Teach Art, Physical Education or Religion at Any K-12 Grade Level

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education

Your bachelor of arts degree in education with an endorsement in K-12 art, health and physical education or theology will open the door for you to make a difference in the lives of children in kindergarten through grade 12. College of Saint Mary also offers art, health and physical education and theology as endorsements in the elementary education bachelor’s degree program.

As a K-12 art teacher, you can introduce your youngest learners to basic art concepts and have fun exploring the tactile nature of art as self-expression. The older the students get, your lessons can become increasingly complex, introducing artists, varying methods, the history that influenced artists of each generation and the importance of art as social commentary — critical, analytical or explanatory. And the fun part is that you could have the opportunity to teach a group of children throughout their formative years and directly affect their ability to express themselves through art and their understanding of art in a global and historical context.

As a K-12 health and physical education teacher, you can introduce your youngest learners to the importance of physical activity to help them build a foundation of fitness for life. With older children, you can share the concepts of the physiology of health, nutrition and exercise and the importance of staying active throughout life

As a K-12 theology teacher, you will introduce your youngest students to the basic doctrine of the Roman Catholic faith rooted in the Gospel message and the person of Jesus Christ. As they grow, so will the depth of your instruction, to help them understand the rich and cherished traditions and liturgical practices of the faith. With the help of your guidance and lessons, your students will nurture and develop in faith throughout their formative years, providing them with a solid foundation to live morally and faithfully in our complex modern world.

You may choose to add the following supplementary endorsements with any of the three programs listed above — English as a second language (K-12), information technology (7-12) or coaching (7-12).

Required Courses for Your Major

Select your major to see required courses

 

Art Education K-12

You must fulfill all requirements in the major and all general education requirements to complete your degree program. Components listed here include only courses required in the major/emphasis/endorsement areas.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis on the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement:

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result in the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will  explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Integrating Fine Arts Instruction into the Classroom

You will learn practical ways to integrate fine arts including art, music, drama and dance into your classroom curriculum. You will examine basic concepts and instructional techniques of each area with an emphasis of infusion into the academic curriculum.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Primary or Intermediate/Middle

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom art teacher.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom art teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

You will have an opportunity and environment with fellow student teachers and your college faculty to share and discuss problems, success, teaching methods and innovations of mutual interest. You will learn strategies for career planning and seeking professional employment with an emphasis on professionalism, organizational skills and ethical behaviors for a successful teaching career.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disable, orthopedically impaired, speech language impaired, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled, and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Survey of Art History

You will survey the development of the visual arts from prehistoric period to the 15th century.

Survey of Art History

You will survey the development of the visual arts from the 15th century to the early 20th century.

American Art History

You will study the evolution of American art within a historical context. Artistic movements as well as the work of individual artists are presented in light of historical and cultural trends.

Color and Design

You will be introduced to the basic elements and principles of visual expression both for the design student and for the individual who wishes to develop an understanding of art.

Basic Drawing

Designed to expand your conceptual range and capacity for critical and personal vision. Basic problems are designed to experiment with a wide range of materials and techniques.

Beginning Painting

You will be introduced to the basic techniques of painting with acrylic with an emphasis on representational subject matter, primarily landscapes and still life.

Ceramics

You will learn techniques in hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and decoration with an emphasis on functional and aesthetic design.

Printmaking

You will study the materials and techniques involved in the fundamental processes of silk-screening and relief printmaking.

Jewelry

You will learn techniques of metal work adapted to three-dimensional design including cutting, soldering and casting techniques. Students work with silver, bronze and copper.

Sculpture

You will explore different materials, such as wood, clay, plaster and plastics. Emphasis is placed on learning various casting techniques and use of tools.

Photography

You will be introduced to the basic concepts, processes and techniques of black and white photography including camera use, exposure, darkroom procedures, lighting and the controlled application of lighting.

Production Art

You will learn about the various aspects of preparing art for reproduction (primarily lithoprinting), including layout, design, typography and actual production (keyline, paste-up).

