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Bachelor’s Degrees
Students who complete the core in Education will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Use multiple approaches in teaching
2. Integrate technology in his/her teaching field as a tool to enhance learning
3. Assess student progress
4. Be sensitive to student needs
5. Utilize research to improve instruction
 
The following core courses are required of all education students as part of their major:
Professional Studies Core Curriculum:
ED 130 Orientation to Teaching.................................................................................. 2 hours
ED 200 Educational Psychology................................................................................. 3 hours
ED 240 Principles of Teaching: P-12.......................................................................... 2 hours
ED 254 History, Philosophy, and Foundations of Education....................................... 2 hours
ED 275 Instructional Technology................................................................................. 3 hours
ED 300 Classroom Organization and Management: P-12.......................................... 3 hours
ED 350 Introduction to Special Education.................................................................. 3 hours
ED 370 Tests and Measurements............................................................................... 3 hours
ED 400 Praxis II Preparation......................................................................................1 hour
ED 420 or 430 or 440 Internship.......................................................................... 11-12 hours
FS 355 Human Development...................................................................................... 3 hours
Total....................................................................................................................36-37 hours
 
Bachelor of Science in Biology Education
Students who complete the B.S. in Biology Education will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Critical analysis of experimental data
2. Proficiency in general, organic, physical, analytical chemistry, biochemical, biological and mathematical concepts
3. Critical thinking skills in the practice of philosophical and scientific inquiry
4. Quantitative skills in describing genetic characteristics in populations
5. Understand and apply scientific principles in describing the diversity of life
6. Understand and apply basic scientific principles at the Ecosystem level
7. Quantitative analytical skills in analyzing ecological phenomena
8. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the practice of philosophical and scientific inquiry
9. Demonstrate proper care and appropriate use of equipment
 
Professional Studies:
Professional Studies Core Curriculum...................................................................... 36 hours
ED 335 Methods in Teaching Science........................................................................ 2 hours
ED 340 Methods in Teaching Secondary Reading..................................................... 3 hours
Total......................................................................................................................... 41 hours
 
Academic Major: General Biology
BI 131-132 General Biology........................................................................................ 8 hours
BI 204 Introduction to Research.................................................................................1 hour
BI 215 Introduction to Biostatistics.............................................................................. 3 hours
BI 221 Microbiology.................................................................................................... 4 hours
BI 230 Plant Biology................................................................................................... 3 hours
BI 316 Biological Instrumentation............................................................................... 2 hours
BI 321 Genetics.......................................................................................................... 3 hours
BI 403 Biology Seminar..............................................................................................1 hour
BI 422 General Physiology......................................................................................... 3 hours
BI 425 General Ecology .................................................................................. 3 hours
BI 430 Philosophy of Science ..................................................................................2 hours
BI 451 Special Topics in Biology................................................................................. 2 hours
BI 490 Research and Independent Study.................................................................. 1 hour
CH 142 General Chemistry......................................................................................... 4 hours
Total......................................................................................................................... 40 hours
Total hours required for the degree are 131.
 
General Education Requirements: Students must select the following:
Mathematics & Science:
BI 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology and Laboratory........................................... 4 hours
CH 141 General Chemistry and Laboratory................................................................ 4 hours
MA 211 Applied Calculus............................................................................................ 3 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to one program: general education,major, minor or free electives.
 
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Students who complete the B.S. in Elementary Education will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Developmental stages of writing and spelling including the writing process
2. The phonology and grapheme-phoneme correspondences of the English spelling system
3. Effective reading instruction and practices including those identified in the Alabama Reading Initiative publication: Essential Skills of Teachers of Reading
4. Facilitate children’s development and skills in communication, inquiry, creative expression, reasoning, and interpersonal relationships
5. Teach Mathematics concepts
6. Teach Language Arts concepts
7. Teach Physical Education concepts
8. Teach Social Sciences concepts
9. Teach Music concepts
10. Teach science concepts
 
Professional Studies:
Professional Studies Core Curriculum...................................................................... 36 hours
ED 341 Foundations of Reading ............................................................................... 3 hours
ED 342 Reading Diagnosis......................................................................................... 3 hours
Total......................................................................................................................... 42 hours
 
Teaching Field:
ED 311 Methods in Teaching Science and Health: K-8 ........................................... 3 hours
ED 312 Methods in Teaching Music: K-8 .................................................................. 3 hours
ED 313 Methods in Teaching Lang. Arts and Children’s Literature: K-8..................... 3 hours
ED 315 Methods in Teaching Mathematics: K-8 ................................................... 3 hours
ED 316 Methods in Teaching Art: K-8 .................................................................... 3 hours
ED 318 Methods in Teaching Social Studies and Bible: K-8 ................................... 3 hours
PE 330 Methods in Teaching Physical Education: P-12............................................. 3 hours
Total..................................................................................................................... 21 hours
Total hours required for the degree are 140.
 
