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The School of Education offers the Bachelor’s degree in 9 areas and teacher certification in eight areas in conjunction with courses available from three other Schools (Business, Liberal Arts, and Science, Engineering and Math).

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Degree of Bachelor of Science
 with certification in the following areas:

Elementary Education K-6/ESOL

Exceptional Student Education K-12/ESOL

Physical Education K-12

Biology Education 6-12

Business Education 6-12 


Degree of Bachelor of Arts
 with certification in the following areas:

English Education 6-12/ESOL

Music Education K-12

Social Science Education 6-12


Degree of Bachelor of Science without certification in the following area:

Physical Education-Recreation (nonteaching)

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Elementary Education K – 6/ESOL Endorsement
The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is designed for students who plan to teach students in grades K-6. The Vertical Curriculum can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.


Exceptional Student Education K-12/ESOL Endorsement
The Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education is designed for students who plan to teach students with specific learning disabilities, mental disabilities, emotional disabilities, or varying exceptionalities in grades K-12. The Vertical Curriculum can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.


Physical Education K-12
The Department of Physical Education offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in physical education with teacher certification at K-12 levels and in physical education – recreation. The Vertical Curriculum can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.


Biology Education 6 – 12
The Bachelor of Science in Biology Education is designed for students who plan to teach Biology in grades 6-12. The Vertical Curriculum can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.


Business Education 6 – 12
The Bachelor of Science in Business Education is designed for students who plan to teach Business in grades 6-12. The Vertical Curriculum can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.


English Education 6 – 12/ESOL
The Bachelor of Arts in English Education is designed for students who plan to teach English in grades 6-12. The Vertical Curriculum can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.


Music Education K – 12
The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education is designed for students who plan to teach Music in grades K-12. The Vertical Curriculum can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.


Social Science Education 6 – 12
The Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Education is designed for students who plan to teach Social Science in grades 6-12.The Vertical Curriculum can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.


Physical Education / Recreation

The Physical Education-Recreation degree focuses on understanding the role and impact of recreational/leisure activities on individuals in society. This program of studies is designed to prepare professionals for careers as recreation supervisors, sports managers, and program directors. The Physical Education-Recreation degree will provide experiences which prepare majors for employment in both recreational and athletic programs. The Vertical Curriculum can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.


Vertical Curricula

  1. Elementary Education
  2. English Education
  3. Exceptional Student Education
  4. Music Education
  5. Physical Education Recreation
  6. Physical Education K-12
  7. Social Science Education
  8. Biology Education
  9. Business Education


Criteria for Admission to the Teacher Education Program

  • Complete all General Education requirements
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50
  • Pass all sub-tests of the FTCE General Knowledge (GK) Test (Math, Reading, English and Essay exams)
  • A grade of “C” or better in EN 131, EN 132, MAT 131, Mat 132 (or Math equivalents, depending on the program), and SC 230.

 
Graduation Requirements

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete the general education, professional core, and teaching specialty sequences, as specified.
  • Satisfy all published requirements of the University and the School of Education
  • Submit and defend a senior research paper as specified by university requirements.


Program Related Clubs and Honor Societies

Physical Education Majors or Minors Club (PEMM): PEMM is a campus organization that encourages prospective teachers to promote service and social values throughout public schools in America.

Council for Exceptional Children: The Council for Exceptional Children is the world’s leading organization advocating the rights of individuals with disabilities. ESE majors are required to join the CEC organization and are encouraged to attend local conferences.

Student Advisory Council: Student leaders are eligible to serve on the Student Advisory Council on recommendations by Department Chairs. The council members assist the faculty in planning and implementing student activities and discuss issues related to the School of Education improvement.

Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society: Kappa Delta Pi is the Honorary Education Fraternity. Established to promote excellence in and to recognize outstanding contributions to education, the honor society initiates those persons who exhibit professional qualities, worthy educational ideals and sound scholarship. http://www.kdp.org/


Simply the Best

The Teacher Education Program has had continuous accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Educators (NCATE) since the mid 1980s and currently has eight programs approved by the Department of Education. The program has earned praise for the high rate at which its graduates pass state examinations required for teacher certification. We are proud that many of our graduates have been nominated for prestigious Teacher of the Year Awards at various school districts.


Enrolled Students
 

The School of Education offers its students a variety of aids to help ensure successful completion of the student’s program. This support includes practice tests prior to completion of the General Knowledge (GK) exams, Professional Education exam and the Subject Area exam.

A Teacher Recruitment Fair is held in the spring and includes personnel from several school districts in Florida and the southeastern United States. Prospective candidates have an opportunity to interview with hiring managers.

Each fall and spring, a reception is held for student interns, attended by School of Education faculty and staff as well as administrators and cooperating teachers from participating schools.

For Education majors, several handbooks are available online for students to access:

                        Student Policies and Procedures Handbook http://www.cookman.edu/documents/acad_docs/education/tepHandbook.pdf

                        Clinical Practices and Field Experiences Handbook http://www.cookman.edu/documents/acad_docs/education/clinicalPracticesHandbook.pdf

                        Student Teaching Handbook http://www.cookman.edu/documents/acad_docs/education/studentTeachingHandbook.pdf

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