Praxis Subject Assessment: Principles of Learning and Teaching for appropriate for grade-level licensure
Praxis Subject Assessment: All Content exams required by the Arkansas Department of Education
The Education Minor is required in all programs and should not be confused with other blocks of courses or special minors required in some licensure areas.
Education Elective (choose 1)
Praxis Series Tests
Candidates in all programs must pass several standardized exams mandated by the State of Arkansas, The Praxis Series: Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers, developed by Educational Testing Services, Inc. In order to complete the Education Minor, students must also pass the Praxis Subject Assessment pedagogy exam (Principles of Learning and Teaching) and all required Praxis Subject Assessment content exams within their licensure area. The content exams are required by the State of Arkansas at the time of publication of this catalog but are subject to change. Students who do not pass the exams are ineligible to graduate under an education program degree plan with a minor in education and are ineligible for teaching licensure. In such cases, students may qualify to graduate under another degree plan, although additional coursework may be required.
- Students should consult an advisor in their licensure content area before registering to take exams.
- Students must submit completed “Praxis Assessment” scores to the School of Education.
All programs require the completion of a major in the chosen field and in some cases require additional courses, blocks of courses, or other special minors. When the hours accumulated within a content area, taken together with university core hours, second language hours, and the 18 hours in the Education minor do not total 120 (of which at least 45 are upper-level), students must take additional general electives.
Licensure Area: Art
Students must major in art, completing the following curriculum (64 hours)
Students in the bachelor of arts in art/education program who want to enroll in a master of arts in art or master of fine arts program after graduation need to take additional studio and art history coursework at the undergraduate level.
Licensure Area: English Language Arts
Students must major in English in keeping with the following curriculum:
Required Courses (21 hours)
Additional English Requirements (12 hours total) to include:
American Literature (3 hours)
African-American Literature (3 hours)
Upper-level (3000-4000) English Electives (6 hours)
Additional Competencies beyond required English hours (8 hours)
Adolescent Literature (3 hours)
Licensure Area: Music: Vocal/Instrumental
Students must major in music with an emphasis in applied music and meet with the Music Department Chair each semester for advising.
Music Major (59 hours)
- MUTH 2381 - Music Theory I
- MUTH 2391 - Music Theory II
- MUTH 3381 - Music Theory III
- MUTH 2291 - Aural Skills I
- MUTH 2292 - Aural Skills II
- MUTH 3231 - Form and Analysis
Upper-level Applied Study (4 hours)
MUHL elective chosen from:
Six semesters of MUAP 1000 Recital Attendance
Music Education Emphasis (14 hours)
Licensure Area: World Language
Students must major in Spanish or French and it is recommended that the student also minor in a field taught in schools. English, Social Studies, and the Arts are common combinations with foreign languages. An official ACTFL-certified Oral Proficiency Interview is required for all students seeking Teacher Licensure in French, German, or Spanish. Certification at the Advanced-low oral proficiency level as defined by ACTFL is required prior to admission to student teaching in a second language. See “Department of World Languages ” for details pertaining to each of the majors in foreign languages.
Second Language Education Block (12 hours)
These courses provide the requirements for the Arkansas ESL endorsement. Any part of the block may be met by demonstration of competency.
Licensure Area: Social Studies – History
Social Studies Minor (21-30 hours):
If the following courses are not taken for the core, they must be taken as part of the social studies minor:
6 hours of behavioral sciences from:
6 hours of geography, the following are recommended:
Licensure Area: Social Studies – Political Science
Major: Political Science (33 hours)
Additional Political Science Courses
Social Studies Minor (21-30 hours)
Licensure Area: K-12 Physical Education/Health
Students must major in Health, Human Performance & Sport Management, completing the following curriculum:
General Health, Human Performance & Sport Management Concentration Area (8 hours)
Professional Area Requirements (55 hours)
Licensure Area: Mathematics
Students must earn either a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts in mathematics. See “Department of Mathematics & Statistics ” for details about the BA and BS in Mathematics degrees. Contact an advisor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for details about specific course requirements.
Licensure Area: Biology/Life Sciences
Biology Major (Bachelor of Science)
Biology Electives (12 hours to include at least one course in organismal and cellular biology)
Must include 8 hours of freshman chemistry and four hours of organic chemistry
(take sequence one or two).
Geology Major (Bachelor of Science)
4-6 hours of BIOL courses at or above the 2000-level
6 hours from any combination of MATH, CPSC, or STAT courses
- IGSC 4401 - Integrated Science Methods
Licensure Area: Chemistry
Chemistry Major (Bachelor of Arts)
Supporting Courses (12 hours)
Major (Bachelor of Science)
Mathematics Courses (12 hours)
Physics Foundation Courses (30 hours)
Program Electives (6 hours)
(other courses may be approved by the department)
Supporting Courses (4 hours)