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UHD Undergraduate Academic Programs - College of Public Service

Beth Pelz, PhD, Dean
Myrna Cohen EdD  Associate Dean
C400E, 713-221-8194

 

The College of Public Service is a community-based center for higher learning dedicated to preparing students to enter and/or advance in profes­sional careers in criminal justice, education, security management, and social work. It believes that an educated society creates thoughtful policy and humanistic practices for the betterment of its diverse constituents. The College seeks to instill analytical thinking skills that nurture in students an appreciation of the use of scientific inquiry to solve the problems of our time and encourages creativity and the development of new ideas. It embraces the professional and personal growth of its faculty, staff and students by promoting intellectual collaboration within the school, university, and community at large. The College of Public Service strives to engage in dynamic research that will improve the quality of our area schools and justice institutions and will instill schol­arship, integrity, and responsibility in tomorrow’s leaders.

 

Programs of Study

 

Degree Programs
Bachelor of Arts with major in Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary and Middle School Education)
Bachelor of Science with major in Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree Major in Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Social Work
Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification

 

Special note: Teacher Education Program
The University of Houston-Downtown’s teacher education pro­gram offers certification in elementary, secondary, and bilingual education. Students wishing to obtain EC-6 Generalist, EC-6  Bilingual Generalist, and 4-8 Generalist certification will need to take courses in a variety of academic areas. Secondary certification majors may choose from the following subject areas: Mathematics, Spanish, English-Language Arts and Reading, History, Social Studies with Composite Social Studies Certification, Life Science, Physical Science, and Composite Science. Formal admission to Teacher Education requires the following:
•   A minimum 2.5 overall grade point average
•   Completion of 30 semester credit hours (SCH) of course work
•   Obtain passing scores on all three sections of the THEA exam (no exemptions)
•   Be in good standing with the university
•   Completion of all developmental courses, if required
•   Successful completion of ENG 1301 and 1302
•   Successful completion of MATH 1301 (or above)
•   Declaration of  major 
•   Formal application to the program

Teacher education students are not permitted to self-advise or telephone register for  PED 3305, BED, EED, or SED courses. These sections are closed to non-teacher education students. Students interested in the teacher education program should contact the College Advising Center at 713-221-8906 or visit C-420 (Commerce Street Building). 

 

Undergraduate Programs

 

General Education Requirements
All students seeking a bachelor’s degree at the University of Houston-Downtown must complete the general education requirements (see pages 31-32), including the common core cours­es, application courses, and enhancement courses. Fulfillment of general education requirements may vary depending on the degree.

 

Being Accepted as a Social Work or Urban Education Degree Major
All undergraduate students at UH-Downtown are assigned for academic advising to University College until they are accepted into one of the degree programs. Before applying for acceptance to programs in the College of Public Service, a student must:
•  have fulfilled all TSI obligations for UE;
•  have completed all required developmental courses;
•  have completed a minimum of 30 hours toward the general edu­cation requirements; and
•  be in good academic standing
After these requirements are met, the student may apply to the College of Public Service to become a major. This can be done online.

 

Being Accepted as a Criminal Justice  Degree Major
All undergraduate students at UH-Downtown are assigned for academic advising to University College until they are accepted into one of the degree programs. Before applying for acceptance to the Criminal Justice program in the College of Public Service, a student must:

•   Be in good standing with the university
•   Completion of all developmental courses, if required
•   Successful completion of ENG 1301 and 1302
•   Successful completion of MATH 1301 (or above)

After these requirements are met, the student may apply to the College of Public Service to become a Criminal Justice major. This can be done online.

 

Requirements for Majors
All undergraduate degree programs in the College of Public Service require a minimum of the last 25% of the semester credit hours in resi­dence in the last semester(s) of the student’s course of study and a minimum of 18 upper-level semester credit hours earned at this university. The College reserves the right to limit the number of directed study, internship, service learning, experience learning, and credit-by-examination credit hours that can be applied to degree requirements, especially for major requirements.


Department of Criminal Justice

 

Barbara Belbot, J.D., Ph.D., Chair
C340, 713-221- 8983

 

Faculty

Professors:

McShane, Belbot

Associate Professors:

Ahmad,, Kellar, McCarty, Pelz, Snell, Wang,

Assistant Professors:

 

Blackburn, Chiotti, Emeka, Fowler,  Gehring, Goltz, Harris, Johnson, Cavanaugh, Karson

Lecturers:

Hill

 

Programs of Study
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Social Work

 

Mission and Objectives
The mission of the Department is to maintain high quality academic programs to meet the needs of students. In furtherance of this mission, the faculty recognize the connection between excellence in education, research, scholarship, and service with applied, theoretical, and policy relevance. This includes demonstrated competency in criminological, methodological, and administrative theory, as well as analytical and technical skills. Thus the Department strives to provide students with knowledge of mechanisms and processes of criminal justice systems that is sufficient to prepare students for professional and managerial careers in criminal justice, as well as research and advanced study.

 

Honor Society
Alpha Phi Sigma - National Criminal Justice Honorary

 

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
CPS Academic Advisor
C420,713-221-8906

 

Major in Criminal Justice
The BAAS in Criminal Justice provides a seamless transfer from community colleges for AAS graduates. 

Degree Requirements

The BAAS Degree requires a minimum of 120 hours. At least 25% of the semester credit hours must be earned through instruction offered by UH-Downtown. At least 18 hours must reflect approved upper-level courses. The final 30 semester credit hours must be taken at UH-Downtown. The degree requires a minimum of 24 upper-level criminal justice hours earned at UH-Downtown. An overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 at UH-Downtown is required for graduation, and a minimum average of 2.0 must be maintained in the upper-level hours in the major.

 

Common Core Requirements – Academic Foundation (42 hours)
Community College AAS Degree credits; must meet Common Core Requirements listed in this Catalog.

