Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Teacher Education

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Teacher Education is the degree leading to a variety of teacher certifications.  Through this degree students obtain rich content preparation with a strong emphasis in teaching reading and language arts.  The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Teacher Education with teacher certification is designed to develop school wide teacher-leaders and educational change agents.  The curriculum is grounded in research; educational policy; teaching experiences; theories of teaching and learning; diversity, inclusion, and equity; technology application and digital literacy; effective instruction; and the use of assessment and data to improve education for all.  Students in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction are afforded opportunities to collaborate within a professional learning network of diverse educators.  The objective is to develop teachers who are reflective, well prepared, effective, and student focused educators ready to become leaders of classrooms in the schools of our state.

All of the teacher certification programs in Curriculum & Instruction include specialized coursework, mentorship, and a myriad of authentic teaching experiences that develop the knowledge, skills, and ethical disposition to effectively meet the current demands of educational careers. Students are allowed opportunities to have authentic field experiences as part of their course work in public schools to increase their understanding of the teaching profession and putting into practice the skills and knowledge they are learning in the college classroom. 

Elementary Certification

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Teacher Education will help students master teaching skills and specialized knowledge in an academic discipline.  All degrees offer Texas Teacher Certification to allow students to teach at the primary levels listed below.  Undergraduate students who are seeking initial teacher certification through the Tarleton Teacher Education Program experience a highly structured program from the time they start their application until they complete all field-based experiences, testing, and recommendation for certification. 

Application for admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program must be made during the junior year while enrolled in EDUC 3320 Foundations of Teaching: Elementary (EC-6) ClassroomsFoundations of Teaching: Elementary (EC-6) Classrooms. Requirements for admission, retention, and admission to student teaching are described in the College of Education section of this catalog. Prior to enrolling in any teacher education course work, students must complete a minimum of 60 hours of coursework, excluding developmental courses.

Secondary and All-Level Certification

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction also collaborates with other disciplines to provide the necessary coursework and training to obtain Texas Teacher certification at the Secondary level.  Students working toward secondary and all-level certification will pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major and minor, if applicable, in academic disciplines. Students will also take professional education courses to meet certification requirements. While not offering a major in secondary education, the Department of Curriculum & Instruction does offer the professional development courses required to obtain secondary and all-level certification.

Students obtain academic advisement for secondary and all-level certification programs in the department of their major. Application for admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program must be made during the junior year while enrolled in EDUC 3320. Requirements for admission, retention, and admission to student teaching are described in the College of Education section of this catalog. Prior to enrolling in any teacher education course work, students must complete a minimum of 60 hours of coursework excluding developmental courses.

Alternative Certification

The Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education (TMATE) is an alternative teacher certification program offered in Fort Worth. Its purpose is to prepare highly qualified individuals to serve as public school teachers in Texas. TMATE is a collaborative teacher education program between Tarleton State University and public school districts in the Tarleton service area.

TMATE is an alternative certification program designed for persons who have already completed a baccalaureate degree and who have a record of exemplary academic achievement and/or work experience. Certification is earned through a combination of intensive summer course work coupled with a paid, year-long internship in a teaching position with a public school. The internship is jointly sponsored and supervised by Tarleton State University and the participating school district. Interns develop professional teaching skills and values through the combination of University classes and practical classroom experience.

Through TMATE, teaching certificates may be earned in the following certification areas: Early Childhood – Grade 6; Middle School (grades 4 – 8); and High School (grades 8 – 12); ESL and Bilingual. All-level certifications are available in Generic Special Education, Physical Education, Art, and Music.

TMATE Entry Requirements

TMATE applicants must present a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 2.75 in the area of certification. Applicants must meet the requirements for Graduate School and are eligible to apply their TMATE coursework toward a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Applicants will be evaluated to determine an appropriate level of oral language proficiency and critical thinking ability. Additional evaluation procedures include a structured oral interview, formal writing sample, work evaluations from previous employment, performance on a standardized test of critical thinking, and additional evaluations prescribed by TMATE admission policies.

Concurrent to applying for admission to TMATE, applicants must also apply for a teaching position with a school district within a 125-mile radius of Fort Worth and Stephenville. Thus, applicants are subjected to a dual screening process: one conducted by the University and the other by the school district.

A full description of the TMATE program is provided on the website, www.tarleton.edu/tmate. Applicants may also contact the TMATE office:

Dr. Laura Estes
TMATE Director
10850 Texan Rider Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76036
estes@tarleton.edu

Elementary Teacher Education

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Teacher Education leads to teacher certification at the Early Childhood through Grade 6 and the Middle School Grades 4 through 8 levels. Standards developed by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC), the Texas Education Agency, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provide the framework for Early Childhood through Grade 6 Generalist and Middle School Grades 4 through 8 Generalist and in Math, Science, Language Arts/Social Studies, and Math/Science certification programs as well as All Level Special Education that have been approved at Tarleton State University.

The typical curriculum for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Teacher Education requires (1) a minimum of 120 semester hours and (2) a minimum of 45 semester hours of advanced credit (3000 level or above).

Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Teacher Education

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 143
ENGL 1301 [shared] [WI] Composition I
ENGL 1302 [shared] [WI] Composition II
Select one of the following [shared]:
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
ENGL Sophomore literature [shared]
HUMA 1315 [shared] Fine Arts Appreciation
Select one of the following:3
Child Development: Theory, Research, and Practice
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
CHEM 1302 [shared] Essential Elements of Chemistry
PHYS 1302 [shared] Essential Elements of Physics
EASC 2310 [shared] Earth Systems Science
MATH 1314 [shared] College Algebra
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Teaching Profession
Introduction to Early Childhood Development
Select one of the following:3
Content Area Literacy for Interdisciplinary Studies
Content Area Literacy (for Middle School Math/Science Only)
READ 3311Literacy for the Early Years3
EDUC 4335 Issues of Professionalism3
EDUC 4690Clinical Teaching6
Total Hours64
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
EC-6 Core Subjects with Bilingual Supplemental
MATH 3303Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 3305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
BIOL 2310Essential Elements of Biology3
EDUC 2330Diversity and Culturally Responsive Teaching for the Early Grades3
Select one of the following [shared]:
Introduction To Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations3
KINE 3352Principles of Health and Fitness for Children3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
EDUC 3315Literacy Instruction for Bilingual Classrooms3
EDUC 4305Content Area Instruction in Bilingual Classrooms3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
READ 4309 [WI] Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
EDUC 3320 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Elementary (EC-6) Classrooms3
EDUC 3385Science Teaching Implementation3
EDUC 3395Social Studies Teaching Implementation3
EDUC 3331Methodology Field Implementation3
EDUC 3304Early Childhood Curriculum, Instruction and Environments3
READ 3321Early Childhood Literacy Field Implementation3
READ 4384 [WI] Literacy and Reading Problems Assessment for the Middle Years3
READ 4331Assessment Field Implementation3
Total Hours60
EC-6 Core Subjects with ESL Supplemental
MATH 3303Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 3305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
BIOL 2310Essential Elements of Biology3
EDUC 2330Diversity and Culturally Responsive Teaching for the Early Grades3
Select one of the following [shared]:
Introduction To Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations3
KINE 3352Principles of Health and Fitness for Children3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
READ 3321Early Childhood Literacy Field Implementation3
READ 4384 [WI] Literacy and Reading Problems Assessment for the Middle Years3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
READ 4309 [WI] Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4331Assessment Field Implementation3
EDUC 3320 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Elementary (EC-6) Classrooms3
EDUC 3385Science Teaching Implementation3
EDUC 3395Social Studies Teaching Implementation3
EDUC 3304Early Childhood Curriculum, Instruction and Environments3
EDUC 3331Methodology Field Implementation3
Total Hours57
4-8 Core Subjects with ESL Supplemental
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
BIOL 2310Essential Elements of Biology3
MATH 1316Plane Trigonometry3-4
or MATH 2412 Precalculus Math
MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods3
MATH 2413Calculus I4
MATH 3302Principles of Geometry3
MATH 3303Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 3305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II3
ECON 1301 [shared] Introduction To Economics
or ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
EDUC 3321 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 4331Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
READ 3321Early Childhood Literacy Field Implementation3
READ 4384 [WI] Literacy and Reading Problems Assessment for the Middle Years3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
READ 4309 [WI] Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4331Assessment Field Implementation3
or EDUC 3331 Methodology Field Implementation
Total Hours65
4-8 Math with ESL Supplemental
MATH 1316Plane Trigonometry3
MATH 2413Calculus I4
MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods3-4
or MATH 3450 Principles of Bio-Statistics
MATH 3302Principles of Geometry3
MATH 3303Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 3305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II3
MATH 4304Survey of Mathematical Ideas I3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations3
BIOL 2310Essential Elements of Biology3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
READ 3321Early Childhood Literacy Field Implementation3
READ 4384 [WI] Literacy and Reading Problems Assessment for the Middle Years3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
READ 4309 [WI] Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4331Assessment Field Implementation3
or EDUC 3331 Methodology Field Implementation
EDUC 3321 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 4331Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
Total Hours56
4-8 Science with ESL Supplemental
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
BIOL 2310Essential Elements of Biology3
BIOL 4401Ecology4
MATH 3303Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 3305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
EDUC 3321 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 4331Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 3385Science Teaching Implementation3
READ 3321Early Childhood Literacy Field Implementation3
READ 4384 [WI] Literacy and Reading Problems Assessment for the Middle Years3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
READ 4309 [WI] Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4331Assessment Field Implementation3
or EDUC 3331 Methodology Field Implementation
Total Hours58
4-8 Math and Science
MATH 2412Precalculus Math3-4
or MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry
MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods3
MATH 3302Principles of Geometry3
MATH 3303Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 3305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II3
MATH 4304Survey of Mathematical Ideas I3
or MATH 4305 Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III
MATH 2413Calculus I4
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
BIOL 4401Ecology4
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
EDUC 3321 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 4331Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 3385Science Teaching Implementation3
READ 3321Early Childhood Literacy Field Implementation3
READ 4331Assessment Field Implementation3
or EDUC 3331 Methodology Field Implementation
Total Hours60
4-8 English, Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies with ESL
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammar3
Advanced ENGL (3000 or 4000 Level)6
COMM 1342Voice & Diction3
ECON 1301 [shared] Introduction To Economics
or ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
HIST 2321World Civilizations I3
or HIST 2322 World Civilizations II
BIOL 2310Essential Elements of Biology3
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
MATH 3303Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 3305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II3
EDUC 3321 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 4331Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 3395Social Studies Teaching Implementation3
READ 3321Early Childhood Literacy Field Implementation3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
READ 4384 [WI] Literacy and Reading Problems Assessment for the Middle Years3
READ 4309 [WI] Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4331Assessment Field Implementation3
or EDUC 3331 Methodology Field Implementation
Total Hours57
All Level Special Education EC-6 Generalist with ESL
Select one of the following [shared]:
Introduction To Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
EDSP 2362Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teachers3
EDSP 4364Teaching Learners with Developmental Disabilities3
EDSP 4365Behavior Management for Exceptional Learners3
MATH 3303Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
READ 4309 [WI] Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
MATH 3305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II3
BIOL 2310Essential Elements of Biology3
READ 3321Early Childhood Literacy Field Implementation3
KINE 3352Principles of Health and Fitness for Children3
or KINE 3380 Adapted Physical Activity
READ 4384 [WI] Literacy and Reading Problems Assessment for the Middle Years3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
READ 4331Assessment Field Implementation3
EDUC 3320 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Elementary (EC-6) Classrooms3
EDUC 3385Science Teaching Implementation3
EDUC 3304Early Childhood Curriculum, Instruction and Environments3
EDUC 3331Methodology Field Implementation3
EDUC 3395Social Studies Teaching Implementation3
Total Hours57
4-8 English, Language Arts Reading with ESL
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammar3
Advanced ENGL (3000 or 4000 Level)6
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical Writing and Document Design3
ENGL 3310 [WI] Technical Writing and Editing3
COMM 1342Voice & Diction3
BIOL 2310Essential Elements of Biology3
ECON 1301Introduction To Economics3
or ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
Sophomore Literature3
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
READ 3321Early Childhood Literacy Field Implementation3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
READ 4384 [WI] Literacy and Reading Problems Assessment for the Middle Years3
READ 4309 [WI] Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4331Assessment Field Implementation3
or EDUC 3331 Methodology Field Implementation
EDUC 3321 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 4331Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
Total Hours60
4-8 Social Studies with ESL
HIST 2321World Civilizations I3
HIST 2322World Civilizations II3
Advanced HIST (3000 or 4000 Level)3
Advanced Social Science (3000 or 4000 Level)3
Advanced HIST or Social Science (3000 or 4000 Level)3
ECON 1301 [shared] Introduction To Economics
or ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
BIOL 2310Essential Elements of Biology3
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
GEOG 1320Introduction to Human Geography3
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
Sophomore ENGL3
READ 3321Early Childhood Literacy Field Implementation3
READ 4384 [WI] Literacy and Reading Problems Assessment for the Middle Years3
READ 4309 [WI] Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4331Assessment Field Implementation3
or EDUC 3331 Methodology Field Implementation
EDUC 3321 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 3395Social Studies Teaching Implementation3
EDUC 4331Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
Total Hours57
EC-3 with ESL
KINE 3352Principles of Health and Fitness for Children3
MATH 3303Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 3305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II3
BIOL 2310Essential Elements of Biology3
EDUC 2330Diversity and Culturally Responsive Teaching for the Early Grades3
Select one of the following [shared]:
Introduction To Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
CHFS 3344 [WI] Creative Arts and Literature for Children3
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations3
EDSP 4367Programming for Young Children with Disabilities3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 3320 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Elementary (EC-6) Classrooms3
EDUC 3331Methodology Field Implementation3
CHFS 4317Environments in Early Childhood3
CHFS 3315Concept Development in Early Childhood3
CHFS 4350 [WI] Policies and Ethical Standards3
READ 3321Early Childhood Literacy Field Implementation3
READ 4384 [WI] Literacy and Reading Problems Assessment for the Middle Years3
READ 4309 [WI] Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4331Assessment Field Implementation3
EDUC 3304Early Childhood Curriculum, Instruction and Environments3
Total Hours57

