On the basis of reviews of curriculum for the B.A. and B.S. degrees, the program faculty determined that the experiences listed within EDTE 400 are better designed and executed in EDTE 201, EDML 321, EDML 598, and EDML 599. Elimination of this course maintains consistency with other undergraduate teacher programs in the Department of Instruction that have removed EDTE 400, allowing transfers between degree programs more easily and candidates to graduate on time.
The study guide for the Middle Level Social Studies Praxis II exam requires teacher candidates to have background knowledge of general economic principles. The current list of social studies specialization courses does not contain an economic course. The request to add ECON 224 as an option in the concentration addresses this shortcoming.
The admission professional program is being adjusted to reflect previously approved removal of EDPY 401P (this action was never updated in this section of the bulletin) and the removal of EDTE 400.
Based on five years of data review, the Middle Level Education program faculty determined that the professional program essay did not serve as a strong indicator of teacher candidate subsequent displays of professional dispositions. This finding is consistent with education scholarship; individuals who submit dispositions essays that are acceptable do not necessarily display them consistently. Note: The professional program information appears only on the Departmental Bulletin Page: http://bulletin.sc.edu/preview_entity.php?catoid=37&ent_oid=483 . This information applies to both the BA and BS programs.
Additionally, we are adding ECON 224 as an option in the Social Studies concentration to better support middle level social studies teacher candidates in passing the Praxis II content area exam.