||Department of Education, Special
Education and Social Work
Lissa A. Power-deFur, Chair
Stacey Wilkerson, Secretary
The Department of Education, Special Education, Social Work, and Communication Disorders offers:
1. A 40-credit undergraduate program in elementary education (PK-6) Liberal Studies is the required major for students who also register for the elementary education program.
2. A 40-credit undergraduate program in middle school education (6-8) Liberal Studies is the required major for students who also register for the middle school education program. Additional discipline specific courses may also be required
3. A five-year program in special education with licensure in learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, and mild-moderate mental retardation K-12. Students must major in Liberal Studies and register for courses in the special education program. Students completing the undergraduate program will receive a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and upon the completion of the fifth year will receive a master’s degree in special education. Students must complete the fifth year to be endorsed to teach special education.
4. A B.S. or B.A. degree in Social Work.
5. A Master of Science in Education degree: Students interested in enrolling in one of the graduate programs need to consult the Longwood Graduate Catalog.
Admission to Teacher Preparation
Applications for admission into the Teacher Preparation Program are available from the Professional Services Office (Hull Building - telephone: extension 2331).
Students must complete an application for entry into the Teacher Preparation Program. Application and supporting materials must be on file in the Department of Education, Special Education, Social Work, and Communication Disorders by 5:00 p.m. the last day of classes at the end of the first semester of the sophomore year. Students transferring with at least junior status must complete the application by the end of the fourth week in their second semester at Longwood. Matriculated students in their sophomore, junior or senior year, for whom Education is not the declared program of study but who wish to enter the Teacher Preparation Program, must schedule an appointment with the Professional Services Office to determine the deadline for application based upon their individual circumstances.
Specific deadlines regarding the application process are available from the Professional Services Office (256 Hull Building - telephone: extension 2331).
Requirements for admission to Teacher Preparation are:
1. Completed application.
2. Student Evaluation Checklist completed for the student by course instructors in EDUC 245 and EDUC 260, or PHED 280 and PHED 380, or SPED 202 and SPED 220, or in EDUC 245 and discipline-based introduction to teaching course. Two evaluations will be completed on each student and submitted directly to the chair of the department at the time final grades for these courses are submitted to the Office of Registration. Copies of these evaluations are made available to the student from the course instructor upon request.
3. Record of successful completion of Praxis I.
4. Minimum grade of “C” in all EDUC, SPED, PHED, KNSL or discipline-based professional courses. At least two such courses must be completed.
5. Demonstration of competency in written and oral English. All students must earn no less than a “C” in English 150.
6. Overall grade point average of 2.50.
Transfer students must apply for admission to Teacher Preparation by the third week of their second semester at Longwood. All criteria listed above apply to transfer students with the exception that the Student Evaluation Checklist may be completed for only one course, dependent on the student’s schedule during the first semester at Longwood.
Licensure only students must apply for admission to Teacher Preparation and must be accepted by the end of their first semester of professional course work at Longwood. Students must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Students who received their baccalaureate degree within three years prior to making application to the Teacher Preparation program must meet criteria 1, 3, 5, and 6. Students who received their baccalaureate degree over three or more years prior to making application to the Teacher Preparation program must meet criteria 1 and 3. Two letters of recommendation from a licensed teacher or school administrator or from a previous college level instructor are also required of any Licensure Only student.
Admission to Student Teaching
Applications for admission to Student Teaching are available from the Professional Services Office (Hull Building - telephone: 2331).
Students must complete the application and make an appointment for an interview with the coordinator two semesters prior to the Professional Semester.
Specific deadlines regarding the application process are available from the Professional Services Office (256 Hull Building - telephone: 2331).
Requirements for admission to Student Teaching are:
1. Prior admission to Teacher Preparation Program.
2. Completed application.
3. Overall grade point average of at least 2.50.
4. Major grade point average of at least 2.50.
5. Recommendation by professors in the Health, Recreation, and Kinesiology Department, or by professors in the student’s major department and in the Education, Special Education, Social Work department. The Coordinator is responsible for obtaining these recommendations.
6. Demonstration of the physical and mental health necessary for the tasks associated with the teaching profession. Individuals who give evidence of a disability must demonstrate compensatory or supporting skills.
7. Evidence of the satisfactory completion of a broad background in general education.
8. Demonstration of adequate preparation in professional courses (EDUC, PHED, SPED, KNSL, professional courses in the student’s major) with a minimum grade of C in each course and overall grade point average in professional courses of at least 2.75.