 Secondary Teacher Education

Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Teacher Education

Field of Study Courses
EDUC 1301Introduction to the Teaching Profession3
or TECA 1311 Introduction to Early Childhood Development
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations3
Other Required Courses
General Education Requirements 42-43
ENGL 2320 [shared] Forms of Literature
HUMA 1315 [shared] Fine Arts Appreciation
SOCI 2303 [shared] Race and Ethnic Relations
EDUC 3321 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 3341Culturally Responsive Teaching for Middle and Secondary Educators3
EDUC 3371Ethical, Legal, and Technological Issues in Education3
EDSP 4361Teaching Strategies for Adolescent Students with Learning Disabilities3
EDUC 3330Effective Instruction for Middle and Secondary Educators3
READ 3351 [WI] Content Area Literacy3
EDUC 4331Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4335 Issues of Professionalism3
EDUC 4690Clinical Teaching6
Total Hours81
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
7-12 Mathematics
PHYS 2425 [shared] University Physics I
CHEM 1411 [shared] College Chemistry I
MATH 2413 [shared] Calculus I
MATH 2318Linear Algebra3
MATH 2414Calculus II4
MATH 3301Number Theory3
MATH 3311Probability and Statistics I3
MATH 3320Foundations of Mathematics3
MATH 3433Calculus III4
MATH 4302College Geometry3
MATH 4304Survey of Mathematical Ideas I3
MATH 4308Survey of Mathematical Ideas II3
MATH 4309 [WI] Advanced Analysis3
MATH 4311Probability and Statistics II3
MATH 4332 [WI] Abstract Algebra3
Total Hours38
7-12 History
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
GEOG 1320Introduction to Human Geography3
GEOG 2301The Geography of Texas3
GEOG 3312 [WI] Economic Geography3
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics3
HIST 2321World Civilizations I3
HIST 2322World Civilizations II3
HIST 3304History of Texas3
HIST 3340 [WI] Historical Methods3
HIST 4390 [WI] History Capstone3
EDUC 3395Social Studies Teaching Implementation3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
or PSYC 2308 Child Psychology
Total Hours39
7-12 Social Studies
ANTH 2351Cultural Anthropology3
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics3
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
GEOG 1320Introduction to Human Geography3
GEOG 2301The Geography of Texas3
GEOG 3312 [WI] Economic Geography3
HIST 2321World Civilizations I3
HIST 2322World Civilizations II3
HIST 3304History of Texas3
HIST 3340 [WI] Historical Methods3
EDUC 3395Social Studies Teaching Implementation3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
or PSYC 2308 Child Psychology
Total Hours39
7-12 English Language Arts
ENGL 3301 [WI] American Literature to 18653
ENGL 3302 [WI] American Literature Since 18653
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical Writing and Document Design3
ENGL 3310 [WI] Technical Writing and Editing3
ENGL 3315 [WI] Foundations of Literary Research and Analysis3
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammar3
ENGL 3330 [WI] Advanced Composition3
ENGL 3342 [WI] Genre Studies3
ENGL 4300Shakespeare3
ENGL 4301 [WI] British Literature I3
ENGL 4302 [WI] British Literature II3
ENGL 4360 [WI] Advanced Studies in Secondary English3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
or PSYC 2308 Child Psychology
Total Hours39
7-12 Science Composite
MATH 2412 [shared] Precalculus Math
BIOL 1406 [shared] Biology for Science Majors
CHEM 1411 [shared] College Chemistry I
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL 2300Cell Biology3
CHEM 1412College Chemistry II4
PHYS 1401College Physics I4
PHYS 1402College Physics II4
GEOL 1403Physical Geology4
GEOL 1404Historical Geology4
EASC 3320Astronomy3
Advanced EASC or GEOL Electives2
EDUC 3385Science Teaching Implementation3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
or PSYC 2308 Child Psychology
Total Hours38
7-12 Life Science
MATH 2412 [shared] Precalculus Math
BIOL 1406 [shared] Biology for Science Majors
CHEM 1411 [shared] College Chemistry I
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL 2300Cell Biology3
BIOL 3303Genetics3
BIOL 3103Genetic Techniques1
BIOL 4370Organisms and Ecosystems of Texas3
BIOL 3353Ecology and Evolution3
BIOL 3406Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy4
BIOL 3415Plant Taxonomy4
BIOL 3449Animal Diversity4
BIOL 4320Behavioral Ecology3
EDUC 3385Science Teaching Implementation3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
or PSYC 2308 Child Psychology
Total Hours38

Secondary and All-Level Educator Certificates

The State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) adopted Standards Based Educator Preparation programs aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Tarleton State University currently offers the following secondary and all-level educator certificates developed within the framework of SBEC 2000 Standards. Degree and certification requirements, as well as departmental contacts are found at this website http://www.tarleton.edu/eps/TEP/applications/secondcert.html.

6-12 Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

All-Level Art         

7-12 Chemistry   

7-12 English Language Arts and Reading    

6-12 Family & Consumer Sciences

7-12 History         

7-12 Life Science               

7-12 Math             

8-12 Math/Physics              

All-Level Music

All-Level Physical Education           

6-12 Physical Science

7-12 Science

7-12 Social Studies

All-Level Spanish               

7-12 Speech   

Supplemental Certifications1
English as a Second LanguageE (ESL)
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammar3
ENGL 3370An Introduction to Linguistics3
PSYC 3320Psycholinguistics3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
Total Hours12
Special Education
4-8:
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 4362Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teachers3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
EDSP 4364Teaching Learners with Developmental Disabilities3
EDSP 4365Behavior Management for Exceptional Learners3
8-12:
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 4362Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teachers3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
EDSP 4364Teaching Learners with Developmental Disabilities3
EDSP 4365Behavior Management for Exceptional Learners3
Total Hours30

Child Development and Family Studies Courses

CHFS 1100. Transitioning to University Studies in Child and Family Studies. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

An introduction to and analysis of the culture child and family studies. Students will examine best practices when working with families and children from diverse backgrounds and needs through directed field experiences. This course also meets the First Year Seminar requirement.

CHFS 1304. Infant and Toddler Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Emphasis is on the child from conception through younger years with a study of growth and development in the family setting. Directed observation in approved settings is required. Prerequisite: Moved course into CUIN department per approval from THECB 2.8.2021.

CHFS 3300. Child Development: Theory, Research, and Practice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the child's physical, mental, social, and emotional development from birth to 18 years old. Emphasis is placed on the three year old to adolescent child and those factors which influence his/her growth. Credit for both CHFS 3300 and FACS 3300 will not be awarded. All CHFS majors must earn a grade of C or better in the course. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of department head.

CHFS 3305. Management of a Licensed Child Care Program. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Basic principles of the management of licensed child care programs are studied. Experience is gained in using guidance techniques, methods and materials appropriate to the pre-school level. The class plans and operates a child care center. Credit for both CHFS 3305 and FACS 3305 will not be awarded.

CHFS 3306. Application of Management of a Licensed Child Care Program. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course is designed for application of the basic principles of the management of licensed child care programs. Experience and skills are gained in using guidance techniques, methods and materials that are developmentally appropriate. Field experience is required. Prerequisite: CHFS 3305.

CHFS 3310. Methodology of Family Life Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An understanding of the philosophies and principles of family life education, including knowledge of the family life certification process and content areas. This course will include a survey and critique of various existing family life education programs as well as the development, implementation, and evaluation of new evidence-based programs. Prerequisite: Junior Classification or Approval of Department Head.

