Bachelors (BS) in Elementary Education

The elementary education major offers a 62-semester-hour course of study that is designed for the preparation of elementary school teachers with authorizations at the early childhood (age 3 years to grade 4) and elementary (grades 3-8) levels. Upon entering, students interested in majoring in elementary education should contact an elementary education advisor. There is a recommended sequence for courses in the major. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BS in elementary education will:

  • Understand how learners grow and develop within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social emotional, and physical areas and design appropriate and challengiing learning experiences for all learners
  • Understand individual differences and diverse cultures and communities and apply this knowledge to creating environments that support individual and collaborative learning on behalf of student achievement
  • Use a variety of instructional strategies to support every student in meeting rigorous learning goals
  • Understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and create learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content
  • Use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher's and learner's decision making
  • Engage in ongoing professional learning and use evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice and adapt practice to become more effective

Special General Education Requirements

Elementary education majors shall complete the following 53-hour general education requirement (the following summaries note total hours and exceptions to the university general education policy. Refer to the general education section of this catalog for specific course options):

  1. Senior Capstone: 3 hours
  2. Bible and Religion: 10 hours from stated options
  3. Communication: 6 hours from stated options
  4. Health and Human Performance: HHPA 120 Lifelong Fitness (2)
  5. Humanities: 11-12 hours from stated options, including:
    • MUSI 120 The World of Music (2), ARTS 216 Art History Survey to 1450 (3), or ARTS 217 Art History Survey from 1450 (3)
    • At least two courses in history (including HIST 151 United States to 1865 [3] or HIST 152 United States from 1865 [3])
    • At least one course in literature.
  6. Mathematics: This requirement is fulfilled within the major.
  7. Natural Science: 6 hours from stated options
  8. Social Science: 6 hours from stated options, including PSYC 150 General Psychology (3)
  9. Global and Cultural Understanding: 3 hours. This requirement is fulfilled by GEOG 200 Cultural Geography and Global Relationships (3)

Major Requirements

Elementary education admissions requirements, policies, and procedures are listed in the Teacher Education Majors and Minors section.

EDUC 240 Perspectives in Education (2)
EDUC 313 Elementary Mathematics Methods (2)
EDUC 321 Early Childhood Education (3)
EDUC 322 Early Childhood Methods (3)
EDUC 334 Health and Physical Education Methods (3)
EDUC 341 Learning Theory (2)
EDUC 342 Inclusion (2)
EDUC 370 Curriculum and Instruction (3)
EDUC 373 Fine Arts Methods (2)
EDUC 375 Student Teaching I and Classroom Management (2)
EDUC 380 Social Studies Methods (2)
EDUC 383 Science Methods (2)
EDUC 401 Language Arts and Children's Literature (4)
EDUC 402 Literacy Methods (4)
EDUC 475 Student Teaching II (12)
EDUC 490 Senior Seminar (3)
MATH 211 Foundations of Elementary Mathematics I (4)
MATH 212 Foundations of Elementary Mathematics II (4)
PSYC 311 Child Development (3)

Optional: Middle-Level Authorization (7 hours)

Students may add the middle-level authorization (grades 5-10) to the elementary/early childhood authorization if they meet the testing/course work requirements in a content area, take the required courses, and complete an additional student teaching at the middle level.

EDUC 352 Middle-Level Methods (3)
EDUC 376 Student Teaching I for Middle-Level Authorization (1)

Students must choose one of the following courses:
EDUC 351 Middle-Level Education (3)
PSYC 314 Adolescent Development (3)

Additional authorizations are available through the graduate department of Educational Foundations and Leadership.

Admission to Student Teaching

Acceptance into the teacher education program does not guarantee assignment for student teaching.

Application for admission to full-time student teaching is made by filling out required forms during the semester preceding the semester for which the assignment is requested. Admission to student teaching is based upon continued good standing; favorable recommendations; an attained cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on all college-level courses, including transfer credits, and an average GPA of 2.75 or better in the teaching major; completion of the required teaching major and professional courses with no grade below C-; passing scores on appropriate basic skills and having taken content area examinations; successful completion of the student teaching interview; and a minimum of 15 semester hours completed in residence prior to student teaching.

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