Programs of Study - Education
It is the mission of the Birth-Kindergarten Education Program to prepare prospective educators with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to work with typical and atypical children, ages birth through five years, in a variety of settings, such as public schools, developmental centers, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, day-care agencies, infant, and nursery schools, and other agencies serving children and families. Consistent with the guidelines from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and NCATE, the program is designed to prepare professionals committed to working in collaboration with families and other partners serving children and families.
The Elementary Education Program links faculty and students directly to schools through field experiences, student teaching, consultations, and research. The skills of teaching, curriculum development, leadership, and supervision are developed in these various settings. Practical and theoretical views of educational programs and resources allow the program to maintain a close working relationship with other programs, departments, and divisions at Winston-Salem State University.
Teaching with Concentrations in
Middle Grades Education
The mission of the Middle Grades Education concentration is the preparation of highly qualified grades 6-9 classroom teachers who demonstrate leadership, know their content/subject areas, facilitate learning for all students, reflect on their practice, establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students, promote equity among all learners, and address challenges of 21st century teaching and learning with creativity and respect for human differences.
Secondary Mathematics Education
The Secondary Mathematics Education concentration prepares candidates to teach 9-12 high school mathematics. Candidates who successfully complete the program will be recommended to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for an initial teaching license. There is a great demand in the state, and throughout the nation, for mathematics teachers. With a renewed focus on mathematics and science in our nation, highly qualified candidates of this program will play a vital role in shaping tomorrow’s education. As our school communities become increasingly diverse, mathematics teachers will play a significant role in addressing the needs of underserved and exceptional students.
Secondary English Education
The Secondary English Education (grades 9-12) degree concentration prepares teacher candidates who the right knowledge, skills and dispositions to effectively teach English in secondary schools. The program gives more emphasis to the professional education core and pedagogy and is designed to provide a study of language, including acquisition of language, dialect, levels of usage, semantics, grammatical analysis, and the nature and development of language.
The mission of the Special Education concentration is to produce graduates who have a profound knowledge of teaching students with disabilities. Candidates enrolled in the program will be prepared to provide research-validated instruction and behavior supports to assist students who are enrolled in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Curriculum. The goals of the Special Education program are to offer a program designed to help candidates (1) provide intensive and explicit individual and small group instruction for students who are performing below grade level; (2) plan and maintain positive behavior supports for students with disabilities; (3)collaborate with general education teachers to help maintain students with disabilities at grade level in the standard curriculum;(4) provide leadership in implementing special education procedures and policies; and special education consultation with general education teachers, parents and other professionals.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a 39-credit graduate program that consists of two phases and is designed primarily for individuals with a non-teaching bachelor’s degree, who are interested in obtaining a teacher’s license in Middle Grades Education (English/language arts, science, or mathematics) or in Special Education (General Curriculum).
The MA in the Teaching of English as a Second Language and Applied Linguistics (TESL/AL) is a comprehensive graduate program, consisting of 39 credit hours. Program completers will have the specialized knowledge and skills to facilitate ESL global instruction. Master of Arts in TESL/AL candidates who hold a teaching license are eligible to apply to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for an advanced teaching license in TESL upon completion of the program.