Jun 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Middle-level Humanities Teaching Major, BA

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The middle-level humanities teaching major is designed for students who are seeking teaching careers in teaching English language arts and social studies (economics, history, geography, social studies and civics) at the middle-level grades (5-8). The coursework provides experiences in the humanities subject content areas and instructional pedagogy including field experiences that are designed to prepare teacher certification and content endorsement. The middle-level humanities teaching major does not require a minor for the degree program. Students in the middle-level humanities teaching major must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program and complete the Professional Education Program sequence (50 credits) coursework as part of the teacher certification process.

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Middle-level teacher candidates understand and use the central concepts, tools of inquiry. standards, and structures of humanities, and they create meaningful learning experiences that develop all middle level learners’ competence in subject matter and skills.
  • English Language Arts: Candidates know and understand the Reading and English Language Arts Essential Academic Learning Requirements. They understand current theories and research related to reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and thinking.
  • Reading and Writing: Candidates know and understand the Reading, Writing, English Language Arts, and communicating Essential Academic Learning Requirements. They understand the processes, purposes, theories, and practical aspects of leaching Middle-level Humanities.
  • Social Studies: Candidates know and understand the Social Studies, Economics, Geography, Civics, and History Essential Academic Learning Requirements. They are able to perceive systems of interaction, exchange, space, and time within and between economies, individuals, households, businesses, governments, societies, and systems.
  • Middle-level teacher candidates understand end apply knowledge of historical chronology. eras, turning points, major ideas, individuals, and themes in history, social studies, societies. etc. In order to evaluate the role of trends and how they shape the present and future. Middle-level teacher candidates help students understand and apply reasoning skills to conduct research, deliberate, form and evaluate positions through the process of reading, writing, and communicating.
  • Humanities Instructional Methodology and Curriculum: Middle-level teacher candidates have knowledge to foster a humanities rich environment utilizing a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support learning.
  • Middle-level Development: Middle-level teacher candidates understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related lo middle level development, learning, middle-level institutions, and philosophical foundations or responsive middle level programs that support student development and learning.

EDTL Department Information, Standards, Requirements

Major and/or minor programs in the Education, Development, Teaching and Learning (EDTL) department include early childhood education, elementary education, bilingual education/teaching English as a second language, literacy and special education. Additionally, the EDTL department contributes to the middle-level teaching programs in mathematics (see mathematics in the catalog) and science teaching (see science education in the catalog).

In addition to a listed major and/or minor, students must maintain full admission status in the School of Education and successfully complete all certification requirements to qualify for the Washington State teaching certificate. The early childhood education major and minor offer options in which these requirements do not apply (see descriptions below). Students completing a special education major or minor must complete EDCS 424 if they are pursuing a secondary discipline-specific teaching major (or EDLT 308 for those also seeking an elementary-specific teaching major) as part of the Professional Education Program. All students completing a secondary discipline-specific program must complete EDCS 424. All other education department majors or minors do not require the completion of this course. Also, at least 75 percent of the endorsable major or minor must be completed prior to EDCS 442, Student Teaching. 

All students seeking a teacher certification endorsement must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher for the last 45 graded credits. Students must also earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required major, minor, and Professional Education Program courses.

Special Education Majors
The special education majors offered are specifically designed to prepare teachers for meeting the diverse competencies required for teaching individuals with disabilities. Students electing special education teaching must follow one of the outlined programs. EDSE 302 must be taken prior to or concurrently with EDSE 311.

Select one from the following for 5 credits:

Total Credits: 78

Professional Education Program Credits: 50

Professional Education Program  

Total Credits: 128

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