Education

Program Description

Cottey College’s Education majors are focused on contributing highly effective teachers in grades 1-12. Teachers completing an education degree at Cottey are equipped to adapt to the educational needs of the next generation of students. The Education programs involve interaction with local youth in area schools through practica and student teaching. Cottey graduates obtain solid teaching preparation as well as depth of study in various content areas. The baccalaureate degrees in Education are: Elementary Education (grades 1-6); Secondary Education (grades 9-12) with content area specialties in: Biology, Chemistry, Business Education, English, Social Science, and Speech/Theatre. Each program is designed for students to attain a baccalaureate degree and teaching certification in their respective program of study.

Elementary teacher, High school teacher, school counseling, school administration, library services, instructional coordinator, training specialist, etc.

Please see the Teacher Education Handbook or for more information, contact: Dr. Kristina Adams, kadams@cottey.edu.

Cottey College students desiring to become an Education major will need to apply for acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program. This application process must be completed during the sophomore year.

The application process is based upon three criteria:

  1. Academic performance
  2. Disposition
  3. Evidence(s) of commitment to teaching and learning

In an effort to identify these three criteria in an applicant, to be accepted into the Secondary Educator Preparation Program the student must:

  • Complete EDU 210 Foundations of Education with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Provide evidence of adequate grade point average (2.75 Cumulative, 3.00 Content, and 3.00 Education) with an official transcript.
  • Submit a completed application to the Education Department Chair.
  • Provide two faculty recommendations for the purpose of identifying academic performance, dispositions, and potential as a future educator.
  • Provide one non-faculty recommendation for the purpose of identifying dispositions, experience with youth, and potential as a future educator.
  • • Submit a 500-600 word essay reflecting her personal philosophy of education and reasons she wants to enter the teaching profession.
  • Minimum ACT score of 20 or Pass the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) in (1) Reading Comprehension & Interpretation with a minimum score of 186, (2) Writing with a minimum score of 167, (3) Mathematics with a minimum score of 183, and (4) Science & Social Studies with a minimum score of 183.

When all parts of the application have been received, the Faculty Review Committee will consider the application. The committee will either admit the student or deny admission with a statement of actions to complete before the student may reapply. The student will be notified by a letter from the Education Department stating the status of the applicant.

The program curriculum for education consists of core, content, and Professional Education courses.

Students begin Professional Education and Field Experience courses in the sophomore year. Course rotation is included in each certification area’s table:

EDU 210
Foundations of Education
This course is a survey of the philosophical, historical, sociological, and legal foundations of education in the United States. Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of teachers and the legal/ethical aspects of teaching. Strategies for consulting and collaborating with parents, other teachers, administration, and community partners will be examined. Cultural diversity, multicultural education, and differentiated instruction will be included.

EDU 290
Field Experience I
Co-requisite: EDU 210
This course provides observation experiences in the school setting. Students will be required to document 30 hours.

EDU 250
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
Prerequisite: EDU 210, MAT 110
This course focuses on problem solving using the real number system and algebra. Topics include: different numeration systems (Roman Numerals and other bases), techniques for calculations, percents and ratios with applications, exponents and roots, the properties of real numbers, arithmetic with irrational and complex numbers, linear functions and piecewise linear functions with applications, systems of linear equations, quadratic functions with applications, polynomial and rational functions with applications

EDU 251
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
Prerequisite: EDU 210, MAT 110, EDU 250
This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of probability (including counting techniques), statistics, and geometry. The basic geometry concepts to be covered include the fundamentals of planar and 3-dimensional geometry; congruence and similarity, proofs of congruent or similar triangles; concepts of measure; and motion geometry and tessellations.

EDU 310
Educational Psychology
Prerequisite: EDU 210
This course investigates psychological concepts, theory, models, and methods of research in development and education. Students explore current topics and application of learning theories to contemporary educational issues. The unique needs of English Language Learners and the acquisition of a second language will be examined.

EDU 315
Assessment in Education
Prerequisite: EDU 210
This course provides students experience in creating fair and effective assessments. Students will learn about measurement, item analysis, interpretation, and steps of developing appropriate classroom tests and assessments; performance assessments; standardized testing; biases in educational assessment; and self-assessment.

EDU 318
Language Acquisition and Development of Young Children
Prerequisite: EDU 210, WRI 102
This course focuses on the normal sequence of language development and the teaching of literacy in the elementary context. Strategies for teaching word recognition, vocabulary, decoding, comprehension, and critical thinking within a class of linguistically and culturally diverse students will be explored. This course will address how elementary teachers can identify typical and atypical language acquisition, indications for referral, and education techniques for working with ELL students and students with disabilities.

