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Minor in Education
Teaching skills are not limited only to those pursuing a degree in the field of education. For example, whether you are majoring in English, history or biology and hope to have a career teaching in that specialized field, or whether you are earning your B.S. in Equestrian Science and would like to educate and train other equestrian leaders in the future, a minor in education can be a step in the right direction.
This minor is an opportunity for non-education majors to develop teaching skills, and leadership skills, that will act as a viable asset in any future career they may hold.
While completing this minor does not lead to a certification in teaching, it will lay a strong foundation for those students planning to enter into a licensure program, pursue certain graduate degrees in education or obtain a non-certification based career in the education field.
The Minor in Education at William Woods University includes 15 required course credits and 3 required elective credits.
Courses you may take
A study of children with special needs who qualify for special education services. Topics include the history and legal basis of special education, the special education process, assessment and evaluation procedures, characteristics, and appropriate intervention strategies and teaching methods. Emphasis is placed on characteristics and teaching strategies for the following exceptionalities: learning disabilities, mental retardation, behavior/emotional disorders and giftedness.
It is recommended for all Education majors and for students seeking secondary education certification. It focuses on the development of educational institutions and ideas, social forces that have influenced them and current issues affecting educators. It specifically included a survey of the policies, procedures, portfolios and certification examinations that are part of the Missouri educator certification process.
Reading in the Content Area
The special demands of content-area reading and writing for elementary, middle school and secondary students are addressed. Possible causes of reading difficulties and simple assessment procedures are discussed. Teaching strategies for content comprehension, study skills, and vocabulary development are explored.
Teaching Elementary Reading
Instructional methods and materials used in teaching reading in the elementary grades are examined.
Child Development and Behavior
This course addresses the cognitive, biological and social development of children. Factors that impact development and the bi-directional relationship of the child and their environment are considered.
The study of the psychological principles which support the foundation of educational theory and practice. The student will be able to understand and apply the psychological principles that form the basis of educational theory and practice.
Psychology of the Adolescent and the Middle-Level Child
This course addresses the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of the adolescent and the middle-level child and how this development is related tdo the learning-teaching process.