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Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (KS) - Business

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This degree program was developed for those who want to teach at the secondary level. You will gain hands-on, in-classroom experiences. Prospective secondary education teachers learn how to identify and be sensitive to the unique needs, challenges and learning styles of diverse student populations.

Through this program, you will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a content area focus. Current focus areas include:

  • Business

Contact an Enrollment Advisor for more information.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

Secondary Education Licensure Courses

Pre-Professional Education

The Teaching Profession I | 
Explores current and future teaching profession. Introduces Ottawa University’s mission and teacher education
program’s conceptual framework. Learn about topics such as reflective inquiry, standards driven classrooms, use of technology, and diversity of learners. Skills assessed in relation to profession.

The Exceptional Child | 
Become familiar with various emotional and behavioral disorders, health and physical impairments, and intellectual deviations associated with children (birth through high school age) who are identified as expectional. Addresses strategies for meeting academic, social and emotional needs of these children within the confines of the classroom (including IEPS). Examines criteria for effectively working with administrators, specialists, support personnel, and family who impact the educational experiences of these children. Field experience required.

Educational Psychology | 
Designed to acquaint students with knowledge gained from educational psychologists in learning theory and practice, motivation and management, and effective instruction. Meets required competencies in research, teaching methods and materials, media and technology, teaching effectiveness, interpersonal relations, educational ethics, understanding the learner, teaching-learning process, learning styles, and understanding the relationship between school and home. Emphasis placed on understanding methods needed to maintain an effective learning environment through classroom management strategies and motivational techniques.

Foundations of Schools in a Diverse Society | 
Provides candidate with understanding of historical, philosophical and social foundations of education in the
United States. Addresses legal and ethical issues. Learn how educational policy is formulated and affects classroom practice. Provides opportunities to learn from a variety of professionals from diverse backgrounds.

Secondary Education Methods and RICA | 
Learn to design, implement, and evaluate materials and instructional techniques for early through late adolescent learner. Topics include assessing readability of materials, evaluating student reading skills, teaching vocabulary, comprehension and study skills, working with at risk students, and incorporating writing into curriculum.

Secondary Specialized Methods/Practicum | 
Observe, develop, and practice skills under the guidance of a classroom teacher in the student’s major area of interest.

Clinical Practice-Licensure

SEI Methods for ELL II | 

Secondary Student Teaching I | 
Capstone field experience for secondary pre-service teachers. Gives opportunity to observe and teach in a secondary school setting. Consult Education Department for placement information.

Secondary Student Teaching II | 
Capstone field experience for secondary pre-service teachers. Gives opportunity to observe and teach in a secondary school setting. Consult Education Department for placement information.

Content Requirements

Foundations of Information Technology | 
Provides understanding of organizational systems, planning and decision processes and how information is used for decision support in organizations. Quality and decision theory, information theory, and practice essential for providing viable information to the organization. Concepts of IS for competitive advantage, data as a resource, IS and IT planning and implementation, Total Quality Management (TQM) and reengineering, project management and development of systems, and end-user computing. [or ITS 12063 Introduction to Information Technology or ITS 20550 Basic Computer Skills]

Accounting for Business Operations | 
Introduces operating activities of business. Emphasis on using income statements to plan and evaluate the operations of a for-profit entity.

Management | 
Discusses process for managing organizations including planning, organizing, leading and evaluating. Examines administrative role in organizations and concepts relevant to its function and historical development of administrative thought.

Business Law | 
Introduces American legal system as it relates to business. Includes contracts, commercial paper, sales, agency, and property.

Business Ethics | 
Introduces development of personal and group norms required for work places. Topics include moral reasoning in business, employee rights and responsibilities of corporations.

Principles of Marketing | 
Focuses on advanced theoretical concepts of accountancy. Includes measurement and analysis of Analysis of consumer behavior and configuration of target markets. Emphasis on management of organization activities designed to satisfy target market planning, pricing, promotion and distribution of the product or service.

Foundations of Finance | 
Foundations of Finance focuses on the analysis of financial information within an enterprise.  Problems and analysis will focus on the financial information related to capital requirements and the relationships of how financial decisions impact both the firm and the shareholder.  Concepts used in FIN 30000 form the foundation of all elective finance courses.  Main topics covered include: time value of money, valuation of stocks and bonds, risk and return, and principles of capital budgeting.  Prerequisites: ACC 20364 Accounting for Business Operations

Strategies and Policies | 
Capstone course that guides student to the integration of functional areas of a business firm and analysis of mission and objectives, external environment, and internal strengths and limitations of an organization. Includes formulation of strategies.  Prerequisites: Foundations of Finance, Management, and Marketing.

General Education Requirements

American Experience I | 
Introduces the study of American history and its cultural, intellectual, political, economic, religious, racial and diplomatic topics. Emphasis on development of the country from discovery through Reconstruction. [or HPS 31654 Twentieth Century World History]

Principles of Psychology | 
Introduces basic elements in understanding human behavior. Emphasis on basic concepts and terminology of psychology including the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, history of psychology, growth and development, motivation, learning, measurement and scientific methodology, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, and psychotherapy.

Intermediate College Algebra | 
Emphasizes algebraic skill development such as linear and quadratic equations, rational exponents, radicals and systems of equations. Designed to prepare students for college level mathematics.

Principles of Biology & Lab | 
Introduces major biological processes occurring in animals and plants and basic concepts underlying the biology field. Includes corresponding lab. [or PHY 11043 Physical Science & Lab]

Intermediate Writing | 
Examines steps of the writing process from sight to insight: perceive, identify, analyze, discover, write, re-write and edit. Critical thinking, library research, peer conferencing, and the art of argument integral to the course.

Courses listed are examples only.  Relevant substitutions may be made with advisor approval.

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