Teacher Certification


INITIAL LICENSURE AS TEACHER OF BUSINESS (Level: 5 - 12)

INTRODUCTION

The study of modern management is, essentially, the quest to develop leaders who will use their skills and knowledge to promote the social and economic conditions within their communities. In the global community in which business operates, our leaders must enable a diverse population to trust, cooperate and work with each other. Our focus on fundamental theory and practice develops leaders with confidence in themselves. Our interdisciplinary approach and programmatic involvement in community activity and discourse develops leaders with confidence in and understanding of others. Our emphasis on critical thinking skills and on enhancing communication, including writing across the curriculum, develops leaders who can interact effectively. Our dedication to the mastery of cutting edge technology develops leaders with a commitment to the future. Thus, the course of study in management develops leaders who build communities.

Complementing this, education courses direct and focus those leadership skills to learning communities. The Professional Sequence for Middle and Secondary Specialist, including its pre-practicum field experience and the culminating experience of the practicum, fosters adaptation of leadership skills to develop effective teachers in democratic learning communities. The combination of management studies with the Professional Sequence transforms leaders who build communities into teachers who are leaders building learning communities.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Any undergraduate Business major may apply for admission to the program. In addition, some of our applicants have already earned their Bachelor's Degree and many previously began careers in business. Accordingly, a large component of our enrollment is Postbaccalaureate. The combination of rigorous course work, practical experience and maturity make our students particularly good prospects to develop into effective teachers and leaders.

Our academic program is both outcome and competency based. The skills taught parallel the standards in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. In addition, every candidate in the program is assigned an advisor experienced in teacher training who supports and monitors the student through both the academic and the pedagogical portions of the program. The academic program is rigorous and challenging.

The program of study follows:

REQUIREMENTS FOR INITIAL LICENSE

COMPONENT 1: Preparation in Subject Matter and Professional Knowledge and Their Application

Prospective teachers of business at Westfield State College complete the extensive and interdisciplinary major in Business with a Concentration in Management, which comprises 66 credit hours plus the Professional Sequence for Middle and Secondary specialist comprising an additional 24 credit hours in pedagogical coursework for a total of 80 credit hours in professional and subject area knowledge.

The academic major follows:

BUSINESS CORE (33 credits)
MGMT 0104Principles of Accounting I
MGMT 0105Principles of Accounting II
MGMT 0107Software Applications in Management
MGMT 0207Financial Management
MGMT 0220Production/Operations Management
MGMT 0221Business Management
MGMT 0231Marketing Management
MGMT 0241Business Law
MGMT 0250Quantitative Approach to Business Decisions
MGMT 0325Business Policy and Strategy
MGMT 0338International Business
NON-BUSINESS REQUIRED COURSES (18 credits)
ECON 0101Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 0102Principles of Microeconomics
ENGL 0103Speech
ENGL 0392Business and Technical Writing
MATH 0115Math for Business and Social Science
MATH 0108Statistics
CONCENTRATION IN MANAGEMENT (15 credits)
MGMT 0301Labor Relations
MGMT 0308Organizational Development and Behavior
MGMT 0321Management Information Systems
MGMT 03__300 level management elective
MGMT 03__300 level management elective

The Professional Sequence: Middle and Secondary Specialist follows:

PROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE CORE (6 credits)
EDUC 0220Schools in American Culture
EDUC 0380Multicultural Education
PROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE COURSES MIDDLE &SECONDARY SPECIALIST
EDUC 0221Students with Special Needs
EDUC 0354Educational Planning and Evaluation: Middle and Secondary Schools
PSYC 0203Adolescent Psychology
MGMT 0351Teaching Methods in Business
EDUC 0364/9Practicum Secondary School (6 credits)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Professor Philip Ettman is the advisor for all students in this program of study. He can be reached at extension 5695 (413-572-5695) or .