Department of Education

Department of Education

The Department of Education offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Elementary Education and to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Early Childhood Education. The Department offers Master of Education and Master of Science degrees. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for details.

Teacher Education

Teacher Education Programs at Cameron University are accredited by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Approved graduates will be recommended for teaching licenses in the elementary and secondary schools of Oklahoma. Cameron University also holds membership in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Teacher Licensing and Certification

Cameron University offers programs of study which prepare students to teach at the early childhood, elementary, elementary-secondary, and secondary levels. The student who satisfactorily completes such a course of study is recommended to the State Department of Education for an Oklahoma teaching license. (Teaching licenses are issued only to those who have passed the State's tests for certification. For further information about these tests, contact the Director of Teacher Education.)

NOTE: Rules and regulations governing teacher education established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, Oklahoma State Board of Education, and the state legislature are being modified. The programs outlined in this catalog meet current interpretation of these policies. Students should frequently check with their advisors for up-to-date information regarding teacher education.

Early Childhood (PK -3)

Cameron offers a Teacher Education program to prepare students to teach at PK-3 level in the schools of Oklahoma.

Early Childhood Education majors must demonstrate foreign language proficiency (listening and speaking) at the novice-high level as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 

Elementary (1-8)

Students majoring in Elementary Education may be recommended for a Standard Oklahoma Elementary Teaching License. See the catalog section which deals with the Department of Education.

Elementary Education majors must demonstrate foreign language proficiency (listening and speaking) at the novice-high level as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Secondary

Students attending Cameron University may pursue programs of study for an Oklahoma teaching license at the secondary level. Teacher Education programs are available to Cameron students in the following areas: Biology, English, Mathematics, and Social Studies.

Secondary Education majors must demonstrate foreign language proficiency (listening and speaking) at the novice-high level as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Elementary - Secondary
PK-12

Students may pursue programs of study in Music, Romance Languages Education (French and Spanish), and Physical Education which will allow them to be recommended for a teaching license for the elementary-secondary levels. For a list of the required courses in these fields of specialization, refer to the specific discipline area in this catalog.

Elementary-Secondary Education majors must demonstrate foreign language proficiency (listening and speaking) at the novice-high level as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Admission to Teacher Education

Admission to teacher education is achieved through a formal process. Requirements for admission to Teacher Education are as follows:

  1. A grade of C or better in: ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213, COMM 1113, MATH 1413 or higher, HIST 1483 or 1493, PS 1113 and 2 Humanities.
  2. A grade of S in EDUC 1800.
  3. Concurrent enrollment OR a grade of C or better in EDUC 3003, EDUC 3733, Science (Biological or Physical Science). (Students concurrently enrolled in EDUC 3003 must provide a grade check of C or better.*)
  4. Passing scores on the Nelson Denny reading test (taken during Intro class) and OGET.
  5. Maintain GPA of 2.5 at all times.
  6. Passing score on EDUC 3003 Lesson Plan Rubric.
  7. Three positive recommendation forms with unit dispositions.
  8. Satisfactory completion of entry interview.

*If a student receives a grade below C or a grade of I, admission to Teacher Education will be revoked, any enrollments in restricted classes for the upcoming semester will be dropped, and the student will have to reapply for admission.


Bachelor of Science
Major in Elementary Education (350)

REQUIREMENTSHOURS

I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Elementary Education majors must complete twelve (12) semester hours in each of the following areas: mathematics, social sciences, sciences, and English.Elementary Education majors should: 

  1. select MATH 1413 or 1513 to meet the Mathematics requirement.
  2. choose HLTH 1012 as 2 hours of the Health and Wellness requirement.
  3. choose PSY 1113 (a prerequisite to EDUC 3733) to meet the Behavioral Science requirement.
  4. choose a social studies course and a science course as General Education electives.
  5. demonstrate foreign language proficiency (listening and speaking) at the novice-high level as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages by taking a foreign language course or by passing a Department of English and Foreign Languages proficiency test.
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II. UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

UNIV 1001 or 1113

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III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

A. Required Core Courses (36 hours)

MATH 2353 or elective, MATH 2363 or elective, MATH 1413 or above, LIBS 3423, EDUC 3023, EDUC 3513, EDUC 3533, EDUC 4423(R), EDUC 4443(R), EDUC 4463(R), EDUC 4483(R), EDUC 4553(R), LANG elective or Successful Proficiency Test.

