Department of Business Education

Lisa Gueldenzoph Snyder, Chairperson


The Department of Business Education strives to prepare nationally competitive professionals in teaching and in information technology.


The Department of Business Education prepares business educators and information technology professionals for the ever-changing workforce. Business education combines teaching, technology, communication, critical thinking, leadership, ethics, and team building with professionalism. It prepares candidates for careers in education, business, government, and other organizations.


The objectives of the Department of Business Education are to provide quality instruction for the development of business teachers and to prepare students for professional roles in information technology, business, government, and the professions.


Business Education (Business Teacher Education) – Bachelor of Science – also offered online (Curriculum Guide)
Business Education (Information Technology) – Bachelor of Science – also offered online (Curriculum Guide)


All students completing bachelor’s degree programs in the Department of Business Education must complete 124-128 semester hours, consistent with the curriculum guide of the program selected. All Business Education majors must earn a minimum grade of “C” in their concentration areas as well as in ENGL 100, ENGL 101, MATH 111, 112, MGMT 220, ACCT 221, ACCT 222, BUED 360, ECON 200, ECON 305, ECON 310, MGMT 481, and MGMT 520.

Students majoring in Business Teacher Education acquire the essential competencies that business teachers need to function in an environment of changing technology. The Business Teacher Education program offers three concentrations: Computer Technology, Economics, and Marketing. All three concentrations have the same core courses in business, education, and general studies. There are at least 18 credit hours in the concentration. All concentrations include business work experience and field placements, including student teaching.

Students majoring in Information Technology are prepared for information technology careers in business, government, and the professions. Information Technology majors complete general studies courses, the required core of business courses, and are allowed to select additional Information Technology electives from an approved list. Students are required to complete business work experience as part of their curriculum requirements.


Majors in the Department of Business Education must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all of the 10 (30 credit hours) courses identified as major program requirements in the applicable University Bulletin for the selected course of study. In addition, students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all major program elective courses.

The Business Teacher Education curriculum meets the licensure requirements for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The Business Education Department is guided by the State’s certification procedures in force. Before student teaching, each Business Teacher Education major is required to pass the PRAXIS I (PPST) Test, the Specialty Area Test (Praxis II), and other electronic evidences as part of their Taskstream. Students should check with their advisor or chairperson for complete requirements.

Business Teacher Education majors must meet the relevant admission, retention, and exit criteria for the Teacher Education Programs. For more details, see the “Teacher Education Program” and “Teacher Education Admission and Retention Standards, including Certification Procedures” sections in this Bulletin.

To be eligible for student teaching in Business Education, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Attained senior standing.
  2. Completed at least three-fourths of the number of hours required in business and economics courses.
  3. Completed at least three-fourths of the number of hours required in the concentration courses.
  4. Attained a grade point average of 2.8 or better in all coursework taken at the University, in all professional education courses, and in all courses in the subject matter major.
  5. Admitted to the Teacher Education Program.
  6. Passed the PRAXIS II (Specialty Area Test) in the content area – Business Education.  Business Teacher Education majors who chose the Marketing Concentration may also take the Praxis II in Marketing if seeking a second license in Marketing Education.

As mandated by the State Department of Public Instruction, all candidates for teacher licensure will need to show evidence of computer competency. Students must produce an electronic portfolio showing advanced technology for teaching skills during their program of study. The University, through coursework, will provide opportunities for students to produce materials necessary to fulfill the technology portfolio requirement, which is documented in Taskstream.


The Business Teacher Education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. The degree is included in the programs accredited by AACSB International.


Depending on the concentration selected, graduates of the Department of Business Education are prepared for career opportunities as business teachers in middle and secondary grades, and information technology specialists in business, industry, and the government.


BUED 210. Microcomputer Usage in Business Credit 3(2-1)
This course emphasizes the theory and application of business software, such as word processing, spreadsheet, database management, presentation, and communication software. (F;S;SS)

BUED 301. Data Entry and Digital Input Applications Credit 2(1-2)
This course is designed to develop speed and accuracy in data entry and the use of various digital input devices. Emphasis is placed on using software for formatting basic business documents. Requirements for successful completion: 40 gross words per minute. (F;S;SS)

BUED 339. Information Processing Applications Credit 3(2-1)
This course is designed to enhance information processing skills through projects and simulations. Emphasis is placed on advanced word processing including the integration of spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Students will use desktop publishing, multimedia, and Web page design software to produce newsletters, policies and procedures manuals, and Web pages. Goal: Keyboard at 55 gwpm; voice input at 120 gwpm. Prerequisite: Keyboarding Proficiency Test or BUED 301 or BUED 210. (F;S)