 

AAS Degree or ACE Equivalency   (36 hours)

 

BAAS Criminal Justice Major Requirements (12 Hours)
CJ 3301                  Criminology
CJ 3303                  Criminal Justice Cornerstone
CJ 3311                  Criminal Justice Ethics CJ 4370 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

 

Prescribed Elective Courses   (Select any 6 courses listed below) (18 hours)
CJ 3300                  Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CJ 3302                  Criminal Investigation
CJ 3304                  Criminal Law
CJ 3305                  Criminal Evidence and Procedure
CJ 3306                  Crime and Delinquency
CJ 3307                  Community Oriented Policing
CJ 3309                  Security and the Law
CJ 3308                  Juvenile Justice System
CJ 3312                  Prisons in America
CJ 3313                  Community-Based Corrections
CJ 3316                  Victimology
CJ 3317                  Race and Crime
CJ 3318                  Sex Crimes
CJ 3319                  Legal Research
CJ 3320                  Statistics in Criminal Justice
CJ 4301                  Criminal Justice Administration
CJ 4302                  Organized Crime
CJ 4303                  Vice, Drugs, and the Law
CJ 4304                  White Collar Crime
CJ 4305                  Correctional Counseling
CJ 4306                  Domestic Terrorism
CJ 4307                  Rights of the Convicted
CJ 4309                  Seminar in Criminal Justice Films
CJ 4311                  Security Management
CJ 4313                  International Criminal Justice
CJ 4314                  Women and the Criminal Justice System
CJ 4390                  Special Topics in Criminal Justice

 

Free Upper Division  Electives ( 12 hours)
Select 4 upper level courses. They may be from any area. Prerequisites may apply. Electives are an important part of the degree program and should be select­ed in consultation with an academic advisor.

 

Bachelor of Science
Major in Criminal Justice

 

Barbara Belbot, J.D., PhD, Chair
C340, 713-221-8983

Course work leading to this bachelor’s degree provides the stu­dent with strong communication and analytical skills. This is accomplished (1) through a comprehensive and extensive set of general education requirements; (2) through a critical and in-depth interdisciplinary analysis of the causes of crime, the defi­nition and measurement of crime, and society’s formal and infor­mal efforts at preventing and controlling crime; and (3) by treat­ment of the field of criminal justice as an applied science where the student is taught to integrate theory construction, empirical validation, and practical application.

 

Degree Requirements
The Criminal Justice major requires a minimum of 120 hours. At least 25% of the semester credit hours must be earned through instruction offered by UH-Downtown. Twenty-four hours of crim­inal justice must be at the upper level, and 24 hours must be completed as course work at UH-Downtown. The last 30 of the total hours and 18 of the upper-level hours toward the degree must be successfully completed in residence at UH-Downtown. The degree requires a minimum of 36 upper-level hours. An overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 at UH-Downtown is required for graduation, and a minimum average of 2.0 must be maintained in the upper-level hours in the major.

 

Common Core Requirements (42 hours)
See listing under Common Core Requirements in this Catalog

 

General Education Requirements (9-12 hours)
Specific General Education Application and Enhancement Requirements for the Criminal Justice degree are:

 

Writing Skills (3 hours)
ENG 3302 Business and Technical Report Writing
or
ENG 3308 Legal Writing

 

Nonverbal Analytical Skills (3 hours)
CJ 3320 Statistics in Criminal Justice

 

Ethics and Morality (3 hours)
CJ 3311 Criminal Justice Ethics or     
PHIL 3301 Moral Issues, Personal and Professional

 

World Community (3 hours)
One course is required that addresses topics beyond American society. Consult a degree advisor for specific courses that complement this degree. Courses commonly used to fulfill this requirement in the College of Public Service include courses in geography, foreign languages and literature, and history, political sci­ence and humanities courses that focus on other cultures. This requirement may be fulfilled through elective hours or in some other course applied within the degree, including CJ 4313.

 

Criminal Justice Core (21 hours)
CJ 1301                  Crime, Law, and Society
CJ 2301                  The Police System
CJ 2302                  The Criminal Court System
CJ 2303                  The Correctional System
CJ 3300                  Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CJ 3301                  Criminology
CJ 4370                  Senior Seminar in CJ

 

Criminal Justice Electives ( 21 hours)
To be chosen from among Criminal Justice courses not applied to the Criminal Justice core. All 21 hours must be at the upper level.

 

Criminal Justice Writing Intensive Courses (6 hours)
Students must take two upper-division courses that include substantial written assignments. These courses, designated as “W courses” in degree programs, assure students of opportunities to use and further refine their writing skills within the context of the major field of study.  The following upper-division criminal justice courses have been designated as writing intensive:
CJ  3301                 Criminology
CJ  3311                                 Criminal Justice Ethics
CJ  4370                 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

 

Supplemental Concentration (12 hours)
Students must select 12 hours of non-criminal justice course work of which nine hours must be 3000-4000 level courses. The courses must be approved by the criminal justice advisor in the College of Public Service.

 

Electives (9-15 hours)
To be selected from any department at any level, with the following restric­tions: Developmental courses (ENG 1300, MATH 0300, MATH 1300 and RDG 1300), or their equivalent, which may not apply to graduation requirements. No more than 25% of the hours pre­sented for graduation may be credits in business. Electives are an important part of the degree program and should be select­ed in consultation with an academic advisor. (If the world com­munity requirement is fulfilled by any course that meets another degree requirement, the total of elective hours is 9-15.)

 

Minors
General Academic Requirements for Minors

  • Student must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA or better at UHD to be approved to pursue a minor.
  • Student must have a 2.0 GPA or better in courses in the minor to be certified at graduation.
  • No field experience course may be applied to a minor program.
  • The minor field elected must be different from the major.
  • A student must complete all course work required for the minor in addition to all course work required for the degree prior to graduation.
  • All minor programs in the College of Public Service require at least 9 hours of upper-level course work in residence at UHD.

