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Elementary Education

Please contact the department for further information.

Elementary Education (with Early Childhood Education 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. Students must be accepted into the certification program prior to taking methods courses (see candidacy). 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. A four-year academic plan for this degree program is available at: www.temple.edu/education/ugrad/advising.html.

General Education and Professional Course Sequence 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
Math Requirement: Please take both of the following:    
Mathematics 1015 Introduction to Numbers & Figures 4  
Mathematics 1021 College Algebra 4  
Literature Requirement: Please take both of the following:    
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Linguistics Requirement: Choose one of the following:    
Education 0815* Language in Society 3 GB
English 2821 Introduction to Linguistics 3  
Anthropology 2507 Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology 3  
Communication Sciences & Disorders 1108 Introduction to Linguistics 3  
NOTE: In addition to taking the required two course sequence in Science, students must take at least one additional course in Science.

*pending approval

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Social Science Requirement:   
Choose one of the following Economics courses (see additional GUS requirement below):
Economics 0858* The American Economy 3 GU
Economics 1001 Introduction to the Economy 3  
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles 3  
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles 3  
Economics 1004 Economic Principles for Education Majors 3  
Economics 1103 Global Economics Issues 3  
and choose one of the following Geography & Urban Studies courses:  
Geography & Urban Studies 1031 Geography of World Affairs 3  
Geography & Urban Studies 1025 World Urban Patterns 3  

*pending approval


Program Requirements

Elementary Education Foundation Requirements

Elementary Education Foundation Requirements    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Adult & Organizational Development 2115 Conflict Resolution in Education 3  
Art Education 3003 Arts & Learning in the Elementary School 3  
Elementary Education 3287 Practicum: Teaching Elementary Child N-6 2-3  
Elementary Education 3387 Practicum: Teaching Math/Science to Elementary Child N-6 2-3  
English Education, Elementary 3297 Teaching Integrated Language, Reading & Writing 6 WI 
Math Education, Elementary 3141 Teaching Mathematics: N-6  3  
Science Education, Elementary 3151 Teaching Science: N-6 3  
Social Studies, Elementary 3161 Teaching Social Studies: N-6  3  
Education 4801 Senior Seminar and Performance Assessment 3  
Subtotal     28-30  

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 2321 Curriculum Development &  Implementation in Early Childhood Programs 3  
Early Childhood Education 2322 Family/School/Community Environments for Young Children 3  
Early Childhood Education 3322 Observing, Documenting, & Assessing Young Children’s Learning 3  
Early Childhood Education 4324 Integrated Programming for Young Children 3  
Education 4588 Student Teaching in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education 9-11  
Subtotal     21-23  

Special Education Option for Students Admitted for Fall 2008

All requirements for the Elementary Education program must be completed, and 9 s.h. of Student Teaching Elementary/Special Education 4288 must be in a Special Education placement. In addition, the following courses must be completed.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Education 2489 Field Experience: Special Education  3  
Special Education 2231 Introduction to Inclusive Education   3  
Special Education 3xxx* Advanced Special Education Methods 1 3  
Special Education 3xxx* Advanced Special Education Methods 2 3  
Special Education  4331 Community Resources & Collaboration in Special Education 3  
Education 4288 Student Teaching in Elementary/Special Education 9  
Total     24  

*pending approval


Total Elementary Education Program    
General Education Courses 39
Elementary Education Courses 60
Additional Certificate Courses (Early Childhood or Special Education)  12
Additional Content Courses 12
Electives 2-3

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