Online Education Degrees

Elementary Education Program

The primary mission of the Elementary Education program at St. Andrews University is to offer a high quality, research driven program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree and initial licensure in Elementary Education. The elementary education degree and licensure program prepares facilitators of learning to teach grades K-6. Small class sizes afford pre-service teachers a greater level of individual attention as they develop skills in instructional design, through acquired knowledge in theory, teaching approaches and practical applications. St. Andrews boosts high rate of employment among elementary education graduates in school districts and learning organizations across the United States and internationally. Teacher Candidates explore the process of teaching and learning through an integrative, constructivist approach that includes multiple opportunities for field based learning and practical experiences in the school setting. Candidates are able to utilize the strong liberal arts approach found in the St. Andrews General Education curriculum to help meet the teacher education standard for knowing content, while the Elementary Education Program provides candidates with a strong understanding and skill base in pedagogical studies that continues to make St. Andrews graduates notable as they pursue their professional vocation of teaching children in grades K-6.

Program Requirements

Professional Studies (All Declared Majors)

  • EDU 220 Child and Adolescent Development
  • EDU 232 Integrating Movement in the Classroom
  • EDU 240 Math for Teaching and Learning
  • EDU 250 Education, Culture and Diversity
  • EDU 236 Technology for Educators
  • EDU 311 Digital Learning Applications
  • EDU 324 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 310 Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDU 355 Introduction to the Exceptional Child
  • EDU 352 Teachers as Leaders

30 hours
PRAXIS CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS TEST FOR ALL DECLARED MAJORS
INDUCTION INTO THE PROGRAM

Pedagogical Studies

  • EDU 319 Children’s Literature
  • EDU 332 Language and Literacy
  • EDU 338 Reading and Language Arts
  • EDU 339 Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom
  • EDU 365 Fine Arts in the Classroom
  • EDU 325 Social Studies Standards and the State
  • EDU 341 Science in the Elementary School
  • EDU 342 Math in the Elementary School

24 hours
PEARSON FOUNDATIONS OF READING AND GENERAL CURRICULUM TESTS

Professional Residency

  • EDU 344 Class Room Management
  • EDU 423 Student Teaching (including lab)
  • EDU 425 Student Teaching Seminar - EdTPA

15 hours

Concentration

  • Students choose a core area of concentration (counts as electives toward graduation 120 hours)

12-15 hours

Meeting all program requirements can lead to a degree in Education and a North Carolina license to teach grades K-6.

Total Credits Needed to Graduate: (120)

69 plus the 12-15 concentration hours and the St. Andrews General Education hours for a total 120 hours toward graduation.


Middle Grades Education

The St. Andrews Middle Grades Teacher Education Program prepares candidates to teach adolescents in grades 6-9. Using current research and data regarding adolescent learners, candidates will develop the knowledge, skill and dispositions necessary to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences for middle grades students via the general education curriculum. The Middle Grades Education pre-service candidates will show evidence of skills for leading students towards participation in society and toward careers. The program is designed to help pre-service teachers expand middle grades learner skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative problem solving using a highly integrated approach to presenting the curriculum objectives.

They will develop an awareness and competency in applying basic principles of curriculum planning and implement them according to the diverse needs of students within the middle school setting. Pre-service teachers will participate in a variety of field experiences within the middle school and will habitually reflect on these experiences as a basis for decision-making and professional growth. Candidates will demonstrate the use of technological tools both for planning, instruction and assessing, as well as the skills of data management. These future teachers will explore the structure of the school as an institution and will learn skills in professional collaboration and leadership.

Program Requirements

Professional Studies (All Declared Majors)

  • EDU 220 Child and Adolescent Development
  • EDU 232 Integrating Movement in the Classroom
  • EDU 240 Math for Teaching and Learning
  • EDU 250 Education, Culture and Diversity
  • EDU 236 Technology for Educators
  • EDU 311 Digital Learning Applications
  • EDU 324 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 310 Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDU 355 Introduction to the Exceptional Child
  • EDU 352 Teachers as Leaders

30 hours
PRAXIS CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS TEST FOR ALL DECLARED MAJORS
INDUCTION INTO THE PROGRAM

Pedagogical Studies

  • EDU 319 Children’s Literature
  • EDU 322 Reading and Writing in the Content Area
  • EDU 303 Integrated Content Methods (6credits)
  • EDU 302 Research and Analysis for MG and Secondary Learners
  • SPD 314 Differentiated Learning
  • EDU 365 Fine Arts in the Classroom
  • EDU 325 Social Studies Standards and the State

