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2023-2024 University Catalog 
  
2023-2024 University Catalog

Elementary Education, Certification in Grades 1-5, B.S.


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Earn a degree in Elementary Education grades 1-5 and pass the Praxis Exam Principles of Learning and Teaching (5621).

Requirements

A grade below “C” will not be accepted for candidates seeking Elementary certification.

The curriculum in Elementary Education has five components:

  • general education,
  • focus area,
  • knowledge of the learner and the learning environment,
  • methodology and teaching, and
  • special education.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for BS Elementary Education (Certification in Grades 1-5)

Aligned with Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) 

The elementary teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content. (InTASC Standard 4: Content Knowledge) 

The elementary teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues. (InTASCStandard 5: Application of Content) 

The elementary teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context. (InTASC Standard 7: Planning for Instruction) 

The elementary teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways. (InTASC Standard 8: Instructional Strategies) 

The elementary teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner. (InTASC Standard 9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice) 

General Education Requirements


1

Science


Humanities


Social Sciences


  • Social Sciences elective Credits: 6

Arts


  • Arts elective Credits: 3

Total Credit Hours: 39


Total Credit Hours: 33


Total Credit Hours: 48


Total Credit Hours Required: 120


  1. Refer to the following sections in the University Catalog for specific courses and university regulations to fulfill General Education Requirements. Catalog sections: General Education Core Requirements and General Education Course Menu.

NOTE: CHEM 1001  AND URBN 1000  are not acceptable for a degree in Elementary Education.

Non-Coursework


Passing scores on appropriate PRAXIS Exams

Minimum grade of “C” in all courses

Minimum GPA of 2.5 for all undergraduate coursework

Four Year Plan of Study


B.S. in Elementary Education, Certification in Grades 1-5

 

Understanding Your Degree Program of Study  

 

Four Year Plan of Study Key 

GE - General education  

M - Major coursework 

O - Other coursework  

FE - Free electives  

RE - Restricted electives  

UR - University requirements  

CR - College requirements  

Program requirements - Some degree programs offer an opportunity to complete a Concentration (C) within the major. Some degree programs require that a Concentration (C) or an Option (OP) be completed as a part of the major. 

 

 

First Year of Enrollment


First Year 

Code 

Course 

Credit Hours 

GE 

 ENGL 1157 - English Composition 1   

GE 

 ENGL 1158 - English Composition 2  or

 ENGL 1159 - English Composition 2 Honors  

 (C grade or higher required)

 MATH 1115 - Applied Algebra  or

 MATH 1125 - Precalculus Algebra  

GE 

 MATH - See General Education Menu 

 Recommended: MATH 1023 - Prob Solv Geometry Elem Tchrs   1

GE 

 Social Science - See General Education Menu 

GE 

 Natural/Life Science2 - Biology - See General Education Menu 

 Recommended - BIOS 1053 - Human Biol Non-Sci   or

 BIOS 1063 - Biodiversity Non-Sci  1

GE 

 Humanities - See General Education Menu

 Recommended:HIST 1001 - World History I  or

 HIST 1002 - World History II   1

GE 

 Arts - See General Education Menu 

 EDUC 1010 - Intro to Teaching   

 EDUC 2100 - Child & Adolescent Development  

O-UR 

 UNIV 1001 - University Success  

 (Required of all first-year students.)

Total hours - Year One: 31 

 

  1. General Education note: The General Education requirement may be met by completing other courses on the Gen Ed menu; however, Recommended courses must be completed to meet degree requirements if not completed as general education requirements and may be prerequisites for other required courses in the degree program. 
  2. The 9-hour General Education Science requirement includes a 6-hour sequence in one science selected from BIOS, CHEM, EES, and PHYS. 3 hours of the 9-hour requirement must be BIOS. 

Second Year of Enrollment


Second Year

Code

Course

Credit Hours

GE

 ENGL Literature - See General Education Menu

3

GE

 Mathematics - See General Education Menu

 Recommended: MATH 1021 - Prob Solv/Number Rel Elem Tchr  1

3

GE

 Biology or Physical Science2 - See General Education Menu

3

GE

 Science - Physical Science2 - See General Education Menu

3

GE

 Humanities - See General Education Menu -

 Recommended: HIST 2501 - US History I   or

 HIST 2502 - US History II  1

3

GE

 Social Science - See General Education Menu

3

O

 EDUC 2200 - Principles Teaching Learning  

 (Prerequisite: EDUC 1010)

3

O

 EDUC 2206 - Intro to Tech in the Classroom  

3

O

 EDHP 2320 - Meth PE/Health Elem School  

 (Prerequisite: EDUC 2200)

3

M

 EDSP 3620 - Methods Students M/M  

3

O

 EDCI 3400 - Foundations of Literacy  

3

O-FE

Free Elective

3

Total Hours - Year Two: 36

 

  1. General Education note: The General Education requirement may be met by completing other courses on the Gen Ed menu; however, Recommended courses must be completed to meet degree requirements if not completed as general education requirements and may be prerequisites for other required courses in the degree program. 
  2. The 9-hour General Education Science requirement includes a 6-hour sequence in one science selected from BIOS, CHEM, EES, and PHYS. 3 hours of the 9-hour requirement must be BIOS. 

Third Year of Enrollment


Year Three

Code

Course

Credit Hours

M

 EDCI 3140 - Matrl Meth Elem School Math  

3

M

 EDCI 3150 - Matrl Meth Elem School Science  

3

M

 EDCI 3152 - Sci Elem Teachers  

3

M

 EDCI 3340 - Methods Dev Alg/Geom Thinking  

3

M

 EDCI 3410 - Instruc for Early Literacy Dev  

3

M

 EDCI 3160 - Matrl Meth Elem Sch Soc Stdies  

3

M

 EDCI 4425 - Matrl Meth Teach Eng Sec Lang  

3

O

 EDLS 3100 - Children’s Literature  

3

O

EDUC 3110 - Developing a Student-Centered Learning Environment in the Classroom  

3

O-FE

 Free Elective

3

Total hours - Year Three:  30

Passing scores for Praxis Content and PLT must be submitted before end of the third year. See Catalog and Residency I Application for deadline date.

 

  1. General Education note: The General Education requirement may be met by completing other courses on the Gen Ed menu; however, Recommended courses must be completed to meet degree requirements if not completed as general education requirements and may be prerequisites for other required courses in the degree program. 
  2. The 9-hour General Education Science requirement includes a 6-hour sequence in one science selected from BIOS, CHEM, EES, and PHYS. 3 hours of the 9-hour requirement must be BIOS. 

Fourth Year of Enrollment


Year Four

Code

Course

Credit Hours

M

 EDCI 4620 - Curr & Instr for Multicul Educ  

3

M

 EDCI 3440 - Pract in Corrective Reading  

 (Prerequisite: EDCI 3400)

3

M

 EDUC 4000 - Mtg Needs of All Learners III  

3

M

 EDUC 4911 - Residency I: Elementary Educ  

6

M

 EDUC 4912 - Residency II: Elementary Ed  

9

Year Four - Total Hours: 24

Total degree hours: 120/121

 

  1. General Education note: The General Education requirement may be met by completing other courses on the Gen Ed menu; however, Recommended courses must be completed to meet degree requirements if not completed as general education requirements and may be prerequisites for other required courses in the degree program. 
  2. The 9-hour General Education Science requirement includes a 6-hour sequence in one science selected from BIOS, CHEM, EES, and PHYS. 3 hours of the 9-hour requirement must be BIOS. 

Total Credit Hours Required: 120


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