9. Grade of “Pass” in EDUC 299, Admission to Teacher Preparation. (Note: Normally students desiring admission to teacher preparation enroll in EDUC 299 in the first semester of the sophomore year. Students transferring to Longwood with at least Junior status should enroll in EDUC 299 during their first semester at Longwood. All other students must contact the Professional Services Office to determine the semester in which they should enroll in EDUC 299.)
10. Elementary, middle, secondary, and PK-12 teacher education students will not be permitted to enroll in 300-400 level EDUC courses without a grade of “Pass” in EDUC 299, Admission to Teacher Preparation. Special education students will not be permitted to enroll in SPED 321 or SPED/EDUC courses above this level without a grade of “Pass” in EDUC 299, Admission to Teacher Preparation.
A student denied admission into the Teacher Preparation Program or the Professional Semester may reapply when the acceptance criteria are met.
All prospective teachers seeking initial licensure in Virginia are required to take and submit passing scores on the PRAXIS. Information concerning the PRAXIS is available in the Department of Education, Special Education, Social Work, and Communication Disorders. PRAXIS scores must be sent to the Coordinator of Student Teaching and Field Services before a recommendation for licensure can be transmitted to the Virginia State Department of Education.
Longwood will recommend a student for a Virginia teaching license if:
1. A passing score is reported in all relevant portions of Praxis I & II
2. The grade in student teaching is A, B, or C
3. The overall grade point average is at least 2.50, and
4. The grade point average for the professional semester is at least 2.75
The Teacher Preparation Program at Longwood now requires passing scores on Praxis I for admission to Teacher Preparation. This insures that beginning with the class of 2002 the passing rate for program completers will be 100%.
Lee Banton, Ed.D., Professor
ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Department of Education, Special Education, Social Work, and Communication Disorders offers a 40-credit program in elementary education and in middle school education. Students completing these programs will be licensed to teach in Virginia with an endorsement in nursery school and kindergarten through sixth grade (PK-6) and/or sixth through eighth grade (6-8). Because most of the Liberal Studies major and the Education course sequence are required for both elementary and middle school endorsement, students are encouraged to consider seeking endorsement for both.
The Liberal Studies Major has been designed specifically for students seeking licensure to teach with an Elementary or Middle School Endorsement and is required. Requirements for the B.A. or B.S. Degree in Liberal Studies are listed elsewhere in the Catalog. By carefully planning each semester’s course work, students can use their electives to meet the requirements of the 40-credit elementary or middle school education program.. After completing the degree and program requirements, students receive a B.A. or B.S. Degree in Liberal Studies and a license to teach with an endorsement in PK-6, 6-8; or both.
Students seeking teacher licensure and majoring in Liberal Studies will be assigned an academic advisor in Liberal Studies or Education. Such students declare Liberal Studies as their major by the end of the sophomore year and inform the Office of Registration that they will be majoring in Liberal Studies and seeking teacher licensure with an Elementary School Endorsement, a Middle School Endorsement or both.
Elementary and middle education teacher candidates participate each week in a semester of Partnership Program courses (requiring EDUC 325, 326, 327, 450, 451, and 452 for licensure in either or both elementary and middle school licensure) consisting of four days of on-site methodological preparation in reading/language arts, mathematics, science and social science; one-half of each of the four days is spent in the classrooms working with the children. Teacher candidates return each Friday to the campus for courses that focus upon exceptional learners and classroom management. Special education teacher candidates follow a modified form of this program.
Elementary Endorsement Requirements
The 40-credit Elementary School program consists of the following education courses:
EDUC 245 Human Growth and Development/3 credits
Take in first session of summer school at end of freshman or
Take fall or spring semester:
Take in first session of summer school at end of
sophomore or junior year:
EDUC 380 Classroom Assessment/2 credits
EDUC 484 Media and Technology/1 credit
EDUC 487 Classroom Management and System Issues/3 credits
SPED 489 Survey of Exceptional Children/3 credits
(All of the above will be taken prior to enrolling in the Professional Semester. A minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA is required. See undergraduate catalog for other requirements.)
* Students must earn a “Pass” in EDUC 299 before they will be permitted to enroll in any subsequent 300-400 level EDUC courses.
