Undergraduate 2017-2018

Mexican American Studies B.A. - Secondary Teaching Emphasis-Licensure: Social Studies (Grades 7-12)

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Priscilla Falcon, Ph.D.
Location: Candelaria 0295
Telephone: 970.351.2811
Website: www.unco.edu/hss/hispanic-studies

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering. Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of four parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits
  4. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

This program fulfills an important role in training teachers at the undergraduate level to be social studies teachers. With increasing student diversity in our schools, both in Colorado and the nation, districts are desperate to hire teachers who are well grounded in curriculum and approaches that meet the needs of culturally diverse learners and their families. The secondary education emphasis in Mexican American Studies effectively prepares preservice teachers to teach social studies to culturally diverse students at the middle and secondary levels. Students approach learning and curriculum from an interdisciplinary focus, one which includes contributions and perspectives of people of Mexican American origin. In addition to taking coursework in Mexican American Studies, History, Economics, Geography and Political Science, students will participate in the UNC partner school program through student teaching and field experience. It is recommended that students add the TESOL Endorsement (24 credits) to this licensure. Twelve of the 24 TESOL required credits are already required in the program. Students who complete the UNC TESOL endorsement successfully will be recommended by UNC for the CLD endorsement in Colorado.

 

Program Admission Requirements:

To be recommended for admission to PTEP students must complete a minimum of 12 semester credits in the major (at least 9 credits at UNC) with a 2.75 grade point average or higher in those courses taken at UNC and counting toward the major. Mexican American Studies majors must successfully complete at least 31 credits in the major with a 2.75 grade point average or above in courses taken at UNC prior to applying for student teaching and complete SOSC 341 with a grade of "C" or better (GPA 2.0 or above).

Program Requirements:

  • All majors must obtain a grade of “C” or better (GPA 2.0 or above) in all MAS courses taken at UNC. Majors receiving a grade of "D" or lower in any course for the major must retake the course — or an equivalent approved by the academic advisor — and receive a grade of "C" or better (GPA 2.0 or above) to have the course counted toward the major.
  • All MAS courses numbered 300 or higher include a research and writing component. Only 6 credits of MAS or HISP prefixes may be counted toward LAC. Students are strongly encouraged to acquire secondary language proficiency.
  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Degree Requirements - 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC - 21 credits

LAC area 3.b. - Arts and Humanities

MAS 110Contemporary Chicano Literature

3

LAC area - 4 History

HIST 100Survey of American History from Its Beginnings to 1877

3

LAC area 5.a. - Economic and Political Systems

ECON 101Understanding the Contemporary Economy

3

or

ECON 203Principles of Macroeconomics

3

or

ECON 205Principles of Microeconomics

3

PSCI 100United States National Government

3

LAC area 5.b. - Geography

GEOG 100World Geography

3

LAC area 7 - International Studies

Choose one of the following courses:

SPAN 101Elementary Spanish I

5

SPAN 102Elementary Spanish II

5

SPAN 103Spanish for Professionals

3

SPAN 104Applied Spanish for Professionals

3

SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish I

3

SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish II

3

LAC area 8 - United States Multicultural Studies

MAS 100Introduction to Mexican American Studies

3

Remaining LAC 19 credits

See 'Liberal Arts Core'

2. Required Major - 31 credits

Take all of the following courses (22 credits):

HIST 225Latina/Latino History

3

or

MAS 225Latina/Latino History

3

MAS 275Education of Mexican American Students

3

or

HISP 395History and Philosophy of Bilingual Education

3

MAS 301Mexican American Politics and Leadership

3

MAS 380US Mexico Immigration

3

MAS 410Narco Corrido and Mexican Folk Culture

3

MAS 420Colorado Chicana/o Movement

3

MAS 450Internship in Mexican American Studies

4

Supporting Credits (9 credits)

GEOG 110Geography of the United States and Canada

3

HIST 101Survey of American History from 1877 to the Present

3

HIST 120Western Civilization from Ancient Greece to 1689

3

or

HIST 121Western Civilization from 1689 to the Present

3

3. Required PTEP - 38 credits

Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 110 required semester before see http://www.unco.edu/teach/undergraduate/secondary/resources/checkpoint_secondary.html

EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process

3

STEP 161Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching I

2

Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)

EDSE 360Adaptation, Modification, and Integration of Curriculum for the Secondary Exceptional Learner

3

PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers

3

STEP 262Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching II

2

Phase III (11 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 120 required semester before.

EDRD 340Developing Language and Literacy in the Content Areas

3

ET 449Integrating Technologies into Secondary Education Pedagogy

3

SOSC 341Teaching Secondary Social Studies

3

STEP 363Clinical Experience: Secondary

2

Phase IV (14 credits)

EDFE 130 required semester before.

STEP 464Secondary Student Teaching

1-14

Student Teaching Notes:

  • Candidates must pass the Praxis or Place test prior to student teaching.
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval for the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.
  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.

4.University-Wide Credits (11 credits)

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree that will typically be 11 credits. Those choosing to add the TESOL Endorsement will not have additional university-wide credits.