General Education Requirements: Students must select the following:
Humanities & Fine Arts (Cultural Arts)
Literature: EN 201, 211, 212, 221, 301, or 302........................................................... 3 hours
Additional State Requirements:
English elective........................................................................................................... 3 hours
Mathematics electives................................................................................................. 9 hours
Natural Science electives............................................................................................ 6 hours
Social Studies electives.............................................................................................. 9 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
Bachelor of Science in English Language Arts Education
Students who complete the B.S. in English Language Arts Education will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. The writing process including the stages of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, and the role of writing across the curriculum
2. Appropriate communication tasks consistent with the developmental levels of students and the inter-relatedness of listening, speaking, reading, and writing
3. Use various patterns and research competency, support of a given view
4. Identify subjects, thesis statements, types and characteristics of creative writing
5. Present ideas clearly and persuasively in support of given viewpoints and write analytically and grammatically
6. Teach students to explore and relate personal experiences and develop interpretations
7. Teach students to structure and expand ideas into coherent writing
 
Professional Studies:
Professional Studies Core Curriculum...................................................................... 36 hours
ED 332 Methods in Teaching Language Arts ............................................................ 2 hours
ED 340 Methods in Teaching Secondary Reading .................................................... 3 hours
Total ..................................................................................................................... 41 hours
 
Academic Major: English
CO 221 Introduction to Mass Communication............................................................ 3 hours
CO 231 Introduction to Journalism and Media............................................................ 3 hours
EN 211-212 Survey of English Literature .................................................................. 6 hours
EN 301-302 Survey of American Literature I, II.......................................................... 6 hours
EN 304 Advanced Composition.................................................................................. 3 hours
EN 311 Theory and Practice in Literary Criticism........................................................ 3 hours
EN 320-321 African-American Literature I, II.............................................................. 6 hours
EN 323 Twentieth Century American Literature.......................................................... 3 hours
EN 353 Fundamentals of Play Directing..................................................................... 3 hours
EN 355 Creative Drama.......................................................................................................... 3 hours
EN 413 Descriptive English Grammar ...................................................................... 3 hours
EN 431 Elizabethan Literature.................................................................................... 3 hours
EN 470 Seminar in English.........................................................................................1 hour
Total ...................................................................................................................... 46 hours
Total hours required for the degree are 137.
 
General Education Requirements: Students must select the following:
Humanities & Fine Arts (Cultural Arts)
EN 201 World Literature............................................................................................. 3 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education
Students who complete the B.S. in Mathematics Education will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Basic calculations, number systems and algebraic operations to solve problems
2. Problems using the properties of geometric figures
3. Basic concepts, principles, theories and results in calculus
4. Basic properties of functions and their graphs and use these to solve problems
5. The relationship between discrete and continuous representations and how they can be used
in problem solving
6. Mathematical reasoning, manipulation and calculation
7. Unit analysis, approximate error and limit for problem situations involving measurement
8. The ability to summarize, analyze and interpret data sets
9. Compute the probability of simple and compound events
10. Using matrix properties to solve systems of linear equations
 
Professional Studies:
Professional Studies Core Curriculum...................................................................... 36 hours
ED 334 Methods in Teaching Math ..................................................................... 2 hours
ED 340 Methods in Teaching Secondary Reading ................................................ 3 hours
Total .................................................................................................................. 41 hours
 
Academic Major: Mathematics
MA 172-271 Calculus II, III ......................................................................................... 8 hours
MA 251 Geometry....................................................................................................... 3 hours
MA 308 Linear Algebra................................................................................................ 3 hours
MA 311 Differential Equations..................................................................................... 3 hours
MA 321 Probability and Statistics................................................................................ 3 hours
MA 401 Advanced Calculus........................................................................................ 3 hours
MA 411 Introduction to Modern Algebra ........................................................ 3 hours
MA 419 Introduction to Real Analysis......................................................................... 3 hours
MA upper division electives (only 3 hours from MA 490 or MA 491)........................... 6 hours
CM 220 Computer Science II Data Structures with C++............................................. 3 hours
Total......................................................................................................................... 38 hours
Total hours required for the degree are 129.
 