Students should note that in some instances courses listed as requirements or options for the minor program may have prerequisites that are not listed as part of the program. The procedures for declaring a minor are available from the College of Public Service Advising Office, Suite C420.

 

Minor in Criminal Justice (18 hours minimum)
CJ 1301                  Crime, Law, and Society
CJ 2301                  The Police System
CJ 2302                  The Criminal Court System
CJ 2303                  The Correctional System
CJ 3301                  Criminology
3 hours of upper-level Criminal Justice courses

 

Minor in Security Management (18 hours minimum)
Required Core Courses (9 hours)
BA 3300                  Business Cornerstone
CJ 3309                  Security and the Law
CJ 4311                  Security Management

Choose from following electives (9 hours)
BA 3308                  Business Ethics
CJ 4304                  White Collar Crime
CJ 4306                  Domestic Terrorism
ECO 3310               Current Issues in Economics
POLS 4310             International Terrorism
PSY 3301                Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Academy Credit
Students who complete a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) Basic Peace Officer’s Academy and pass the licensing exam can apply for advanced placement for CJ 2301 (Police Systems) and CJ 2302 (Criminal Courts) by paying an administrative fee of $15. Students must be enrolled at UHD in order to receive credit and may not receive credit for classes in which they are currently enrolled or for which they have already received credit. No other Criminal Justice classes may be substituted. No grade is awarded for credit obtained in this manner. No other academy credit will be accepted.

 

Bachelor of Social Work

Major in Social Work

 

Dawn McCarty, PhD, LMSW, Interim BSW Program Director
Room C330K, 713-221-2729

 

Social Work is an applied field, offering a scientifically-grounded, value-based approach to human services.  Social workers work in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, mental health, juvenile justice, and perform a variety of tasks such as case management, client advocacy, and counseling.  The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work Program is to prepare entry-level social workers for theoretically informed, value-based, justice-oriented, generalist practice in an urban environment and to prepare students for future professional development and graduate study. The BSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

 

BSW Admissions

  • Admission to the Social Work Program is a competitive process.  Students considering applying to the program are encouraged to take SOCW 2361 and SOCW 2363 as soon as possible; these two required courses are open to non-majors and serve as prerequisites for several upper-level courses.  All students who wish to apply for the BSW Program must complete an admissions application available on-line. (www.uhd.edu/bsw) and from the Department of Criminal Justice office. Applications are accepted throughout the year. 
  • Copy of official transcripts for all colleges/universities ever attended.  Students are responsible for ensuring they meet the GPA requirement.  Students must have a 2.5 GPA for their most recent 30 hours of college credit hours that have been taken in the past five years.  (We will not count GPA for courses taken more than five years ago.)
  • Completed recommendation forms from two references; forms are available atwww.uhd.edu/bsw.
  • Admissions Essay; see www.uhd.edu/bsw for details.

 

Major Declaration and Advising
Students will not submit their own declaration of the major in Social Work.  Students who receive admission to the program will automatically be coded by the system as Social Work majors.  This process may take up to two or three months after the student has been accepted by the program and has enrolled in courses at UHD.  Students who have received admission to the program, but whose major is not displayed in their records within three months of their admission to the program, should notify their Social Work advisor at goltzh@uhd.edu.

 

Students accepted in the program must meet with their Social Work advisor during their first term to develop their official Degree Plan and at least once each semester thereafter.  Students should note that many Social Work courses must be taken in sequence and may not be available every semester.

 

Degree Requirements
The Bachelor of Social Work requires a minimum of 120 hours.  For degree completion, the last 30 of the total hours in the degree must be successfully completed in residence at UH-Downtown.  A minimum grade point average 2.5 at UH-Downtown is required for graduation and a grade of C or better is required in all Social Work courses.

 

Common Core Requirements (42 hours)
See listing under Common Core Requirements in this
Catalog. It is recommended that for the Behavioral Science requirement, the student take a course from one of the following disciplines ANTH 2302, PSY 1303 or SOC 1303 as each will meet program requirements. If one of these courses is taken as part of the common core requirement, the student will have one additional free elective.

 

Additional Requirements (15 hours)
SOS 2304           Research Methods in the Social Sciences
SOS 3312           Statistics in the Social Sciences
ENG 3XXX          Upper-level English, writing intensive course (check program webpages for acceptable courses)
ANTH XXXX        One Anthropology or Sociology course
or SOC XXXX
PSY XXXX           One Psychology course

 

Major Requirements (39 hours)
SOCW 2361*      Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
SOCW 2363*      Introduction to Social Welfare Policy
SOCW 3311       Urban Practice 1
SOCW 3312       Urban Practice 2
SOCW 3361*      Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
SOCW 3362*      Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
SOCW 3363*      Urban Issues in a Global Environment
SOCW 3364*      Social Justice & Professional Ethics
SOCW 3313       Case Management
SOCW 4311       Issues in Social Services
SOCW 4401       Field Experience 1
SOCW 4502       Field Experience 2
*indicates course is open to non-majors, prerequisites will apply as indicated in catalog

 

Major Electives (6 hours)
Any two of the following:
SOCW 3331       Practice with Aging Populations
SOCW 3332       Practice with Children & Adolescents
SOCW 4331       Urban Community Organizing
SOCW 4332       Crisis Intervention\
SOCW 4361*      Comparative Social Policy
*indicates course is open to non-majors, prerequisites will apply as indicated in catalog

 

Free Electives (18  hours)
From any department at any level, with the following restrictions: Developmental courses (ENG 1300, MATH 0300, MATH 1300 and READ 1300) will not apply to graduation requirements.  Electives are an important part of the degree program and should be selected in consultation with a Social Work advisor.  If the student takes one of the following courses from one of the following disciplines as part of their common core requirement, they will have 21 hours of free electives: ANTH, PSY or SOC.

