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Bachelor of Science in Education

Help create a better future for everyone: become a teacher. Salem International University offers a Bachelor of Science in Education program that prepares you for the 21st Century classroom—and the 21st Century student. Throughout this program, you will develop a portfolio that demonstrates your professional growth.

Approved by the West Virginia Board of Education, our BSED program offers students the opportunity to specialize in three areas: Health (Pre K – Adult), Physical Education (Pre K – Adult) and Social Studies (5 – Adult). It is a 40-month accelerated degree program available on campus in West Virginia.

Objectives of This Program

The goal of this program is to produce exceptionally-prepared educational professionals who can meet the needs of all students and function as leaders in a classroom. As a graduate of this program, you should be able to:

  • Plan effective lessons and conduct appropriate assessments of learning
  • Create a productive, well-managed learning environment
  • Build effective collaborative relationships with administrators, fellow educators, and student family members
  • Pursue career-long professional development to continue growing as an educator

Career Opportunities

This program offers the skills, knowledge, and student teaching experience you need to become a middle or secondary school educator in one of the following areas:

  • Health (Pre K – Adult)
  • Physical Education (Pre K – Adult)
  • Social Studies (5 – Adult)

After graduation, you will be eligible for certification in West Virginia. You will need to take and pass examinations to earn your teaching certificate. If you wish to teach in another state, you will need to confirm requirements with that state’s board of education.

Program of Study

As a BSED student, your curriculum is divided into three sections: general education, the professional educator core, and your concentration area.

General Education Courses:
  • UNV100 Student Success & Orientation
  • ENG101 Written English
  • ENG102 Written English 2
  • ENG200 Technical Writing
  • COM104 Principles of Human Comm.
  • ECO252 Macroeconomics
  • ECO253 Microeconomics
  • PSY100 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC110 Introduction to Sociology
  • IT105 Computer Applications
  • HIS153 U.S. History
  • HIS154 U.S. History 2
  • MAT109 College Algebra
  • MAT140 Statistics
  • HED120 Core Concepts of Personal Health
  • BIO101 Basic Principles of Biology
  • PSC100 American Government & Society
Professional Educator Core:
  • EDU101 Foundations of Education
  • EDU271 Human Development
  • EDU272 Educational Psychology
  • ACS120 The Electronic Classroom
  • SPE120 Areas of Exceptionality in Special Education
  • SPE390 Inclusive Curriculum, Materials & Methods
  • EDU362 Reading Across the Content Areas
  • EDU376 Materials & Methods of Teaching
  • EDU416 Educational Assessment Strategies
  • EDU436 Classroom Environment & Management
  • EDU490 Student Teaching 1
  • EDU491 Student Teaching 2
  • EDU492 Student Teaching 3

You will complete an additional 12 courses in your concentration area to round out the degree. Portfolio assessment is ongoing over the course of the program, and helps determine whether you can progress to student teaching.

It takes ten consecutive academic semesters of 12 semester credit hours each or 3 credit hours per month to complete the entire degree program—40 months in total.

Course Format

SIU offers the Bachelor of Science in Education program on campus in West Virginia. You will be able to take advantage of:

  • A professionally-focused curriculum and accelerated course sequence
  • Experienced faculty who support your goals
  • A diverse learning community
  • Extensive student teaching experiences
  • Comprehensive preparation for your career as an educator

Course Descriptions

UNV100 – Student Success & Orientation (3 Credits)
This course introduces new students to tools for success in and out of the classroom. Students learn about college life, academic success, and intercultural communication to help with their transition to Salem International University. Prior learning is assessed for each student. Students will focus on the skills needed for successful completion of the general education curriculum and their major.

ENG101 – Written English (3 Credits)
Helps students develop the skills necessary for effective written communication. Instruction centers in exemplary nonfiction prose and in writing expository paragraphs and essays.

ENG102 – Written English 2 (3 Credits)
This course builds on Written English I to emphasize objective, public forms of exposition including description, analysis, and argument, the conventions of formal written English and basic scholarly research skills. The development of creative, critical, and analytical thinking skills are emphasized. Prerequisite: ENG101.

ENG200 – Technical Writing (3 Credits)
Teaches clarity and directness in writing for business and the professions. Students use a problem-solving model of goal and audience analyses in producing reports, organizational correspondence, and instructions.

COM104 – Principles of Human Communication (3 Credits)
An introduction to intra-personal, interpersonal, small group, and public communication skills.

HIS153 – U.S. History (3 Credits)
From the European colonization of North America to independence, the Civil War, and the industrial revolution, this course analyzes the social, economic, and political forces behind the United States’ rise to world power by the latter half of the nineteenth century.

HIS154 – U.S. History 2 (3 Credits)
By describing the domestic and foreign policies of the United States throughout the twentieth century, the course analyzes the reasons behind its rise to superpower status by the turn of the twenty-first century. At the same time, it sketches the causes and effects behind the labor, African-American, and women’s right movements.

IT105 – Computer Applications (3 Credits)
This course will provide students with basic computing concepts and applications, and will offer a useful foundation upon which students can develop skills necessary to become effective users of operating systems, application software, and utility software. The primary focus of this course will be on productivity software applications, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, the Internet and presentation software.

