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 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.

Elementary Education Major Requirements (min. 124 Credit Hours)

General Education (47 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. While there are many choices among the General Education courses offered, it is strongly recommended that Elementary Education students include the following courses as part of their General Education requirements:

Tier I: Core Foundation

  • Critical Thinking: CT101 Critical Thinking (4)
  • Written Communication: EN110 Freshman Composition (3) 
  • Information Literacy: EN111 Writing for Research (3)
  • Oral Communication: CO210 Fundamentals of Communication (3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning: MA151 Introductory Statistics (3)

Tier II: Diversity Foundation

  • Science and Math: BI100/L Environmental Biology (4)
  • Human Sciences: GE101 Introduction to Geography (3)
  • Creative & Expressive Arts: Any classes (3)
  • Human Systems & Organizations: HI121 World History 1 (3)
  • Cultural Perspective: PS202 Government in the United States (3)
  • Uniquely UOG: ED265 Culture and Education in Guam (3)
    Any Language (4)
  • Direction Building: MA115 Introductory College Algebra (3)
    AL130/L Introduction to Science for Educators (3)
    EN213 Literature, Myth, and Culture (3)

Required Content Area Courses (22 Credit Hours)

  • AL185 Human Nutrition (3) or
    HS200 Health and Wellness (3)
  • PY101 General Psychology (3)
  • NS101/L Introduction to Physical Science (4)
  • EN317 American Literature (3)
  • ED319 Children's Literature (3)
  • HI201 Early America (3)
  • MA150 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers (3)

Admission Foundational Courses (9 Credit Hours)

  • EN110 Introduction to Teaching (3)
  • ED201 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • ED271 Technology Applications for Educators (3)

Professional Education Requirements (48 Credit Hours)

  • ED300 Educational Technology (3)
  • ED334 Solving Discipline Problems: Strategies for Classroom Teachers (3)
  • ED446 Including Children with Disabilities in the Regular Classroom (3)
  • ED350 Effective Teaching Strategies for the Elementary Multicultural Classroom (3) 
  • ED353 Social Studies Methods: Elementary (3)
  • ED354 Science Methods: Elementary (3)
  • ED356 Mathematics Methods: Elementary (3)
  • ED392 Methods Practicum (3)
  • ED363 P.E. and Health Methods: Elementary (3)
  • ED355 Language Arts Methods: Elementary (3)
  • ED351 Fine Arts Methods: Elementry (3)
  • ED489 Evaluation* (3)
  • ED492 Practicum in Student Teaching (12)

*(This course should precede Student Teaching)

 

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.

 

Secondary Education Major Requirements (min. 124 Credit Hours)

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 Introduction to Teaching (3)
  • ED201 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • ED300 Educational Psychology (3)
  • ED446 Including Children with Disabilities in the Regular Classroom (3)
  • ED462 Content Area Literacy (3)
  • ED463 Classroom Management for a Diverse School and Society (3)
  • ED489 Evaluation (3)
  • ED492 Practicum in Student Teaching (3)
  • A Methods course based on or related to the major or area of specialty (3)

 

Specialty Requirements (30-58 Credit Hours)

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. 

An “Emphasis Area” option is available in which certification in an added area is possible. Specialty areas must be selected from areas commonly taught in secondary schools.

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 Calculus I (5)
  • MA204 Calculus II (5)
  • MA205 Multivariable Calculus (4)
  • MA302 Foundations of Higher Mathematics (3)
  • MA341 Linear Algebra (3)
  • MA351 Discrete Structures (3)
  • MA385 Applied Statistics (3)
  • MA411 Introduction to Abstract Algebgra (3)
  • MA421 Introduction to Analysis I (3)

 

2. General Science
Required Courses (25-30 Credit Hours) 
The student shall select three (3) complete sequences from the following:

  • Chemistry: (8 Credit Hours)
    CH102/L General Chemistry I 
    CH103/L* General Chemistry II
  • Physics: (10 Credit Hours)
    PH251**/252 University Physics
    PH210/211 Introductory Physics
  • Geology: (8-11 Credit Hours)
    NS110/L Introduction to the Earth and
    NS112/L History of the Earth
    or
    NS101/L Introduction to Physical Science,
    GE101 Introduction to Geography, and
    GE203/L Principles of Physical Geography
  • Biology: (9 Credit Hours)
    BI157/L Principles of Biology I
    BI158/L Principles of Biology II
    BI392 Lab Teaching & Assistting 

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 (Grades 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 Introductory Statistics (3)
  • PY101 General Psychology 3)
  • HI211History of Guam (3)
    or
    ED265 Culture and Education in Guam (3)
  • BI124/L Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • AL185 Humn Nutrition (3)
  • HS200 Health and Wellness (3)

Professional Education Requirements (30 credit hours)

  • ED110 Introduction to Teaching (3)
  • ED201 Human Growth nd Development (3)
  • ED300 Educational Psychology (3)
  • ED462 Content Area Literacy (3)
  • ED463 Classroom Management for a Diverse School and Society (3)
  • ED489 Evaluation
  • ED492 Practicum in Student Teaching

Recommended Elective (6 Credit Hours)

  • PE109 Technology in Physical Education (3)
  • ED271 Technology Applications for Educators (3)
    or
    ED451 Audio Visual Education (3)

Specialization Requirements (47 credit hours)

  • PE117 Folk, Square, and Social Dance (3)
  • PE118 Outdoor Pursuits and Racquet Sports (3) 
  • PE124 Individual Sports (3)
  • PE126 Outdoor Team Sports (3)
  • PE127 Introduction to Tumbling and Rhythmic Gymnastics (2)
  • PE212 Motor Learning (3)
  • PE214 Community Health for Educators (3)
  • PE220 Indoor Team Sports (3)
  • PE 305 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Physical Education (3)
  • PE312 School Health (3)
  • HS/PE322 Kinesiology (3)
  • HS/PE324 Exercise Physiology (3)
  • PE 352 Methods of Teaching Elementary Physical Education (3)
  • PE 353 Methods of Teaching Middle and High School Health and Physical Education (3)
  • SW/HS355 Human Sexuality (3)
  • PE454/G Adapted and Developmental Physical Education 

NOTE: 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 
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 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 Language Arts in Early Childhood (3) 
  • ED331 Teaching the Young Child (3)
  • ED333 Creative Arts in Early Childhood(3)
  • ED334 Solving Discipline Problems: Strategies for Classroom Teachers (3)
  • ED336 Building Home and School Relationships in Early Childhood Education (3)

 

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 Introduction to Bilingualism/Biculturalism (3)
  • ED385 Structure of the Language (3)
  • ED480 Second Language Curriculum and Materials Developement (3)
  • ED481 Second Language Teaching Methodology (3)
  • ED 482 Working with Second Language Learners (3)

 

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 Remediation of Individuals w/ Learning Disabilities/Behavior Disorders (3)
  • ED314 Assessment of Skills for Children & Youth w/ Special Needs (3)
  • ED442 Special Education Law (3)
  • ED446/G Including Children w/Disabilities in the Regular Classroom (3)
  • ED457/G Behavior Management in Special Education (3)