BUED 342. Business Programming Credit 3(2-1)
This course introduces computer programming for management decision making. Emphasis is on using the computer as an aid to problem solving and report generation, essential to an efficient and effective management information system. Prerequisite: MIS 241 or equivalent. (F;S;SS)

BUED 360. Business Communications Credit 3(3-0)
This course focuses on the study and application of communication theory using state-of-the-art communication technology and techniques to develop correspondence and reports. Attention is also given to oral communication, business ethics, and global interaction. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 and sophomore standing. (F;S;SS)

BUED 379. Personal Finance Credit 3(3-0)
This course examines the problems faced by individuals in managing personal incomes and expenditures. Emphasis is also placed upon credit, budgeting, borrowing, saving, and insurance. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. (S)

BUED 400. Business Reports and Presentations Credit 3(3-0)
This course focuses on advanced applications of business and technical writing principles. Reports, proposals, and procedures manuals are produced. Emphasis is placed on research, formal writing, and oral presentations supported by appropriate software and multimedia technology. Prerequisites: SPCH 250 and BUED 360; or junior standing and approval of the chairperson. (F;S)

BUED 444. Data Communications and Networks Credit 3(3-0)
This course emphasizes a formal approach to modern data communications and networks, including a theoretical and practical framework. It places special attention on enterprise and global systems covering voice, data, software, hardware, cellular/wireless, and mobile technologies. Prerequisites: BUED 210 or MIS 241 or ECT 213 or approval of chairperson. (F)

BUED 447. Advanced Microcomputer Applications Credit 3(2-1)
This course focuses on advanced computing concepts and applications related to information design, production, and management. It includes hands-on applications using integrated software packages. The course also introduces project management skills and addresses trends in information and end-user computing. Prerequisite: BUED 210 or ECT 210 or approval of chairperson. (S)

BUED 568. Organizational Information and Records Management Credit 3(3-0)
This course emphasizes the processing of organizational information at the systems level including records management, telecommunications, e-commerce, and global information management. Consideration is also given to the appraisal of current and future technological trends in business. Prerequisite: BUED 210 or MIS 241 or equivalent and senior standing. (DEMAND)

BUED 624. E-Commerce Design and Implementation Credit 3(3-3)
This hands-on course focuses on the design and implementation of an e-business site on a live server. Emphasis is given to effective design of web pages, particularly the data collection forms such as the order and credit forms and how they interface with other business systems. A final project requires students to demonstrate the efficiency of their designs to a panel of external evaluators. Prerequisites: BUED 210 or ECT 201 or approval of the chairperson. (F)

BUED 670, 671. Directed Work Experience Credit 1(0-1)
This course requires completion of one year of work (2000 hours) or the equivalent in summer or part-time work in business-related occupations within the past five years. If there is no business-related work experience within the last five years, a work experience/internship of 400 hours at an approved job site must be completed by all business teacher education majors. Information Technology majors must complete a minimum of 200 hours. Students will receive “S” for “Satisfactory” or “U” for “Unsatisfactory” grades. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (F;S;SS)

BUED 672. Directed Work Experience Credit 0(0-0)
This course includes observation and fieldwork in selected business firms to contribute practically to the total development of the student’s educational experiences. A minimum of 100 hours must be completed each semester. Four hundred hours are required for Business Teacher Education majors. Students will receive “S” for “Satisfactory” or “U” for “Unsatisfactory” grades. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (DEMAND)

BUED 675. Instructional Methods in Business Education Credit 3(3-1)
This course focuses on helping teacher candidates develop strategies for teaching and assessing business and information technology, including the development of units of instruction, lesson plans, enrichment materials, and assessments for effective teaching at the secondary level. Provisions are made for observing and participating in teaching demonstrations. This course includes 60 hours of observation in a public school business classroom. (F;S)

BUED 682. Business Education Planning and Leadership Credit 3(3-0)
This course focuses on the principles of effective administration and supervision of public school business education programs. It includes the foundations of career and technical education from the federal and state perspectives, major issues, and trends in business education. Prerequisite: Senior standing and consultation with chairperson. (F;S) 


Yvette Bonaparte
Assistant Professor
B.A., Brandeis University; M.B.A., Duke University; Ph.D., North Carolina A&T State University

Sherrie D. Cannoy
Associate Professor
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Jorge A. Gaytan
Associate Professor
B.B.A., Western Michigan University; M.B.A., Ed.D., The University of Texas at El Paso

Stephanie Kelly
Assistant Professor
B.S., M.S., Murray State University; Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Ewuukgem Lomo-David
Associate Professor
B.S., Mankato State University; M.Ed., Ed.D., University of Memphis

Beryl C. McEwen
Professor and Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
B.Ed., University of Technology, Jamaica; M.S., Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Lisa Gueldenzoph Snyder
Professor and Chairperson
B.S., Northern Michigan University; M.Ed., Ph.D., Bowling Green State University