EDUC 400 Directed Teaching in the Elementary and
Middle School /11 credits
EDUC 488 Education Seminar/1credit
Middle School Endorsement Requirements
Students wishing to teach at the middle school level, grades 6 - 8, have three options.
1) If they wish to teach a single subject, they may major in that subject and seek 6-12 endorsement in it. (See below.)
2) They may add middle grades (6-8) endorsement to the elementary endorsement (PK-6) by completing all Liberal Studies and Education requirements for elementary endorsement and adding specified courses in two subject concentrations as well as two middle school education courses, Education 327 and 452. These students should select Education 401 for student teaching.
3) They may pursue middle school only endorsement by completing a reduced Liberal Studies core with two areas of concentration, by substituting middle school Education courses (Education 327 and 452) in place of elementary courses (Education 326 and 451) in the Elementary Endorsement requirements listed above, and by choosing Education 405 for student teaching. (See Liberal Studies catalog sections C, D, E, and F).
SPECIAL EDUCATION, K-12
Students desiring to teach special education on the K-12 level will need to complete the five-year Liberal Studies/special education degree programs. A B.A. or B.S. degree in Liberal Studies will be awarded upon completion of the fourth year and a M.S. degree in Special Education will be awarded upon completion of the fifth year. Students will not be endorsed to teach special education until the completion of the fifth year.
Please read the undergraduate and graduate catalogs concerning the requirements relating to these two degrees.
SECONDARY EDUCATION PROGRAMS 6-12
To teach on the secondary level, a student must have an advisor in one of the departments listed above. A form in the Office of Registration must be completed indicating which major has been selected and that the secondary education program has also been selected. Each student will then be assigned a major advisor as well as a professional advisor in the EDUC Department. With careful scheduling, a student can complete all degree and program requirements in four years.
EDUC 245 Human Growth and Development/3 credits
Methods course in the student’s major/3 credits (Please see undergraduate catalog for course number and title)
* Students must earn a “Pass” in EDUC 299 before they will be permitted to enroll in any subsequent 300-400 level EDUC courses.
Take in First Summer School session at end of freshman or sophomore year:
EDUC 265 Practicum I (middle school level)/3 credits
Take in First Summer School Session at end of sophomore or junior year:
EDUC 370 Practicum II (secondary level)/3 credits
(All courses listed above will be taken prior to enrolling in the Professional Semester. A minimum Cumulative 2.5 GPA is required. See undergraduate catalog for other requirements).
*EDUC 402 Directed Teaching in the Secondary
*English majors take ENGL 482 instead of EDUC 402.
*Mathematics and computer science majors MATH 482 instead of EDUC 402
TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM PK-12
Modern Languages: French, German, Spanish
For students who want to teach art, modern languages (French, German, Spanish), music, or physical education on the PK-12 level, please see the undergraduate catalog for the courses that need to be taken. Each program has different requirements. An academic/professional advisor will be assigned by that department. A professional advisor in the EDUC Department will not be assigned, but professional advisors in EDUC will be glad to help at any time. With careful scheduling, a student can complete all degree and program requirements in four years.
It may be possible for some teacher education students to add a second endorsement to a teaching license while completing degree and teacher education requirements. To receive an add-on endorsement, a student must minor in one of the disciplines listed below. Students must have the written permission of the chair of that department prior to declaring a minor. With careful scheduling, it may be possible for a student to complete degree requirements, teacher education program requirements, and an add-on endorsement, in four years.
EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Writing Intensive Courses **
Speaking Intensive Courses ***
A special fee is charged for all practicum and student teaching courses. †
EDUCATION 205. Life and Career Preparation. This course is the design and management of the Longwood educational experience to establish vision, direction, and strategies for gaining knowledge, skills, and attitudes for life and career preparation. It is designed to challenge and support Sophomore Participants who are working with Senior Mentors in the Project Success Program. 1 credit.
EDUCATION 245. Human Growth and Development. A survey of physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development of human beings. Heredity and environmental influences will be stressed in the life-span study with specific emphasis upon prenatal through adolescent development. 3 credits.
EDUCATION 260. Introduction to the Teaching Profession. An overview of teaching and schooling that addresses the foundations of education and the professional aspects of teaching. Emphasis on the history and philosophy of education; school organization; governance; legal and financial issues; teacher preparation; professional development; practicum preparation; and lesson planning. 2 credits.
