Feb 24, 2024
The Professional Development component of the B.A.S. consists of 24 semester hours selected to provide depth or breadth to the major and to provide substantive developmental knowledge for the student’s career or personal goals.
The following majors are speciﬁc as to the amount of hours in the professional development component that must be related to the major ﬁeld of study:
Business Administration - a minimum of 12 hours from approved business courses
Human Services - a minimum of 12 hours from approved social science courses unless otherwise speciﬁed.
Experiential Professional Development
The experiential professional development component consists of 12 semester hours designed to provide practical experience as an integral part of the student’s career development. Experiential learning may satisfy a portion of this requirement. Experiential learning must be evaluated and approved by the university. Practicums or internships may be used in this area, up to 12 hours, or used in the major if it relates to the major ﬁeld of study.
The student may complete the remainder of the required 124 semester hours with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject ﬁelds that hold special appeal.
Career and Technology Education
Career and Technology Education is designed to build upon previous education and experience in a technical ﬁeld. This major may also be used to prepare individuals to teach technical courses in Texas public schools. If certiﬁcation is desired, the specialization must be in a career or technical ﬁeld taught in the state’s public school system. Career and Technology certiﬁcation is available in trade and industrial education. The 36-semester hour major includes an 18-semester hour core speciﬁed for each career and technology certiﬁcation area and an 18-semester hour specialization completed from courses in the student’s approved occupational/technical ﬁeld. Of the 36 semester hours required for the major, 18 must be from upper-level courses. All students are required to have RSWR 3345 Research Writing Methods.
Trades and Industry Programs
Candidates seeking Trade and Industrial Education Certiﬁcation are required to have:
- a high school diploma, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
- current licensure, certiﬁcation, or registration by a nationally recognized accrediting agency as a professional practitioner that is based on a recognized test or measurement;
- approval by Wayland Baptist University of three years of wage-earning experience within the past eight years for holders of either the associate or bachelor’s degrees, or ﬁve years of wage-earning experience within the past eight years for holders of a high school diploma (holders of bachelor’s degree may substitute experience gained through a formal documented internship for up to 18 months of wage-earning experience); and
- passing scores on state basic skills test and certiﬁcation exam (PPR/TExES) for Trade and Industrial Education for grades 8-12.
A student who is pursuing a Texas teaching certiﬁcate must complete CTED 4304, CTED 4308, CTED 4309, CTED 4360 and CTED 4361.
Career and Technology Specialization (Vocational Education)
Elective Courses for the Specialization (18 Hours)
Fifteen hours from the following: