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Elementary Education (With Early Childhood Education and Special Education)

Program Coordinator
(215) 204-8001

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 childr en, 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 tea ching procedures which meet the needs of children.

Corrective work in spoken and written English will be required if necessary. Students must be accepted into the certification program prior to taking methods courses. Observation, participation, and teaching within the practicum are further extended du ring student teaching where competency of teaching skills is demonstrated.

Early Childhood Education and Special Education Options

The Elementary Education program will be revised, effective July 1, 1999. In the new program, all students will obtain certification in Elementary Education. Students must then choose an additional area for certification in either Early Childhood E ducation 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). Specific details of the new program are still being developed and will be made available to students when they are completed.

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) apply to students in this program:

  1. The Literature requirement must be met by taking any one of the following:
    • C056 American Literature;
    • X084 Introduction to Literature;
    • W082 Introduction to Fiction;
    • English 0114 Survey of English Literature: Beginnings to 1660;
    • 0115 Survey of English Literature: 1660-1900;
    • W116 Survey of American Literature I;
    • 0117 Survey of American Literature II
  1. A required course in Linguistics, English 0111 (Introduction to Linguistics) or Communication Sciences 0108, or Anthropology 0127 must be taken and passed with a grade of C or better. This course must be taken before English Education 0120 or 0 121.
  2. In addition to the required two-course sequence in Science, students must take at least one additional course in another science.
  3. Two additional courses in Social Science must be taken from the following list:
    • Economics CO50: Principles of Economics
    • Economics C051: (Macroeconomic Principles)
    • Economics C052: (Microeconomic Principles)
    • Economics C054: (Economic Principles for Education majors)
    • Economics C055: (Global Economic Issues)
    • Geography and Urban Studies W050: (Environment and Society)
    • Geography and Urban Studies C060: (World Urban Patterns)
    • Geography and Urban Studies C080: (Geography of the United States)
    • Geography and Urban Studies R055: (Urban Society: Race and Class).

Program Requirements (for existing program)
Elementary Education

Art Education

0105 Art in the Elementary School


Early Childhood Education

0107 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education


Elementary Education

0230 Practicum: Teaching the N-6 Child (two semesters)


0282 Senior Seminar: N-6


English Education

W120 Teaching English/Language Arts N-6


0121 Teaching Reading: N-6


Mathematics Education

0141 Teaching Mathematics: N-6


Science Education

0150 Teaching Science: N-6


Social Studies Education

0160 Teaching Social Studies: N-6


Student Teaching

0271 Student Teaching: N-6






Total Semester Hours


Note: Some revision in the above courses will be in effect for students admitted after July 1, 1999. Students admitted after July 1, 1999 should contact the Office of Student Services for the revised course requirements.

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