School of Education

Undergraduate Programs

School of Education


Undergraduate Programs

All programs lead to licensure

This program provides pre-service and in-service courses/programs at the undergraduate level. It provides the region with teachers who are especially able to teach preschool and primary grade children (PreK-2) in a variety of cultural environments.

The program of studies for the major in Early Childhood is designed for students who wish to enter the educational profession as teachers in preschool, primary and elementary grades. A minimum total of 128 credit hours is required.

General Education Requirements

(55 credit hours)

Each student must fulfill the General Education requirements as listed in the Academic Rules and Regulations section of the University of Guam Undergraduate Catalog. General Psychology (PY101) and History of Guam (HI211) are recommended and fulfill certain General Education Requirements.

Professional Education Requirements

(40 credit hours)

  • Introduction to Teaching (ED110) or Foundations of Education (ED403)
  • Practicum: Observation and Participation (ED192)
  • Human Growth and Development (ED201)
  • Educational Psychology (ED300)
  • Effective Teaching Strategies for the Elementary Multicultural Classroom (ED350)
  • Fine Arts Methods: Elementary (ED351)
  • P.E. and Health Methods Elementary (ED363)
  • Social Studies Methods: Elementary (ED353)
  • Science Methods: Elementary (ED354)
  • Language Arts Methods: Elementary (ED355)
  • Mathematics Methods: Elementary (ED356)
  • Reading Methods: Elementary (ED357)
  • Methods Practicum (ED392)
  • Technological Applications for Education (ED271)
  • Evaluation (ED489)

Specialization Requirements

(24 credit hours)

  • Development in Early Childhood (ED251)
  • Language Arts in Early Childhood (ED330)
  • Teaching the Young Child (ED331)
  • Curriculum for Young Children (ED332)
  • Creative Arts in Early Childhood (ED333)
  • Solving Discipline Problems: Strategies for Classroom Teachers (ED334)
  • Building Home and School Relationships in Early Childhood Education (ED336)
  • Practicum in Student Teaching (ED492)

Electives

(11-20 credit hours)

An "Emphasis Area" option is available in which certification in an added area is possible. Contact an advisor in the School of Education.

This program provides pre-service and in-service courses/programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It provides the region with teachers who are able to teach at the elementary level in a variety of cultural environments.

The program of studies for the major in Elementary Education is designed for students who wish to enter the educational profession as teachers in educational programs for K-5 graders. A minimum total of 124 credit hours is required.

General Education Requirements

(55 credit hours)

Each student must fulfill the General Education requirements as listed in the Academic Rules and Regulations section of the University of Guam Undergraduate Catalog. General Psychology (PY101), Culture and Education in Guam (ED265) or History of Guam (HI211), and Computers in Education (ED452) are recommended and fulfill certain General Education Requirements.

Professional Education Requirements

(55 credit hours)

  • Foundation Courses - Introduction to Teaching (ED110) or Foundations of Education (ED403), Human Growth and Development (ED201), Educational Psychology (ED300), Technological Applications for Education (ED271), and Evaluation (ED489)
  • Method Courses - Effective Teaching Strategies for the Elementary Multicultural Classroom (ED350), Fine Arts Methods: Elementary (ED351), Social Studies Methods: Elementary (ED353), Science Methods: Elementary (ED354), Language Arts Methods: Elementary (ED355), Mathematics Methods: Elementary (ED356), Reading Methods: Elementary (ED357), and P.E. and Health Methods: Elementary (ED363).
  • Practicum Experience - Observation and Participation (ED192), to be taken concurrently with Introduction to Teaching (ED110). Students must also complete Methods Practicum (ED392) for 3 credits and Practicum in Student Teaching (ED492)/Internship in Teaching (ED498) for 12 credits.

Related Area Requirements

(9 credit hours)

  • Introduction to Exceptional Individuals (ED215)
  • Children's Literature (ED319)
  • Solving Discipline Problems: Strategies for Classroom Teachers (ED334)

Related Area Electives

(9 credit hours)

Solving Discipline Problems: Strategies for Classroom Teachers (ED334), Working with Second Language Learners (ED482), or other courses in Special Education, Instructional Technology, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Early Childhood. Courses other than Education courses may be selected upon approval of the advisor.

General Content Area Requirements

(3 credit hours in addition to the General Education Requirements)

One class in American History, Early America (HI201), Modern America (HI202), or The United States in Recent Times (HI406), or any Geography (GE), Anthropology (AN), Political Science (PS), Sociology (SO), Business Administration (BA)/EC, or LI course.

This program provides pre-service and in-service courses/programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It provides the region with teachers who are able to teach at the secondary level in a variety of cultural environments.

The program in Secondary Education is designed to prepare students for teaching careers in middle and senior high schools. Students seeking a degree in secondary education receive extensive training in professional education as well as preparation in a subject area(s). Students shall demonstrate their ability to teach in their respective teaching area(s). The student's program must be approved by the advisor of the Secondary Education Program.

