RGC Department of Education

The primary function of the Education Department within the philosophy of the University is to provide a teaching-learning environment wherein students acquire a liberal and professional education.  Realization of this function is sought by combining academic subject area courses, specialized studies, and professional education.  Students are provided opportunities to increase their knowledge, to gain insight into the growth of young children and adolescents, to develop competence in teaching, to formulate a sound philosophy of education, and to realize the need for continuous professional growth.


A student may choose a program that leads to teacher certification in Early Childhood (EC)-Grade 6 Generalist or Bilingual Generalist; Grades 4-8 Generalist, Bilingual Generalist, English/Language Arts and Reading, Social Studies, or Mathematics; Grades 7-12 English/Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, History, Social Studies or Science.  Grades 6-12 Spanish and Business Education.  Full program description and requirements are listed in this section.


It is the responsibility of the student to request a degree plan at the beginning of the program, to follow it closely, and to complete all the requirements for the degree, as well as all requirements for teacher certification.  Students seeking certification must pass the certification exam in their teaching field and in Professional Education Methodology (PPR).  Students seeking to take the certification must meet and complete all departmental requirements including successful completion of the certification preparation training and pre-test.