Education Majors, Minors and Endorsements

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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education

Kansas Wesleyan University offers an elementary education program that prepares candidates to be quality teachers for grades K-6.  Along with coursework in a variety of areas, early field experiences in local classrooms are offered during each semester.  Click here for specific course requirements for elementary education candidates.

Minor in Secondary Education

KWU offers a secondary education program for candidates majoring in Biology, Chemistry, English, History and Government, Mathematics, Physics, Speech/Theatre, Health/Physical Education or Music.  The courses required for a minor in Secondary Education are in addition to the content area major requirements.  Click here for specific course requirements for secondary education candidates.

Teacher Licensure

KWU offers a teacher licensure program for those individuals who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree or higher and wish to become licensed to teach in that subject area.  Click here for specific course requirements for teacher licensure.

Special Education Endorsement

Through cooperative arrangements with other member colleges in the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas (ACCK), students who are majoring in education may meet an added endorsement requirement for teaching adaptive special education at the K-6 and/or 6-12 levels.  Candidates who wish to have an endorsement in special education must first have a license in elementary and/or secondary education.  The special education courses are offered primarily online through the ACCK center located in McPherson, Kansas.  Enrollment in these courses is made at Kansas Wesleyan University.  Click here for specific course requirements for teacher licensure.

Note:  All coursework for this endorsement can be completed during a regular 4-year program.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

If you are interested in adding this endorsement, the following courses are required.  Admission to the Teacher Education Program is required before candidates may take 300 and 400 level professional education courses.

EDUC 387 -- Methods for Teaching ESL in the Classroom – 3 credit hours

EDUC 438 -- Clinical Practice Seminar – 2 credit hours

EDUC 470 -- Clinical Practice – 5 credit hours

EDUC 302 -- History and Development of the English Language – 3 credit hours

EDUC 380 -- The English Language: Grammar, Syntax and Evaluation – 3 credit hours

SOCI 250 -- Racial/Ethnic Minorities or SOCI 240 -- Social Inequality – 3 credit hours

In addition to the coursework, the state required content test for the ESL endorsement must be taken and the cut score met. 

Note:  A license in elementary education, secondary education or P-12 education must be attained in order to add an endorsement.

Middle School Level Endorsement in English, Math, Science and Social Studies

If you are interested in adding any of these endorsements, the following courses are recommended to help you pass the content test in these areas.  In addition to the coursework, the state required content test for the specific endorsement must be taken and cut score met.

Note: A license in elementary education and/or P-12 must be attained in order to add the endorsement.

English Education Middle School Endorsement

EDUC 330 -- Methods of Teaching Middle School – 3 credit hours

ENGL 120 -- Introductory English Composition -- 3 credit hours

ENGL 121 -- Intermediate English Composition -- 3 credit hours

ENGL 210 -- Major British Writers II -- 3 credit hours

ENGL 212 -- American Literature II -- 3 credit hours

ENGL 245 -- Literature for Young Adults -- 3 credit hours

EDUC 380 -- The English Language: Grammar, Syntax and Evaluation -- 3 credit hours

Mathematics Middle School Endorsement

EDUC 330 -- Methods of Teaching Middle School -- 3 credit hours

MATH 105 -- Survey of College Mathematics -- 3 credit hours

MATH 120 -- College Algebra -- 3 credit hours

MATH 210 or BSHS 210 -- Elementary Statistics -- 3 credit hours

MATH 222 -- Modern Geometry -- 3 credit hours

MATH 243 -- Discrete Mathematics -- 3 credit hours

Science Middle School Endorsement

BIOL 110 -- General Biology -- 4 credit hours

CHEM 120 -- Introductory Chemistry -- 4 credit hours

EDUC 330 -- Methods of Teaching Middle School -- 3 credit hours

PHYS 118 -- Introduction to Physical Science -- 4 credit hours

PHYS 119 -- Earth-Space Science -- 4 credit hours

Choose one of the following:

BIOL/CHEM/PHYS course (200 level or above with laboratory) -- 4 credit hours

Social Studies Middle School Endorsement

ECON 205 -- Principles of Macroeconomics -- 3 credit hours

EDUC 330 -- Methods of Teaching Middle School -- 3 credit hours

HIST 105 -- World Civilizations I -- 3 credit hours

HIST 106 -- World Civilizations II -- 3 credit hours

HIST 130 -- World Geography -- 3 credit hours

HIST 220 -- American History I -- 3 credit hours

HIST 221 -- American History II -- 3 credit hours

POLI 310 -- U.S. Constitution and Government -- 3 credit hours