24 hours
PRAXIS II Assessment as required for each licensure area

Professional Residency

  • EDU 344 Class Room Management
  • EDU 423 Student Teaching (including lab)
  • EDU 425 Student Teaching Seminar - EdTPA

15 hours

Concentration

  • Students choose a core area of concentration (counts as electives toward graduation 120 hours)

12-14 hours

Meeting all program requirements can lead to a degree in Middle Grades Education and a North Carolina license to teach Middle Grades 6-9. Middle Grades Education Majors may choose to complete 24 hours in a specific content area. This will allow them to complete the add-on license in the content area or they may choose to do a 12-15 hour concentration and take a Praxis II content area license test. Either way will result in a content area license for grades 9-12.

Total Credits Needed to Graduate: (120)

69 plus 24 concentration hours and the St. Andrews General Education hours for 120 total hours for graduation.


Special Education Program

The St. Andrews Special Education degree program is designed to prepare educators to teach children with mild disabilities via the General K-12 Curriculum. Through participation in additional courses the program also offers an option for add-on certification in Gifted Education for any education major or licensure only candidate.

Pre-service teachers in Special Education will develop the knowledge, skill and dispositions necessary to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences for special needs students in special and general education settings. The pre-service Special Education teachers will show evidence of skills for leading students toward higher cognitive development stages.

Program objectives include pre-service teachers developing the knowledge and understanding necessary to become experts at teaching students with disabilities who are progressing through the General Curriculum (K-12); knowledge and understanding of Special Education laws and policies; and develop the knowledge and understanding of human growth and development theories as they apply to students with disabilities. They will develop an awareness and competency in applying basic principles of curriculum planning and implement them according to the diverse needs of students with disabilities. Pre-service teachers will participate in field experiences, practicums and community events related to students with disabilities (i.e. Special Olympics). They will habitually reflect on the experiences as a basis for decision-making and for professional growth. Further, they will demonstrate the use of technological tools both for planning, instruction and assessing, as well as the skills of data management.

Program Requirements

Professional Studies (All Declared Majors)

  • EDU 220 Child and Adolescent Development
  • EDU 232 Integrating Movement in the Classroom
  • EDU 240 Math for Teaching and Learning
  • EDU 250 Education, Culture and Diversity
  • EDU 236 Technology for Educators
  • EDU 311 Digital Learning Applications
  • EDU 324 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 310 Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDU 355 Introduction to the Exceptional Child
  • EDU 352 Teachers as Leaders

30 hours
PRAXIS CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS TEST FOR ALL DECLARED MAJORS
INDUCTION INTO THE PROGRAM

Pedagogical Studies

  • EDU 319 Children’s Literature
  • EDU 338 Reading and Language Arts
  • EDU 332 Language and Literacy
  • EDU 342 Math in the Elementary Classroom
  • EDU 365 Fine Arts in the Classroom
  • SPD 320 Math for Special Learners
  • SPD 301 Building Collaboration
  • SPD 302 Learners with Mild Disabilities
  • SPD 303 Assessment Methods and IEP planning

27 hours
PEARSON FOUNDATIONS OF READING AND GENERAL CURRICULUM TESTS
PRAXIS II SPECIAL EDUCATION LICENSE TEST

Professional Residency

  • EDU 344 Class Room Management
  • EDU 423 Student Teaching (including lab)
  • EDU 425 Student Teaching Seminar - EdTPA

15 hours

Concentration

  • Students choose a core area of concentration (counts as electives toward graduation 120 hours)

12-15 hours

Meeting all program requirements can lead to a degree in Education and a North Carolina license to teach Special Education in grades K-12. Special Education Majors must have a Special Education certification and certification in a content area. This content area certification may be obtained by taking 24 hours of content specific coursework for an add-on certification or by taking a content area test. Special Education majors will work with their advisors to determine the path they wish to take.

Add–on Licensure for Gifted Education (OPTIONAL)

(may be taken as add-on for any education major or licensure only candidate)

  • SPD 310: Introduction, Trends and Issues in Gifted Education (3)
  • SPD 312: Methods and Materials for Teaching Gifted Education (3)
  • SPD 315: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (3)
  • SPD 314: Differentiating Instruction for Learners with Special Needs (3)

12 hours

Total Credits Needed to Graduate: (120)

72 plus the 24 academic credit hours and St Andrews General Education hours for a minimum of 120 credit hours.

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