 

Transfer Credit
A maximum of 15 hours of social work courses taken at CSWE-accredited programs in other colleges and universities may transfer as social work credit.  Social work courses will transfer for social work credit only if the student earned a C or better in them.  Practice courses and field courses will not transfer as social work credit but may transfer as free electives. 

Criminal Justice Training Center
Rex White, Director, 713-221-8690

The University of Houston-Downtown has one of the largest criminal justice training centers in Texas. The mission of the Training Center is to provide quality adult education to people desiring to enter public and private sector criminal justice pro­fessions and continuing education to criminal justice practition­ers. In addition, students, faculty, and staff of the division donate thousands of hours annually to activities leading to the improve­ment of the criminal justice professions and the community at large. The division has conducted more than 260 police acade­my classes, trained more than 26,000students for the criminal justice professions, and won regional and national awards for excellence. Its location near the Harris County courthouse and criminal justice complex makes it an ideal training site.

 

Law Enforcement Training Program
Entry-level training for prospective police officers is provided by the Center’s Police Academy. The academy is certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) and is approved for veterans’ benefits through the Texas Education Agency. Approximately 40-50 spe­cialized and advanced courses are offered annually for police officers and other public sector practitioners. Basic and advanced management training courses (ranging from one to 14 weeks in length).

 

Specialized Certification Courses and Seminars
Specialized training and certification opportunities are provided through unique seminars and courses.
Certification courses are available in such diverse areas as arson investigation, investigative hypnosis, emergency medical care and technician training, and management.

 

UH-Downtown Criminal Justice Training Center Credit
Students who complete the UHD Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) Basic Peace Officer’s Academy and pass the licensing exam can apply for advanced placement for CJ 2301 (Police Systems) and CJ 2302 (Criminal Courts) by paying an administrative fee of $15. Students must be enrolled at UHD in order to receive credit and may not receive credit for classes in which they are currently enrolled or for which they have already received credit. No other Criminal Justice classes may be substituted. No grade is awarded for credit obtained in this manner. No other academy credit will be accepted.


Department of Urban Education

 

Viola Garcia, EdD, Chair
C440, 713-221-2759

 



Faculty

Professor:

Associate Professors:

Chen, Connell, Garcia, Nath, Thielemann-Downs, Van Horn
Beebe, Bhattacharjee, Cohen, Jenkins, R. Johnson, Mahoney, Mullinnix, Pedrana, Van Horn

Assistant Professors:

Burnett, Dalton, Herrera, Hewitt, Kelly, Mitchell, Pinkerton, Sack, Wade, White

Instructors:

Bundoc, Hill, Paige, Wingfield

 

Programs of Study

 

Undergraduate/Post-baccalaureate
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification

 

Certification Areas
Early Childhood–Sixth Grade Elementary Generalist
Early Childhood–Sixth Grade Bilingual Generalist
Fourth–Eighth Grade Generalist 
Secondary (grades 8-12) (undergraduate degrees to be obtained in content-area department)

 

Mission and Objectives
The Urban Education Department offers preparation for both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students seeking EC-6 generalist, EC-6 bilingual generalist, 4-8 generalist or secondary certification.  The professional development sequence of classes include field-based courses that are in selected public schools in several Houston metropolitan districts. 

 

Building upon an understanding of cultural, economic, and lin­guistic diversity developed through the program’s general edu­cation requirements and its Urban Education Core, the three professional development semesters provide opportunities for future teachers to:
•   observe and interact with master teachers and divergent learners within the school setting
•   interact with children of diverse backgrounds and expe­riences to create an understanding of themselves, their own culture, and the cultures of others
•   develop a community of learners which acknowledges the similarities of diverse members and appreciates differences
•   plan and implement effective strategies which ensure aca­demic success for all learners, and
•   use technology in effective ways to enhance student achievement.

 

To promote and ensure student success, the design of the curriculum is based on (a) state certification standards, (b) the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, and (c) the state teacher education proficiencies. It is expected that at the end of the teacher educa­tion program, the new teacher will have internalized the state identified proficiencies for teacher education and will successful­ly pass the state examinations required for teacher certification.

 

Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification

Post-baccalaureate students seeking certification must meet the requirements for admission to Teacher Education and have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average or a 2.5 overall grade point average in the last 60 hours. Students interested in secondary certification must also have a 2.5 GPA in their area of specialization. There are three possible post-baccalaureate routes to teacher certification. 
•   Alternative Certification Program (ACP)
•   Master of Arts in Teaching with certification (MAT-ACP)
•   Post-Baccalaureate Plan

 

Teacher certification is available in EC-6 (Generalist), EC-6 (Bilingual), 4-8 (Generalist), and sec­ondary education.

 

The Alternative Certification Program (ACP) option starts in the spring and fall semesters of each academic year.  The application deadline for the Alternative Certification Program is: Fall Start – July 15 and Spring Start – November 15.  The successful completion of all components of the ACP program is required before students are recommended for full certification. Please see the Urban Education website for more information.

 

The Master of Arts in Teaching with certification (MAT-ACP) option allows students to work toward teacher certification and a Master of Arts in Teaching (Curriculum and Instruction). The application deadline for the MAT-ACP program is: Fall Start – July 15 and Spring Start – November15. Please see the Urban Education website for more information.

 

A Post-Baccalaureate plan sponsored by the University of Houston-Downtown requires a minimum of 27-33 semester credit hours to be taken after the date of the student’s bachelor’s degree. All courses taken in fulfillment of the plan are to be taken at UHD unless the student has written permission in the form of a waiver from the Office of the Dean of Public Service.

