Education Department

Education Degree and Licensure Requirements

Hendrix College is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for the preparation of secondary teachers through the 2017-2018 academic year, after which point Hendrix’s licensure program will no longer exist. 

In order to be recommended for teacher licensure, students must complete all Hendrix College graduation requirements, all departmental requirements, all subject matter preparation requirements, and all state requirements. A listing of these requirements may be obtained from the Education Department. In academic year 2017-2018 licensure will be only be available to students who are already in the program. No new students will be admitted into this program.

General requirements for all students seeking licensure in the State of Arkansas

  • A. The Program for the Bachelor of Arts Degree as listed in the Hendrix College Catalog.
  • B. The course requirements for one of the licensure areas listed below:

Licensure in Chemistry (Grades 7-12)

  • EDUC 205 Foundations in Education
  • EDUC 220 Educational Psychology
  • EDUC 360 Inclusive Education
  • EDUC 438 STEM Methods
  • EDUC 460 Introduction to Student Teaching, 7-12
  • EDUC 461 Student Teaching, 7-12 (three credits)
  • The course requirements for a major in chemistry

Licensure in Computer Science (4-12) (Pending Approval from the ADE)

  • EDUC 205 Foundations in Education
  • EDUC 220 Educational Psychology
  • EDUC 360 Inclusive Education
  • EDUC 438 STEM Methods
  • EDUC 440 Introduction to Student Teaching, 4-12
  • EDUC 471 Student Teaching, 4-12 (three credits)
  • The course requirements for a major in computer science including the following: CSCI 340 Database and Web Systems and CSCI 385 Scientific Computing

Licensure in English/Language Arts (Grades 7-12)

  • EDUC 205 Foundations in Education
  • EDUC 220 Educational Psychology
  • EDUC 360 Inclusive Education
  • EDUC 431 Methods in the Secondary School: English/Language Arts
  • EDUC 460 Introduction to Student Teaching, 7-12
  • EDUC 461 Student Teaching, 7-12 (three credits)
  • ENGL 117 Grammar and Composition or its equivalent (approved by the chair)
  • The course requirements for a major in English.

    Licensure in Life Science (Grades 7-12)

    • EDUC 205 Foundations in Education
    • EDUC 220 Educational Psychology
    • EDUC 360 Inclusive Education
    • EDUC 438 STEM Methods
    • EDUC 460 Introduction to Student Teaching, Secondary, 7-12
    • EDUC 461 Student Teaching, Secondary, 7-12 (three credits)
    • The course requirements for a major in biology or environmental studies (natural science concentration: biology).

    Licensure in Mathematics (Grades 7-12)

    • EDUC 205 Foundations in Education
    • EDUC 220 Educational Psychology
    • EDUC 360 Inclusive Education
    • EDUC 438 STEM Methods
    • EDUC 460 Introduction to Student Teaching, Secondary, 7-12
    • EDUC 461 Student Teaching, Secondary, 7-12 (three credits)
    • The course requirements for a major in mathematics, including MATH 215 Statistical Analysis or MATH 310 Probability and Statistics, MATH 240 Discrete Mathematics, and the two course sequence MATH 320 Algebra and MATH 420 Seminar in Algebra.

    Licensure in Secondary Physics/Mathematics (Grades 7-12)

    • EDUC 205 Foundations in Education
    • EDUC 220 Educational Psychology
    • EDUC 360 Inclusive Education
    • EDUC 438 STEM Methods
    • EDUC 460 Introduction to Student Teaching, Secondary, 7-12
    • EDUC 461 Student Teaching, Secondary, 7-12 (three credits)
    • The course requirements for a major in physics including the following additional mathematics course: MATH 240 Discrete Mathematics

    Licensure in Secondary Social Studies (Grades 7-12)

    • EDUC 205 Foundations in Education
    • EDUC 220 Educational Psychology
    • EDUC 360 Inclusive Education
    • EDUC 390 Cultural Geography
    • EDUC 435 Methods in the Secondary School: Social Studies
    • EDUC 460 Introduction to Student Teaching, Secondary, 7-12
    • EDUC 461 Student Teaching, Secondary, 7-12 (three credits)
    • HIST 270 Arkansas History
    • The course requirements for a major in history, politics, psychology, religion, sociology/anthropology, or philosophy.

    Minor in Education–Secondary Emphasis

    A total of six (6) courses distributed as follows:

    • EDUC 205 Foundations in Education
    • EDUC 220 Educational Psychology
    • EDUC 360 Inclusive Education
    • One methods course from the following:
      • EDUC 431 Methods in the Secondary School: English Language Arts
      • EDUC 435 Methods in the Secondary School: Social Studies
      • EDUC 438 STEM Methods
    • Two courses from the following:
      • POLI 100 Issues in Politics: Education
      • ANTH 310 Anthropology and Education
      • SOCI 335 Sociological Research Methods or PSYC 295 Research Methods
      • EDUC 400 Topics in Education

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program

    Students interested in teacher licensure should complete the online interest form and meet with a member of the Hendrix Education Department. During this meeting, all requirements necessary for licensure are explained to the student.

    During the spring semester prior to the academic year of student teaching, the student should make formal application to the Teacher Education Committee for admission to the Hendrix Teacher Education Program. At this time, the student must meet the following criteria:

    • Achieve a passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) or meet ACT and SAT requirements (ACT composite score of 24 or higher and reading, math, and/or writing scores of at least 22 or SAT composite score 1650 or higher and reading, math, and/or writing of at least 510)
    • Have a “C” or better in all education courses.
    • Receive favorable outcomes from background check and a child maltreatment checks 
    • Have and maintain at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA. Likewise, a candidate must have and maintain a 2.7 GPA in his/her major. If not, the candidate cannot reapply until the next spring semester.
    • Have a favorable recommendation submitted from the student’s major department.
    • Have a plan to complete all methods courses prior to the student teaching experience and complete the teacher education program for licensure and college graduation requirements by the end of his/her senior year.
    • Demonstrate those character traits (such as integrity, dependability, and personal acceptance of other persons regardless of race, sex, age, religion, culture, or disability) that are deemed essential in a teacher.
    • Prepare a e-folio based on the Teacher Education Committee guidelines and submit the e-folio to the Teacher Education Committee for review and approval. This process includes the successful completion of an interview with the Teacher Education Committee.

    Requirements for Initial Teaching License

    During the senior year, students enrolled in the Teacher Education Program must complete the specified secondary education courses, including student teaching. At the completion of the student teaching experience, the Teacher Education Committee will review the record and e-folio of each candidate before recommending to the State of Arkansas that an initial teaching license be issued. This record will include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • The recommendations of the student’s cooperating teacher and the Hendrix supervisor of the student teaching experience.
    • The applicant’s academic record, which must show at least a 2.7 cumulative grade average.
    • The completion of all Hendrix College requirements for a bachelor of arts degree.
    • The completion of all course requirements of the State of Arkansas for the appropriate initial teaching license.
    • The student’s completed senior e-folio.
    • The successful completion of an interview with the members of the Teacher Education Committee at the end of student teaching.
    • The successful completion of all of the required Praxis II tests (NOTE: See the Education Department or www.ets.org/praxis for a list of minimum scores for the Praxis tests.)

    After the completion of all requirements, the student may make application to the Hendrix Teacher Licensure Officer for approval for the initial license. The Teacher Licensure Officer will sign the Arkansas teacher licensure application only when the candidate has been approved by the Teacher Education Committee and when all requirements are met for licensure and for graduation.