CHFS 3315. Concept Development in Early Childhood. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An exploration of theory and practice in teaching science, mathematics, social studies/diversity and technology to young children. An emphasis is placed on developmentally appropriate practices that facilitate skill development. This course includes 8 hours of field experience in an early childhood classroom. Prerequisite: CHFS 3300 or approval of Department Head.

CHFS 3316. Human Intimacy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A functional approach to the understanding of the interpersonal dynamics and choices in primary and secondary relationships such as those with friends, dating partners, and potential mates. The study will include a brief historical and cross-cultural perspective with emphasis on the roots of modern American customs and the rituals of dating and mate selection. Current issues in human sexuality are included. A major component of the class is a study of interpersonal communication. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

CHFS 3333. Family Financial Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Special emphasis is given to the use of family finances in achieving goals. Consideration made for financial protection and financial planning for the family life cycle.

CHFS 3344. Creative Arts and Literature for Children. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An exploration of theory, practice, and materials for teaching young children music, movement, visual arts, and literacy. An emphasis will be placed on developmentally appropriate practice including process-focused activities and skill development. Direct observation and practice in approved off-campus settings is required. Prerequisites: CHFS 3300.

CHFS 3353. Child and Youth Guidance. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines positive guidance strategies for children from birth to eight years. Students will explore theoretical foundations related to child development and the implementation of various models to foster self-control, organize environments and curriculum for pro-social skills, methods for addressing persistent and challenging behaviors. Emphasis will be on behavior management and on guidance strategies for preschool and early elementary children. The course will also explore a wide variety of issues in relation to parenting, child-rearing practices, and child-family relations. Direct observation and practice in approved off-campus settings is required. Prerequisites: CHFS 3300.

CHFS 4085. Internship Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This internship includes supervised, field-based activities in licensed daycare facilities. Major emphasis is placed on the developmentally appropriate instructional strategies and professional practices designed to improve teaching and child care performance. Students are required to conduct a reflective analysis of their internship activities. May be repeated for credit. Direct observation and practice in approved off-campus settings is required Prerequisite: CHFS 3300.

CHFS 4309. Parenting. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A contemporary approach to basic principles and skills needed for effective parenting. Study will include assessment of parenting programs and techniques. Emphasis is placed on creating nurturing home environments through the life cycle. Prerequisite: CHFS 3300.

CHFS 4317. Environments in Early Childhood. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An exploration of the Early Childhood environments, including plans, procedures, physical environment (use of learning centers) and activities for development and assessment of young children. Additionally, this course will examine current issues facing professionals in early childhood settings. Prerequisites: CHFS 3300.

CHFS 4320. Early Intervention Services. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course covers the systems of services available in various states around the country that assists infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. Students will learn what constitutes a developmental delay, developmental milestones, screening and/or evaluations, Individual Family Service Plans, and the personnel and their roles involved in early intervention services.

CHFS 4340. Play Theory and Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Exploration of historical and contemporary therapeutic play theory and research from infancy through young adulthood. Play environments, learning objectives for various age groups, and play therapy are covered.

CHFS 4345. Child Life. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A review of the historical and theoretical perspectives on the development of the child life field and information on fundamental skills required to help children and families cope with the stress of the health care experience. Prerequisites: CHFS 1304, 3300.

CHFS 4350. Policies and Ethical Standards. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A study of moral, ethical, and legal issues faced by professionals working with children and families. Students will learn to assess each situation independently and evaluate alternative approaches to promoting optimal development. Information on the legal aspects of early childhood intervention, working with young children with special needs, and the ethical treatment of families in poverty will be included. Prerequisite: CHFS 3300, Senior Classification or approval of Department Head.

CHFS 4355. Grief, Loss & Bereavement. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an introduction to concepts surrounding the nature of loss, suffering, grief, and issues of death and dying. Historical, current, cultural, spiritual, and religious perspectives will be examined with attention to ethical and moral issues. Theoretical foundations will be explored as related to death and dying, as well as other types of loss to include divorce, adoption, foster care, palliative care, transitions and symbolic loss and how it impacts children and families.

CHFS 4356. Research Methods in Human Sciences. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Current research issues and the importance of research in Human Sciences will be discussed. Main tasks include review of literature, introduction to the scientific method of inquiry, analysis of results, and completion of a research paper. All CHFS majors must earn a grade of C or better in the course. Prerequisite: CHFS 3300.

CHFS 4360. Preprofessional Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Basic information for professional growth including: information relevant to human sciences careers; business interactions; global business-related social and cultural differences; professional correspondence; development of professional marketing tools such as interview skills, preparation of cover letters and resumes. All CHFS majors must earn a grade of C or better in the course.

Education Courses

EDUC 1100. Transitioning to University Studies and the Teaching Profession. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Practical study designed to prepare the student for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from an individual college perspective. Includes an introduction to and analysis of the culture of schooling and classrooms. Students will examine teaching as a profession through directed experiences.

EDUC 1301. Introduction to the Teaching Profession. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An introduction and analysis of the culture of schooling and classrooms. Students will examine teaching as a profession through directed experiences.

EDUC 2300. Families, School, and Community. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

A study of the child, family, community, and schools, including parent education and involvement, family and community lifestyles, child abuse, and current family life issues. The course includes a service learning component to meet the field experiences requirement. Lab fee: $2.

EDUC 2301. Introduction to Special Populations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An enriched, integrated pre-service course and content experience that provides an overview of schooling and classrooms from the perspectives of language, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnic and academic diversity, and equity with an emphasis on factors that facilitate learning. The course provides students with opportunities to participate in early field observations of P- 118 12 special populations and should be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards. Must include a minimum of 16 contact hours of field experience in P-12 classrooms with special populations.

