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Bachelor of Arts

The student must declare two specific concentrations of the four listed below and must complete the required courses within the chosen concentrations.

  • Middle Childhood Education English/Language Arts Concentration
  • Middle Childhood Education Math Concentration
  • Middle Childhood Education Science Concentration
  • Middle Childhood Education Social Studies Concentration

GENERAL EDUCATION - 40 Credits

TE147 Educational Technology 2 credits

This course is a study of the various technologies available for classroom use and their adaptation to the promotion of learning. Students will learn both the potential and the limitations of computers as tools for teachers.

Offered every semester.

SI130 Principles of Physical Science and Laboratory 4 credits

An introduction to basic concepts of physics, chemistry, and astronomy. Emphasis is placed upon the logical and philosophical development of the concepts and their application to the understanding of the physical universe. Laboratory requirements teach the importance of scientific method and measurement in scientific investigation. (Lab fee)

Prerequisite:
Recommended completion of high school algebra or chemistry.

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 credits

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.

Offered every spring.

SP200 Basic Oral Communication 3 credits

The principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery are discussed. There is practice in preparing and presenting short informative, persuasive, and demonstrative speeches.

Offered every semester.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

CE123 Philosophy of Christian School Education 3 credits

The course introduces the student to the underlying purpose, philosophy and goals of the Christian school. It provides the student with an introduction to the history and breadth of the movement as well as the constitutional, educational and religious issues and implications.

Offered every fall.

PS100 Student Success 1 credit

Orientation is designed to help the student make adjustments to college life. The course acquaints the student with the library, counseling service, suggestions for study, and various aspects of college life.

Students who transfer to OCU may substitute any general education elective for this course when 30 hours or more of academic work has been completed at another college with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Offered each semester.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

PS246 Adolescent Development 3 credits

The course examines the significant developmental issues that adolescents face and provides the potential professional with an overview of numerous topics in human development that will enhance their understanding and provide application opportunities. Examination will be made of developmental theory regarding physical changes, cognitive development, identity, and gender and sexual concepts and cultural influence as well as moral development.

Offered spring, even years.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

SS205 United States History I: 1492 – 1877 3 credits

A survey of the religious, political, and cultural development of the people of the United States from colonization through Reconstruction.  Special emphasis will be given to the Founding Fathers and the influence of a Christian Worldview upon the development of the nation.

TE214 Math Methods for Middle Childhood with Field Experience 3 credits

A comprehensive understanding of the NCTM standards and the Common Core State Standards, pedagogy, assessment procedures, and the materials needed for teaching mathematics in the intermediate grades. Candidates will become familiar with numbers, number sense, and operations; measurement; geometry; expressions, equations, and functions; probability; statistics; and data analysis. The Standards for Mathematical Practice will be used for engaging students in problem solving opportunities for understanding mathematical concepts. A field experience component of 2 hours twice per week is required. (A field component of 1 hour twice per week for ten weeks is required for students in the 4th/5th Generalist Endorsement).

Prerequisite:
TE203

Offered every spring.

RELIGION - 18 Credits

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

Prerequisite:
NT102
GB100

Offered annually.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

Prerequisite:
GB100
OT101

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

Prerequisite:
SO100

Offered annually.

TH409 Theology Capstone 2 credits

The doctrine of entire sanctification as interpreted by theologians of the Wesleyan tradition is studied in light of its scriptural foundations. This course is planned for non-ministry majors.

Prerequisite:
TH201
Graduating Seniors Only

Offered annually.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

Class instruction in scriptural principles and methods in personal witnessing coupled with field experiences in soul winning is employed to equip the student to proclaim Christ on a person-to-person basis.

Offered annually.

MAJOR - 29 Credits

TE100 Integrated Studies for Teachers 1 credit

This course provides opportunities for deductive thinking in the areas of reading, writing and math. The course will aid in understanding the Praxis I test format. Appropriate ACT scores may be substituted. (Lab fee)

Offered every semester.