EDUCATION 265. Education Practicum I. An in-depth observation and participation practicum. Placed in public school settings for at least 60 hours under supervision of Longwood . In addition, instruction and follow-up will occur. 3 credits. †
EDUCATION 275. Educational Leadership I. Course is for Orientation Leaders who assist with the Longwood Seminar. Designed to prepare these leaders to work with professors and their first-year students in the Seminar. Prerequisite: Open to Student Orientation Leaders only and permission of instructor. 1 credit.
EDUCATION 295. Special Topics. Selected topics in Education. The topics will vary from semester to semester. Descriptions will be available from academic advisors. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits.
EDUCATION 299. Admission to Teacher Preparation. Required of all students applying for admission to teacher preparation programs. 0 credits.
EDUCATION 305. Practicum in Early Childhood. Study of the development of the preschool child and associated guidance, observation, teaching techniques and curriculum considerations. Prerequisite: EDUC 265. 3 credits.
EDUCATION 311-312. Studies Abroad. Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in education. Prerequisite: EDUC 299. 1-18 credits.
EDUCATION 325. Introduction to Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary and Middle School (PK-8). Reading, both fiction and nonfiction, vocabulary, comprehension, speaking and listening skills, and study skills will be emphasized. Required for those seeking licensure at the elementary and/or middle school levels. Prerequisite: EDUC 260 or consent of the instructor. 2 credits.
EDUCATION 326. Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School (PK-6). Adaptive rates of reading for emergent and early literacy development will be emphasized as well as word recognition, and skills for content fields such as comprehension, word study, vocabulary, phonics, process writing and handwriting (manuscript). Literature based and basal reading instruction techniques will be included. Required for those seeking licensure at the elementary levels. Prerequisite: EDUC 260 and EDUC 299 or consent of instructor. 2 credits.
EDUCATION 327. Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Middle School Grades (6-8). Adaptive rates of reading for intermediate and fluent readers will be emphasized as well as vocabulary study. Skills for content fields such as comprehension, process writing, spelling, grammar, and handwriting (cursive) will also be included. Various reading programs and literature based and basal reading instruction will be emphasized to include different genres of literature, literary elements, and author studies. Required for those seeking licensure at the middle school levels. Prerequisite: EDUC 260 and EDUC 299 or consent of the instructor. 2 credits.
EDUCATION 370. Practicum II. Additional participation and micro-teaching processes in public school settings for at least 60 hours under Longwood supervision. In addition, instruction and follow-up will occur. Prerequisite: EDUC 265 and EDUC 299. 3 credits. †
EDUCATION 375. Intro to Residence Life. The Spring RA Class focuses on general areas related to understanding the mission and goals of residence life (the organization), as well as understanding theoretical perspectives related to student development. The course will utilize the process of experiential learning with emphasis placed on structured group exercises and experience, out-of-class observations, readings and group discussion. Prerequisite: EDUC 299. 1 credit.
EDUCATION 380. Classroom Assessment. Theory and practice in construction of teacher-made evaluation instruments with heavy emphasis upon test construction and alternative assessment. Includes study of standardized testing and an in-depth study of the Virginia Assessment program. Prerequisite: EDUC 299. 2 credits.
EDUCATION 415 (economicS 415). Educator Oriented Course. Applying economics to environmental issues such as resource scarcity, pollution, property rights, garbage and recycling, oil spills, and endangered species. Students will learn how markets and prices can be used to help solve environmental problems. Course cannot be used toward credit towards economics major or minor in economics. Students cannot receive credit for both EDUC 415/ECON 415 and ECON 500 or both ECON 415/EDUC 415 and ECON 314. Prerequisite: EDUC 299. 3 credits.
EDUCATION 430. Teaching Reading in The Content Area. An analysis of skills and practices required in the content areas required for reading comprehension in middle and secondary grades 6-12, including question strategies in literal, interpretive, critical, evaluative comprehension, and techniques for fostering an appreciation of a variety of literature and independent reading. Corequisite: EDUC 455. Prerequisite: EDUC 299. 2 credits.
EDUCATION 450. Principles of Instruction. (PK-8). Methods of instruction in the elementary and middle school. The class will focus on generic teaching strategies, time utilization, teaching effectiveness research, and professional responsibilities. Required for those seeking licensure to teach at the elementary and/or middle school levels. Prerequisite: EDUC 260 and EDUC 299 or consent of the instructor. 2 credits.