EDUC 2330. Diversity and Culturally Responsive Teaching for the Early Grades. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course offers an introduction to the issues of diversity (e.g. gender, race/ethnicity, culture, class, language, exceptionality) that impact decisions that early educators must make regarding the design and implementation of curriculum, teaching strategies, materials, and communication. This course also offers an examination of different world views to prepare future teachers in the early grades to provide culturally responsive educational opportunities to children of all cultural and economic groups.

EDUC 3304. Early Childhood Curriculum, Instruction and Environments. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed as a study of all aspects of the early childhood classroom, including developmentally appropriate practices, curriculum, instruction, assessment, classroom management, and the physical environment. Current issues related to early childhood education will be examined. Students will be expected to demonstrate developmentally appropriate effective teaching practices in field-based setting. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in READ 3321.

EDUC 3310. Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the history, philosophies, theoretical, and legal foundations regarding Bilingual/English as a Second Language. The course also includes a review of program designs. Recommended concurrent enrollment in EDUC 4315 or 4330. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 3315. Literacy Instruction for Bilingual Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the knowledge and skills required to teach limited English language learners, with an emphasis on program implementation, curriculum, materials, oral language development, literacy development and assessment strategies. Course will be delivered in Spanish and English. Prerequisite: Proficiency in Spanish and EDUC 3310, 3320, and READ 3311.

EDUC 3320. Foundations of Teaching: Elementary (EC-6) Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An examination of techniques in cooperative learning, brain-based learning and motivation in a learner-centered classroom. Field-based experience requires students to apply course content to the real-world classroom. Prerequisites: CHFS 3300, PSYC 2308, or PSYC 3303 or concurrent enrollment (in any of the 3), and a minimum of 60 hours toward certification or degree requirements. Concurrent enrollment in READ 3321 required for EC-6 students.

EDUC 3321. Foundations of Teaching: Middle and Secondary Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An examination of adolescent students and teachers in middle and secondary schools. Documentation of directed field experiences are required. Prerequisite: Either CHFS 3300, PSYC 2308, or PSYC 3303. Concurrent enrollment in any of the three options is allowed. Student must have 60 earned hours toward degree or certification.

EDUC 3330. Effective Instruction for Middle and Secondary Educators. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This courses focuses on developing strategies that are effective in middle school and secondary classrooms. Candidates will design and plan effective instruction utilizing state standards and best practices. Topics include the lesson planning, assessment, classroom management, instructional models, instructional strategies, instruction methods, and instructional skills. Documented field experience component required. Prerequisites: EDUC 3321 (or Department Head approval) and Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 3331. Methodology Field Implementation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 9 Hours).

This course is designed to examine the relationship between the state adopted curriculum and best practices in the classroom, to include practical experience in developing student learning outcomes, designing lesson plans, and delivering and assessing instruction, as well as incorporating effective classroom management techniques into the classroom. Prerequisites: EDUC 3320 or EDUC 3321 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 3341. Culturally Responsive Teaching for Middle and Secondary Educators. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course offers an introduction to culturally response teaching theory and practice in middle and secondary classrooms. The course focuses on issues related to teaching and working with culturally, ethnically, socially, and linguistically diverse student populations including classroom management, effective lesson planning, and student, family, and community communication.

EDUC 3371. Ethical, Legal, and Technological Issues in Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides educators with an overview of the ethical, legal, and social issues that are unique in the 21st century learning environment. Topics such as learner privacy online, effective application of technology, and issues regarding copyright and intellectual property. Teacher candidates will also examine digital citizenship and contemporary legal issues of the 21st century classrooms. Prerequisite: n/a.

EDUC 3385. Science Teaching Implementation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will use the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) as a framework to examine content methodology, skills, and materials necessary to teach science to children in elementary and middle schools. Students will learn how to plan lessons utilizing research-based practices, implement lessons effectively, and reflect on their own science instruction. Course components include hands-on investigations, class discussions, readings, micro-teaching, science notebooks, and field placements with emphasis on developmentally appropriate practices in science instruction. Topics from life science, physical science, earth/space science and nature of science will be covered. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 3331 or READ 4331.

EDUC 3394. Curr/Meth EC-Grade Four I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of developmentally appropriate educational strategies and instructional techniques in teaching language arts, social studies, and fine arts to children (preschool - 4th grade). Students will be expected to integrate language arts, social studies, and fine arts within the curriculum as well as evaluate curricula materials. Prerequisites: Junior classification and completion of TASP requirement; READ 3311, SOSC 3301, and FINA 1335.

EDUC 3395. Social Studies Teaching Implementation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is centered on developing an understanding of historical thinking, and learning new methods to help students examine the purposes, significant issues, and current trends which affect social science and history subject matter EC-6 and 4-8 grades social studies programs. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 3331 or READ 4331.

EDUC 3396. Curr/Meth EC-Grade Four II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of developmentally appropriate educational strategies and instructional techniques in teaching mathematics and science to children (preschool - 4th grade) within a problem-based learning approach. Special topics include the appropriate use of technology and cooperative grouping and the integration of curriculum within the content areas of mathematics and science. Prerequisites: MATH 3303 and 3305, GEOL 1401, BIOL 2310, admission to the Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 4086. Education Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

A course featuring independent research, reading, and discussion under personal direction of instructor, topics vary according to student need. Open to students of junior or senior classification who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and with approval of department head.