 

Please note:
As state guidelines change, program revisions may occur. Teacher education programs are developed in response to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) regulations and guidelines. Thus, course requirements and sequencing are subject to change. All students pursuing teacher certification plans must understand that the advising staff will make every effort to commu­nicate program changes as they occur, but it is the responsibility of each student to stay apprised of any changes that may affect degree plans. Thus constant monitoring of plans is necessary, and students are urged to visit regularly with an academic advisor and to check the SBEC website for teacher certification changes (www.sbec.state.tx.us).

 

Honor Society

Kappa Delta Pi

 

Student Organizations

Urban Educators’ Literacy Society
The Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
Bilingual Education Student Organization

 

Requirements for All Undergraduate Degrees

The degree programs in Urban Education require a minimum of 124–126 semester credit hours (SCH). For degree completion, at least the last 30 SCH, representing the professional develop­ment and field-based courses, must be earned through instruc­tion offered by the University of Houston-Downtown. Formal admission to Teacher Education requires the following:

  • A minimum 2.5 overall grade point average
  • 30 semester credit hours (SCH) of course work
  • Obtain passing scores on all three sections of the THEA exam (no exemptions)
  • Be in good standing with the university
  • Complete all developmental courses, if required
  • Successful completion of ENG 1301 and 1302
  • Successful completion of MATH 1301 (or above)
  • Declaration of major
  • Formal application to the program

 

The University Core must be chosen as part of these degrees. Graduation requires successful completion of all course work including three professional development semesters and field work. In addition, cer­tification requires passing scores on state-mandated certifi­cation examinations.

 

Bachelor of Arts

Major in Interdisciplinary Studies

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies will select from among three certification programs:
•   Early Childhood–Sixth Grade Elementary Generalist
•   Early Childhood–Sixth Grade Bilingual Generalist
•   Fourth-Eighth Grade Elementary Generalist

 

Early Childhood–Sixth Grade Elementary Generalist (124 SCH)

 

Common Core Requirements (42 hours)
See listing under Common Core Requirements in this Catalog.

 

Preparatory Requirements for the Professional Development Component (13 hours)
These courses are requirements for the degree and are in addi­tion to the core curriculum. These courses fulfill the Preparatory Requirements for students in the Early Childhood–Sixth Grade Elementary Generalist certification program.

 

ECH 2311               Early Childhood Classroom
ECH 2313               Early Childhood Learning Environment
ESL 3105                Foundations of ESL Education
PED 3301                Introduction to Special Populations (prerequisite: SOSE 3306)
SOC/BEH   One course from:
SOSE 3310         Critical Social Studies Education
ECO 1301           Introduction to Economics (prerequisite: ENG 1301)
GEOG 1302        World Geography
HIST 2303           Texas History (prerequisite: Enrolled in or completion of ENG 1301)
HIST 2309           Ethnic Minorities in America (prerequisite: Enrolled in or completion of ENG 1301)
POLS 3309         Texas Politics (prerequisite:  POLS 2303, 2304 and junior standing)
SOC 3304           Minorities in America (prerequisite: SOC 1303 and junior standing)
SOC 3306           Social Inequality (prerequisite: SOC 1303 and junior standing)

 

Academic Major Courses for the Professional Development Component (36 hours)
These courses are preliminary requirements for the degree and are in addition to the core curriculum. These courses fulfill the Academic Major requirements in the Early Childhood-Sixth Grade Elementary Generalist certification program.

 

ETC 3301                Educational Technology (prerequisite: CS 1305, or EIS 1301, or demonstrated competency)
SOSE 3306             Culture of Urban Schools (prerequisite: Introductory course in the social sciences)
SOSE 3320             Assessment and Evaluation of Children (prerequisite: PSY 1303)
READ 3305             Foundations of Literacy EC-12
ENG 3305 or 3318 (prerequisite: 3 hours of literature) 
PED 3304                Aesthetic and Physical Development
READ 3306             Language and Literacy Development (pre or corequisite: READ 3305)
MATH 3321             Math Concepts I (prerequisites: MATH 1301 or MATH 1310, admission to Teacher Education)
MATH 3322             Math Concepts II (prerequisites: MATH 1301 or MATH 1310, admission to Teacher Education)
NS 3310                  Physical Science Studies (prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)
NS 3312                  Life Sciences Studies (prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)
READ 3307             Language Arts Instruction EC-12 (prerequisite: READ 3305 and admission to Teacher Education Program)

 

Professional Development Component (33 hours)
The Professional Development courses require concurrent enroll­ment in specific courses. Professional Development I and II both require a minimum of 60 hours of classroom field experience. Professional Development III represents a full semester, full-day student teaching experience. In order to suc­cessfully complete each professional development semester, students must demonstrate mastery of the content. Thus it is highly recommended that preparatory and academic courses be taken before beginning the Professional Development Semesters. Admission to the- professional development semesters is approved by the advisor/coordinator of the Urban Education Department.

 

Professional Development I
Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program and Core Complete, ECH 2311, ECH 2313,
ESL 3105, READ 3305, READ 3306;
Pre- or Co-requisites:, ETC 3301, MATH 3321, MATH 3322, READ 3307, SOSE 3306
Concurrent enrollment: EED 3312, PED 3305, READ 3303 and PED 4380
   PED 3305  Understanding the Early Childhood through Twelfth  Grade Learner
EED 3312  Effective Teaching Strategies in Mathematics Education
READ 3303  Literacy Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment EC-2
PED 4380  Field Experience in Urban Public School Classrooms (A minimum of 60 clock-hours of classroom field experience)

 

Professional Development II
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Professional Development I.
Pre- or co-requisites: NS 3310 and NS 3312
Concurrent enrollment: EED 3311, EED 3315, READ 4303 and PED 4381

EED 3311  Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom
EED 3315  Effective Teaching Strategies in Science Education
READ 4303  Literacy Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment 3-6
PED 4381  Field Experience in Urban Public School Classrooms (A minimum of 60 clock-hours of classroom field experience)
 

Professional Development III
These courses represent a full semester, full-day student teaching experience.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Professional Development II and completion of all other courses on degree plan.