General Education Requirements: Students must select the following:
Mathematics & Science:
MA 171 Calculus I....................................................................................................... 4 hours
Personal Development
CM 210 Computer Science I with C++ .................................................................. 3 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
Bachelor of Science in Music Education-Instrumental
Students who complete the B.S. in Music Education will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Defining, describing, and identifying music
2. Reading and notating music
3. Performing and or producing a varied repertoire of music
4. Planning lessons appropriate for teaching general music, choral or instrumental class (K- 12)
5. Performing in vocal or instrumental ensemble
6. Conducting a choral or instrumental work
7. Performing at an advanced level a 40 minute recital
8. Performing a variety of large and small ensemble
 
Professional Studies:
Professional Studies Core Curriculum...................................................................... 36 hours
MU 230 Principles of Teaching Music Education ....................................................... 2 hours
MU 332 Methods and Materials of Teaching I............................................................. 2 hours
MU 333 Methods and Materials of Teaching II............................................................ 3 hours
ED 340 Methods in Teaching Secondary Reading .............................................. 3 hours
Total ............................................................................................................. 46 hours
 
Academic Major: Music Instrumental
MU 165, 465, 466 Individual Instruction..................................................................... 6 hours
MU 204 Wind Ensemble (repeatable)......................................................................... 5 hours
MU 205 Chamber Ensemble or MU 207 Orchestra (repeatable)................................ 2 hours
MU 211-212 Theory I and Laboratory ............................................................... 6 hours
MU 231 Survey of Woodwind Instruments ............................................................1 hour
MU 232 Survey of String Instruments ......................................................................1 hour
MU 233 Survey of Percussion Instruments.................................................................1 hour
MU 234 Survey of Brass Instruments.........................................................................1 hour
MU 311-312 Theory II and Laboratory........................................................................ 6 hours
MU 315 Form and Analysis ........................................................................................ 3 hours
MU 320, 321 or 322 Music History and Literature I, II, or III ..................................... 6 hours
MU 330 Literature of School Music............................................................................. 3 hours
MU 360 Conducting.................................................................................................... 3 hours
MU 499 Recital...........................................................................................................0 hour
Total ..................................................................................................................... 44 hours
Total hours required for the degree are 140.
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
Bachelor of Science in Music Education-Choral
Students who complete the B.S. in Music Education will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Defining, describing, and identifying music
2. Reading and notating music
3. Performing and or producing a varied repertoire of music
4. Planning lessons appropriate for teaching general music, choral or instrumental class (K-12)
5. Performing in vocal or instrumental ensemble
6. Conducting a choral or instrumental work
7. Performing at an advanced level a 40 minute recital
8. Performing a variety of large and small ensemble
 
Professional Studies:
Professional Studies Core Curriculum........................................................................ 36 hours
MU 230 Principles of Teaching Music Education ....................................................... 2 hours
MU 332 Methods and Materials of Teaching I............................................................. 2 hours
MU 333 Methods and Materials of Teaching II............................................................ 3 hours
ED 340 Methods in Teaching Secondary Reading.................................................................... 3 hours
Total........................................................................................................................................ 46 hours
 
Academic Major: Music Choral
MU 165, 465, 466 Individual Instruction..................................................................... 6 hours
MU 201 University Choir (repeatable)......................................................................... 5 hours
MU 205 Chamber Singers (repeatable)...................................................................... 2 hours
MU 211-212 Theory I and Laboratory......................................................................... 6 hours
MU 311-312 Theory II and Laboratory........................................................................ 6 hours
MU 315 Form and Analysis ........................................................................................ 3 hours
MU 320 Music History and Literature I........................................................................ 3 hours
MU 321 or 322 Music History and Literature II, or III ................................................. 3 hours
MU 330 Literature of School Music............................................................................. 3 hours
MU 331 Diction for School Music................................................................................1 hour
MU 360 Conducting.................................................................................................... 3 hours
MU 499 Recital...........................................................................................................0 hour
Total ..................................................................................................................... 41 hours
Total hours required for the degree are 137.
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
Bachelor of Science in Health/Physical Education Teaching
Students who complete the B.S. in Health/Physical Education Teaching will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Explain basic fundamental movements of the human body over the life-span
2. Demonstrate understanding of living organisms as they relate to movement
3. Identify current health and safety problems that affect people in the United States and abroad
4. Develop a fitness protocol for various training programs
 
Professional Studies:
Professional Studies Core Curriculum..................................................................... 36 hours
ED 340 Methods in Teaching Secondary Reading..................................................... 3 hours
PE 330 Methods in Teaching Physical Education....................................................... 3 hours
Total......................................................................................................................... 42 hours
 
Teaching Field:
PE 207 Intermediate Swimming..................................................................................1 hour
PE 226 Team Sports................................................................................................... 3 hours
PE 275 or 276 Gymnastics Team...............................................................................1 hour
PE 285 Introduction to Physical Education................................................................. 3 hours
PE 301 Individual and Dual Sports............................................................................. 3 hours
PE 305 Officiating Athletics Contests.......................................................................... 2 hours
PE 310 Athletic Injuries .............................................................................................. 2 hours
PE 315 Motor Learning............................................................................................... 2 hours
PE 335 Physical Education Tests and Measurements................................................ 3 hours
PE 340 Administration of Physical Education............................................................. 2 hours
PE 401 Physiology of Exercise................................................................................... 3 hours
PE 410 Adapted Physical Education........................................................................... 2 hours
PE 415 Kinesiology .................................................................................................... 3 hours
PE Electives from: 101, 102, 120, 122, 126, 128, 150, 155
210, and 422.......................................................................................................... 3 hours
BI 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology and Laboratory........................................... 4 hours
Total......................................................................................................................... 36 hours
Total hours required for the degree are 128.
 
