Union Institute and University

Secondary Education

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Curriculum

General Education Courses

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Foundations Courses in Education

Minimum Credit in the Major – 48 Credit Hours, 3 – 4 credits

Graduates in this major in Florida will meet the general standards for teachers established by the state of Florida.

Note: All education courses may be taken for either three or four credits. A modified syllabus reflecting the four-credit amount of work will be provided.

Major Core Courses

EDU 317 Psychological & Sociological Foundations of Education
EDU 330 Foundations and Practices in Teaching Reading
EDU 331 Adult Development: Perspectives on Human Flourishing
EDU 334 Educational Assessment
PSY 350 Personality Theories: Frameworks of Understanding in Psychology
PSY 351 Abnormal Psychology: Explorations through Film
EDU 335 Effective Instructional Practices

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Culminating Graduation Requirement

As part of the course work in the major, every student will complete a culminating graduation requirement (CGR). Students meet the capstone requirement for the Bachelor of Science major in Secondary Education by satisfactorily completing one of the following:

Student Teaching (12 credits total) which consists of

EDU 496 Capstone Foundations Workshop: Student Teaching Seminar (3 credits)
EDU 499 Capstone (CGR) Learning Experience: Student Teaching (9 credits)

Or

Capstone Course (3-4 credits)

EDU 497 Contemporary Perspectives on Classroom Organization

Additional elective learning may be accepted when appropriate to the major. Acceptable elective learning may include: prior learning that meets program criteria for acceptance; general education courses (beyond those required by the program) and courses offered through other majors, following published syllabi; and/or individually designed courses developed by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor and submitted using the learning agreement form. All additional electives must be endorsed by the faculty advisor and the dean and documented in the approved degree audit prior to registration.

Note: Upper-level prior learning examinations and certified learning credits are accepted by the state of Florida toward education major course requirements.

Courses in the Concentration

Foundational Courses in the Concentration (3-4 credits)

EDU 343 Methods of Teaching Language Arts in Secondary School
EDU 337 Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics
EDU 341 Methods of Teaching Secondary Science
EDU 342 Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Science

Core Courses in the Concentration

3-4 credits each. They may be taken as three-credit courses with the approval of the faculty advisor and the dean, following appropriate adjustments to the course syllabus and provided that the student meets the Bachelor of Science program’s 36 minimum credit hour requirement in general education.

ENG 321 Western World Literature
ENG 323 British Literature II
ENG 331 American Literature
ENG 345 The Short Story
ENG 380 Advanced English Grammar
ENG 424 Shakespeare and His Plays

Choose one of the following:

ENG 391 Oral Interpretation

Or

SPE 201 Public Speaking

Or

ESOL 322 Applied Linguistics
MAT 122 College Algebra

Or

MAT 101 College Mathematics (Both MAT 101 and 122 may be used as four-credit general education courses in the Quantitative Reasoning domain through Fall 2014.)
MAT 201 Calculus I
MAT 202 Calculus II (Prerequisite: MAT 201 or MAT 307)
MAT 205 Geometry
MAT 304 Linear Algebra
MAT 307 Business Calculus (may substitute for MAT 201)
STAT 221 Statistics (may be used as a four-credit general education course in the Quantitative Reasoning domain through Fall 2014) (Statistics must include probability.)
STAT 321 Advanced Statistics and Probability
BIO 101 Intro to Biology
CHE 101 Intro to Chemistry
GEO 301 Earth Materials
PHS 111 Intro to Astronomy (may be used as a four-credit general education course in the Observation & Analysis of the Natural World through Fall 2014)
PHY 121 Intro to Physics
SCI 322 Oceanography

Or

ECO 221 Macroeconomics

Or

ECO 222 Microeconomics (ECO 221 and 222 may be used as four-credit general education classes in the Social Systems and Behavioral Science domain through Fall 2014.)
GEG 101 Introduction to Geography
HIS 103 Western Civilization: 1500-1815 (may be used as a four-credit general education course in the Civilization and Human Legacy domain through Fall 2014.)
HIS 104 Western Civilization 1815-Present (may be used as a four-credit general education course in the Civilization and Human Legacy domain through Fall 2014.)
HIS 321 American History: Federalist Period
HIS 322 American History: Reconstruction
HIS 325 African History
HIS 342 Latin American History
POS 201 Intro to Psychology or SOC 101 Intro to Sociology (may be used as four-credit general education classes in the Social Systems and Behavioral Science domain through Fall 2014)

Concentration Elective Courses

Must complete a minimum of three additional courses from the electives to complete the major.

EDU 345 Curriculum Development of Secondary English
EDU 347 Curriculum Development of Secondary Social Science
ESOL 321 Cross Cultural Communication
MAT 305 History of Mathematics
MAT 306 Discrete Mathematics
MAT 307 Business Calculus
STAT 321 Advanced Statistics and Probability
STAT 323 Regression Analysis
MAT 302 Curriculum Development of Secondary Science
PHI 301 Philosophy of Science

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Additional elective learning may be accepted when appropriate to the major. Acceptable elective learning may include: prior learning that meets program criteria for acceptance; general education courses (beyond those required by the program) and courses offered through other majors, following published syllabi; and/or individually designed courses developed by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor and submitted using the learning agreement form. All additional electives must be endorsed by the faculty advisor and the dean and documented in the approved degree audit prior to registration.