Elementary Education (B.S.)

Southwestern Adventist University’s Education and Psychology department houses two programs: education and psychology. Both offer courses leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees in education and psychology. A person interested in Secondary Education must complete a major and/or a minor in another discipline in addition to the course work required for teaching certification.

We offer unique opportunities for students planning to become teachers to do microteaching episodes by observing the teaching and learning process in an actual classroom (field experience), culminating in a 14-week internship in one of our local school districts. Students also give back to the community by providing reading re-mediation to students at risk, participating in a number of activities such as reading nights in schools in Johnson County, and helping with special Olympics for Johnson County schools.

See curriculum guide.

More than 90% of our first-year teachers pass the state required exam for certification, that has reciprocity with 46 other states. All of our graduates who want to teach, get a job offer, whether in the Adventist or Public school systems across the country. Many also go on to become lead teachers, principals, superintendents, diagnosticians, speech pathologists, special education directors, technology directors, and curriculum directors.

Job Outlook

K–12 teaching jobs are expected to grow by 12 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Mathematics, science and bilingual education teachers are in particular demand, as are education majors who are licensed to teach in more than one subject. Job prospects also tend to be higher in urban and rural school districts.

Earnings

Depending on the area of the country, you can expect a salary range of $35,000–$50,000 as a first-year teacher.

Educational Qualifications

Students planning to teach in public schools must pass the tests required by the State of Texas for certification (see the undergraduate bulletin for more details). Students must also complete all the requirements in order to receive NAD certification to teach in Seventh-day Adventist schools. A master’s degree is required for administrative positions in education and our department offers a number of these programs (see graduate bulletin). Students planning to teach at tertiary level in education programs must possess one area of expertise, and a doctorate degree is preferred.

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018.

In addition to the University’s General Education requirements, all elementary and secondary majors take a Professional Development component of 36 hours. Secondary education majors take this along with their major and minor, while elementary take an additional 39 credits in teaching methods.

First Year

First Semester

BIOL 103—Human Biology plus BIOL1 04-A – Lab ..............4

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition (take either semester)...3

HIST 111—American History I..............................................3

RELT 101—Christian Beliefs.................................................3

UNIV 111—Wellness for Life ................................................2

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Semester

EDUC 254—Intro to Teaching..............................................3

HIST 112—American History II ............................................3

MATH 131—Applied Math ...................................................3

PHYS 114—Physical Science .................................................4

KINA Activity Course..............................................................1

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

EDUC 275—Teaching Culturally Diverse Students .................3

KINT 244—P.E. in Elementary School ....................................3

MATH 110—College Algebra (or higher)................................3

RELT 201/EDUC 263—Bible Study Methods/Religion in SDA
School............................................3

POLS 211—National & Texas Constitution.............................3

TOTAL:​ 15

RELH 230—History of SDA Church ....................................3

ENGL 220—Research Writing .............................................3

Literature Elective ..............................................................3

HIST 242—History/Political Geography...............................3

PSYC 220—Human Growth & Development.........................3

TOTAL:​ 15

Third Year

EDUC 310—Second Language Instruction ...........................3

EDUC 382—Reading/Language Arts.....................................3

EDUC 385—Philosophy of Education ...................................3

EDUC 386—Math in Elementary School ...............................3

MUED 253—Music in Elementary School .............................3

KINA Activity Course.............................................................1

TOTAL:​ 16

EDUC 326—Exceptional Children .......................................3

EDUC 350—Educational Technology...................................3

EDUC 414—Science/Health in the Elementary School ........3

EDUC 419—Social Studies In the Elementary School ..........3

EDUC 424—Language Arts Essential Skills ..........................3

EDUC 460—Differentiated Instruction .................................3

EDUC 495—TExES Review- Generalist .................................0

 

TOTAL:​ 18

Fourth Year

EDUC 312—Educational Psychology ...................................3

EDUC 364—Kindergarten Methods & Materials...................3

EDUC 375—Children’s Literature .......................................3

EDUC 418—Legal Foundations ..........................................3

EDUC 434—Classroom Assessment ...................................3

EDUC 496—TExES Review-Pedagogy & Prof Responsibility..0

Upper Division Religion (300 course number and up) .........3

TOTAL:​ 18

ARTS 223—Arts and Drama ................................................3

EDUC 436—Classroom Management  ..................................3

EDUC 475 —Directed Student Teaching ...............................6

TOTAL:​ 12