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The Education Major



The Education Major prepares teacher candidates for teaching at the K-6, 7-12, and K-12 levels in specified content areas. This course of study combines a solid foundation in disciplinary content, coursework focusing on educational theory and pedagogy, and professional training and extensive field experience in partner school classrooms appropriate for the selected teaching emphasis. Students may prepare for licensure in the following licensure levels and content areas:

K-6 level (multidisciplinary – includes English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science);

7-12 level in English, life science, mathematics, or social studies

K-12 level in vocal and/or instrumental music 

The major offers flexibility to teacher candidates in scheduling the student teaching internship. One option allows candidates to complete the internship (EDU 495) across two semesters, with half-days spent in the placement classroom both semesters. Candidates may request an alternative full-day one-semester internship (EDU 496) provided that they have completed all other course requirements and have obtained approval from the major advisor and the Director of Teacher Education.

Program: The Teacher Education Program
PSY 101 Introduction to Psycholoy 3
EDU 202 Overview of Teaching 3
EDU 325 Practicum I 1
EDU 326 Practicum II 1
EDU 328 Integrating Technology in the Classroom 3
EDU 335 Educating Diverse and Exceptional Leaners 2
PSY 310 Child and Adolescent Development 3
PSY 339 Learning and Cognition 3
EDU 403 Integrating the Liberal Arts in the K-12 Classrom 3
EDU 495 or EDU 496 Student Teaching Internship 15
  Sub-Total Credits 37

Students pursuing a secondary or K-12 teaching license must complete the education requirements and the concurrent requirements for the teaching emphasis as listed below.

Concurrent requirements for teaching emphasis:

Elementary Education (K-6): 37 credit hours to include EDU 306, EDU 320, EDU 324, EDU 330, EDU 340, EDU 345, EDU 461, EDU 463, MTH 105, BIO 100, SCI 100, ANT 101, and a course in Arkansas history [Note: Additional content requirements satisfied by the Common Core include ENG 105, POL 105, HIS 110, and HIS 112]

English (7-12): 35 credit hours to include ENG 302, ENG 320, ENG 337, ENG 363; 9 credits selected from ENG 290, ENG 291, ENG 330, and ENG 331; and ENG electives (12 credits at the 200-300 level and 3 credits at the 400 level) [Note: ENG 105 is an additional content requirement that is satisfied by the Common Core]

Math (7-12): 36 credit hours to include MTH 110, MTH 210, MTH 220, MTH 230, MTH 290, MTH 300, MTH 330, MTH 360, MTH 380, MTH 400, and CSC 100 or CSC 115

[Note: MTH 420 and MTH 440 are recommended electives. MTH 110 may also satisfy a core requirement.]

Life Science (7-12): 38 credit hours to include BIO 110, BIO 112, BIO 252, BIO 304, BIO 340, BIO electives (12 credits at the 300 level or above), MTH 110, and CHM 110 [Note: CHM 105 may be needed as a prerequisite to CHM 110 and may be taken as part of the core requirements. MTH 110 may also satisfy a core requirement.]

Social Studies (7-12): 35 credit hours to include HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 280, HIS 320, HIS electives (9 credits – 1 course each in European, World, and U.S. History), ANT 101, ECO 101, an additional social science elective (3 credits), EDU 306, and a course in Arkansas history, [Note: Additional content requirements satisfied by the Common Core include POL 105, HIS 110, and HIS 112]

Instrumental Music (K-12): 35 credit hours to include MUS 110, MUS 111, MUS 112,  MUS 120/125/130 (5 credits), MUS 205, MUS 420, MUS 425, MUS151-452P (3 credits), MUS 151I - 452I (6 credit hours – multiple instruments), MUS electives (6 credits)

Vocal Music (K-12): 35 credit hours to include MUS 110, MUS 111, MUS 112, MUS 140 (4 credits), MUS 151-452P (3 credits), MUS 151V-452V (4 credits), MUS, 205, MUS 420, MUS 425, MUS 431, MUS electives (6 credits)

Candidates will be individually advised concerning their need for additional coursework in order to meet licensing requirements or to prepare for the Praxis II content knowledge exam(s). These courses may or may not be included in the required major.

NOTE: To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from Lyon College, students must successfully complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours comprised of our required Core curriculum (44-48 hours), the requirements of at least one major (credit hours vary per major), and a selection of our Liberal Arts electives. They must also earn at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average for all work taken at Lyon College and a 2.00 cumulative grade point average in their major, minor, and concentration.


Student Spotlight: Sarah Winters, '18

Winters believes that Lyon’s liberal arts curriculum is helpful for elementary school teachers, who teach every subject to their pupils.

“They’re going to ask you questions about science, about math, about social studies, and that’s all your responsibility,” says Winters, “so when I have a wealth of knowledge that I’ve gotten from Lyon that applies in the multiple areas that I’m teaching them, it really helps me feel more comfortable and prepared in the classroom, which in turn makes the students more comfortable as well.”

Read more about her experience and the program here!