EDUC 4304. Early Childhood Environment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of classroom management, including the physical environment and use of centers, for diverse groups of early elementary students. A lab and documentation of directed field experiences are required. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and concurrent enrollment in READ 4310, EDUC 3310(or completion), and EDUC 4315.

EDUC 4305. Content Area Instruction in Bilingual Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of curriculum requirements as applicable to bilingual education, language concepts and proficiencies needed for teaching language arts, math, science and social studies in bilingual classrooms. Students will evaluate commercial and research-based programs in order to adapt materials for students with varying degrees of language and literacy proficiency. Field experiences required. Prerequisites: Admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program, EDUC 3310, EDUC 3315, and READ 3311. Proficiency in Spanish.

EDUC 4315. EC - 8 Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Overview of developmentally appropriate curriculum adhering to state and national standards for grades EC - 8. Prerequisites: Admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program and EDUC 3330, and concurrent enrollment in READ 4310 and EDUC 3310 (or completion).

EDUC 4330. Application of Effective Teaching Practices. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Documented field-based experiences are provided in school settings where students will plan and deliver units of instruction, examine various models of instruction, analyze classroom management strategies, and demonstrate competencies in effective teaching practices. Prerequisites: EDUC 3330 and READ 3351/READ 3356.

EDUC 4331. Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to be an examination of the relationships among local, state, and federal standards to develop instructional strategies derived from research-based practices for middle and secondary classrooms. Field experience required. Prerequisites: EDUC 3321 or EDUC 3320 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 4335. Issues of Professionalism. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Students synthesize and validate concepts encountered during clinical teaching. Prerequisites: Admission to Clinical Teaching and concurrent enrollment in EDUC 4690(or equivalent).

EDUC 4383. Internship for Classroom Teaching. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 9 Hours).

This internship includes supervised, field-based activities in public school classrooms. Major emphasis is placed on the development of instructional strategies and professional practicies designed to improve teaching performance. Students are required to conduct a reflective analysis of their teaching performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Field experience fee $75.

EDUC 4690. Clinical Teaching. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 40 Hours).

Supervised clinical teaching in the public schools at the appropriate level. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in content, the application of best practices, and classroom management strategies. Prerequisites: Admission to Clinical Teaching and concurrent enrollment in EDUC 4335(or equivalent). Passing scores on required certification exams.

Reading Courses

READ 0303. Basic Reading. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of ways a student may enhance existing reading and writing skills; evaluate and examine new theories of learning in relation to individual needs; develop problem solving abilities and critical thinking; acquire individual capacities for understanding oneself in relation to college expectations. The class will use relevant, pertinent materials designed to enrich a student's background knowledge.

READ 3301. Introduction to Children's Literature. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of literature for children grades EC – 8 focusing on the use of classic and contemporary texts to promote interest, motivation, and critical reading skills for self-selected reading. Credit will not be granted for READ 3301 and ENGL 3350. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of SOPH level ENGL.

READ 3311. Literacy for the Early Years. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of research-based competencies essential for effective literacy instruction in the early years. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, 3 hours SOPH ENGL and concurrent enrollment in READ 3321.

READ 3321. Early Childhood Literacy Field Implementation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 9 Hours).

This course is designed to give students field-based experiences in the early childhood classroom. Students will develop practical lessons and activities to be used in the literacy classroom and apply knowledge and skills about instructional strategies, materials, and best-practices in the early grades classroom. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 3320 or EDUC 3321.

READ 3351. Content Area Literacy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course provides an understanding of factors which influence learning from content text and teaches specific instructional strategies which promote comprehension, vocabulary development, effective study strategies, and test-taking skills. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302 and a Sophomore level English.

READ 3356. Content Area Literacy for Interdisciplinary Studies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course provides an understanding of factors which influence learning from content texts. The course includes specific instructional strategies that promote comprehension, vocabulary development, effective study and test-taking skills, and ways to modify text for diverse learners including English Language Learners, Gifted and Talented, Special Education and other cultural groups. Attention is given to the principles of research-based reading instruction for EC-6 and 4-8 pre-service teachers. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302 and a Sophomore level English.

READ 3384. Literacy for the Middle Years. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A field-based course surveying research-based competencies essential for effective literacy instruction in the middle years. Prerequisites: READ 3311, Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 3330.

READ 4086. Reading Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

A course featuring independent research, reading, application and discussion under personal direction of instructor. Topics vary according to student need. Open to students of junior or senior classification who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and with approval of the instructor and department head.

READ 4309. Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course focuses on theory and instructional strategies for teaching and assess literacy learning with EC-6 and 4-8 learners in a school setting. It includes the writing process, genres of children's literature and writing genres, evaluation of children's literature, teaching with mini-lessons using children's literature as mentor texts to teach writing, stages of writing in relation to early literacy, state and national standards for writing, high stakes writing tests and writing to learn. Prerequisites: READ 3311 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

READ 4310. Concepts of Literacy Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of literacy initiatives and concepts for grades EC – 8. Prerequisites: Admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program and concurrent enrollment in EDUC 4315 or EDUC 4330.

READ 4331. Assessment Field Implementation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 9 Hours).

This course is designed to give students field-based experiences in the use of assessment to analyze students’ strengths and needs, evaluate teacher effectiveness, and guide instructional planning for individuals and groups. The focus of this course will include the application of technology-based and traditional assessment models to enhance students’ literacy achievement, including ELLs and students with special needs. Prerequisite: READ 3321. Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

READ 4384. Literacy and Reading Problems Assessment for the Middle Years. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course is a field-based course surveying the characteristics of the middle to upper elementary learner and methods of assessment and instruction in all aspects of literacy including comprehension, vocabulary, and word identification in the context of state learning standards. The course also includes an examination of normal reading development, reading difficulties, including dyslexia, and strategies for assessing/addressing reading differences including diverse learner reading processes and development of literacy of English Language Learners. Prerequisite: READ 3311, Acceptance in the Teacher Education Program.

Special Education Courses

EDSP 2362. Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teachers. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Laws and litigation that affect the education of students with disabilities are examined. Includes procedures pertinent to teachers providing special education services such as federal and state regulations, IEPs, and the development of basic instructional plans. Prerequisite: EDSP 2301, equivalent course, or approval of department head.

EDSP 3360. Assessment Principles in Special Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to provide an understanding of formal and informal assessment and evaluation procedures. In addition, it will present how to evaluate k-12 student competencies in order to make instructional decisions. A field-based experience is required. Prerequisite: EDSP 2301 or EDSP 3361.

EDSP 3361. Survey of Exceptional Learners. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The characteristics of exceptional learners and the educational programs for individuals with disabilities will be surveyed. Additional course content will include the legislation and court cases related to special education and the referral, diagnosis, and placement of exceptional learners. A field experience is required. Prerequisite: TASP/THEA requirement must be met.

EDSP 4086. Special Education Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

A course featuring independent research, reading, application and discussion under personal direction of instructor. Topics vary according to student need. Open to students of junior or senior classification who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and with approval of the instructor and department head.

EDSP 4361. Teaching Strategies for Adolescent Students with Learning Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to be a Survey of exceptional learners and the mandated educational programs for individuals with disabilities in middle and secondary schools. Additional course content will include instructional and communicative strategies that will facilitate appropriate and productive inclusion of middle and secondary age students with diagnosed and undiagnosed disabilities within general education classrooms and other school settings.. A field experience is required. Prerequisites: EDUC 3321 or EDUC 3320 and admission to Teacher Education.

EDSP 4362. Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teachers. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Laws and litigation that affect the education of students with disabilities are examined. Includes procedures pertinent to teachers providing special education services such as federal and state regulations, IEPs, and the development of basic instructional plans. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDSP 3361, equivalent course, or approval of department head.

EDSP 4363. Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Learning disabilities are examined with emphasis on history, definition, causation and characteristics. Content includes teaching methods for language, academic, and social skills as well as effective inclusive practices. Strategies for successful collaboration with parents, guardians, paraprofessionals and general education teachers are studied. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDSP 2301 or EDUC 2301.

EDSP 4364. Teaching Learners with Developmental Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Etiology and characteristics associated with deficits in development are studied. Effects of developmental disabilities in the areas of language acquisition and physical, social and emotional functioning are examined. Course content includes methods for teaching functional academic skills, communication skills and life management skills, working with parents, paraprofessionals and related service personnel, community based instruction and vocational planning. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDSP 2301 or EDSP 3361.

EDSP 4365. Behavior Management for Exceptional Learners. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Information is provided on managing a classroom that includes students with disabilities. Topics include creating positive interpersonal relationships in the classroom, increasing student motivation and learning, minimizing disruptive behavior, behavioral management strategies, curriculum adaptations, crisis management and behavior management theories and strategies. Information will also be provided on the typical characteristics associated with emotional disabilities and identification procedures utilized. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDSP 2301 or EDSP 3361.

EDSP 4367. Programming for Young Children with Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of young children with disabilities aged birth to 6 with an emphasis on the techniques for implementing programs to meet the needs of the child and the family. Early intervention, medical intervention, and public school educational programming for infants, toddlers, and young children who are at risk will be addressed as well as parent involvement models to promote optimum parent-child and parent-professional relationships. Emphasis on recent research related to early childhood special education. Field experience required.

Texas Early Childhood Education Courses

TECA 1303. Familes, School, & Community. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the child, family, community, and schools, including parent education and involvement, family and community lifestyles, child abuse, and current family life issues. Course content must be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards and coincide with the National Association for the Education of Young Children position statement related to developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth through age eight. Requires students to participate in field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations. The course includes a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences.

TECA 1311. Introduction to Early Childhood Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

(TCCNS = TECA 1311) An introduction to the profession of early childhood education, focusing on developmentally appropriate practices, types of programs, historical perspectives, ethics, and current issues. One-hour lab per week in child development laboratory, to include directed observation of young children and teaching experiences.

TECA 1318. Wellness of the Young Child. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

(TCCNS = TECA 1318) A study of nutrition, health, and safety for the child. Skill development in management of issues, guidelines, and practices in nutrition, as well as community health, hygiene, safety, and legal implications will be addressed. Integration of these principles applied to a variety of settings.

TECA 1354. Child Growth and Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

(TCCNS = TECA 1354) Emphasis is on the child from conception through younger years with a study of growth and development in the family setting. Directed observation in approved settings is required.

Dr. Amber Lynn Diaz, Department Head
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
E.J. Howell Building, Room 320
Box T-0290
Stephenville, Texas 76402
254-968-0730
254-968-9947
adiaz@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/teachered

Professors

  • Barkley
  • Becker
  • Gentry
  • Lamb
  • Taylor

Associate professors

  • Baker
  • Cavin
  • Colvin
  • Estes
  • Miller-Levy
  • Pate
  • Sharp
  • Wright

Assistant professors

  • Castaneda
  • Diaz
  • Fox
  • Lumbreras
  • McGregor
  • Pearce
  • Putman
  • Schaffer
  • Sloan

Instructor

  • Baumgardner
  • Hinson
  • Rose