Advanced Drawing

You will work out problems with the instructor that will use sound drawing skills with thought-provoking problems in composition and individual expression.

Advanced Painting

You will have the opportunity to study in-depth, working closely with the instructor in developing a structured experience, balanced with an opportunity for personal exploration.

Introduction to Computer Graphics

Senior Thesis

Directed study in a major area, culminating with an art exhibit in the Hillmer Art Gallery.

Art Electives

You will take an additional six hours of art courses.

 

Health and Physical Education K-12

You must fulfill all requirements in the major and all general education requirements to complete your degree program. Components listed here include only courses required in the major/emphasis/endorsement areas.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis n the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Child Psychology

You will study the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of a child from conception through adolescence.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Children’s Literature

You will interact with a variety of children’s literature representative of ethnic and cultural diversity, emphasizing critical appraisal of significant authors and illustrators, quality of writing and appropriateness of topic to age and/or experience level.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and learn to create effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Primary or Intermediate/Middle

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

You will have an opportunity and environment with fellow student teachers and your college faculty to share and discuss problems, success, teaching methods and innovations of mutual interest. You will learn strategies for career planning and seeking professional employment with an emphasis on professionalism, organizational skills and ethical behaviors for a successful teaching career.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled, and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Principles of Kinesiology

In this study of the musculoskeletal system and the principles of human motion, you will learn goniometric and manual muscle testing assessment. An experiential learning component is integrated into this course.

Physical Development and Creative Movement

You will select, plan, organize, and evaluate activities that facilitate physical development of young children through physical activity, creative movement, and dance. You'll learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards.

Lifetime Health and Activity

This course is designed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of activities that will enable you to develop fitness programs appropriate to each stage of life. Activities will include individual sports, wellness programs and exercise options. We will emphasize leadership in developing and planning programs that support well-being.

Activity Course

(Any course 104-159)

Nutrition

This course studies human nutrition and its relationship to human performance. We will explore nutrients — function, food source, health concerns and implications, energy intake and expenditure, body composition, including weight gain and loss, ergogenic aids, competitive athletes, older adults, children and teens, pregnant women, disease risk, fluid and electrolyte balance and sport activities.

Safety, First Aid and CPR for Children and Youth

You will receive basic instruction in First Aid and CPR, evaluate and implement safety and prevention programs in and out of the classroom and determine necessary actions for providing activities in a safe environment. You will earn certification in First Aid and CPR upon completion of the course.

Individual and Group Sports

You will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to teach the sports of archery, badminton, golf, tennis, basketball, soccer, softball, flag football and volleyball and orchestrate the learning environment for physical education students. 

Aquatics

You will be prepared to assume the duties and responsibilities of a water safety instructor. The main areas of focus will be accident prevention in and around the water, recognition of a person in distress and a drowning victim, development of an emergency plan and articulation with emergency rescue service. Students who satisfactorily complete the course will be issued a Water Safety Instructor Certificate.

Mind, Body and Spirit Development

You will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide a holistic approach to a physical fitness program that includes instruction in yoga, tai chi, Pilates and meditation. You’ll develop an understanding of the relationship between the cognitive, physical, emotional, and spiritual domain.

Health and Fitness Assessment

You will receive basic instruction in First Aid and CPR, evaluate and implement safety and prevention programs in and out of the classroom and determine necessary actions for providing activities in a safe environment. You will earn certification in First Aid and CPR upon completion of the course.

Health and Physical Education Methods

You’ll learn how to coordinate and implement an elementary school physical education program with health education and wellness instructional procedures based on mental, emotional, physical and social characteristics of elementary/middle school children. The health education curriculum includes nutrition, safety and first aid, family life, death, divorce, drugs, aging, dental health, disease control and prevention, environment, self concept, the human body and mental health. 

