Overview

Maryville College has a long and proud tradition of preparing teachers who demonstrate and promote excellence in teaching and learning. If you are considering a professional career in teaching, we offer 16 areas of licensure. Our program prepares new teachers for the demands of the 21st Century classroom through extensive field-based experiences, essential coursework in the teaching area supported by professional education courses, and project-based learning designed in partnership with local school administrators and teachers.

**If you already hold an undergraduate degree and want to teach, we offer post-baccalaureate options for all areas of licensure. Post-bacc programs are individualized programs of study and are impacted by previous coursework completion. Please contact our office for more information.

Do you want to teach in grades K-6?

The Child Development and Learning with Teacher Licensure option prepares students for the demands of teaching in the elementary grades (kindergarten-6th). Students completing this program of study develop expertise and understanding of developmental theories, problem solving utilizing the scientific method, and other essential understandings (behavioral, psychological, socio-cultural…) related to teaching and learning. The professional education component of this program focuses on those skills and competencies critical to the success of a new teacher (lesson design, classroom management, assessment, teaching pedagogy…).

Child Development and Learning with Teacher Licensure: A Four-Year Plan

Do you want to teach in grades 7-12?

We offer several areas of licensure for those interested in teaching at the high school level. Each program prepares students for the demands of teaching a specific content area. Students completing a program of study for teaching in the secondary grades 7-12 develop expertise and understanding of a specific content area. The professional education component of this program focuses on those skills and competencies critical to the success of a new teacher (lesson design, classroom management, assessment, teaching pedagogy…).

Do you want to teach in grades PK/K-12?

We offer several areas of licensure for those interested in teaching special topics designed for all grade levels. Each program prepares students for the demands of teaching a specific content area. Students completing a program of study for teaching in the grades PK/K-12 develop expertise and understanding of a specific content area. The professional education component of this program focuses on those skills and competencies critical to the success of a new teacher (lesson design, classroom management, assessment, teaching pedagogy…).

Course Offerings

Required courses are:

PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hrs.)
PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hrs.)
PSY 334: Culturally Diverse and Exceptional Children (3 hrs.)
(Physical Education/Health for licensure students are exempt from Psychology 334)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.)
EDU 301: Models of Classroom Management and Instruction (3 hrs.)

 

EDU 302: Educational Technology (2 hrs.)
EDU 321: Reading and Writing in the Content Classrooms (2 hrs.)
EDU 343: Practicum in Methods and Materials (2 hrs.)*
EDU 401: Student Teaching (9 hrs.)
EDU 402: Professional Seminar on Teaching (3 hrs.)


*Physical Education/Health and Theatre Studies majors take two additional hours of practicum credit. Teaching English as a Second Language majors take four additional hours of practicum credit.

Required courses are:

PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hrs.)
PHR 331: Physical Education for Children (2 hrs.)
SOC 215: Sociology of Marriage and Family (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.)
MTH 307: Mathematics and Instructional Strategies for K-6 and 4-8 Teachers I (3 hrs.)
MTH 308: Mathematics and Instructional Strategies for K-6 and 4-8 Teachers II (3 hrs.)
ENG 212: Children’s Literature (3 hrs.)
One of the following courses:
HIS 111: Colonial and Revolutionary America (3 hrs.)
HIS 112: History of the United States in the 19th century (3 hrs.)
HIS 203: History of the United States in the 29th Century (3 hrs.)

 

BIO 311: Natural History of the Southern Appalachians (4 hrs.)
EDU 302: Educational Technology (2 hrs.)
EDU 303: Models of Classroom Instruction (2 hrs.)
EDU 305: Strategies for Classroom Management (2 hrs.)
EDU 321: Reading and Writing in the Content Classroom (2 hrs.)
EDU 322: Instructional Strategies for Science and Social Studies (3 hrs.)
EDU 323: reading and Writing K-4 (3 hrs.)
EDU 401: Student Teaching (9 hrs.)
EDU 402: Professional Seminar on Teaching (3 hrs)

Maryville College offers a Post-Baccalaureate Program for teacher licensure in the following licensure areas: Biology, Chemistry, Elementary Education, English, History, History/Economics or History/Political Science, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education/Health, and Spanish. Post-baccalaureate students must meet the same screening and admission standards as Maryville College baccalaureate students. In addition, post-baccalaureate students must pass the Content Knowledge Exams of the Praxis II Series before they are assigned to student teaching. The Registrar, adviser from the academic discipline, and adviser from the Division of Education evaluate academic transcripts to design an appropriate course of study. Student teach­ing consists of fifteen weeks of full-day responsibilities.

Additional Endorsements: Maryville College offers additional endorsements in the following licen­sure areas: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Elementary Education, English, History, Mathematics, Geography, Government, Spanish and Theatre Studies. Maryville College bac­calaureate students may complete an additional endorsement according to the following guidelines while completing their initial licensure:
1.  Each candidate (with the exceptions noted in 2,3, and 4) must complete a minor in the endorse­ment area as part of an individualized educational plan developed by the academic adviser. Requirements for a minor designed for additional endorsement may vary from those for a traditional minor, a larger number of credit hours may be required, and some additional endorsements may be available only to students majoring in a related area. Specific additional endorsement requirements are available from faculty advisers in the subject areas.

2.  A candidate completing initial licensure in Economics/History, History, or History/Economics may complete an additional endorsement in Government with Political Science 121, 122 and one course from Political Science 211 and 212.

3. A candidate completing initial licensure in History, History/Political Science, or Political Science/History may complete an additional endorsement in Economics with Economics 201, 251 and 332.

4.  A candidate completing initial licensure in Economics/History, History, History/Economics, History/ Political Science, or Political Science/History may complete an initial endorsement in Geography with Social Science 201 and two additional courses chosen from the World Cultures 370 options.

During student teaching, licensure students are assigned to one class in their additional endorsement area(s) as well as their initial licensure areas.  They are additionally required to achieve the minimum passing score(s) on the Praxis II specially test(s) in their endorsement area(s).

For all teacher licensure programs, careful planning of one’s course of study is necessary to ensure that all general education, major, and professional requirements are met in a timely manner. It is particularly important to complete Psychology 101, Introductory Psychology, in the first year. Students should meet with the adviser for teacher licensure in their major area as soon as possible.

Admission to Teacher Education is not automatic and occurs only after certain qualifications are met. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 in the major and overall is required in addition to a minimum score on certain standardized tests. The Level I screening process is fully explained at screening meetings held in September and February each year. Requirements include, in addition to the GPA and standardized test requirements, a writing sample from the candidate, satis­factory recommendations from faculty and others, and an interview with the Screening Committee. Admission to Teacher Education is considered conditional until Level I of the process is completed.  No course with an Education (EDU) prefix may be taken unless a student has been accepted into the Teacher Education program through the Level I screening process, or conditional acceptance is authorized by the Director of Teacher Education.

Title II of the Higher Education Act mandates that institutions publish pass rates on Praxis II exams required by the State of Tennessee for teacher licensure.

Maryville College Percentage Passing:

     2008-2009........................ 100%
     2009-2010.......................   97%
     2010-2011.......................   97%
     2011-2012.......................   97%
     2012-2013....................... Pending

*Current information is available on the Maryville College website: maryvillecollege.edu.