 

EED 4301  Student Teaching in the Elementary Classroom
EED 4304  Student Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom
SOSE 4303  Current Issues in Urban Teaching

 

Professional Development III with THECB Educational Aide Exemption Approval

Declared majors who are exempt from student teaching are required to take SOSE 4304 and must choose two courses (6 SCHs) from those listed below to substitute for the 6 SCHs of student teaching. Students who will seek an ESL endorsement after initial certification should consider taking both ESL 5333 and ESL 5334.       

 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Professional Development II and completion of all other courses on degree plan.

Select two courses (6 SCHs):
ESL 5333                    ESL Instruction/Assessment & the Acquisition of Language Concepts
ESL 5334                    Foundations of ESL Education
PED 3302                    Teaching Middle School Mathematics
PED 3303                    Teaching Middle School Environmental Science
READ 3309                                 Teaching Reading in Content Areas
SOSE 3310                                 Critical Social Studies Education
Content area course by Advisement
        SOSE 4304                 Current Issues in Urban Teaching

 

Please note:
In order to successfully complete each professional development semester, students must demonstrate mastery of content, this it is highly recommended that preparatory and academic courses be taken before beginning the professional development semesters. Admission to the professional development semesters is approved by the advisor/coordinator of the Urban Education Department. As state guidelines change, continual program revisions may occur. Teacher education programs are developed in response to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) regulations and guidelines. Thus, course requirements and sequencing are subject to change. All students pursuing teacher certification plans must understand that the advising staff will make every effort to communicate program changes as they occur, but it is the responsibility of each student to stay apprised of any changes that may affect degree plans. Thus constant monitoring of plans is necessary, and students are urged to visit regularly with an academic advisor and to check the SBEC website for teacher certification changes (www.sbec.state.tx.us).
Total: 124 SCH

 

Early Childhood–Sixth Grade Bilingual Generalist (126 SCH)

 

Common Core Requirements
See listing under Common Core Requirements in this Catalog. (42 hours)

 

Preparatory Requirements (15 hours)
These courses are preliminary requirements for the degree and are in addition to the core curriculum. These courses fulfill the Preparatory Requirements for students in the Early Childhood–Sixth Grade Bilingual Generalist certification program.
ECH 2311               Early Childhood Classroom
ECH 2313               Early Childhood Learning Environment
PED 3301                Introduction to Special Populations (prerequisite: SOSE 3306)
SPAN 3301             Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition

 

Academic Major Courses (36 hours)
These courses are preliminary requirements for the degree and are in addition to the core curriculum. These courses fulfill the Academic Major requirements for students in the Early Childhood–Sixth Grade Bilingual Generalist certification program.
ETC 3301  Educational Technology (prerequisites: CS 1305 or CIS 1301, or demonstrated competency)
PED 3304  Aesthetic and Physical Development
READ 3305  Foundations of Literacy
READ 3306  Language and Literacy (pre or corequisite: READ 3305)
SOSE 3306  Culture of Urban Schools (prerequisite: Introductory course in the social sciences)
SOSE 3320  Assessment and Evaluation of Children (prerequisite: PSY 1303)
ENG 3305 or 3318 (prerequisite: 3 hours of literature)
BED 3307  Academic Proficiencies for the Bilingual Classroom Teacher (prerequisite: SPAN 2312 or placement by examination; admission to Teacher Education Program)MATH 3321  Math Concepts I (prerequisite: MATH 1301 or 1310 with a grade of C or better; admission to Teacher Education Program)
MATH 3322  Math Concepts II (prerequisite: MATH 1301 or 1310 with a grade of C or better; admission to Teacher Education Program)
NS 3310  Physical Science Studies (prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)
NS 3312  Life Sciences Studies (prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)
PED 3314  Children’s Literature in Spanish (prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)

 

Professional Development (33 hours)
The Professional Development courses require concurrent enroll­ment in specific courses. Professional Development I and II both require a minimum of 60 hours of classroom field experience. Professional Development III represents a full semester, full-day student teaching experience. In order to suc­cessfully complete each professional development semester, students must demonstrate mastery of the content. Thus it is highly recommended that preparatory and academic courses be taken before beginning the Professional Development Semesters. Admission to the- professional development semesters is approved by the advisor/coordinator of the Urban Education Department.

 

Professional Development I
Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and Core Complete, ECH 2313, READ 3305, PED 3314
Pre- or Co-requisites: BED 3307, ETC 3301, , , MATH 3321, MATH 3321, SOSE 3306
Concurrent enrollment: BED 3311, PED 3305, READ 4306, and PED 4380

PED 3305  Understanding the Early Childhood through Twelfth Grade Learner
BED 3311  Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education
READ 4306  Literacy Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment in Bilingual/ESL
PED 4380  Field Experience in Urban Public School Classrooms (A minimum of 60 clock-hours of classroom field experience)

 

Professional Development II
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Professional Development I, MATH 3321, MATH 3322
Pre- or Co-requisite: NS 3310, NS 3312
Concurrent enrollment: BED 4301, BED 4311, READ 3317, and PED 4381

BED 4301  Teaching Language Arts and Reading in Spanish
BED 4311  Integrating Curriculum in a Bilingual/ESL Classroom
READ 3317  Language Arts Instruction for the Bilingual/ESL Classroom
PED 4381  Field Experience in Urban Public School Classrooms (A minimum of 60 clock-hours of classroom field experience)

 

Professional Development III
These courses represent a full semester, full-day student teaching experience.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Professional Development II and completion of all other courses on degree plan.
EED 4303  Student Teaching in the Bilingual/ESL Classroom
EED 4304  Student Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom
SOSE 4303  Current Issues in Urban Teaching

 

Professional Development III with THECB Educational Aide Exemption Approval 

Declared majors who are exempt from student teaching are required to take SOSE 4304 and must choose two courses (6 SCHs) from those listed below to substitute for the 6 SCHs of student teaching.