MAT109 – College Algebra (3 Credits)
This course provides a review of the real number system and algebraic expressions, linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, complex numbers, graphing, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations, and basic matrix algebra. This course meets part of the mathematics general education requirement for graduation.

MAT140 – Statistics (3 Credits)
This course provides development of basic concepts in statistics including descriptive statistics, probability, central tendency measures, distributions, correlation, and hypothesis testing. This course meets part of the mathematics general education requirement for graduation.

PSC100 – American Government and Politics (3 Credits)
Survey of American government and politics, including federal, state, and local governments, with consideration of the constitutions, civil liberties, partisan voting behavior, and functions of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of our government.

PSY100 – Principles of Psychology (3 Credits)
This course consists of the study of the mind, behavior, biopsychology, psychological development, sensation, perception, learning, remembering, cognitive processing, emotion, motivation, stress, personality, intelligence, social psychology, psychopathology, and therapies for mental disorders.

SOC110 – Introduction to Sociology (3 Credits)
This course is designed to give a broad overview of the field of sociology. It focuses on all aspects of society: culture, social interaction, institutions, group processes, social control, diversity and inequality based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, and all causes and the nature of social stability and social change.

BIO101 – Basic Principles of Biology (3 Credits)
A study of biological principles and their relevance to human issues. Topics include scientific methods and societal oversight, cell biology, biomolecules and structure and function of living cells, nutrition, genetics and genetic engineering, the evolutionary process and loss of diversity, and plant and animal reproduction and modern manipulations. Critical thinking, lab exercises, and written expression are emphasized. This course encourages better-informed life-style, medical, and community decision-making.

HED120 – Core Concepts of Personal Health (3 Credits)
Designed to acquaint students with concepts of health including total fitness and evaluation, nutrition, stress management, and current health topics.

ECO252 – Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
The examination of macroeconomic theory, the law of supply and demand, market equilibrium, operations of the market system, basic money transactions, and circular flow of money. Study of economic institutions and the methods and tools used to balance the economy as a whole.

ECO253 – Microeconomics (3 Credits)
An analysis of the microeconomic theory. Topics include the investigation of individual businesses, consumers and small segments of the economy; the study of price and output decisions in competitive, monopolistic, and oligopolistic market conditions; and an examination of wage policies and unions, urban and farm problems, and antitrust regulations. The role of international trade and specialization is emphasized.

EDU101 – Foundations of Education (3 Credits)
This course examines learning theories and will apply those theories to how learning occurs. The course will cover the psychological, sociological, philosophical, and historical foundations of education in the context of schools: the past, the present, and the future from a global perspective.

EDU271 – Human Development (3 Credits)
This course will examine the physical, mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to adolescence. In addition, maturation and aging as it relates to schooling will be studied.

EDU272 – Educational Psychology (3 Credits)
The psychological implications of the learning process will be studied. An analysis of learning theory and the implications of exceptionality for the teaching/learning process will be made.

ACS120 – The Electronic Classroom (3 Credits)
An introduction to the available hardware and software for classroom management and educational presentations. Hardware covered includes CD-ROM, digital cameras, scanners and computer network classroom systems. Classroom management, office suites and discipline specific and authoring software will be reviewed. Internet as an educational resource will be explored. The WV Department of Education competencies will be addressed.

SPE120 – Areas of Exceptionality in Special Education (3 Credits)
This is a survey class designed to introduce the student to the characteristics of exceptional learners and their education. Classroom practices and the psychological, sociological, legal, and medical dimensions of disabilities and giftedness will be emphasized.

SPE390 – Inclusive Curriculum, Materials, and Methods (3 Credits)
This course is designed to provide an orientation to the concepts of special education. Successful programs and practices will be explored along with legal, societal and personal concerns. In addition, this course will provide access and usage for the common acronyms associated with special education programming while providing an introduction to the various types of instructional models used in various placements.

EDU362 – Reading across the Content Areas (3 Credits)
An applied approach combining experience with information from research to assist teacher education students in acquiring the basic competencies for helping students read materials in specific subject areas.

EDU376 – Materials and Methods of Teaching (3 Credits)
This course is designed to provide for those students who have been unable to take a special methods course in their particular Department (except Physical Education). The course is intended to provide secondary education majors with a repertoire of teaching strategies, in-depth practice in lesson plan design, and the correlates of effective teaching of Level I.

EDU416 – Educational Assessment and Strategies (3 Credits)
The study of measurement and its relationship to evaluation techniques as they apply to educational research and application.

EDU436 – Classroom Environment & Management (3 Credits)
This course examines a variety of methods and procedures for setting up a positive classroom environment and managing a classroom with mutual respect between teacher and student.

EDU490 | EDU491 | EDU492 – Student Teaching (3 Credits Each)
The middle and adolescent (secondary) teaching block is reserved for the student to perform professional courses and activities including student teaching in the classroom. This involves a twelve-week term used exclusively for student teaching in a comprehensive field or in two (2) teaching specializations according to the student’s program. In addition to classroom assignments, student teachers will participate in extra-curricular activities of the school and community.

Overview of Admission Requirements

Anyone who wishes to apply to our Bachelor of Science in Education program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • High school graduate or equivalent (such as a GED or international secondary institution).

High school transcripts (and/or college transcripts for transfer students) must be provided before the end of the first semester of study. International students will need to provide results of credential evaluation and English language capability.

Please see the application page for more details.

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