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Department of Education Goals and Requirements for Majors and Minors

Goals and Requirements for Majors and Minors

Goals for Majors and Minors

Linfield Education Department faculty and students embody:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 (EC/EL) with teaching authorizations in early childhood and elementary education: 41 credits including EDUC 150, 230, 240, 270, 302, 305, 401, 402, 448, 449, 450; 275 or MUSC 312 or HHPA 381. Additional requirements for an Oregon Initial Teaching License: Math 135 and 136, EDUC 491, 492, 496, 497; TSPC required exams, OSP/FBI criminal history clearance, Education Department requirements.

For an Elementary Education major (EL/ML) with teaching authorizations in elementary and middle level education): 37 credits including EDUC 150, 230, 240, 290, 302, 305, 402, 448, 449, 450; 275 or MUSC 312 or HHPA 381. Additional requirements for an Oregon Initial Teaching License: four courses in content area; Math 135 and 136; EDUC 492, 493, 496, 497; TSPC required exams, OSP/FBI criminal history clearance, Education Department requirements.

For an Oregon Initial Teaching License with authorizations in Middle Level and High School Education (ML/HS): Completion of 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 art, health, music or physical education; art must complete EDUC 275), 493, 494, 496, 497; TSPC required exams, OSP/FBI criminal history clearance, Education Department requirements.

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 ESOL Endorsement: complete an appropriate major/ minor; all Oregon Initial Teaching License requirements for EC/ EL, EL/ML, or ML/HS; EDUC 245, 250, 340; NES ESOL exam; and specific ESOL Student Teaching requirements.

Teacher Education Program Requirements

General Requirements

  • No grade lower than a C in major and professional education coursework
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA in cumulative, major, and professional education coursework
  • Ongoing recommendation from the Linfield College Education Department
  • Adherence to the Linfield College Education Department Professional Characteristics

Pre-Admission

  • EDUC 150 Foundations of Education; scores of 3 or above on related field experience
  • EDUC 230 Educational Psychology

Admission

  • EDUC 270 Becoming an Early Childhood Teacher (EC/EL) or EDUC 290 Content Literacy and Development in Adolescence (EL/ML; HS)
  • OSP/FBI criminal clearance investigation

Requirements Prior to Part-Time Student Teaching

  • Ongoing major coursework
  • Ongoing professional education coursework
  • Completion of the Protecting Student & Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Exam
  • Approved Application to Part-Time Student Teaching

Requirements Prior to Full-Time Student Teaching

  • Major coursework
  • Professional education coursework
  • Completion of the NES Elementary I and II exams (EC/EL/ML)
  • Completion of appropriate NES Subject Area Test (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 a work sample at each level of authorization. Students in both Part-Time and Full-Time Student Teaching are observed weekly by college faculty. Students must provide their own transportation to assigned schools.

Oregon Initial Teaching License Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in an approved major
  • Part-time and Full-time Student Teaching
  • Two edTPAs for the appropriate authorization levels and content areas
  • Passing scores on TSPC required exams
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA in cumulative, major, and professional education coursework
  • No grade lower than a C in major and professional education coursework
  • Recommendations from Linfield College supervisors and mentor teachers
  • Recommendation from Linfield College Education Department

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