 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Professional Development II and completion of all other courses on degree plan.

Select two Courses (6 SCHs):
SPAN 3302  Professional Writing
PED 3302  Teaching Middle School Mathematics
PED 3303  Teaching Middle School Environmental Science  
READ 3309  Teaching Reading in Content Areas    
SOSE 3310  Critical Social Studies Education
Content area course by Advisement
SOSE 4304  Current Issues in Urban Teaching

 

Please note:
In order to successfully complete each professional development semester, students must demonstrate mastery of content, this it is highly recommended that preparatory and academic courses be taken before beginning the professional development semesters. Admission to the professional development semesters is approved by the advisor/coordinator of the Urban Education Department. As state guidelines change, continual program revisions may occur. Teacher education programs are developed in response to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) regulations and guidelines. Thus, course requirements and sequencing are subject to change. All students pursuing teacher certification plans must understand that the advising staff will make every effort to communicate program changes as they occur, but it is the responsibility of each student to stay apprised of any changes that may affect degree plans. Thus constant monitoring of plans is necessary, and students are urged to visit regularly with an academic advisor and to check the SBEC website for teacher certification changes (www.sbec.state.tx.us).

Total: 126 SCH

 

Fourth–Eighth Grade Generalist (125 SCH)

 

Common Core Requirements
See listing under Common Core Requirements in this catalog.

 

Preparatory Requirements the Professional Development Component (11 hours)
These courses are requirements for the degree and are in addition to the core curriculum. These courses fulfill the Preparatory Requirements for students in the 4-8 Generalist certification program.

ESL 3206  Theories and Standards of ESL Education
HIST 2316  Introduction to World History II
ENG  One course from: (Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature unless noted otherwise)
ENG 3302  Business and Technical Report Writing
ENG 3305  Essay Writing
ENG 3320  History of the English Language (prerequisites: ENG 1302 and jun­ior standing)
ENG 3355  Young Adult Literature
SOC/BEH  One course from:
SOSE 3310  Critical Social Studies Education
ECO 1301  Introduction to Economics (prerequisite: ENG 1301)
GEOG 1302  World Geography
POLS 3309  Texas Politics (prerequisites: POLS 2303, POLS 2304, and junior standing)
SOC 3304  Minorities in American (prerequisites: SOC 1303 and junior standing)

 

Academic Major Courses
These courses are preliminary requirements for the degree and are in addition to the core curriculum. These courses fulfill the Academic Major requirements for students in the 4-8 Generalist certification program.
ETC 3301  Educational Technology (Prerequisites: CS 1305 or CIS 1301, or demonstrated competency)
PED 3301  Introduction to Special Populations (prerequisite: SOSE 3306)
READ 3305  Foundations of Literacy
READ 3309  Reading in the Content Areas 4-12
SOSE 3306  Culture of Urban Schools (prerequisite: Introductory course in the social sciences)
SOSE 3320  Assessment and Evaluation of Children (prerequisite: PSY 1303)
MATH 3321  Math Concepts I (Prerequisites: MATH 1301 or MATH 1310 with a C or better, admission to teacher education)
MATH 3322  Math Concepts II (Prerequisites: MATH 1301 or MATH 1310 with a C or better, MATH 3321, admission to teacher education)
NS 3310/3312  Physical Science Studies/Life Science Studies (either course) (prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education)
NS 3311  Earth and Environmental Science Studies (prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education)
PED 3302  Teaching Middle School Mathematics (prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education)
PED 3303  Effective Teaching Strategies in Environmental Science Education (prerequisites: six hours from BIOL 1310, GEOL 1307, NS 3310, NS 3311, NS 3312, admission to Teacher Education)
READ 3307  Language Arts Instruction (prerequisites: READ 3305, admission to Teacher Education)

 

Professional Development Component
The Professional Development courses require concurrent enroll­ment in specific courses. Professional Development I and II both require a minimum of 60 hours of classroom field experience. Professional Development III represents a full semester, full-day student teaching experience. In order to suc­cessfully complete each professional development semester, students must demonstrate mastery of the content. Thus it is highly recommended that preparatory and academic courses be taken before beginning the Professional Development Semesters. Admission to the- professional development semesters is approved by the advisor/coordinator of the Urban Education Department.

 

Professional Development I
Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education program and Core Complete, ESL 3206, PED 3302, READ 3305, MATH 3321, MATH 3322
Pre- or Co-requisites: ETC 3301, PED 3303, READ 3307, SOSE 3306, SOSE 3320,
Concurrent enrollment: EED 3312, ESL 3303, PED 3305, and PED 4380
PED 3305  Understanding the Early Childhood through Twelfth Grade Learner
EED 3312  Effective Teaching Strategies in Mathematics Education
ESL 3303  Instruction and Assessment of Eng Lang Learners 4-8
PED 4380  Field Experience in Urban Public School Classrooms (A minimum of 60 clock-hours of classroom field experience)

 

Professional Development II
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Professional Development I, READ 3309
Pre- or Co-requisites: NS 3310/NS 3312, NS 3311
Concurrent enrollment: EED 3311, EED 3315, READ 3313, and PED 4381
EED 3311  Teaching Social Studies in the Elem Classroom
EED 3315  Effective Teaching Strategies in Science Education
READ 3313  Reading Curriculum, Methods, Assessment, & Diagnosis 4-8
PED 4381  Field Experience in Urban Public School Classrooms (A minimum of 60 clock-hours of classroom field experience)

 

Professional Development III
These courses represent a full semester, full-day teaching experience.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Professional Development II and must have completed all other courses on degree plan. 