TE203 Study in the Foundations of Teaching 3 credits

This entry level course is required of every student majoring in teacher education and is a prerequisite for entry into the program. It is designed to introduce the student to the principles and philosophy of elementary education in both public and Christian schools. The course is made up of the following components: 1) Independent study, using text materials, 2) Classroom observation and limited activities for students, under supervision of cooperating teachers. Field experience is held every Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a minimum of 10 weeks, resulting in 75 field experience hours. 3) Seminars weekly.

Prerequisite:
1) Passing PRAXIS I scores (Passage of Praxis I may be waived with a composite ACT of 25, with no individual score below 21 and successful completion of 30 semester hours of college work. Background checks from both FBI and BCI are required.

Offered every semester.

LA211 Children’s Literature 3 credits

This course focuses on identification of materials suitable for children’s reading. A thorough study of Genre is an important component of this class, as well as the study of quality authors and illustrators of children’s literature.

Offered every fall.

TE423 Teaching the Exceptional Child 3 credits

The study of students with exceptional attributes from giftedness to those with behavioral difficulties, and/or developmental delays; the study of English language learners is also included.

Prerequisite:
TE203

Offered every fall.

TE313 Educational Psychology 3 credits

This course explores the psychological perspectives of education and applies them to classroom procedures. It provides critical help and preparation for Ohio Assessments for Educators dealing with principles of learning and teaching. (Lab fee).

Prerequisite:
TE203
and Junior Standing

Offered every spring.

TE324-EC Cultures of Children - EC 3 credits

This course follows TE333 Foundations of Literacy for Early Childhood and provides both theory and practice for teacher candidates in the teaching of reading to students of diverse cultures.

Prerequisite:
TE333

Offered every spring.

TE498 Education Capstone 1 credit

A one hour per week seminar which accompanies TE 499 Student Teaching and which must be taken the same semester. 
 
During this seminar student teachers 1) will be provided with materials to support their upcoming Ohio Assessments for Educators licensure requirements, and 2) will have opportunity to discuss and ask questions regarding the ongoing progress of their student teaching experience.

TE499 Clinical Experience 12 credits

This culminating field experience provides teacher candidates a full semester (75 days minimum) of classroom experience with a gradual assumption of responsibility across the semester. Teacher candidates must apply to student teach and successfully complete a reflective essay to participate in this last gateway to the profession. Students may take no other courses during this experience with the exception of the traditional exit course, Theology Capstone.

Prerequisite:
Completion of TE program requirements.

Offered on demand.

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION READING CORE - 12 Credits

TE326 Reading/Language Arts Methods for Middle Childhood 3 credits

This course is designed to promote understanding of literacy development for middle grade learners. Focus of the course includes knowledge of the learner as well as reading-writing process, knowledge of instructional strategies, instructional decision making, instructional materials and environments for literacy learning. A field component of 2 hours twice per week is required. (A field component of 1 hour twice per week for ten weeks is required for students in the 4th/5th Generalist Endorsement).

Prerequisite:
TE214

Offered every fall.

TE335 Teaching Reading with Literature for Middle Childhood 3 credits

This course provides an understanding of the selection and instruction of literature for the middle childhood student for the purpose of fostering a lifelong love of reading. The Literature Circle provides a setting for collaborating with others to develop reading comprehension strategies, think critically, appreciate the aesthetic qualities of literature, develop communication skills, and extend writing skills. A field component of 2 hours twice per week is required. (A field component of 1 hour twice per week for ten weeks is required for students in the 4th/5th Generalist Endorsement).

Prerequisite:
TE326

Offered every spring.

TE225 Phonics & the English Language 3 credits

This course is a study of the English phonological cueing system, necessary for both oral and written language and will include its use within a balanced literacy program. Emphasis will be placed upon helping young students develop word analysis strategies needed for reading, spelling and syllabication.

Prerequisite:
TE203

Offered every spring.

TE332M Teaching Reading in the Content Area for Middle Childhood 3 credits

This course is designed to provide teachers of all subject areas the knowledge to integrate the language processes, especially reading and writing, into their instruction. Course focus is on developing an understanding of instructional strategies that facilitate a learner’s interaction with text.

Prerequisite:
TE203

Offered every fall.