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Elementary Education

Please contact the department for further information.

Elementary Education (with Early Childhood Education and/or Special Education)

The Elementary Education program is designed to prepare teachers to work in programs servicing children in nursery school, kindergarten, primary, and intermediate grades. It is designed to help students gain an appreciation and understanding of children, develop personally and professionally, and acquire a sound philosophy of education.

By working directly with children several times prior to student teaching, the student can study the reactions of children of various ages to different situations and thereby gain insight into the creation of learning situations and the planning of teaching procedures which meet the needs of children.

Students must choose an additional area for certification in either Early Childhood Education or Special Education or both (a third certificate may be obtained by taking additional course work beyond the 128 credits). Students must be accepted into the certification program prior to taking methods courses (see advisor). Observation, participation, and teaching within the practicum are further extended during student teaching where competency of teaching skills is demonstrated.

Early Childhood Education and Special Education Options

Cathleen Soundy, Early Childhood, Lead Professor

In the new undergraduate program, all students will obtain certification in Elementary Education. Students must then choose an additional area for certification in either Early Childhood Education or Special Education. In addition, a third certificate may be obtained by taking additional course work (beyond the 128 credits required for the double certificate program).

General Studies, Professional Course Sequence and Core Requirements

Several restrictions and additions to the requirements listed above (see Other Requirements for College of Education Students on the College Graduation Requirements page) apply to students in this program: 

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Literature Requirement: Choose one of the following:    
English C056 American Literature 3 AC
English X084 Introduction to Literature 3 AR/WI
English W082 Introduction to Fiction 3 WI
English 0114 Survey of English Literature: Beginnings to 1660 3  
English 0115 Survey of English Literature: 1660-1900 3  
English 0116 Survey of American Literature I 3  
English 0117 Survey of American Literature II 3  
Linguistics Requirement: Choose one of the following:    
English 0111 Introduction to Linguistics 3  
Anthropology 0127 Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology 3  
0108 Introduction to Linguistics 3  
*In addition to taking the required two course sequence in Science, students must take at least one additional course in Science.  

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Social Science Requirement: Choose two of the following:  
Economics C050 Introduction to the Economy 3 IN
Economics C051 Macroeconomic Principles 3 IN
Economics C052 Microeconomic Principles 3 IN
Economics 0054 Economic Principles for Education Majors 3  
Economics C055 Global Economics 3 IS
Geography & Urban Studies X050 Environment and Society 3 IN
Geography & Urban Studies X060 World Urban Patterns 3 IS
Geography & Urban Studies X080 Geography of the United States & Canada 3 AC
Geography & Urban Studies R055 Urban Society: Race, Class, and Community 3 IN, RS


Program Requirements (for existing program)

Elementary Education Foundation Requirements

Elementary Education Foundation Requirements    
Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
Education 0305 Art/Music/Dance/Creative Performance  3  
Elementary Education 0230 Practicum: Teaching Elementary Child N-6 2-3  
Elementary Education 0231 Practicum: Teaching Math/Science to Elementary Child N-6 2-3  
English Education W260 Teaching Integrated Language,  Reading & Writing 6 WI 
Math Education 0141 Teaching Mathematics: N-6  3  
Science Education 0150 Teaching Science: N-6 3  
Social Studies  0160 Teaching Social Studies: N-6  3  
Education 0382 Student Teaching in Elem/Spec Ed/Ech Ed  9-11  
Education 0388 Senior Seminar 3  
Subtotal     34-42  

Students must choose a minimum of one additional area of certification.

Early Childhood Option

Must take at least one option.      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Early Childhood Education 0320 Curriculum Development &  Implementation in Early Childhood Programs 3  
Early Childhood Education 0321 Family/School/ Community Environments for Young Children 3  
Early Childhood Education 0322 Observing, Documenting, & Assessing Young Children’s Learning 3  
Early Childhood Education 0324 Integrated Programming for Young Children 3  
Education 0383 Student Teaching in Elem Ed/Ech Ed 9-11  
Subtotal     21-23  

Special Education Option for Students Admitted for Fall 2003

All requirements for the Elementary Education program must be completed, and 5 s.h. of Student Teaching Elementary/Special Education 0381 must be in a Special Education placement. In addition, the following courses must be completed.

Note: A new sequence of courses for special education certification was implemented for students admitted after July 1, 2003. Students should contact the Office of Student Services for specific details about these requirements.

Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
Special Education 0226 Field Experience-Special Education  3  
Special Education 0230 Inclusive Education Practices  3  
Special Education 0312 Methods and Curriculum for Students with Disabilities 3  
Special Education 0331 Community Resources and Collaboration in Special Education 3  
Special Education  0332 Assessing and Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities 3  
Special Education  0390 Practicum in Special Education  3  
Education 0381 Student Teaching in Elementary/Special Education 9  
Total     27  


Total Elementary Education Program      
University Core, General Education & Professional Education Core Courses 76  
Elementary Education Courses   34  
Additional Certificate Courses
(Early Childhood 9 s.h. or Special Education 12 s.h.) 
Additional Credits     9  

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