Teaching Secondary Health and PE (Practicum)

In this course, you’ll learn to coordinate and implement a secondary school physical education program with health education and wellness instruction procedures based on mental, emotional, physical and social characteristics of adolescents.  

Adapted Physical Education

In this course, you will study the special physical activity and exercise needs, interests, and problems of the exceptional learner, with considerable emphasis on the development of methods and competencies in modifying physical activities. 

Exercise Physiology

This course will provide you with knowledge of the physiological principles applicable to training and conditioning. 

Research Seminar

Students explore and evaluate research in physical education and strategies implemented by researchers. They complete research projects demonstrating effective research designs and present findings to faculty and the public in a symposium.

 

Theology Education K-12

You must fulfill all requirements in the major and all general education requirements to complete your degree program. Components listed here include only courses required in the major/emphasis/endorsement areas.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis on the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Child Psychology

You will study the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of a child from conception through adolescence.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study teaching and learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and learn to create effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Children’s Literature

You will interact with a variety of children’s literature representative of ethnic and cultural diversity, emphasizing critical appraisal of significant authors and illustrators, quality of writing and appropriateness of topic to age and/or experience level.

Literature for Young Adults

You will study some traditional and contemporary works written for or about young adults and evaluate those works for their artistic merit and for their insights into the adolescent stage of human development.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working, and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers, and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Primary or Intermediate/Middle

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

You will have an opportunity to share and discuss problems, success, teaching methods and innovations of mutual interest. You will learn strategies for career planning and seeking professional employment with an emphasis on professionalism, organizational skills and ethical behaviors for a successful teaching career.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled, and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Scripture: Old Testament

This course will introduce you to the Hebrew Bible as well as the extra books found in the Catholic Old Testament. There will be emphasis on the content of the scriptures as well as on the study of the ancient world in which they were produced.

Scripture: New Testament

You’ll learn about the content of the New Testament as well as the 1st century Middle East world which produced it. There will be historical analysis and an exploration of the text as a document of the Christian faith.

Church and Social Justice

Church and Social Justice explores the social teachings of the Church and its application to the concrete economic, social and political problems of the contemporary world. The course focuses on social issues such as poverty, hunger, racism, immigration, war, the environment and workers’ and human rights.

Spirituality

This course is an academic study of the nature of Christian spirituality as both religious and lived experience. You will be exposed to the biblical and theological foundations of Christian spirituality, its overall origins and development, and the varieties of Christian spiritualities that have appeared throughout history in both groups and in specific individuals who have been viewed as exemplary of Christian spiritual life.

Women in the Christian Tradition

The course examines some of the major doctrines of Christian theology in light of female experiences and theological reflection. These major doctrines include Christology, creation, sin, redemption, theological anthropology and the church.

Theology Research and Seminar

Through focused and extensive study on an approved topic of interest, you will demonstrate your cumulative ability to research, reflect critically and think theologically.

Theology Electives

You will also take 18 credit hours of theology electives.

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

Art Major with Teaching Endorsement Requirements

K-12 endorsement in art requires methods and student teaching in both elementary and secondary classrooms. To graduate with a bachelor of arts degree with an endorsement in art you must complete 139 credit hours:

  • 38 in general education and supporting courses
  • 54 credit hours in art courses
  • 44 credit hours in education courses

 

Health and Physical Education Teaching Endorsement Requirements

To graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in education with a health and physical education endorsement, you must complete 135 credit hours:

  • 46 credit hours in health and physical education courses
  • 45 credit hours in education courses
  • 44 credit hours in general education and supporting courses

 

Through course work and experiential learning, students develop knowledge, skills and dispositions essential to implementation of age-appropriate high quality health and physical education programs in private and public schools.

 

Theology Teaching Endorsement Requirements

To graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in education with a theology endorsement, you must complete 128 credit hours:

  • 36 credit hours, including a minimum of one course in each five areas of theology: Old Testament, New Testament, Systematics, Spirituality, and Moral: Catholic Social Teaching
  • 50-51 credit hours in education courses
  • 41-42 credit hours in general education and electives

*Students with a double major may be required to successfully complete a separate theology senior research project under the direction of assigned faculty from the Theology Program if they are not able to combine the project with one from their other major.

