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2017-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching Major, BS

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Program Description

Winston-Salem State University has a long history of contribution to the field of teacher education. The Teaching program is a unique degree program that responds to contemporary challenges in the field of education, with an emphasis on the intersection of the curriculum, culture and the community. The mission of the Teaching Program is to develop competent and effective teachers for Special Education/General Curriculum, Middle Grades Education, Secondary English Education, and Secondary Mathematics Education. The program prepares teachers to be ethical and appreciative of the human differences in the world and to use their ability to reason logically, think critically and creatively, and communicate effectively.

The Teaching Program links faculty and students directly to schools through field experiences, student teaching, consultations, and research. The skills of teaching, curriculum development, leadership, and supervision are developed in these various settings. Practical and theoretical views of educational programs and resources allow the program to maintain a close working relationship with other academic disciplines, departments, and divisions at Winston-Salem State University.

Student Learning Outcomes

 The teacher education candidate will:

  1. Demonstrate leadership in the classroom, school and the profession by meeting the needs of individual students, demonstrating high ethical standards, and promoting professional growth.
  2. Exhibit sensitivity toward diversity in the school, community and in the world by accommodating individual differences among learners.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the relevant content taught and the interconnectedness of disciplines.
  4. Facilitate learning by using a variety of instructional methods, integrating technology in instruction, and using critical-thinking and problem solving skills.
  5. Reflect on own practices by analyzing and assessing instruction, student learning and progress.
  6. Communicate effectively, expressing themselves through speech and writing in appropriate, clear and correct English.

Major Requirements

The program provides a carefully planned sequence of classroom and field experiences that will result in the development of competent teachers for grades K-6. The curriculum is organized to include the general education core curriculum, professional studies, specialty area courses and a second course of study in one of the following areas: English as a Second Language, Math/Science/Technology, and Special Education. The course sequence for these areas is denoted in the program paradigms by the use of the term “second course of study.” Students are required to complete a minimum of 121 units. Teacher Education majors should complete the general education curriculum and obtain admission into Teacher Education during the first two years of enrollment or by the time students have completed 60 credit hours.

Program Summary

Total Number of Semester Hours………………………………….. 123-126 semester hours

General Education Requirements…………………………………… 60 semester hours

Foundation Courses……………………………………………………..…… 9 semester hours

Professional Education……………………………………………………. 33-42 semester hours (includes second course of study)

Second Course of Study…………………………………………………. 18 semester hours

Admission Requirements for the Major:

Prospective students must meet the following conditions:

  • Be admitted to the Teacher Education Program by the end of the sophomore year. Make formal application for admission to the program during the second semester of the sophomore year.
  • Pass Praxis I, an essay test, and an interview conducted by departmental faculty members.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and at least a grade of C in all basic academic courses (English and Mathematics) to qualify for admission to the Teacher Education Program and student teaching.
  • Complete and sign a Disposition Statement.
  • Present the approved program health form completed and signed by a private physician.
  • Present acceptable ratings on personal and professional characteristics as determined by the character reference form and from interviews in the specific department.
  • Complete admission to teacher education as it is a prerequisite for Methods Block courses, all other 4000 level courses and any courses listed in the catalog.

Second Course of Study Requirements

Students required to take a second course of study (18 hours) can choose from the following: English as a Second Language, Mathematics, English, or Special Education.

FOUNDATION COURSES (Required of all majors in the Teacher Education programs – nine [9] credits)

EDU 2334 Education, Culture and Society (*)

ELE 3311 Human Growth and Development

EDU 2322 Promoting Social Justice through Education (*)

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION CORE (Twelve [12] credits required of all Concentrations)

EDU 3315 Instructional Planning, Curriculum and Assessment

EDU 4338 Psychological Foundations of Education

SPE 3300 Exceptional Children in the Classroom

EDU 4339  Integrating Media & Technology in P-12 Settings

BREADTH AREAS (Education majors must take a minimum of two [2] courses (six [6] credits) in each Breadth Area)

Exceptions: (only 1 course required in each Breadth Area for theses concentrations)

  • Middle Grades Education
  • Secondary English Education
  • Secondary Mathematics Education

Multicultural Education

EDU 2301      Special Issues in Educating African American Males (*)

ENG 3311      Studies in African-American Literature

ESL 3300       Cultural Aspects of Teaching and Learning ESL

ESL 2305       Language, Culture, and Cross-Cultural Interaction

SOC/PSY 3307  Social Psychology

SOC 3343      Cultural Diversity

PSY 3309       Cross-Cultural Psychology

Literacy Development

BKE 3329      Early Language and Literacy

RED 4363      Reading in the Content/Secondary

ESL 3301       Grammar for Teachers

RED 4312      Reading Assessment & Remediation

ENG 3322      Grammars of English

RED 3309      Teaching Reading in the Elementary School K-3

RED 3310      Teaching Reading in Elementary School 3-6

Curriculum and Instruction

ENG 4302      Composition Theory & Pedagogy

EDU 3315      Instruct Design, Curricula & Assessment

ELE 3304       Curriculum Development

ESL 3303       Effective Teaching Methods in ESL

Student Teaching Experience (Twelve credit hours)

