2014–15 Undergraduate Catalog
INTEGRATED STUDIES MAJOR
Otto Miller Hall 130
Required Major for Prospective Elementary Teachers
The Integrated Studies major is a comprehensive interdisciplinary bachelor of arts degree program designed for students who want to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher.
This is now the required major for students who plan to complete the Residency Teacher Certification with an endorsement in Elementary Education as an undergraduate at Seattle Pacific University. Coursework for the major along with the Residency Teacher Certification program may be completed in four years.
Note: Students may graduate with an Integrated Studies major without seeking Elementary Certification. These students will not be required to complete the Foundations Quarter, Methods Quarter, Integrated Quarter, and Internship quarter required for certification. Further, they must complete one or more concentration-specific capstone courses rather than the Education Capstone course.
Requirements for Admission to the Integrated Studies Major
Students may apply for admission to the Integrated Studies major upon completion of their freshman year. Typically they should have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and must have decided on an area of concentration.
Application to this program may be made through the Major or Minor Application form (PDF). Once admitted, a student should maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA, and the student must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when admitted to the major or minor.
Overview of the Major
The Integrated Studies major provides future elementary teachers the opportunity to develop depth of knowledge in the six content areas they will teach: language arts, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, the arts, and health/fitness. There are two components to the Integrated Studies major:
Component I: Core Courses
The Core Courses were selected to enable students to develop both breadth of content knowledge across the subject areas they will teach (language arts, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, the arts, and health/fitness), and some depth of content knowledge in those areas. These courses simultaneously fulfill the Ways of Knowing requirements.
A number of these courses were specifically designed for future elementary teachers including inquiry-based mathematics, inquiry-based science, children’s literature, and the art, music, theatre, and health/fitness education of children. The courses are aligned with the six content areas of Washington state’s Endorsement Competencies for Elementary Education K-8 and will prepare teachers to take the state-mandated WEST-B® and WEST-E™ content skills tests. Further information about the tests can be found on the School of Education website.
Component II: Concentration in a Discipline
Students will select a discipline as an area of concentration early in their program. They take 24-35 additional credits of coursework in the discipline with the goal of acquiring greater depth of knowledge in one of the core content areas.
When students are admitted into the major, they should work with the advisor for their selected concentration. The six concentration disciplines are listed below.
The Arts Concentration, Andrew Ryder, advisor
Health and Fitness Concentration, JoAnn Atwell-Scrivner, advisor
Language Arts Concentration, April Middeljans, advisor
Mathematics Concentration, Sharon Young, advisor
Natural Sciences Concentration, Kara Gray, advisor
Social Sciences Concentration, Don Holsinger, advisor
It is extremely important for students in Integrated Studies to work closely with an advisor as they make decisions regarding their course selections for the core courses, the concentration, and the Residency Teacher Certification, along with the University’s graduation requirements.
Freshmen are assigned a USEM advisor and an Integrated Studies faculty advisor during their freshman year. Students should work with an integrated studies faculty advisor to select appropriate courses. Students who plan to participate in a study abroad program need to work with one of the integrated studies faculty advisors to determine the most appropriate quarter for such travel. This planning should be done during the freshman year, if at all possible.
Students who transfer from a Washington state community college with a direct transfer agreement (DTA) associate degree with Elementary Education Major-Related Program (MRP) will earn credits that transfer toward corresponding course requirements in the core courses of the Integrated Studies major. Other transfer students can petition the Integrated Studies faculty advisors for course substitutions in the core courses and in the concentration.