Studies
EDUC 4903Special Topics (Methods for Teaching the Elementary Social Studies Classroom)3
HIST 2713History of Texas (or other HIST course as needed)3
Physical Education/Health
KINS 3583Health and Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents3
or HS 3373 Health Promotion for Children
Fine Arts
MU 3833Essentials of Fine Arts for the Diverse Classroom3
or ECE 3573 Creative Arts for Elementary School Aged Children
Related Studies
ECE 2663Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
EDSP 3203Learners with Exceptionalities3
HDFS 2003Diversity in Contemporary Families: A Global Perspective3
HDFS 2513Early Childhood Development3
LS 3013Library Materials for Children3
Pedagogy & Professional Responsibilities
EDUC 2003Schools and Society3
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration2
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management3
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching6
Total SCHs80

Departmental Requirements

Global Perspectives (may be applied from core)3
Total SCHs3

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HDFS 2513Early Childhood Development TECA 13543
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
MATH 1023Introduction to Mathematics 3
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
Life & Physical Sciences Core3
 SCHs 16
SpringTCCN
ECE 2663Foundations of Early Childhood Education TECA 13113
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Wellness CAO Core2
Life & Physical Sciences Core3
 SCHs 17
Second Year
FallTCCN
MATH 1523Mathematics Concepts I MATH 13503
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Creative Arts Core3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core3
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
Science (Life Science or Physical Science)3
 SCHs 18
SpringTCCN
ECE 3573Creative Arts for Elementary School Aged Children 3
EDSP 3203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
EDUC 2003Schools and Society EDUC 13013
MATH 1533Mathematics Concepts II MATH 13513
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
 SCHs 15
Third Year
FallTCCN
EDBE 3003Linguistics for ESL Educators 3
HIST 2713 (or other HIST as needed)History of Texas HIST 23013
KINS 3583
or HS 3373
Health and Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents
or Health Promotion for Children
3
EDUC 4903 (Methods for Teaching the Elementary Social Studies Classroom)Special Topics 3
EDUC 4903 (Methods for Teaching the Elementary Math Classroom)Special Topics 3
READ 3433Literacy Foundations EC-6 3
 SCHs 18
SpringTCCN
EDBE 3453Teaching English As a Second Language 3
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development 3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration 2
LS 3013Library Materials for Children 3
READ 4383Phonological and Orthographic Principles in Reading 3
READ 4453Literacy Assessment and Instruction: EC6 3
 SCHs 17
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment 3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management 3
EDUC 4903 (Methods for Teaching the Elementary Science Classroom)Special Topics 3
HDFS 2003Diversity in Contemporary Families: A Global Perspective 3
READ 4493Reading and Language Arts across the Curriculum: EC-6 3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching 6
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  122