What courses are being deleted from the curriculum?

The Department of Education is not proposing to delete any courses from the institution’s and/or division’s curriculum (i.e., menu of course selections listed in the academic catalog). Rather, the Division is proposing to add new courses to the curriculum that support desired revisions to the program of study (i.e., set of courses leading to graduation). In order to accomplish the goals outlined in the e-mail dated April 23, 2010, the course additions will replace several courses on the current Division of Education program of study. Teacher candidates will have the opportunity to enroll in courses that were formally part of the program of study as electives in consultation with their academic advisor. In addition, the Department will continue to offer all courses currently listed in the academic catalog to assure a smooth transition if teacher candidates elect to complete degree requirements by completing the current program or study.



Which courses will comprise the proposed program of study?

Listed below are the revisions that would occur to the program of study upon acceptance of the course additions to the curriculum.


Early Childhood Education Program of Study (124-126 credits) 


I. Common Curriculum (56-58 credits)

EDU 100: Preparation for Excellence
ENG 101: English Composition I
ENG 102: English Composition II
ENG 232: Introduction to Literature
HED 225: Personal and Community Hygiene OR any two PED courses
REL 230: Essentials of the Christian Faith
REL 231: Religions of the World
PHI 220: Values and Society
PHI 230: Problems of Philosophy OR PHI 234 Western Philosophy
HIS 103: Survey of US History
HIS 104: African-American History
HIS 112: World History
PA 220: Spanish I or FRE 220: French I
SPA 221: Spanish II or FRE 221: French II
MAT 122: College Algebra
BIO 111 & 112: Principles of Biology I & II

- OR-

CHE 120 & 121: General Chemistry I & II  [1]
CSC 101: Computer Applications and Programming
PSY 201: Introduction to Psychology


II. Professional Education Courses (32 credits)

EDU 220: Foundations of Education
EDU 395: Method, Curriculum and Assessment (Combines Curriculum Methods and Assessment Skills in Education)
EDU 346: Child Development and Family in a Diverse Society (Incorporates concepts from Developmental Psychology)
EDU 350: Teaching and Learning for the Diverse Learner (incorporates concepts from Exceptional Students)
EDU 393: Educational Psychology
EDU 361, 461 & 462: Seminar in Education Research
EDU 490: Clinical Internship in Education
EDU 490L: Clinical Internship Lab 


III. Early Childhood Education Content Courses (36 credits)

Content courses in Math and Social Studies (15 credit hours)
EDU 312: Children’s Literature
EDU 315: Mathematics Methods
EDU 336: Social Studies Methods
EDU 337: Science Methods
EDU 338: Language and Literacy Methods
ERD 310: Reading and Writing Instruction
ERD 323: Reading Assessment and Instruction 



Middle Grades Education Program of Study (124-126 credits)


I. Common Curriculum (56-58 credits)

EDU 100: Preparation for Excellence
ENG 101: English Composition I
ENG 102: English Composition II
ENG 232: Introduction to Literature
HED 225: Personal and Community Hygiene OR any two PED courses
REL 230: Essentials of the Christian Faith
REL 231: Religions of the World
PHI 220: Values and Society
PHI 230: Problems of Philosophy OR PHI 234 Western Philosophy
HIS 103: Survey of US History
HIS 104: African-American History
HIS 112: World History
SPA 220: Spanish I or FRE 220: French I
SPA 221: Spanish II or FRE 221: French II
MAT 122: College Algebra
BIO 111 & 112: Principles of Biology I & II

- OR-

CHE 120 & 121: General Chemistry I & II  [2] 
CSC 101: Computer Applications and Programming
PSY 201: Introduction to Psychology 


II. Professional Education Courses (32 credits)

EDU 220: Foundations of Education
EDU 395: Method, Curriculum and Assessment (Combines Curriculum Methods and Assessment Skills in Education)
EDU 346: Child Development and Family in a Diverse Society (Incorporates concepts from Developmental Psychology)
EDU 350: Teaching and Learning for the Diverse Learner (incorporates concepts from Exceptional Students)
EDU 393: Educational Psychology
EDU 361, 461 & 462: Seminar in Education Research
EDU 490: Clinical Internship in Education
EDU 490L – Clinical Internship Lab


III. Middle Grades Concentration Courses (36 credits)

EDU 360: Teaching Young Adolescents
ERD 307: Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
EDU 315: Mathematics Methods
EDU 336: Social Studies Methods
EDU 337: Science Methods
EDU 338: Language and Literacy Methods
  • Language Arts Concentration (12 credit hours):
    • 3 – ERD 328 Adolescent Literature
    • 9 – Any 300 level or higher English course
  • Math Concentration (12 credit hours):
    • 12 – Any 300 level or higher math courses
  • Science Concentration (12 credit hours):
    • 12 – Any 300 level or higher science course
  • Social Studies Concentration (12 credit hours)
    • 3 – HIS 310 Georgia History
    • 9 – Any 300 level or higher geography, economics or political science course 


Secondary Education Program of Study (36 credits)  [3]


EDU 220: Foundations of Education
EDU 346: Child Development and Family in a Diverse Society (Incorporates concepts from Developmental Psychology)
EDU 350: Teaching and Learning for the Diverse Learner (incorporates concepts from Exceptional Students)
EDU 393: Educational Psychology
ERD 307: Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
EDU 395: Method, Curriculum and Assessment (Combines Curriculum Methods and Assessment Skills in Education) Choose One:
EDU 315: Mathematics Methods
EDU 336: Social Studies Methods
EDU 337: Science Methods
EDU 338: Language and Literacy Methods
EDU 361, 461 & 462: Seminar in Education Research
EDU 490: Clinical Internship in Education
EDU 490L: Clinical Internship Lab 



Why isn’t the impact table completed at the bottom of the course modification form?

The “Overall Impact” table is not complete because completing the chart would not clearly denote the impact of the course additions/deletions. Specifically, the form presents either/or choices, and there is no room to explain that a course addition may replace another course or a course addition may combine two existing courses resulting in a new course. As such, completing the table may not accurately characterize the impact of the course additions. Representatives from the Curriculum Committee recommended submitting the information without completing the table.

Overall, there is not a decrease or increase in the core curriculum hours. However, there is a reduction in major course hours. Currently, enrolling in elective courses is not a requirement in the teacher education programs.






[1] - Students may BIO 102 AND PHS 101 depending on major
[2] - Students may opt to take BIO 102 AND PHS 101 depending on major
[3] - The Department of Education services the secondary education programs in English, history, biology and mathematics. The following courses are required to recommend certification in secondary education.