Feb 24, 2024
Elementary Teacher Certification
Students seeking elementary teacher certification should pursue the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree (B.S.I.S.). A minimum of 124 hours is required for the degree. Students who complete the requirements for the B.S.I.S. degree and who successfully pass the required state competency examinations will fulfill simultaneously all requirements for elementary teacher certification. Degree requirements include the following:
The University General Education Core
Fine Art course
Three hours from:
- ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 should be taken within first year of enrollment.
- For BSIS degrees this requirement must be a life science.
- HIST 2301 and HIST 2302 are required for teacher certification.
- Wayland Baptist University will not accept RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History, or their equivalents, from any institution except other Baptist institutions to meet the core requirement in any Wayland degree. If a student has taken RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History and/or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History, or their equivalents, at any institution except other Baptist institutions, then the student has two options to meet the core requirement: (1) take RLGN 1301 and/or RLGN 1302 at Wayland or (2) take RLGN 4306, 4316, 4317, or 4318 in lieu of RLGN 1301; and/or take RLGN 4306, 4320, 4322, or 4324 in lieu of RLGN 1302. RLGN 4306 may be an option for either RLGN 1301 or RLGN 1302 as stated above, but may not count for both on the same degree plan. No other RLGN/RLED courses may substitute for either RLGN 1301 or RLGN 1302. The Dean of the School of Religion & Philosophy must approve any exception to this policy. RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History, or their equivalents, taken at non-Baptist institutions, may be transferred as elective credit with approval of the Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy and the Registrar.
- Courses marked with an * in the course description section maybe used to fulfill this requirement. Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt from EXSS requirements with DD-214 from basic training.
B.S.I.S. General Education Core Course Requirements
Major (Teaching Field)
Rather than a traditional major and minor, the B.S.I.S. degree includes an interdisciplinary program. This program focuses on the subject matter taught in the elementary school and a combination of other subject fields selected to prepare the student for the comprehensive section of the teacher certification examination.
Elementary Education Certification - Interdisciplinary Studies - Elementary Education (grades EC-6)
Students must pass the state content test (EC-6) generalist prior to student teaching.
Three hours from the following:
For students in New Mexico, requirements are different in order to satisfy New Mexico state core requirements. The state of New Mexico requires 12 semester hours of history. Replace GEOG 1302 with HIST 1303 or 1304. HIST 3303 maybe replaced with any HIST to satisfy 12 hour requirement. The 12 hour English requirement is satisfied by taking ENGL 4345 as an English course. The fine arts requirement is satisfied by replacing EDUC 2301 with a second fine arts course.
In addition to the general education core and preparation in the teaching field, all certification programs require a professional education sequence. The professional education sequence provides students with knowledge of the learner, the teaching-learning process, and effective teaching and classroom management strategies. It also provides a structured program of field experiences, beginning with classroom observation and ending with student teaching. Students must have taken and passed the basic skills test upon completion of EDUC 3301 - Principles and Practices in Education and before taking further professional education courses. The following courses constitute the professional education sequence required for elementary certification (grades EC- 6). Students must pass the respective state content test prior to student teaching:
* For students in New Mexico history requirements differ. EDUC 2301 will be replaced by either HIST 1303 or 1304; and EDUC 4318 will be replaced by an approved history elective.
# During student teaching it is a requirement that the student take the state test for Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility (EC-12 PPR).
Recommended Course Sequence
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Elementary Education (Grades EC-6) Recommended Sequence of Courses - listed is the recommended rotation based on a B.S.I.S. degree program. For complete information on the general education and graduation requirements for the B.S.I.S. degree program, please refer to the undergraduate programs section of the catalog.
Freshman Year Fall Semester:
Freshman Year Spring Semester:
Sophomore Year Fall Semester:
Sophomore Year Spring Semester:
Junior Year Fall Semester:
Junior Year Spring Semester:
Senior Year Fall Semester:
Senior Year Spring Semester: