Bachelors (BS) in Elementary Education

The elementary education major offers a 80-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. This degree includes an endorsement in ESOL and requires an iPad to enter the program. 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

Major Requirements

Prerequisite Courses (14 hours)

EDUC 260 Teaching, Schooling and Learning (4)
EDUC 270 Intercultural Communications (2)
MATH 211 Foundations of Elementary Mathematics I (4)
MATH 212 Foundations of Elementary Mathematics II (4)

Psychology and History Requirement (6 hours)

PSYC 150 General Psychology (3)

Students must complete one of the following history courses:
HIST 151 United States to 1865 (3)
HIST 152 United States from 1865 (3)

Education Core (60 hours)

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

EDUC 324 Trends and Methods in Early Childhood Education (4)
EDUC 343 Adventures in Math and Science I (4)
EDUC 344 Adventures in Math and Science II (4)
EDUC 346 The Inclusive Classroom in a Diverse Society (4)
EDUC 354 Pedagogy of Health, Human Performance and the Arts (4)
EDUC 371 Curriculum Design with ESOL (4)
EDUC 375 Practicum I (4)
EDUC 381 Classroom Management (2)
EDUC 412 Literature for Children and Adolescents (2)
EDUC 413 Reading and Writing Methods (4)
EDUC 414 Reading and Writing Methods II (4)
EDUC 461 Applied English Linguistics and Second language Acquisition (4)
EDUC 475 Practicum II (10)
EDUC 480 Classroom Assessment: Assessing and Planning for All Learners (4)
EDUC 490 Senior Seminar (2)

Optional: Middle-Level Authorization (5 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 353 Trends and Issues in Middle-Level Education (4)
EDUC 376 Student Teaching I for Middle-Level Authorization (1)

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.

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; 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 16 semester hours completed in residence prior to student teaching.