General Education Requirements: Students must select the following:
Mathematics & Science:
BI 101 Life Science..................................................................................................... 3 hours
 
Personal Development:
PE Electives from: 101, 102, 120, 122, 126, 128, 150, 155
210, and 422 (cannot be the same classes for the major)..................................... 2 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
Bachelor of Science in Religious Education
Students who complete the B.S. in Religious Education will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Interpreting the message of Scripture employing sound hermeneutical and exegetical principles that are compatible with a Christo-centric and SDA worldview.
2. Interpreting the history of the Christian Church, including Seventh-day Church, in light of God’s guidance in the establishment of his kingdom and the fulfillment of his plan of salvation through history.
3. Practicing a personal Spirit-led relationship with Christ through a regular devotional life based on the spiritual disciplines to facilitate spiritual formation and maturation.
4. Critiquing the dogmatic categories of theology and humanistic philosophies in light of biblical theology.
5. Developing, from a Christ-centered perspective, a theology of social responsibility through structured service learning projects that meet community needs.
 
Professional Studies:
Professional Studies Core Curriculum ..................................................................... 36 hours
ED 331 Methods in Teaching Bible............................................................................. 2 hours
ED 340 Methods in Teaching Secondary Reading..................................................... 3 hours
Total......................................................................................................................... 41 hours
 
Academic Major: Religious Education
RB 311-312 New Testament I, II..............................................................................3-3 hours
RB 411-412 Old Testament I, II................................................................................3-3 hours
RB 417 Studies in Daniel ........................................................................................... 3 hours
RB 418 Studies in Revelation..................................................................................... 3 hours
RP 351 Introduction to Religious Education............................................................... 3 hours
RP 431 Christian Ministry I......................................................................................... 3 hours
RT 221 Biblical Hermeneutics..................................................................................... 2 hours
RT 321 Christian Ethics.............................................................................................. 3 hours
RT 322 World Religions.............................................................................................. 2 hours
RT 421 Christian Theology I....................................................................................... 3 hours
HI 314 History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.................................................. 3 hours
Total..........................................................................................................................37 hours
Total hours required for the degree are 128.
 
General Education Requirements: Students must select the following:
Religion Elective:
RG 203 Foundations in Biblical Spirituality................................................................. 3 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education
Students who complete the B.S. in Social Science Education will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Key concepts, generalizations, and methods of inquiry appropriate to the study of the target social science.
2. American federal, state, and local governments; domestic and international issues facing the United States; governments of other nations; and basic characteristics of international relations.
3. Human behavior and social relationships.
4. The interrelationships of economic, political, social, psychological, and technological forces in the shaping of societies and cultures.
5. Analyzing the origins and evolution of the history of the United States from the dawn of history to the present.
6. Analyzing the origins and evolution the history of the world from the birth of history to the present.
7. Analyzing the American federal, state, and local government.
 
Professional Studies:
Professional Studies Core Curriculum...................................................................... 36 hours
ED 333 Methods in Teaching Social Studies.............................................................. 2 hours
ED 340 Methods in Teaching Secondary Reading..................................................... 3 hours
Total......................................................................................................................... 41 hours
 
Academic Major: History
GE 302 Regional Geography .................................................................................... 3 hours
HI 104 World Civilizations II ..................................................................................... 3 hours
HI 267 African American History I or HI 268 African History II.................................... 3 hours
HI 211, 212 United States History............................................................................... 6 hours
HI 265 Minorities in America....................................................................................... 3 hours
HI 319 Colonial Latin America or
HI 320 Recent Latin America/Caribbean............................................................... 3 hours
HI 314 History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.................................................. 3 hours
HI 321 or HI 322 History of England I or II.................................................................. 3 hours
HI 327 African History I or HI 328 African History II.................................................... 3 hours
HI 459 Recent American History or HI 460 America in the Industrial Age.................. 3 hours
HI 469 Modern Europe................................................................................................ 3 hours
HI 480 Research Seminar........................................................................................... 3 hours
HI 490 Independent Study.......................................................................................... 3 hours
HI upper division electives.......................................................................................... 3 hours
PS 211 American Government.................................................................................... 3 hours
Total......................................................................................................................... 45 hours
Total hours required for the degree are 136.
 
General Education Requirements: Students must select the following:
Social & Behavioral Sciences:
 
HI 103 World Civilizations I ....................................................................................... 3 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
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