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The Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAEd) degree prepares students to seek employment in entry-level positions in elementary or secondary art education. Students will consider, research, and learn to adapt the curriculum to the needs of children and adolescents from diverse backgrounds and ability levels. Classes are taught by experienced, respected faculty who bring knowledge and expertise into the classroom.
BAEd Program Objectives
Westcliff University wants to produce capable and knowledgeable students who manifest an understanding of work and careers and an ability to adapt quickly to the expectations of employers and the work environment. The Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAEd) requires both academic and personal growth of its students, contributing their success as classroom teachers. The program’s educational objectives are to:
Identify skills dealing with the needs of a range of students and how they learn.
Review theories and practices through the critical analysis and exploration of a diverse range of educational issues.
Demonstrate a capacity to create and maintain a safe and challenging learning environment through the effective use of a variety of appropriate classroom management skills.
Exemplify the ability to plan, assess, and report for effective learning.
Employ an ability to critically reflect upon and continually improve professional knowledge and practice.
Demonstrate a capacity to actively and collaboratively engage with members of the education profession and with the wider community.
BA Ed Program Required Courses
In addition to completing 60 credit hours of general education courses, the students must complete 60 credit hours of the following education courses:
EDU 300 Introduction to Teaching
EDU 305 Educational Psychology
EDU 310 Globalization of Education
EDU 315 Educational Leadership and Social Justice
EDU 320 Home, School, and Community Collaboration
EDU 325 Art of Effective Teaching
EDU 330 Building the Foundations of Literacy
EDU 335 Early Childhood Development
EDU 340 Adolescent Development
EDU 345 Art, Music, and Fitness in Education
EDU 350 Assessment of the Teaching and Learning Process
EDU 355 Exceptional Students
EDU 360 Curriculum and Instruction
EDU 365 Multicultural Education
EDU 370 Teaching English Language Learners
EDU 375 Teaching with Technology
EDU 400 Differentiating and Scaffolding Instruction
EDU 405 Teaching Principles, Policies, and Current Problems
EDU 410 Educational Research
EDU 450 Directed Field Experience
Total 120 credit hours Transfer credit hours accepted based on approval
General Education Courses For BAEd
The Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAEd) degree program requires 120 semester credit hours (60 semester credit hours general education courses and 60 semester credit hours core education courses). Each course in the Bachelor of Arts in Education degree program is 3 semester credit hours. Students must successfully complete all forty (40) courses, at 3 credit hours each, for a total of 120 credit hours to graduate from the BAEd degree program. There are 20 general education courses, at 3 credit hours each, for a total of 60 general education semester credit hours. There are 20 core courses, at 3 credit hours each, for a total of 60 core courses semester credit hours. Each course consists of a five (5) week session, there are three five (5) week sessions per fifteen (15) week term. There are three fifteen (15) week terms per year. A typical student will complete 9 courses each year. A student can typically complete the Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAEd) degree program in four (4) years and six (6) months if the student completes one (3 semester credit hours) course per five-week session.
General Education Description
The General Education courses at Westcliff are structured to provide a coherent, integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge students will need to help them develop intellectual skills that will enhance their professional, civic, and personal life for years to come. Students will learn how to analyze the world around them from different perspectives, how to communicate their ideas and understand the ideas of others, how to solve problems, and how to apply their knowledge to real-world projects.