Middle Grades Education and Learning & Behavior Disorders (required double major)

Dual Certification

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.

Professional Education Courses

EDUC 112, 116, 200208309335343443445

Corequisite Courses

ARTH 201 or 202, or Fine Arts as appropriate

Special Education

EDUC 102, 111, 122, 214, 220, 312, 315, 362, 382, 421, 446

Areas of Specialization

Select one of the following:
English Language Arts
ENGL 201207208209, 210
EDUC 315 (or ENGL 402), 334335339
MATH 101102117120205215305
EDUC 336
(MATH 231 is strongly recommended)
Social Studies
HIST 116117201202
ECON 110
P.S. 101
SOC. 101 or ANTH 111
GEOG 175
EDUC 338
BIOL 130 and six hours selected from BIOL 112113114115116117118, ENVS 111