Goals and Requirements for Majors and Minors
Goals for Majors and Minors
Linfield Education Department faculty and students embody:
Learning Theory & Content Knowledge
Draw upon research from multiple learning theories in developing praxis.
Use varied, engaging content pedagogy, including multiple modes of representation and communication including the purposeful use of technology and media.
Develop and implement effective instruction based on content knowledge aligned to professional and state standards.
Apply understanding of motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
Advocacy for All Learners
Use a culturally responsive approach to create instruction based on the contexts of community, school, families, and individual students.
Collaborate with school and community resources, including families, to meet the needs of all learners.
Create a safe and positive classroom community based on equity, fairness, and the belief that all students can learn.
Plan lessons and assessments that address variation in learning styles, developmental levels, ability levels, and diversity among learners.
Reflection & Action
Analyze formative and summative assessments, making appropriate adjustments to instruction and educational programs.
Demonstrate self-awareness and growth in professional characteristics.
Seek opportunities for professional development by engaging in research and collaborating with colleagues and other professionals.
Requirements for Majors and Minors
For an Elementary Education major: 41 credits including
EDUC 150, 230, 240, 270, 302, 305, 401, 402, 448, 449, 450;
275 or MUSC 312 or HHPA 381.
For a minor in Education: 20 credits including 150, 230, 270
or 290, 302; an additional six credits in education courses selected
from 205, 240, 305, 398 or approved education-related courses.
For an Elementary Education major (EL/ML) with Licemsire: admission
to teacher preparation program and complete major requirements,
as well as Math 135 and 136, EDUC 491, 492, 496,
497; TSPC required exams, OSP/FBI criminal history clearance,
Education Department requirements. (For upper elementary
and middle level teaching, substitute EDUC 290 for EDUC 270,
EDUC 401 not required, and add four courses in middle level
For an Education minor with Licensure: admission to teacher
preparation program and complete one of the following Linfield majors:: anthropology, studio art, biology, chemistry, creative writing,
economics, English, French, German, health education, history,
literature, mathematics, physical education, physics, political
science, psychology, sociology, or Spanish; EDUC 150, 230, 240,
290, 302, 305, 430 (not required for health education or physical
education), 493, 494, 496, 497; TSPC required exams, OSP/FBI
criminal history clearance, Education Department requirements.
For an Elementary Education major with Licensure and ESOL
endorsement: completion of all requirements for Elementary Education
major with Licensure (see above), as well as EDUC 245,
250, 340; TSPC required ESOL exam; and specific ESOL student
For an Education minor with Licensure and ESOL endorsement: completion of all requirements for Education minor with
Licensure (see above), as well as EDUC 245, 250, 340; TSPC
required ESOL exam; and specific ESOL student teaching requirements.
Teacher Education Program Requirements
No grade lower than a C in major and professional education coursework
Minimum 2.750 GPA in cumulative, major, and licensure coursework
Ongoing recommendation from the Linfield College Education Department
Adherence to the Linfield College Education Department Professional Characteristics
EDUC 150 Foundations of Education; Foundations of Education; meet requirements on
related field experience
EDUC 230 Educational Psychology
- EDUC 270 Becoming an Early Childhood Teacher (EC/EL)
or EDUC 290 Content Literacy and Development in
Adolescence (EL/ML; ML/HS); meet requirements on
related field experience
- OSP/FBI criminal history clearance
- Teacher Education Program Application
Requirements Prior to Part-Time Student Teaching
Ongoing major coursework
Ongoing licensure coursework
- Passing scores on the Protecting Student & Civil Rights in
the Educational Environment Exam
Approved Application to Part-Time Student Teaching
Requirements Prior to Full-Time Student Teaching
Professional education coursework
Passing scores on the NES Elementary I and II exams
Passing scores on appropriate NES Subject Area Test
(EL/ML; ML/HS; ESOL)
Recommendation for Full-Time Student Teaching
Student Teaching and Seminar
Student teaching consists of two semesters of classroom
experiences taken concurrently with a Seminar for Student
Teaching during which the student is assigned to a state approved
school that cooperates with Linfield College in teacher preparation.
The student teacher shares the teaching role with the classroom
teacher and completes an Education Teacher Performance
Assessment (edTPA) at each level of authorization. Students
in both part-time and full-time student teaching are observed
weekly by Linfield College supervisors. Students must provide
their own transportation to assigned schools.
Oregon Preliminary Teaching License Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in an approved major
Part-time and Full-time Student Teaching
Successful completion of one edTPA (or equivalent) for the
appropriate authorization level and content area
Passing scores on TSPC required exams
- Minimum 2.750 GPA in cumulative, major, and licensure
- No grade lower than a C in major and licensure coursework
Recommendations from Linfield College supervisors and mentor teachers
Recommendation from Linfield College Education Department