EDU 320
The Exceptional Learner
Prerequisite: EDU 210
This course is an introduction to human exceptionality and the field of special education. The student will develop an understanding of the unique characteristics, strengths, and challenges of Students with Exceptionalities along with the competencies to effectively teach Students with Exceptionalities.

EDU 325
Literacy in the Content Areas
Prerequisite: EDU 210
This course provides students with techniques for assessing and improving literacy skills in their content area and includes reading to learn and writing to learn as part of literacy skills. Students will learn to apply reading and writing concepts, theories, and techniques to content area material by developing lesson plans and materials. Cultural diversity, multicultural education, and differentiated instruction will be included. Special consideration will be given to developing literacy skills of English Language Learners will be included.

EDU 370
Teaching in Secondary Schools
Prerequisite: EDU 210
This course examines the techniques for effective teaching at the secondary level – and includes designing engaging and rigorous lessons to meet the needs of diverse learners. Bloom’s Taxonomy will be examined in relation to learning objectives and assessments in lesson planning. Students will design units of instruction that include critical thinking and problem solving activities as well as strategies for teaching English Language Learners. Cultural diversity, multicultural education, and differentiated instruction will be included. Strategies for consulting and collaborating with parents, other teachers, administration, and community partners will be examined. Educational technology will be reviewed/introduced.

EDU 315
Assessment in Education
Prerequisite: EDU 210
This course provides students experience in creating fair and effective assessments. Students will learn about measurement, item analysis, interpretation, and steps of developing appropriate classroom tests and assessments; performance assessments; standardized testing; biases in educational assessment; and self-assessment.

EDU 372
Teaching in Elementary Schools
Prerequisite: EDU 210
This course will allow students to examine the specific techniques and procedures for effective teaching at the elementary level. Students will examine what is required to design authentic, engaging, and rigorous lessons that meet the needs of all learners. This course will explore various models of teaching and the application of Bloom’s Taxonomy as related to lesson formative and summative assessments. Candidates will engage in long range planning activities. Candidates will write and teach content specific lessons that integrate technology, movement, music, and arts.
Co-convene with Teaching in Secondary Schools

EDU 380
Elementary Math Methods
Prerequisite: EDU 210 and EDU 372
Co-requisite: EDU 390
This course emphasizes appropriate content specific instructional strategies and activities that incorporate the use of manipulatives to teach mathematics to elementary students. Candidates create and teach several math lessons throughout the course. The course also introduces candidates to trauma informed teaching practices and the role of research in elementary math education.

EDU 381
Elementary Science Methods
Prerequisite: EDU 210 and EDU 372
Co-requisite: EDU 390
This course emphasizes appropriate content specific instructional strategies and activities that incorporate the use of hands on activities to teach science in the elementary school context. Candidates create and teach science lessons in the following areas: physics, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, and life science. The course also introduces candidates to trauma informed teaching practices and the role of research in elementary science education.

EDU 382
Secondary Methods of Teaching English
Prerequisite: EDU 210 and EDU 370
Co-requisite: EDU 390
This course examines a variety of methods of teaching English in high schools, including inquiry, cooperative learning, differentiation, and interdisciplinary, etc. as well as specific strategies unique to English instruction. Students will also develop a Unit Plan of instruction.

EDU 383
Secondary Methods of Teaching Business Education
Prerequisite: EDU 210 and EDU 370
Co-requisite: EDU 390
This course examines a variety of methods of teaching Business Education in high schools, including inquiry, cooperative learning, differentiation, and interdisciplinary, etc. as well as specific strategies unique to Business Education Instruction. Students will also develop a Unit Plan of instruction.

EDU 384
Secondary Methods of Teaching Science (Biology and Chemistry)
Prerequisite: EDU 210 and EDU 370
Co-requisite: EDU 390
This course examines a variety of methods of teaching Science in secondary schools, including inquiry, cooperative learning, differentiation, and interdisciplinary, etc. as well as specific strategies unique to Science instruction. Students will also develop a Unit Plan for instruction.

EDU 385
Secondary Methods of Teaching Social Science
Prerequisite: EDU 210 and EDU 370
Co-requisite: EDU 390
This course examines a variety of methods of teaching Social Science in high school, including inquiry, cooperative learning, differentiation, and interdisciplinary, etc. as well as specific strategies unique to Social Science instruction. Students will also develop a Unit Plan of instruction.

EDU 386
Secondary methods of Teaching Speech & Theatre
Prerequisite: EDU 210 and EDU 370
Co-requisite: EDU 390
This course examines a variety of methods of teaching Speech & Theatre in high school, including inquiry, cooperative learning, differentiation, and interdisciplinary, etc. as well as specific strategies unique to Speech & Theatre instruction. Students will also develop a Unit Plan of instruction.