 

Teaching Certification

Students who successfully meet state required competencies may qualify for a Nebraska Teaching Certificate. Continuous growth in knowledge, pedagogy and professionalism, as well as satisfactory performance during student teaching and completion of Praxis II for each content area as required by Nebraska Rule is in the recommendation for certification. Completion of the education program does not guarantee certification.

Since certification requirements of various states differ, a student planning to teach in a state other than Nebraska should inquire about specific requirements for that state.

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University is approved to offer work leading to teacher certification in elementary and secondary education by the Nebraska Department of Education, 888-285-2556.

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary's Teacher Education Program

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary Undergraduate Education Program

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank  (unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes)
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
  • $30 application fee

 

Before or during your first semester of sophomore year, you will take the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test that is required for admission into the teacher education program. Application for formal admission must be submitted to the Teacher Education Committee by March 1 of your sophomore year (or the spring semester after you transfer). During that time, you will be evaluated and considered for formal acceptance into the teacher education program. 

Core Academic Skills for Educators test scores, academic performance, evidence of professional dispositions for successful teaching, practicum evaluations, interview, and command of oral and written language are factors considered in determining your acceptance into the teacher education program. You must provide evidence of academic competence and professional development by having attained a cumulative GPA of 2.65 in course work, providing an active digital portfolio of work that demonstrates professional and scholarly growth, having participated in the student professional organization and completing an interview with the Teacher Education Committee. 

You must submit an official background check during the first term you are enrolled in a practicum course. A second background check must be completed within 90 days of the beginning of your student teaching semester. Evaluation procedures result in acceptance, provisional status, or nonacceptance. Acceptance is granted to students who meet all of the requirements. Provisional status or non-acceptance is granted at the discretion of the committee.

Academic Description

Teach Art, Physical Education or Religion at Any K-12 Grade Level

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education

Your bachelor of arts degree in education with an endorsement in K-12 art, health and physical education or theology will open the door for you to make a difference in the lives of children in kindergarten through grade 12. College of Saint Mary also offers art, health and physical education and theology as endorsements in the elementary education bachelor’s degree program.

As a K-12 art teacher, you can introduce your youngest learners to basic art concepts and have fun exploring the tactile nature of art as self-expression. The older the students get, your lessons can become increasingly complex, introducing artists, varying methods, the history that influenced artists of each generation and the importance of art as social commentary — critical, analytical or explanatory. And the fun part is that you could have the opportunity to teach a group of children throughout their formative years and directly affect their ability to express themselves through art and their understanding of art in a global and historical context.

As a K-12 health and physical education teacher, you can introduce your youngest learners to the importance of physical activity to help them build a foundation of fitness for life. With older children, you can share the concepts of the physiology of health, nutrition and exercise and the importance of staying active throughout life

As a K-12 theology teacher, you will introduce your youngest students to the basic doctrine of the Roman Catholic faith rooted in the Gospel message and the person of Jesus Christ. As they grow, so will the depth of your instruction, to help them understand the rich and cherished traditions and liturgical practices of the faith. With the help of your guidance and lessons, your students will nurture and develop in faith throughout their formative years, providing them with a solid foundation to live morally and faithfully in our complex modern world.

You may choose to add the following supplementary endorsements with any of the three programs listed above — English as a second language (K-12), information technology (7-12) or coaching (7-12).

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University is approved to offer work leading to teacher certification in elementary and secondary education by the Nebraska Department of Education, 888-285-2556.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary's Teacher Education Program

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary Undergraduate Education Program

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank  (unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes)
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
  • $30 application fee

 

Before or during your first semester of sophomore year, you will take the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test that is required for admission into the teacher education program. Application for formal admission must be submitted to the Teacher Education Committee by March 1 of your sophomore year (or the spring semester after you transfer). During that time, you will be evaluated and considered for formal acceptance into the teacher education program. 

