The Business Education degree prepares students to become business teachers in public or private secondary schools. The degree program requires admission into the Pat Walker Teacher Education program where students will experience a year-long teaching internship where they apply the practical and theoretical skills of teaching and learning that is valued by business, government agencies, and other related fields.
Licensed Secondary Teacher: A degree in Business Education can lead to an initial Arkansas teaching license to teach Business in grades 4-12.
The majority of our students who complete the Business Education degree become practicing teachers in both public and private schools in the United States and abroad.
Students also pursue graduate school for advanced degrees to teach at the college level.
Teacher candidates that complete all of the required components of the Pat Walker Teacher Education Program will be eligible for an Arkansas teaching license at the end of their program of study. Our program will not align with the teacher certification licensure requirements of other states. Graduating from the University of the Ozarks Teacher Education Program will not automatically qualify program completers to receive a teaching license in another state. Teacher candidates and program completers will want to consult the Department of Education website of their preferred state in order to examine educator licensure and reciprocity requirements should they seek licensure in a state outside of Arkansas.
- BSA 1103: Introduction to BusinessAn introduction to the contemporary business world. Topics addressed include: managing people in organizations, business ethics, the global economy, marketing fundamentals, economic concepts, information management, and financial issues.
- EDU 4023: Methods of Teaching BusinessThis course is composed of principles and philosophy of business education relating to such factors as objectives, curriculum, and preparation of business teachers. Teaching methodologies for the business education occupational clusters are presented and practiced.
- EDU 4312: Teaching Internship II Cultural PerspectivesEach student will complete 60 clock hours in a classroom at the level for which the candidate is preparing to teach. Students will begin the semester as a teacher’s aide and progress to teaching lessons in the classroom setting. Advanced study of contemporary issues and challenges associated with teaching in public schools. Emphasis will be on curricular programs currently is use in local and state school districts. Students are expected to work as members of a learning community in the analysis of teaching practice. Cases will serve as catalysts for analytic thinking and discussion. The course is designed to engage K-12 educators in the exploration and examination of key issues in teaching. Issues include, but are not limited to, the following: assessment, diversity, parental involvement, technology, constructivism, teacher collaboration, student motivation, and individualized instruction. A complete list of practicum requirements and expectations are printed in the Practicum Handbook.