EDUCATION 451. Curriculum in the Elementary School (PK-6). This course will focus on mathematics, science, and social studies. Interdisciplinary units and content appropriate pedagogical approaches will be utilized to meet the Virginia standards of learning in grades PK-6. Required for those seeking a teaching license with an endorsement to teach at the elementary level. Prerequisite: EDUC 260 and EDUC 299 or consent of the instructor. 2 credits.
EDUCATION 452. Curriculum in the Middle School (6-8). This course will focus on mathematics, science, and social studies. Interdisciplinary units and content appropriate pedagogical approaches will be utilized to meet the Virginia standards of learning in grades 6-8. Required for those seeking a teaching license with an endorsement to teach at the middle school level. Prerequisite: EDUC 260 and EDUC 299 or consent of the instructor. 2 credits.
EDUCATION 455. Principles of Secondary Education. Principles and methods of curriculum and instruction in the secondary school with an emphasis on Virginia SOL’s. Required of all majors seeking licensure at the secondary level. Prerequisites: EDUC 245, 260, and 299. Corequisite: EDUC 430. 1 credit.
EDUCATION 470. Mentoring Skills for Academic and Career Planning. This course is an exploration of the fundamental mentoring and guidance skills needed to promote effective academic and career planning. It is especially designed to prepare Senior Mentors to work with sophomore participants in the Project Success Program. Prerequisite: EDUC 299. 1 credit.
EDUCATION 475. Educational Leadership II. Course is for Orientation Leaders who assist with the Longwood Seminar for the second time. Designed to provide additional experiences for Orientation Leaders who work with professors and their first-year students. Prerequisite: EDUC 275 and 299 and permission of instructor. 1 credit.
EDUCATION 484. Media and Technology. A laboratory course concerned with the utilization of instructional media and computer technology in the learning process. Prerequisite: EDUC 299. 1 credit.
EDUCATION 487. Classroom Management and System Issues. An examination of classroom management techniques and the development of skills necessary to foster a supportive learning environment as well as examination of system problems and solutions within traditional education settings N, K-12. Prerequisite: EDUC 299. 3 credits.
EDUCATION 495. Special Topics. Selected topics in Education. The topics will vary from semester to semester. Descriptions will be available from academic advisors. May be repeated for credit when topics change. Prerequisite: EDUC 299. 1-3 credits.
EDUCATION 498. Honors Research in Education. Students conduct research in education under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. May be repeated as 499. Prerequisite: EDUC 299. 3 credits.
The Professional Semester
All students in teacher education programs will participate in a professional semester in their senior year during the semester in which they engage in the student teaching practicum. The semester is divided into the ten-week practicum and a six-week flexible modular professional program. The semester offers a total of 18 semester hours credit.
EDUCATION 400. Directed Teaching in the Elementary and Middle School Required of all students in seeking elementary and middle school endorsements. Required of all students seeking licensure in grades PK-8. See prerequisites for student teaching. 11 credits. ***
EDUCATION 401 - Directed Teaching in the Elementary School. Required of all students seeking licensure to teach elementary school (grades PK-6). See prerequisites for student teaching. 11 credits.† ***
EDUCATION 402. Directed Teaching in the Secondary School. Required of all students in the secondary education curricula. See prerequisites for student teaching. 11 credits. †
EDUCATION 403. Directed Elementary Teaching for Art and Music. See prerequisites for student teaching. 6 credits. †
EDUCATION 404. Directed Secondary Teaching for Art and Music. See prerequisites for student teaching. 5 credits. †
EDUCATION 405 - Directed Teaching in the Middle School. Required of all students seeking licensure to teach middle school (grades 6-8). See prerequisites for student teaching. 11 credits. † ***
EDUCATION 406. Directed Teaching in LD/EBD/MR. Required of all students preparing to teach in Special Education. Directed teaching of students with mild to moderate disabilities (LD/EBD/MR). See prerequisites for student teaching. 11 credits. †***
EDUCATION 488. Education Seminar. A series of discussions concerned with orientation to the teaching profession, the American school system, trends and innovations in education, and current research. See prerequisites for student teaching. 1 credit.
Note: All courses within the Professional Semester as well as other education courses, allow for the understanding and application of multi-cultural concepts.
Graduate Courses for Seniors:
See Director of Graduate Studies for details. Also see Graduate Catalog.
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