Core Academic Skills for Educators test scores, academic performance, evidence of professional dispositions for successful teaching, practicum evaluations, interview, and command of oral and written language are factors considered in determining your acceptance into the teacher education program. You must provide evidence of academic competence and professional development by having attained a cumulative GPA of 2.65 in course work, providing an active digital portfolio of work that demonstrates professional and scholarly growth, having participated in the student professional organization and completing an interview with the Teacher Education Committee. 

You must submit an official background check during the first term you are enrolled in a practicum course. A second background check must be completed within 90 days of the beginning of your student teaching semester. Evaluation procedures result in acceptance, provisional status, or nonacceptance. Acceptance is granted to students who meet all of the requirements. Provisional status or non-acceptance is granted at the discretion of the committee.

Curriculum

Required Courses for Your Major

Select your major to see required courses

 

Art Education K-12

You must fulfill all requirements in the major and all general education requirements to complete your degree program. Components listed here include only courses required in the major/emphasis/endorsement areas.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis on the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement:

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result in the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will  explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Integrating Fine Arts Instruction into the Classroom

You will learn practical ways to integrate fine arts including art, music, drama and dance into your classroom curriculum. You will examine basic concepts and instructional techniques of each area with an emphasis of infusion into the academic curriculum.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Primary or Intermediate/Middle

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom art teacher.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom art teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

You will have an opportunity and environment with fellow student teachers and your college faculty to share and discuss problems, success, teaching methods and innovations of mutual interest. You will learn strategies for career planning and seeking professional employment with an emphasis on professionalism, organizational skills and ethical behaviors for a successful teaching career.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disable, orthopedically impaired, speech language impaired, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled, and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Survey of Art History

You will survey the development of the visual arts from prehistoric period to the 15th century.

Survey of Art History

You will survey the development of the visual arts from the 15th century to the early 20th century.

American Art History

You will study the evolution of American art within a historical context. Artistic movements as well as the work of individual artists are presented in light of historical and cultural trends.

Color and Design

You will be introduced to the basic elements and principles of visual expression both for the design student and for the individual who wishes to develop an understanding of art.

Basic Drawing

Designed to expand your conceptual range and capacity for critical and personal vision. Basic problems are designed to experiment with a wide range of materials and techniques.

Beginning Painting

You will be introduced to the basic techniques of painting with acrylic with an emphasis on representational subject matter, primarily landscapes and still life.

Ceramics

You will learn techniques in hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and decoration with an emphasis on functional and aesthetic design.

Printmaking

You will study the materials and techniques involved in the fundamental processes of silk-screening and relief printmaking.

Jewelry

You will learn techniques of metal work adapted to three-dimensional design including cutting, soldering and casting techniques. Students work with silver, bronze and copper.

Sculpture

You will explore different materials, such as wood, clay, plaster and plastics. Emphasis is placed on learning various casting techniques and use of tools.

Photography

You will be introduced to the basic concepts, processes and techniques of black and white photography including camera use, exposure, darkroom procedures, lighting and the controlled application of lighting.

Production Art

You will learn about the various aspects of preparing art for reproduction (primarily lithoprinting), including layout, design, typography and actual production (keyline, paste-up).

Advanced Drawing

You will work out problems with the instructor that will use sound drawing skills with thought-provoking problems in composition and individual expression.

Advanced Painting

You will have the opportunity to study in-depth, working closely with the instructor in developing a structured experience, balanced with an opportunity for personal exploration.

Introduction to Computer Graphics

Senior Thesis

Directed study in a major area, culminating with an art exhibit in the Hillmer Art Gallery.

Art Electives

You will take an additional six hours of art courses.

