Education Concentration

Education Concentration

The education concentration is designed to offer students, who are interested in teaching, opportunities to gain foundational knowledge, methodology, and practical experience in the field of education.   Student engaged in the Education Concentration can expect to gain:

1) a broad understanding of the K - 12 student
2) an introduction to research-based strategies for teaching critical content areas
3) proficiency in planning effective instruction and competently assessing student performance
4) opportunities to transform theory into practice with teaching experiences in actual classrooms under the supervision of university faculty and accomplished classroom teachers.

Concentration Requirements

All students seeking the Education Concentration are required to take the following 6 credit hours:

  • EDU 5352: Educational Evaluation
  • EDU/PSY 3327: Child Growth and Development

Students may pursue one of two concentrations: 

Education Concentration with an Elementary (Early Childhood - 6th grade) Emphasis

Required additional courses:

  • EDU 4343: Principles of Elementary Education
  • EDU 3323 Developmental Reading AND EDU 3102: Reading Field Based Experience (concurrent enrollment required)

Pick one of the following sets of courses:

  • EDU 3325: Elementary Math Concepts AND EDU 3101: Math Field Based Experience (concurrent enrollment required)
  • EDU 3326: Elementary Science Concepts AND EDU 3102: Science Field Based Experience (concurrent enrollment required)

Total: 18 hours

Education Concentration with a Secondary (grades 6 - 12) Emphasis

Required additional courses:

  • EDU 4346: Principles of Secondary Education
    EDU 3111: Middle School Field Based Experience 
    EDU 3112: High School Field Based Experience
    (concurrent enrollment in EDU 4346, 3111 and 3112 is required)
  • EDU 5323: Reading in the Secondary Schools
  • EDU 3357*: Instructional Practice
  • EDU 4148 Seminar in Secondary School Clinical Teaching

Total: 18 hours

*Instructional Practice requires a minimum of a half day of practical classroom experience for 14 weeks under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a university field supervisor.

Questions about the education concentration? Contact the advisor. 

N.B.: Earning this concentration will not also earn a student Texas State Teaching Certification. If a student has completed all requirements for Certification, however, then that student has also earned this concentration--with one exception: Interdisciplinary Studies Majors are ineligible for this concentration.

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