EDU 387
Integrated Methods I: Literacy and Social Studies
Prerequisite: EDU 210 and EDU 372
This course emphasizes social studies content, and the development of integrated lessons appropriate for the elementary context. Candidates create and teach lessons in the elementary setting that incorporate appropriate literacy strategies associated with the learning of social studies content including the history of Missouri. Candidates utilize video to reflect on the effectiveness of the lesson they taught and adapt lessons based on feedback and self-reflection.

EDU 388
Integrated Methods II: Literacy, Movement and Arts
Prerequisite: EDU 210 and EDU 372
This course emphasizes the integration of movement, visual arts, and music into elementary content lessons. Candidates utilize research and experiences from other education courses to create and teach several integrated lessons in the elementary setting. Candidates utilize video to reflect on the effectiveness of the lesson they taught and adapt lessons based on feedback and self-reflection.

EDU 390
Field Experience II
Prerequisite: EDU 210 and EDU 290
Co-requisite: EDU 38* (methods coursework)
This course provides involvement in a school setting (elementary or secondary depending on major). Students will observe and participate in a variety of activities to become familiar with the total school experience. The student will be required to document 45 hours of observation and activity.

EDU 415
Classroom Management
Prerequisite: EDU 210
This course examines differentiated instruction and the role of the teacher in creating a classroom environment conducive to effective learning. Behavioral management techniques in classroom management will be included. The role of instructional technology (interactive whiteboard, clickers, podcasting, flipped classrooms, etc.) will be reviewed/introduced. Legal and ethical issues of technology in the classroom will be examined.

EDU 425
Literacy Intervention
Prerequisite: EDU 210
This course presents strategies to increase the reading ability of children and adolescent students. The focus is helping students gain more from their reading tasks, improve their motivation for and engagement in the learning process as well as assist struggling readers who may need intervention on an individual basis. Special consideration will be given to developing literacy skills of English Language Learners will be included.

EDU 490
Student Teaching
(Senior standing; Fee $100, non-refundable)
This culminating clinical experience involves observation and supervised teaching in a school classroom. Students should have completed all courses required for the program prior to this course. Additional information on the student teaching application process and requirements can be found on the website and in the teacher education handbook.

Field Experiences

The field experiences involve activities in professional education, which include observations, tutoring, and assisting teachers in off campus classroom settings.

The field experiences include 75 hours of field visits in schools (grades 1-12) with diverse school populations and in diverse settings (urban, suburban, rural.) with 35 hours at entry level and 40 hours at a mid-level point. These entry and mid-program field visits include observations and practice teaching in the presence of a qualified school teacher licensed in the appropriate certification area.

Written documentation of these field experiences, candidate reflection, and teacher evaluation of candidates are required for all observations.

Student Teaching

The final clinical experience involves student teaching in a school setting that provides candidates with structured opportunities to develop and demonstrate competence in the professional role for which they are preparing. Clinical experiences will be accomplished within the grade range(s) and certification area(s) pursued by the candidate. Placements will be in diverse settings with qualified teachers in accordance with Missouri standards for cooperating teachers. Student teachers will be evaluated using the Missouri Education Evaluation System (MEES).

Candidate

Candidate assessment and readiness are measured through systematic data collection and analysis that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Course embedded assessments (rubrics correlating with course assignments)
  • Candidate field experience evaluations (entry, mid-level, and student teaching)
  • ACT or Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) scores
  • Candidate portfolio artifacts and reflective summaries integrated throughout the program
  • Candidate Missouri Content Assessments (MoCA)

Entry and continuation in the program is contingent upon grade point average in professional and content coursework and successfully passing the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments: ACT or Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA), and the Missouri Content Assessments (MoCA).

Benchmarks at which candidates would be expected to complete these assessments.

CourseBenchmarkExam
EDU 210 EntryACT/MoGEA, apply for admission
EDU 382-386Methods

Missouri Content Assessments

EDU 490 Student TeachingMissouri Educator Evaluation System (MEES)

 

Advising

In order to pursue the academic goals of Cottey College, each student is assigned a full-time faculty member as an academic advisor. Further professional assistance is available through the resources and staff of the Academic Assistance Center.

It is the responsibility of the student to work closely with her academic advisor throughout the advising process. In addition to aiding in the selection of courses, the advisor reviews the advisee’s academic progress and suggests transfer and career options. The academic advisor will also guide and mentor the student through the educator preparation program of testing and field and clinical experiences, as well as certification requirements.

Kristina Adams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Education
145 Alumnae Hall
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2270
kadams@cottey.edu

Tracy Lanser, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
222 Rogers Fine Arts Building
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2187
tlanser@cottey.edu

Meet senior secondary education student Kasey Acton in this video.

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