Elementary Education and Learning & Behavior Disorders (required double major)

Bellarmine’s School of Education is leading the nation in innovative teacher education programs. Bellarmine is one of a small number of colleges and universities in the nation creating a more comprehensive teacher preparation program which incorporates the national standards for teacher competencies and the state standards (Kentucky Teacher Standards) by requiring all undergraduate students interested in teaching elementary or middle grades to complete a four year program which leads to certification in both general education and special education for learning and behavior disorders.

The diversity of the typical classroom in private, public or parochial schools has changed dramatically, requiring that teachers come to the classroom prepared with a new and more varied set of competencies. National and state standards for teacher competencies have outlined the skills necessary for the teacher of tomorrow. The standards include skills in Planning, Learning Climate, Instructional Delivery, Assessment, Teamwork, Professional Growth, Personal and Professional Reflection. Embedded in each of these skill areas are critical foundations of teaching which require the teacher to assess, understand and address the unique needs of students with educational disabilities and multicultural backgrounds.

The School of Education believes that the preparation of teachers with dual certification in general and special education competencies prepares our graduates for the many diverse and challenging classrooms of tomorrow. Graduates will be leaders in education serving their communities by helping every child develop to his/her highest potential.

Required Professional Education Courses (minimim grades of B- required):
     EDUC 102, 112, 116, 200, 208, 231, 309, 329, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 431, 436.
Required Special Education Emphasis Courses (minimum grades of B- required):
     EDUC 111, 122, 214, 220, 312, 315, 362, 382, 420, 446.
Additional Required Major Courses (all of these courses except COMM 103 or 205 also fulfill General Education requirements):
     ENGL 101 with a minimum grade of C+;**
     ENGL 200;
     ARTH 201 or ARTH 202;
     MATH 101 and MATH 102 with minimum grades of C+;**
     ENVS 150;
     One course from: BIOL, 112, 113, 114, 115, or 116;
     One course from ANTH 111, GEOG 175, or SOC. 101;
     P.S. 101 or ECON 110;
     COMM 103 or 205 with a minimum grade of C+.**
Additional Major Requirements: students must also complete specified Praxis Exams and transition point requirements as outlined on their curriculum contract kept on file in the School of Education. Students must successfully complete ENG 101, MATH 101 & 102, COMM 103 or 205, EDUC 102, EDUC 220, EDUC 200/112, and EDUC 309 prior to applying to the School of Education during the spring semester of their second year in education coursework.

All Education majors are required to meet with an Education Faculty Advisor to develop an individual 4-year plan.
 

Suggested Program of Study

Elementary Education and Learning & Behavior Disorders

Freshman Year

EDUC 102**

3

MATH 101**(offered fall only)

3

ENGL 101**

3

Gen Ed HIST 116 or HIST 117

3

ANTH 111 or GEOG 175 or SOC. 101

3

Gen Ed IDC. 100

1
TOTAL 16

EDUC 220

3

MATH 102**(offered spring only)

3

COMM 103 or COMM 205**

3

Gen Ed IDC. 101

3

Gen Ed PHIL 160

3

Gen Ed ENGL 200

3
TOTAL 18

Sophomore Year

EDUC 200** (offered fall only)

3

EDUC 112**

1

EDUC 231 or EDUC 329

3

EDUC 208 (offered fall only)

3

Gen Ed ENVS 150 (offered fall only)

3

Gen Ed THEO 200

3

Gen Ed IDC. 200

3
TOTAL 19

EDUC 309** (offered spring only)

3

EDUC 231 or EDUC 329

3

EDUC 334

3

EDUC 315

3

Gen Ed P.S. 101 or ECON 110

3

Gen Ed one from: BIOL 112, BIOL 113, BIOL 114, BIOL 115, or BIOL 116

3
TOTAL 18

Junior Year*

EDUC 214

3

EDUC 111

1

EDUC 336

3

EDUC 339

3

EDUC 362

3

EDUC 446

3

Gen Ed PHIL 301

3
TOTAL 19

EDUC 116

3

EDUC 312

3

EDUC 122

1

EDUC 335

3

EDUC 337

3

EDUC 338

3

Gen Ed IDC. 301

3
TOTAL 19

Senior Year*

EDUC 431

6

EDUC 420

6

A Gen Ed could be taken here if needed

TOTAL 12

EDUC 436

3

EDUC 382

3

Gen Ed Missing node

3

Gen Ed ARTH 201 or ARTH 202

3

Gen Ed THEO elective

3
TOTAL 15

Gen Ed courses may be taken in semesters other than the ones listed above in most cases. 
* Students must be admitted to School of Education before taking junior level Education courses or higher.
** Course must be successfully completed prior to application to the School of Education.