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K-12 Education Program

Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview

Do you plan to teach art or music? Enroll as a K-12 education major at Briar Cliff! Our program is known for producing caring, distinguished teachers and is fully approved by the Iowa Department of Education.

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Teach anywhere.

As a K-12 education major, you'll major in your specialized subject (art, music) and complete both an elementary and a secondary license. This qualifies you to teach your subject in a variety of settings: from elementary to middle school to high school.

Gain early, hands-on experience.

Before you begin student teaching, you will have already gained 120 hours of classroom experience through observations, and by working with small groups in your practicum experiences. This ensures that you'll be prepared for the best possible student teacher experience.

Think green, save green.

At Briar Cliff, the Department of Education has gone digital for two reasons: to save you money, and because it's better for the environment! All your textbooks will be electronic, available online with a pin code and a few clicks.

Become Catholic school certified.

You have the option to complete a certificate program to teach in Catholic schools. This certificate program is a partnership between the four Iowa Catholic Dioceses and BCU’s education and theology departments. Although not a full teaching endorsement, this certificate enables you to teach religion courses and gives you preferential hiring status in Diocesan schools.

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Core K-12 Education Program Courses

CHEM 446 - Physical Chemistry II

A continuation of CHEM 445 with expansion of topics to include kinetics, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. Read more »

CORE 131 - Writing and Speaking in the Digital Age

A multimodal composition experience in which students learn to evaluate information and incorporate it ethically as they create, develop, and refine their writing, speech, and design skills in a variety of modes of expression. Read more »

EDUC 03 IS - Educational Technology

This is an introduction to using computers and information technology in education. The various uses of computers and technology in education are examined with an emphasis on creating all types of digital media: text, images, audio, and video. The student will become familiar with common productivity tools, and will identify useful education-related Internet resources. The student will look at how information technology is being used in today's classrooms. Read more »

EDUC 100 - Introduction to Education

This course includes 15 hours of field experience mandated by the Iowa Department of Education and serves as the gateway to the education program. Read more »

EDUC 101 - Introduction to Education (10-Hour Practicum)

This course is a fifteen-hour practicum that is taken concurrently with EDUC 100. Read more »

EDUC 14 IS - Electronic Portfolio

This course prepares education majors in how to create the electronic portfolio used to demonstrate the candidate's competency in meeting each of the standards of the Teacher Preparation Program. This course must be taken in conjunction with student teaching. Read more »

EDUC 250 - Management and Instruction

An examination of and experimentation with various processes and strategies in classroom management and arrangement available to elementary and secondary classroom teachers is presented. Activities will include planning and organization of lessons, and approaches to discipline. EDUC 01 IR is taken concurrently with EDUC 250. Read more »

EDUC 270 - Exceptional Learners

The intent of the course is to examine education of persons with learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, other health impairments, and gifted and talented children. The special traits of each group will be studied as well as the relationships of their traits and abilities to their education, social and psychological needs. Stress will be placed on practical applications of theory (e.g. remediation techniques, etc.) as well as the theories regarding etiological factors. Read more »

EDUC 318 - Educational Psychology

Study of psychological principles applicable to the learning process; theories of learning, and research pertinent to teaching and learning. EDUC 02IR is taken concurrently with EDUC 318. Read more »

EDUC 330 - Educational Measurement and Evaluation

Emphasis upon the nature of standardized tests and the construction of classroom evaluative devices; introduction of elementary statistics; test interpretation; discussion of current trends and needs in evaluation. Read more »

EDUC 415 - Student Teaching in the Secondary School

Observation and participation in teaching and other professional activities related to the work of the secondary school teacher; planning periods and conferences with the supervising teacher and the college supervisor(s) of student teaching. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program and completion of the professional methods course Read more »

EDUC 423 - Content Area Literacy

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge of reading competencies which middle and secondary students need when reading in the content area. Read more »

EDUC 452 - Human Relations for Teachers

Designed to develop professional human relation skills for teaching in an aspiring pluralistic society through both theoretical and experiential work. Special emphasis placed on understanding social, cultural, and interpersonal dimensions of the interaction among subgroups. Approximately half of the course time is spent in off-campus experiences. Read more »

HIST 231 - American History to 1877

A survey of the history of the American people from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War. Read more »

HIST 232 - U.S. History Since 1877

A survey of the history of the American people from the South's reconstruction to the present. Read more »

PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to fundamental psychological concepts which are derived from applying the scientific method to the study of behavior. Examples of selected topics include: personality development, abnormal behavior and therapy, physiology, motivation and emotions, human development, learning and memory, and social behavior. This course emphasizes theories and theorists as well as relevant applications to everyday living. An introduction to APA style of writing is included. Read more »

SOCY 240 - Racial, Ethnic and Gender Inequality

Analysis of the interaction of minorities with dominant populations; explanations of how minorities are created and maintained; characteristics of racial, ethnic and gender relations in the United States and other societies. Read more »

EDUC 01 IS - Management and Instruction (25-Hour Practicum)

This is a 25-hour classroom practicum taken concurrently with EDUC 250. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

 K-12 education students must also take methods courses in their chosen major (art or music); along with an elective life science course, mathematics course and physical science course.

 All students seeking licensure must first be admitted into the Teacher Preparation Program, and enlisted as an academic major in their specific subject (art or music).

 The Federal Department of Education states that all K-12 majors must take the Praxis II Testing for Licensure in pedagogy and the content area prior to applying for their teaching license.

 For additional requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.

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I knew I wanted to attend BCU as soon as I visited the campus. The scholarship I received made my dream possible.

Emma Bruns

Art & Elementary Education ('17)