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CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
Professor Buzan, Faculty Director
Mission and Goals:
The Mission and Goals of the McMurry Core Curriculum are:
1) To provide an intellectual framework for McMurry students
that will assist them in finding meaning and unity in the
contemporary University's curriculum.
2) To provide a conceptual framework that will allow students to
understand contemporary society and the nature of social
processes and social change.
3) To prepare students to engage as free, responsible and
effective persons in areas of academic and occupational
specialization and as citizens.
4) To provide depth and breadth in the intellectual and spiritual
lives of students and faculty through significant texts and
learning experiences not likely to be encountered in other
areas of the University.
5) To assist in overcoming the fragmentation of contemporary
life by bringing to consciousness the relationships and
bridging the gaps between elements of human knowledge
REQUIREMENTS OF THE CORE CURRICULUM:
All McMurry students, including transfer students, are expected to
complete the three required Core Curriculum courses in their normal
sequence. Transfer students may, however, be given credit for
courses at other schools where these are judged by the Faculty
Director of the Core Curriculum to have included content comparable
to one or more of the Core courses. If transfer students should find it
impossible to complete the McMurry Core requirements in the time
necessary for graduation because of scheduling conflicts, they may, in
consultation with the Faculty Core Director, find alternative courses
that will be suitable for substitution for one or more of the Core
Course Descriptions: (CORE)
1300 Ethics (3-0) Prerequisites: None. A required course for all
McMurry students, preferably taken in the student's second
semester at McMurry. The course provides an introduction
to the major methods of moral reasoning: formalism,
utilitarianism, natural law and inclusivist ethics and attempts
to develop sensitivity to ethical issues of contemporary
society, focusing on rights and duties of individuals and
groups and the nature of legitimate needs and values. (Fall,
2300 Persons and Communities (3-1) Prerequisites: CORE 1300
and at least six hours of fine arts, humanities or social
sciences general education requirements. A required course
for all students. The course examines the interaction
between individuals, groups and societies in the forming of
individuals and cultures, with emphasis on the ancient roots
and present-day encounters of contemporary societies in the
world community. (Fall, Spring)
3300 Human Knowledge (3-1) Prerequisites: CORE 1300, 2300,
and the completion of the Science general education
requirement. A required course for all students. The course
concentrates on the emergence of unified systems of
knowledge in human societies by examining how major
scientific achievements were prepared for by perceived gaps
or needs in the knowledge frameworks of societies and then
transformed these frameworks and societies by evoking new
intellectual models and images. (Fall, Spring)
Professor Haley-Brown, Dean and Chairperson
Assistant Professor Kirk
Instructors Hall, Hawkins, Nichols, and Shelton,
Mission and Goals: The Department of Curriculum and Instruction's
mission is to provide opportunities, within a Christian environment, to
develop scholarly skills, soundness of body, mind, and spirit, and the
eventual attainment of professional roles in school settings. To this
end, we have developed a set of courses and field experiences which
build progressively to prepare graduates to be successful in their roles
as teachers in our schools.
Special Programs and Opportunities:
ATPE: Membership is available in the campus chapter of the
Association of Texas Professional Educators. Activities include
informational meetings, guest speakers, and an opportunity to
participate in meetings at the state level.
Kappa Delta Pi: The Eta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi provides
recognition and an opportunity for service in an international honor
society. Membership is reserved for students who have a 3.5 grade
point average at McMurry.
Departmental Scholarships: Three scholarships are offered for the
senior year to outstanding students.
Departmental Honors: Please see the description of the Honors
Program under the Special Program section earlier in the catalog.
The Teacher Education Program: A liberal education combined with
adequate professional and specialized study constitutes the best
preparation for a successful teaching career. The Department of
Curriculum and Instruction at McMurry University offers the Bachelor of
Science in Multidisciplinary Studies degree to qualify students for the
Texas Provisional Teaching Certificate. The Provisional Certificate
gives the holder legal authority to perform teaching duties in the public
schools of Texas at the grade level and in the academic
specialization(s) designated on the face of the certificate. The
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, with the advisement of the
Teacher Education Committee, is responsible for establishing policy
and providing leadership for the teacher education program. Because
of the multi-disciplinary nature of teacher education, several
departments of the University are represented on the Teacher
Education Committee. The administration of McMurry University strives
to promote a close, cooperative relationship between the Department
of Curriculum and Instruction and the other academic departments of
the University. The teacher education program at McMurry is
accredited by the State Board for Educator Preparation (SBEC) The
development and maintenance of a quality program in teacher
education is a high priority of both the University and the Department
of Curriculum and Instruction. McMurry takes pride in its ability to offer
a personalized teacher education program which insures that each of
its graduates will be well prepared to enter the teaching profession.
Qualifying for a Teaching Certificate:
To qualify for a teaching certificate, students must meet the
requirements of both McMurry University and the State Board for
Educator Certification (SBEC) There are several important steps which
students must follow to insure that these dual requirements are
satisfied. These steps include:
1) Achieve a score as noted on the Texas Higher Education
Assessment Tests (THEA), a test of basic skills in
mathematics (220), reading (250), and writing/composition
(240) Students interested in teaching should take this test as
soon as possible, even in the freshman year. Information is
available in the department office. Students should also be
aware that teacher certification requirements allow for math
and writing exemptions from the THEA requirement. See the
department of Curriculum and Instruction for details.
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