General Education Requirements

(47 credit hours)

Each student must fulfill the General Education requirements as listed in the Academic Rules and Regulations section of this catalog.

Professional Education Requirements

(36 credit hours)

ED110, 201, 300, 446, 462, 463, 489, 492 plus a methods course based on or related to the major or area of specialty

Specialty Requirements

(30-58 credit hours)

Specialty areas must be selected from areas commonly taught in secondary schools.

An “Emphasis Area” option is available in which certification in an added area is possible. Two (2) options are available to the student majoring in Secondary Education and English as a Second Language. Students select the option that best relates to their future plans and previous experience.

Option A. Subject Major

Students selecting this option must complete 30-58 semester hours in a subject area as specified by another school of the University. This option stresses in-depth preparation in one subject area and leads to certification in one subject area. If choosing this area, the required credit hours will exceed the 124 credit hour requirement. The student’s program must be approved by the advisor of the Secondary Education Program.

Option B. One Teaching Area of Specialty

Students selecting this option must take a minimum of 30 specified hours in one teaching area. Students receive preparation in a subject area beyond the minimum required for certification. More subject area choices are available to students selecting this option than in Option A. Students should consult the Secondary Education Program description contained under the content area of their choice. This option is provided in order to meet the 124 credit hour requirement. Students must take the appropriate Subject Assessment Test prior to student teaching. At present, the following nine programs make up the Secondary Option "B" Programs available:

1. Math

Required Courses (32 credit hours): MA203, 204, 205, 302,341, 351, 385, 411,421

2. General Science

Required Courses

The student shall select three (3) complete sequences from the following:

Chemistry (8 credits): CH102-102L and CH103-103L*

Physics (10 credits): PH251**, PH252, PH210 & PH211

Geology (8- 11 credits): NS110-110L and NS112-112L OR NS101 / 101L and GE101 and GE203/203L

Biology (8 credits): BI157-157L and BI158-158L and 1 credit Lab Teaching & Assisting

Prerequisites: *Proficiency at MA161a level or concurrent enrollment. **MA203 or concurrent enrollment.

Electives (16 credit hours): The student may select a minimum of 16 upper division credit hours from the CH series, PH series, NS series or BI series of courses. Prerequisites must be observed. (Note: 40 credit hours of upper division required- will need upper division general education in order to meet this requirement).

3. Physical Education/School Health (6-12) Program

The program of study is physical education and school health is designed to prepare teacher candidates at the undergraduate level for entry into the field of physical education and health for grades 6-12. Teacher candidates are prepared for teaching in local, regional, U.S. mainland, Department of Defense and other schools where physical education and health are taught. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to meet the NASPE (2014) Standards.

General Education Requirements (47 credit hours): Each student must fulfill the General Education requirements as listed in the Academic Rules and Regulations section of this catalogue. The following are requirements for this major that fulfill certain General Education Requirements: MA151, PY101; HI211 or ED265; BI124, BI124L, AL185, HS200. A grade of "C" or better is required in these courses.

Professional Education Requirements (30 credit hours): ED110; ED201; ED300; ED462; ED463; ED489; ED492. A grade of "C" or better is requited in these courses.

Recommended Elective: PE109, ED271, OR ED451

Specialization Requirements (47 credit hours): PE117; PE118; PE124; PE126; PE127; PE212; PE214; PE220; PE305; PE312; HS/PE322; HS/ PE324; PE352; PE353; SW/HP355; and PE454/G. A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all requirements for the major. A minimum GPA in the content area of 2.75 and 2.7 overall is required for graduation.

4. Fine Arts (124 credit hours)

Students should use the requirements for the Art Track Minor or Music Track Minor as their guide when selecting required courses. The total number of Art or Music credits is 36 and the elective courses should help prepare the student for the required Praxis Subject Assessments. Please see program advisor.

Required: (36 credit hours in Music or Art). Students must be proficient enough in the fine arts to pass the Praxis II content test in Music or Art or its equivalent as determined by the SOE and Commission for Educator Certification.

5. Career and Technical Education with Emphasis Areas

This Option B is to prepare students for Career and Technical teaching careers in senior high schools and higher education. Students seeking a degree in Secondary Education with an Option B in a Career and Technical Specialty receive extensive preparation in professional education as well as training in their specialty. Candidates will transfer thirty (30) credits of approved skill course credits to the University of Guam (from accredited institutions) and will complete the University and School of Education requirements in the areas of General Education, Professional Education and Field Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree. All programs must be approved by the program coordinator. (Note: 40 credit hours of upper division requiredwill need upper division general education in order to meet this requirement).

Education Specializations

Education majors may also add a SPECIALIZATION. The Specialization courses are designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of a specific group of learners. The Specialization does lead to certification in the area. It also satisfies some of the UOG pre-requisite requirements toward admission into the Masters of Education degree in that area.

Areas of Specialization include:

Specialization in Early Childhood Education

This Specialization FOR ELEMENTARY MAJORS ONLY, provides pre-service and in-service courses at the undergraduate level. It provides the region with teachers who are especially able to teach preschool and primary grade children (PreK-2) in a variety of cultural environments.

