- Linfield College
Department of Education

Requirements for Majors and Minors

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 040, 205, 240, 275, 305, 398 or approved education-related courses.

For an Elementary Education major with Licensure: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 an Elementary Education major with Licensure & Middle School Content Endorsement (Foundational English Language Arts, Foundational Mathematics, Foundational Science, or Foundational Social Studies): admission to teacher preparation program and complete the Elementary Education major requirements, as well as MATH 135 and 136, EDUC 290, 491 or 492, 493, 496, 497; TSPC required exams, OSP/FBI criminal history clearance, Education Department requirements, and four approved courses in the middle level content area.

For an Education minor with Licensure: admission to teacher preparation program and complete one of the following Linfield majors: anthropology, applied physics, biology, chemistry, creative writing, economics, French, German, health education, history, literature, mathematics, physical education, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish or studio art; 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 teaching requirements.

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 Conceptual Framework

  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.

Teacher Education Program Requirements

General 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 Lineld College Education Department Professional Characteristics and Professional Conduct Expectations

Pre-Admission

  • EDUC 150 Foundations of Education; Foundations of Education; meet requirements on related field experience
  • EDUC 230 Educational Psychology

Admission

  • EDUC 270 Becoming an Early Childhood Teacher (Elem) or EDUC 290 Content Literacy and Development in Adolescence (Sec); meet requirements on related eld 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

  • Completion of major coursework
  • Licensure coursework
  • Passing scores on appropriate tests
  • 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). 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
  • Passing scores on TSPC required exams
  • Minimum 2.750 GPA in cumulative, major, and licensure coursework
  • 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

The Linfield College Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of Oregon (TSPC), which expects Linfield students to understand and abide by the TSPC administrative rule concerning the Standards for Competent and Ethical Performance of Oregon Educators (OAR 584-020), which states in part, “The ethical educator in fulfilling obligations to the profession will maintain the dignity of the profession by respecting and obeying the law [and] exemplifying personal integrity and honesty.” In addition, students are expected to meet Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards and Linfield Education Department Professional Characteristics and Professional Conduct Expectations throughout the program. Concerns will be documented and acted upon, as needed, via a Plan of Assistance. Requirements for licensure are subject to changes mandated by TSPC. Students should work closely with Education Department faculty in planning their program of study and must meet with their education advisor every semester prior to registration. Failure to do so may result in being administratively withdrawn from education courses. Decisions regarding a student’s official status in the Teacher Education Program may be appealed through the College Academic Grievance Process. Students may request special consideration for education requirements by completing an Education Department Petition. Students applying for teaching licenses in states other than Oregon are themselves responsible for obtaining requirements in those states.

Student Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply research from multiple learning theories in the development of praxis, including classroom community and culturally responsive teaching.
  2. Demonstrate competence in professional dispositions of the discipline.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to think critically and write clearly within the discipline.