EDU 4333      Student Teaching Seminar

EDU 4981      Student Teaching

 Course of Study for the Optional Tracks of the B.S. in Teaching

Special Education Track

Course #

Course Title

SPE 1101

Special Education as a Profession

SPE 2310

Introduction to Exceptional Individuals

SPE 2312

Transition Planning & Service Delivery

SPE 3310

Classroom Management

SPE 3320

Problems and Characteristics of Students with Learning Disabilities

SPE 3335

Problems and Characteristics of Students with Behavior Disorders

SPE 3302

Methods and Material for Teaching Math to Students with Special  Needs

SPE 3336

Methods of Enhancing Reading Skills for Students with Exceptional Needs

SPE 4321

Assessment and Remediation for Students with Exceptional Needs

SPE 4323

Instructional Methods in the Inclusive General Curriculum Classroom


Middle Grades Track

Course #

Course Title

MGE 3101

MGE Practicum I

MGE 3201

The Middle School

MGE 3310

Early Adolescent Learn & Class Management

MGE 4101

MGE Practicum II

MGE 4201

Emerging Adolescents in the School Setting

RED 4364

Reading in the Content Area/Secondary

MGE Methods Courses

4352-Principles/Methods Teaching Math, or 4353-Principles/Methods Teaching English, or 4354-Principles/Methods Teaching Social Studies, or 4355- Principles/Methods Teaching Science

Content area course work




Secondary Mathematics Track


Course Title

EDU 3315

Instructional Curriculum and Assessment

SED 4352

Principles/Methods Teach Math

SED 4301

History/Development of Math

RED 4364

Reading in the Content Areas

*SPH 2341

Fundamentals of Speech

Content area course work




Secondary English Track

Course #

Course Title

EDU 3315

Instructional Curriculum and Assessment

ENG 4302

Composition Theory & Pedagogy

EDU 4353

Principles & Methods of Teaching English

ENG 4304

Senior Seminar



Content area course work



* Courses can be taken as part of the students General Education Requirement

Content Area Coursework for Middle Grades, Secondary Math, and Secondary English tracks of the BS in Teaching:

Middle Grades

Middle Grades majors must choose two areas of certification.  Major area requires 24 hours in content area, while second area requires a minimum of 18 content hours. In order to complete the MGE track with 129, majors in this track will need to take 18 credit hours of content area course as part of their General Education.

English/Language Arts


Social Studies


ENG 2313: Survey of American Literature I

MAT 2302: Principles of Mathematics

*ECO 2312: Principles of Macroeconomics

*BIO 1301: Biological Concepts

ENG 2314: Survey of American Lit II

MAT 2337: Discrete Mathematics

*GEO 2311: Introduction to Geography

*BIO 1320: Environmental Biology OR

GEO 2313: Environmental Geography

ENG 3302:Advanced Composition

MAT 2316: Linear Algebra

*GEO 3336: World Economic Geography

*CHE 2311: General Chemistry I

CHE 2111: General Chemistry  Lab

ENG 3306: British Lit I

*MAT 2326: Elementary Statistics

HIS 2306: U.S. History I

CHE 2312: General  Chemistry II

CHE 2112: General  Chemistry II Lab

ENG 3307: British Literature II

*MAT 2410: Calculus I or

MAT 2411- Calculus II

HIS 2307: U.S. History II

*PHS 2337: Introduction to Planetary Science

PHS 2137: Introduction to Planetary Science Lab

ENG 3321: Grammars of English

MAT 3320: Introduction to the Theory of Numbers

HIS 3331: History of Africa

*PHY 2321: General Physics I

PHY 2121: General  Physics I Lab

ENG 3348: Adolescent Lit

MAT 3326: Geometry I

HIS 3356: Modern Russian History or

HIS 0000: African Presence in the Americas

PHY 2322: General Physics II

PHY 2122: General Physics II Lab

ENG 4302: Composition Theory and Pedagogy

MAT 3341: Algebraic Structures

HIS 4308: History of North Carolina




*SOC 2301: General Sociology


Secondary Mathematics Content Area Courses


Secondary English Content Area Courses


CSC 1310: Computer Programming I

*ENG 3306: British Literature to 1800

*MAT  2317: Calculus I

ENG 3321: Grammars of English

*MAT 2318: Calculus II

Genre Course requirements: ENG 3350, 3377, 3378, 3349, 3341, or 4331

MAT 3316: Calculus III

ENG 331: Studies in African American Literature

MAT 3317: Calculus IV

Period/Author Course: ENG 3309, 3363, 3373, 3374, 4361, 4364, or 4326

*MAT 2326: Elementary Statistics

ENG 3302: Advanced Composition

MAT 2337: Discrete Mathematics

ENG 4355: Literacy Criticism (Theory)

MAT 3320: Number Theory

ENG 3313: Studies in American Literature

MAT 3341: Algebraic Structures I

ENG 3348: Adolescent Literature

MAT 4356: Mathematical Statistics I


MAT 2316: Linear Algebra


MAT 3326: Geometry


*PHY 3331: Principles of Physics I  and

PHY 3131: Principles of Physics I Laboratory


*PHY 3332: Principles of Physics II and

PHY 3132: Principles of Physics II Laboratory



* Courses can be taken as part of the students General Education Requirement





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