Requirements (15 credit hours): ED330, ED331, ED333, ED334, ED336.

Specialization in English as a Second Language (ESL)

The Specialization in ESL is designed for pre-service and in-service teachers who wish to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) at the elementary or secondary level. The courses are designed to prepare students in the specialization to work with second language learners, both in mainstream classes and in pull-out ESL courses. The program includes methods and strategies for promoting success in English as well as content courses for K-12 learners. Issues such as bilingualism, second language acquisition, needs of non-native English speaking children, and culture will be addressed throughout the five specialization courses. Students will be expected to become familiar with the rules of English grammar. This specialization also serves as an entry-way for students hoping to pursue careers teaching ESL abroad.

Requirements (15 credit hours): ED280, ED385, ED480, ED481, ED482

Specialization in Special Education

The Specialization is designed to prepare students for entry into the field of human services for exceptional individuals with specific emphasis areas in teaching exceptional learners. This program is generic and provides basic teaching knowledge and skills applicable to individuals with disabilities. The broad instructional focus takes a life span approach to assisting the exceptional individual and family. Primary emphasis is meeting the needs of students with disabilities in inclusive classroom settings with secondary emphasis on meeting the needs of individuals with moderate to severe disabilities.

Requirements (15 credit hours): ED310, ED314, ED442, ED446 and ED457.

The program of study for this major is designed to prepare students for entry into the field of human services for exceptional individuals with specific emphasis areas in teaching exceptional learners. This program is generic and provides basic teaching knowledge and skills applicable to individuals with disabilities. The broad instructional focus takes a life span approach to assisting the exceptional individual and family. Primary emphasis is meeting the needs of students with disabilities in inclusive classroom settings with secondary emphasis on meeting the needs of individuals with moderate to severe disabilities. Program administration presumes that graduates will work in inclusive classroom settings, resource rooms, or self-contained classrooms. Students are prepared to teach in local, regional, or U.S. Mainland schools. This broad generic baccalaureate degree is designed to prepare students to be in Special Education teaching settings and to develop a foundation for more advanced graduate-level work in Special Education. The Special Education program has been nationally approved by the Council for Exceptional Children and NCATE. Minimum total credit hours required: 131.

General Education Requirements

(55 credit hours)

Each student must fulfill the General Education requirements as listed in the Academic Rules and Regulations section of the University of Guam Undergraduate Catalog. General Psychology (PY101) is required and fulfills certain general education requirements. One course in Guam history or culture is required for certification in Guam. History of Guam (HI211) or Culture and Education in Guam (ED265) is recommended. [DOE requires Evaluation (ED489) for certification if the student is a dual major.]

Professional Education Requirements

(31 credit hours)

  • Introduction to Teaching (ED110) or Foundations of Education (ED403)
  • Practicum: Observation and Participation (ED192)
  • Human Growth and Development (ED201)
  • Educational Psychology (ED300)
  • Effective Teaching Strategies for the Elementary Multicultural Classroom (ED350)
  • Language Arts Methods: Elementary (ED355)
  • Mathematics Methods: Elementary (ED356)
  • Reading Methods: Elementary (ED357)
  • Technological Applications for Education (ED271)

And two (2) other approved elementary methods courses.

Special Education Core Requirements

(39 credit hours)

  • Introduction to Exceptional Individuals (ED215)
  • Practicum in Special Education (ED292)
  • Remediation of Individuals with Learning Disabilities/Behavior Disorders (ED310)
  • Assessment of Skills for Children and Youth with Special Needs (ED314)
  • Methods of Teaching Children and Youth with Special Needs (ED315)
  • Special Education Law (ED442)
  • Assistive Technology in Special Education (ED443)
  • Including Children with Disabilities in the Regular Classroom (ED446)
  • Behavior Management in Special Education (ED457)
  • Practicum in Student Teaching (ED492)

Special Education Electives

(6 credit hours)

Choose two courses from the following:

  • Curriculum for Children and Youth with Disabilities (ED311)
  • Guidance for Exceptional Individuals and Family (ED312)
  • Transition in Special Education (ED343)
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education (ED483)

Outcomes

By the completion of the program, teacher candidates will be able to:

  1. Understand the history, legislation, and policies related to the education of exceptional students
  2. Understand developmental differences and factors that affect learning of exceptional students
  3. Design and implement Individualized Education Plans and Individualized Transition Plans
  4. Evaluate learning environments to allow students to function and perform to their fullest abilities
  5. Plan, modify, and adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of students
  6. Use assistive technology to enhance student learning
  7. Assess student learning through the use of authentic, formal, and informal assessments
  8. Work with family members of exceptional students to identify appropriate resources and to provide advocacy
  9. Demonstrate professional dispositions when interacting with students, colleagues, administrators, and members of the community
  10. Participate in various professional organizations and attend workshops, seminars, and/or conferences at the regional, district, and national levels
  11. Gain employment in Special Education at the Pk-12 levels