EED 4301  Student Teaching Elementary
EED 4302  Student Teaching Middle School Classroom
SOSE 4303  Issues in Urban Teaching

 

Professional Development III with THECB Educational Aide Exemption Approval

Declared majors who are exempt from student teaching are required to take SOSE 4304 and must choose two courses (6 SCHs) from those listed below to substitute for the 6 SCHs of student teaching. Students who will seek an ESL endorsement after initial certification should consider taking both ESL 5333 and ESL 5334.       

 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Professional Development II and completion of all other courses on degree plan.

Select two courses (6 SCHs):
ESL 5334    Foundations of ESL Ed
HIST 2303   Texas HistorySOSE 3310  Critical Social Studies Education 
SED 3302    Instructional Design
SED 3312    Organizing & Managing the Classroom Environment in the Secondary School
HIST 2303  Texas History
Content area course by Advisement
SOSE 4304         Current Issues in Urban Teaching

 

Please note:
In order to successfully complete each professional development semester, students must demonstrate mastery of content, this it is highly recommended that preparatory and academic courses be taken before beginning the professional development semesters. Admission to the professional development semesters is approved by the advisor/coordinator of the Urban Education Department. As state guidelines change, continual program revisions may occur. Teacher education programs are developed in response to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) regulations and guidelines. Thus, course requirements and sequencing are subject to change. All students pursuing teacher certification plans must understand that the advising staff will make every effort to communicate program changes as they occur, but it is the responsibility of each student to stay apprised of any changes that may affect degree plans. Thus constant monitoring of plans is necessary, and students are urged to visit regularly with an academic advisor and to check the SBEC website for
teacher certification changes (www.sbec.state.tx.us).
Total: 125 SCH

 

Secondary Education
Undergraduates seeking secondary certification must meet the requirements for formal admission to Teacher Education for Undergraduate Students. In addition to the minimum 2.5 overall grade point average, secondary candidates must have a 2.5 overall grade point average in the area of specialization. Students seeking certification in an area not listed below should contact the department certification officer. For program completion and certification, at least the last 30 SCH, representing the professional develop­ment and field-based courses, must be earned through instruc­tion offered by the University of Houston-Downtown. Students seeking secondary certification (grades 8-12) will select from the following:

 

Bachelor of Science with Life Science Certification
Bachelor of Science with Physical Science Certification
Bachelor of Science with Science Composite Certification
Bachelor of Science in Composite Social Studies Certification
Bachelor of Arts in English with English Language Arts and Reading Certification
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with Spanish Certification
Bachelor of Science with Mathematics Certification
Bachelor of Science with Computer Science Certification*
Bachelor of Arts with History Certification

*State certification examinations are pending. In order to determine certification requirements for the areas above, please contact your content area department.

Please note:

In order to successfully complete each professional development semester, students must demonstrate mastery of content, this it is highly recommended that preparatory and academic courses be taken before beginning the professional development semesters. Admission to the professional development semesters is approved by the advisor/coordinator of the Urban Education Department. As state guidelines change, continual program revisions may occur. Teacher education programs are developed in response to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) regulations and guidelines. Thus, course requirements and sequencing are subject to change. All students pursuing teacher certification plans must understand that the advising staff will make every effort to communicate program changes as they occur, but it is the responsibility of each student to stay apprised of any changes that may affect degree plans. Thus constant monitoring of plans is necessary, and students are urged to visit regularly with an academic advisor and to check the SBEC website for teacher certification changes (www.sbec.state.tx.us).

 

To obtain certification to teach in grades 8-12, students must also take course work in the area of Professional Development. These are:

Support Courses: (9 hours):

ETC 3301  Educational Technology 
PED 3301  Introduction to Special Populations
READ 3309  Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (READ 3305 is not required as a prerequisite for students seeking 8-12 certification)

 

Professional Development Sequence (27 hours)
The Professional Development courses require concurrent enroll­ment in specific courses. Professional Development I and II both require a minimum of 60 hours of classroom field experience. Professional Development III represents a full semester, full-day student teaching experience. In order to suc­cessfully complete each professional development semester, students must demonstrate mastery of the content. Thus it is highly recommended that preparatory and academic courses be taken before beginning the Professional Development Semesters. Admission to the- professional development semesters is approved by the advisor/coordinator of the Urban Education Department.

 

Professional Development I
Prerequisites: admission to the Teacher Education program, ETC 3301, PED 3301, READ 3309
Concurrent enrollment in PED 3305, SED 3312 and PED 4380
PED 3305 Understanding the Early Childhood through Twelfth Grade Learner
SED 3312 Organizing and Managing the Classroom Environment in the Secondary School
PED 4380 Field Experience in Urban Public School Classrooms (A minimum of 60 clock-hours of classroom field experience)

 

Professional Development II
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Professional Development I, ETC 3301, PED 3301, READ 3309
Concurrent enrollment in SED 3302, SED 3307, and PED 4381

SED 3302 Enhancing Student Achievement in the Secondary School
SED 3307 Secondary Teacher Roles in Assessment and Profession
PED 4381 Field Experience in Urban Public School Classrooms (A minimum of 60 clock-hours of classroom field experience)

 

Professional Development III
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Professional Development II and completion of all other courses on degree plan.

READ 4321 Literacy Across the Curriculum 8-12
SED 4301 Student Teaching in the Secondary School
SED 4302 Student Teaching in the Secondary School

Professional Development III with THECB Educational Aide Exemption Approval

Declared majors who are exempt from student teaching are required to take READ 4321 and must choose two courses (6 SCHs) from those listed below to substitute for the 6 SCHs of student teaching. Students who will seek an ESL endorsement after initial certification should consider taking both ESL 5333 and ESL 5334.       

 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Professional Development II and completion of all other courses on degree plan.

Select two Courses (6 SCHs):
ESL 5333 ESL Instruc/Assess & Acq of Lang Concepts
ESL 5334 Foundations of ESL Ed       

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