 

Health and Physical Education K-12

You must fulfill all requirements in the major and all general education requirements to complete your degree program. Components listed here include only courses required in the major/emphasis/endorsement areas.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis n the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Child Psychology

You will study the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of a child from conception through adolescence.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Children’s Literature

You will interact with a variety of children’s literature representative of ethnic and cultural diversity, emphasizing critical appraisal of significant authors and illustrators, quality of writing and appropriateness of topic to age and/or experience level.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and learn to create effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Primary or Intermediate/Middle

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

You will have an opportunity and environment with fellow student teachers and your college faculty to share and discuss problems, success, teaching methods and innovations of mutual interest. You will learn strategies for career planning and seeking professional employment with an emphasis on professionalism, organizational skills and ethical behaviors for a successful teaching career.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled, and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Principles of Kinesiology

In this study of the musculoskeletal system and the principles of human motion, you will learn goniometric and manual muscle testing assessment. An experiential learning component is integrated into this course.

Physical Development and Creative Movement

You will select, plan, organize, and evaluate activities that facilitate physical development of young children through physical activity, creative movement, and dance. You'll learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards.

Lifetime Health and Activity

This course is designed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of activities that will enable you to develop fitness programs appropriate to each stage of life. Activities will include individual sports, wellness programs and exercise options. We will emphasize leadership in developing and planning programs that support well-being.

Activity Course

(Any course 104-159)

Nutrition

This course studies human nutrition and its relationship to human performance. We will explore nutrients — function, food source, health concerns and implications, energy intake and expenditure, body composition, including weight gain and loss, ergogenic aids, competitive athletes, older adults, children and teens, pregnant women, disease risk, fluid and electrolyte balance and sport activities.

Safety, First Aid and CPR for Children and Youth

You will receive basic instruction in First Aid and CPR, evaluate and implement safety and prevention programs in and out of the classroom and determine necessary actions for providing activities in a safe environment. You will earn certification in First Aid and CPR upon completion of the course.

Individual and Group Sports

You will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to teach the sports of archery, badminton, golf, tennis, basketball, soccer, softball, flag football and volleyball and orchestrate the learning environment for physical education students. 

Aquatics

You will be prepared to assume the duties and responsibilities of a water safety instructor. The main areas of focus will be accident prevention in and around the water, recognition of a person in distress and a drowning victim, development of an emergency plan and articulation with emergency rescue service. Students who satisfactorily complete the course will be issued a Water Safety Instructor Certificate.

Mind, Body and Spirit Development

You will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide a holistic approach to a physical fitness program that includes instruction in yoga, tai chi, Pilates and meditation. You’ll develop an understanding of the relationship between the cognitive, physical, emotional, and spiritual domain.

Health and Fitness Assessment

You will receive basic instruction in First Aid and CPR, evaluate and implement safety and prevention programs in and out of the classroom and determine necessary actions for providing activities in a safe environment. You will earn certification in First Aid and CPR upon completion of the course.

Health and Physical Education Methods

You’ll learn how to coordinate and implement an elementary school physical education program with health education and wellness instructional procedures based on mental, emotional, physical and social characteristics of elementary/middle school children. The health education curriculum includes nutrition, safety and first aid, family life, death, divorce, drugs, aging, dental health, disease control and prevention, environment, self concept, the human body and mental health. 

Teaching Secondary Health and PE (Practicum)

In this course, you’ll learn to coordinate and implement a secondary school physical education program with health education and wellness instruction procedures based on mental, emotional, physical and social characteristics of adolescents.  

Adapted Physical Education

In this course, you will study the special physical activity and exercise needs, interests, and problems of the exceptional learner, with considerable emphasis on the development of methods and competencies in modifying physical activities. 

Exercise Physiology

This course will provide you with knowledge of the physiological principles applicable to training and conditioning. 

Research Seminar

Students explore and evaluate research in physical education and strategies implemented by researchers. They complete research projects demonstrating effective research designs and present findings to faculty and the public in a symposium.