B. Professional Education Courses (36 hours)

EDUC 1800, EDUC 3003, EDUC 3013, SPED 3103, EDUC 3733, EDUC 3753(R), EDUC 3673, EDUC 4653(R), EDUC 4935*(R), EDUC 4945*(R), EDUC 3612*, EDUC 4313(R).
*Should be taken in the professional semester.
(R) Restricted to students admitted to Teacher Education.

C. Special Education Option (15 hours)

Students wishing to seek certification in Special Education may choose to take the following courses in addition to the required core and professional education courses:

SPED 3203, SPED 3223, SPED 3243, SPED 3263, SPED 4413 and EDUC 4815*

*Taken in place of EDUC 4935 or 4945.

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IV. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Social Studies Elective (3 hours)**

Science Elective (3 hours)**

**See Advisor for applicable courses.

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V. ELECTIVES TO COMPLETE 124-136 HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION.

VI. GRADE REQUIREMENTS

Students must achieve a grade of C or better in Elementary Education Major courses and the Professional Education courses, and courses that fulfill the state 4x12 requirement, whether taken with an Education prefix or a prefix from another department, to receive credit toward a degree. If a grade of D, F, or U is achieved, the course must be repeated.

Teacher Licensure/Certification

Students who complete the requirements for this degree and pass the State tests for certification in Elementary Education will be eligible to apply for a teaching license.


Bachelor of Science
Major in Early Childhood Education (355)

REQUIREMENTSHOURS

I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Early Childhood Education majors must complete twelve (12) semester hours in each of the following four areas: mathematics, social sciences, sciences, and English (state 4x12 requirement).

Early Childhood Education majors should: 

  1. choose PSY 1113 (a prerequisite to EDUC 3733) to meet the Behavioral Science requirement.
  2. choose MATH 1413 or 1513 to meet the Mathematics requirement.
  3. choose HIST 2113 or 2223 or PHIL 1113 as 3 hours of the Humanities requirement.
  4. choose from ART 1013, ART 2613, ART 2623, THTR 1103, FNAR 1013, MUSC 1013, MUSC 1023, MUSC 1033, or MUSC 1413 to meet the other 3 hours of the Humanities requirement.
  5. choose HLTH 1012 as 2 hours of the Health and Wellness requirement.
  6. demonstrate foreign language proficiency (listening and speaking) at the novice-high level as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages by passing a Department of English and Foreign Languages proficiency test or by taking a foreign language course.

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II. UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

UNIV 1001 or 1113

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III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

A. Required Core Courses (41 hours)

ECE 2163, ECE 3154, ECE 3303, ECE 4144, EDUC 3023, EDUC 3513, EDUC 4423(R), EDUC 4463(R), EDUC 4553(R), LIBS 3423, MATH 1413 or above, MATH 2353 or math elective, MATH 2363 or math elective.

(R) Restricted to students admitted to Teacher Education.

B. Professional Education Courses (33 hours)

ECE 4653(R), EDUC 1800, EDUC 3003, EDUC 3612*, EDUC 3673, EDUC 3733, EDUC 3753(R), EDUC 4313(R), EDUC 4935*(R), EDUC 4995*(R), SPED 3103.

*Should be taken in the professional semester.

(R)Restricted to students admitted to Teacher Education.

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IV. ELECTIVES TO COMPLETE 124 HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION.

V. GRADE REQUIREMENTS

Students must achieve a grade of C or better in Early Childhood Education major  courses, Professional Education courses, and courses that fulfill the state 4x12 requirement, whether taken with an Education prefix or a prefix from another department, to receive credit toward a degree. If a grade of D, F, or U is achieved, the course must be repeated.

Teacher Licensure/Certification

Student who complete the requirements for this degree and pass the state tests for certification in Early Childhood Education will be eligible to apply for a teaching license.