2019-2020 Catalog

Child Growth and Learning

Mission Statement

Through the development of pedagogical and content knowledge, personal dispositions, practical applications, and professional teaching, the mission of the Child Growth and Learning program is to prepare candidates to meet the academic and developmental needs of all students grades K-5.

The Bachelor of Science in Child Growth and Learning is designed with input from current practitioner partners specifically to incorporate coursework from the disciplines of psychology, education, and other disciplinary content areas to prepare the Cumberland University student for candidacy for a Tennessee Elementary Education (K-5) Teaching License. The program has been specifically designed to ensure graduating teacher candidates meet the academic and developmental needs of all students during their first year teaching and thereafter.

Students in this program must be admitted to the Steps Through Educator Preparation Program (STEPP) to be considered a candidate for licensure, and must meet STEPP requirements at key checkpoints in their program. Cumberland University students who wish to become teacher candidates must see a Teacher Education Program advisor for more information on teacher candidacy.

Degree Requirements

Area I - Foundation Skills - 3 hours

FSL 101Foundations of Scholarship and Learning

3

FSL 101 is required for new and transferring students with less than 24 credit hours. Students must earn a "C" or higher in FSL 101.

Area I - Rhetoric and Communication - 9 hours

ENG 101English Composition I

3

ENG 102English Composition II

3

BUA 251/ENG 251Business Communications

3

or

ENG 225Spoken Word and Public Performance

3

or

SPEE 220Fundamentals of Speech

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

Area I - Mathematics - 3-4 hours

MATH 110Mathematics for the Liberal Arts

3

MATH 111College Algebra

3

MATH 119Precalculus

3

MATH 121Calculus I

4

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

Area I - Computer Literacy - 3-4 hours

ED 190Introduction to Computers for Instruction

3

or

CIS 170Intro to Microcomputer Applications

3

and

ED 191Computers in the 21st Century Classroom

1

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses. Students who have successfully completed CIS 170, will also need to take ED 191 for licensure.

Area II - The Arts - 3 hours

ART 191Enhancing Art Understanding

3

THR 100Introduction to Theatre

3

ENG 210Introduction to Film Studies

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

Area II - Literature in English - 3 hours

ENG 215Introduction to Literature

3

ENG 216Topics in Literature

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

Area II - Social Science and Humanities - 6 hours

PSY 211Psychology of Human Growth & Development

3

SOC 221Introduction to Sociology

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

Area II - History - 6 hours

Choose one of two sequences:

HIS 191World Civilization to 1500

3

and

HIS 192World Civilization since 1500

3

or

HIS 201History of the United States I

3

and

HIS 202History of the United States II

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

Area II - The Natural Sciences - 7-8 hours

Choose two different science disciplines from any of the following:
ASTR 100Introduction to Astronomy

4

BIO 100Principles of Biology

4

BIO 111General Biology I

3

CHEM 103Fundamentals of Chemistry

3

and

CHEM 103LFundamentals of Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 111General Chemistry I

3

and

CHEM 111LGeneral Chemistry I Lab

1

PS 100Physical Science

4

SCI 105Special Topics in Science

4

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

Required Professional Education Core Courses -36 hours

ED 201Education as a Profession

3

ED 230/PSY 230Exceptional and Culturally Diverse Students

3

ED 300Instructional Assistance I

1

ED 301Instructional Strategies

3

ED 317Assessment

3

ED 322Education for the Developing Learner

3

ED 400Instructional Assistance II

2

ED 432Classroom Management

3

ED 433Applied Methods and Concepts

3

ED 435Enhanced Student Teaching

9

ED 436Student Teaching Seminar

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses. Exception: Students must earn a "B" or higher in ED 301. ED 400, ED 432 and ED 433 must be taken the semester prior to student teaching and ED 300, ED 301, ED 317, ED 400, ED 432, and ED 433 professional education core courses require full admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Required Courses for Major - 21 hours

ED 304Strategies for Reading/Language Arts

3

ED 305Diagnostic Teaching of Reading

3

ED 218/ENG 218Children and Adolescent Literature

3

PE 220Physical Education Activities

3

or

PE 424Health and Physical Education in the Classroom

3

PE 311Personal and Community Health

3

or

PE 400Health Issues

3

SPE 340Language Development and Disorders

3

SPE 345Effective Collaboration

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

Additional requirements for licensure - 15 hours

GEOG 301Cultural Geography

3

MATH 207Structure of the Real Number System

3

MU 129Music Listening

3

PSY 201General Psychology

3

SOC 223Social Problems

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

General Electives - 2-8 hours

Select sufficient courses from any academic discipline to bring the total hours for graduation to a minimum of 120.

Required GEC credit hours (40-46 hours)

Total required Education core (36 hours)
Required courses for major (21 hours)
Additional requirements for licensure (15 hours)
General elective hours (2-8 hours)

120 minimum hours required for graduation.

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ALL courses.

Candidates interested in an ADDITIONAL licensure endorsement in PreK-K or PreK-3 or Special Education, you will find the requirements here.

Licensure: Candidates for a Tennessee teaching license must pass state-required exams to be qualified for a license. Exam requirements periodically change. Candidates must consult the Tennessee Department of Education and Educational Testing Service websites for a list of current licensure exams. Teacher licensure candidates are responsible for taking and passing the correct licensure examinations at specific times in their program of study as is detailed in the online Teacher Education Handbook.