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. Education majors, as well as students majoring in subjects other than education at the graduate or undergraduate level are welcome to add the education concentration to their plan of study.  

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
  • EDU 4147 or 4148: Seminar in Elementary or Secondary School Directed (Student) Teaching (which course i taken depends on the student's emphasis)

Students must also choose an emphasis from the following:

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 Practicum (concurrent enrollment required)

Pick one of the following sets of courses:

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

Total: 18 hours

Education Concentration with a Secondary (grades 7 - 12) Emphasis

Required additional courses:

  • EDU 4346: Principles of Secondary Education
    EDU 3111: Education Practicum (Middle School)
    EDU 3112: Education Practicum (High School)
    (concurrent enrollment in EDU 4346, 3111 and 3112 is required)
  • EDU 5323: Reading in the Secondary Schools
  • EDU 3V57*: Field Experience

Total: 18 hours

*Field experience will comprise the equivalent of 180 hours (approximately 13 hours per week for 14 weeks) of classroom teaching experience under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a university 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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