 

Theology Education K-12

You must fulfill all requirements in the major and all general education requirements to complete your degree program. Components listed here include only courses required in the major/emphasis/endorsement areas.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis on the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Child Psychology

You will study the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of a child from conception through adolescence.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study teaching and learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and learn to create effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Children’s Literature

You will interact with a variety of children’s literature representative of ethnic and cultural diversity, emphasizing critical appraisal of significant authors and illustrators, quality of writing and appropriateness of topic to age and/or experience level.

Literature for Young Adults

You will study some traditional and contemporary works written for or about young adults and evaluate those works for their artistic merit and for their insights into the adolescent stage of human development.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working, and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers, and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Primary or Intermediate/Middle

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

You will have an opportunity to share and discuss problems, success, teaching methods and innovations of mutual interest. You will learn strategies for career planning and seeking professional employment with an emphasis on professionalism, organizational skills and ethical behaviors for a successful teaching career.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled, and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Scripture: Old Testament

This course will introduce you to the Hebrew Bible as well as the extra books found in the Catholic Old Testament. There will be emphasis on the content of the scriptures as well as on the study of the ancient world in which they were produced.

Scripture: New Testament

You’ll learn about the content of the New Testament as well as the 1st century Middle East world which produced it. There will be historical analysis and an exploration of the text as a document of the Christian faith.

Church and Social Justice

Church and Social Justice explores the social teachings of the Church and its application to the concrete economic, social and political problems of the contemporary world. The course focuses on social issues such as poverty, hunger, racism, immigration, war, the environment and workers’ and human rights.

Spirituality

This course is an academic study of the nature of Christian spirituality as both religious and lived experience. You will be exposed to the biblical and theological foundations of Christian spirituality, its overall origins and development, and the varieties of Christian spiritualities that have appeared throughout history in both groups and in specific individuals who have been viewed as exemplary of Christian spiritual life.

Women in the Christian Tradition

The course examines some of the major doctrines of Christian theology in light of female experiences and theological reflection. These major doctrines include Christology, creation, sin, redemption, theological anthropology and the church.

Theology Research and Seminar

Through focused and extensive study on an approved topic of interest, you will demonstrate your cumulative ability to research, reflect critically and think theologically.

Theology Electives

You will also take 18 credit hours of theology electives.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

Art Major with Teaching Endorsement Requirements

K-12 endorsement in art requires methods and student teaching in both elementary and secondary classrooms. To graduate with a bachelor of arts degree with an endorsement in art you must complete 139 credit hours:

  • 38 in general education and supporting courses
  • 54 credit hours in art courses
  • 44 credit hours in education courses

 

Health and Physical Education Teaching Endorsement Requirements

To graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in education with a health and physical education endorsement, you must complete 135 credit hours:

  • 46 credit hours in health and physical education courses
  • 45 credit hours in education courses
  • 44 credit hours in general education and supporting courses

 

Through course work and experiential learning, students develop knowledge, skills and dispositions essential to implementation of age-appropriate high quality health and physical education programs in private and public schools.

 

Theology Teaching Endorsement Requirements

To graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in education with a theology endorsement, you must complete 128 credit hours:

  • 36 credit hours, including a minimum of one course in each five areas of theology: Old Testament, New Testament, Systematics, Spirituality, and Moral: Catholic Social Teaching
  • 50-51 credit hours in education courses
  • 41-42 credit hours in general education and electives

*Students with a double major may be required to successfully complete a separate theology senior research project under the direction of assigned faculty from the Theology Program if they are not able to combine the project with one from their other major.

 

Teaching Certification

Students who successfully meet state required competencies may qualify for a Nebraska Teaching Certificate. Continuous growth in knowledge, pedagogy and professionalism, as well as satisfactory performance during student teaching and completion of Praxis II for each content area as required by Nebraska Rule is in the recommendation for certification. Completion of the education program does not guarantee certification.

Since certification requirements of various states differ, a student planning to teach in a state other than Nebraska should inquire about specific requirements for that state.