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            The Elementary Teacher Education Program is designed to help students meet the following goals:


1.                  become outstanding general elementary teachers, middle-school teachers and teachers of exceptional children.

2.                  develop a strong background in the academic subjects taught in the elementary level

3.                  develop the employment flexibility and security to become an elementary teacher, a middle-school teacher in English, mathematics, science or social studies and/or a teacher of exceptional children.

4.                  provide all children, including those with special learning needs, with the best possible education


            The current elementary teacher education program has evolved as a result of a determined effort on the part of the faculty to coordinate their efforts with public school personnel in education.  Programs of clinical experiences have gradually increased and improved because of the continuing contact with classroom teachers, principals, and administrative officers of local schools.  The program curriculum is designed to provide students with a range of practicum experiences in a variety of settings.  These practicum experiences begin with observation and tutoring of children in the freshman year and culminate with student teaching in the senior year.  These direct experiences in actual classroom settings give the teacher candidate important opportunities to apply the knowledge gained in college courses to his or her work with children and to gain critical on-the-job training.


            The program is divided into three general areas.


            The General Studies area includes courses in the following subject areas: natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, English/linguistics, and fine arts.  A grade of C- or better is required in all of the courses in this area.


            The K-6 licensure requirements are designed to develop the candidate’s teaching skills.  The courses place strong emphasis on the development of teachers who can plan and implement appropriate educational experiences for children of varying levels of ability.  A grade of C- or better is required in all of the courses in this area.


            The 2nd licensure area provides the teacher candidate with an opportunity to select a second certification area: middle-school English, middle-school mathematics, middle-school social studies, middle-school science or special education.   A list of the specific courses that comprise each of these areas is available in the School of Education’s Office of Undergraduate Services.  A grade of C- or better is required in these courses.





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In addition to the course requirements listed below, Elementary Teacher Education majors are required to submit evidence (a copy of their test scores) of taking a state-designated certification test in their academic content field prior to graduation.







CURRICULUM                                                                                              CREDITS



ENGL 110       Critical Reading and Writing                                                                  3




GEOL 113       Earth Science                                                                                       4

SCEN 102       Physical Science                                                                                   4

BISC 104        General Biology                                                                                   


BISC 207        Introductory Biology I                                                               4


MATH 251      Mathematics for K-8 Teachers: Number & Operations             3

MATH 252      Mathematics for K-8 Teachers: Rational Numbers & Probability           3

MATH 253      Mathematics for K-8 Teachers: Geom., Algebra & Measurement          3         


One of the following History courses:                                                                3

HIST 103         World History I

HIST 104         World History II

HIST 205         United States History                                       

HIST 206         United States History                                                                           


One of the following Geography courses:                                                                       3

GEOG 102      Human Geography

GEOG 120      World Regional Geography

GEOG 203      Introduction to Cultural Geography

GEOG 210      Economic Geography


Two courses from the following:

POSC 150       American Political System                                                                     3

HEPP 102/ECON102/POSC102        Civics and Economics for Teachers                   3

ECON 100      Economic Issues and Policies                                                               


ECON 151      Introduction to Microeconomics                                                            3


LING 101        Introduction to Linguistics                                                                     3


One of the following literature courses:                                                              3

ENGL 200       Approaches to Literature

ENGL 204       American Literature

ENGL 207       Introduction to Poetry

ENGL 208       Introduction to Drama

ENGL 209       Introduction to the Novel

ENGL 210       Short Story


Art, Art History, Music, Music Education or Theater                                         3




                                                                                                            TOTAL            45


EDUC 100       Introduction to Elementary and Middle School Education                      1

                        (satisfies General Education Requirement)


EDUC 205       Human Development: Grades K-8                                                        3

EDUC 210       Beginning Literacy Instruction                                                    3

EDUC 230       Introduction to Exceptional Children                                                      3

EDUC 240       Professional Issues: Philosophical and Legal Perspective


EDUC 247       Professional Issues: Historical Perspectives                                            3

EDUC 258       Cultural Diversity, Schooling and the Teacher


EDUC 259       Cultural Diversity in Community Contexts                                              3

EDUC 286       Educational Technology: Professional Tools                                           1

EDUC 310       Reading and Writing in Elementary School                                             3

EDUC 335       Elementary Curriculum: Mathematics                                         3

EDUC 341       Elementary Curriculum: Science                                                            3

EDUC 346       Elementary Curriculum: Social Studies                                       3

EDUC 387       Integrating Technology in Education                                                      2

EDUC 390       Building Communities of Learners                                                         3

EDUC 400       Student Teaching  (K-6)                                                                       5

EDUC 433       Non-school Factors Affecting Learning in the Classroom                       2

EDUC 436       Literacy Problems: Assessment and Instruction


EDUC 437       Diagnosis and Instruction: Literacy                                                        3

                        (Special Education Licensure only)

EDUC 451       Educational Assessment for Classroom Teachers                                   3


                                                                                                TOTAL                        47


                                                                                    TOTAL credits for K-6          92



For students seeking licensure in Special Education, the following courses are added to the core:


EDUC 410       Assistive Technology                                                                            1

EDUC 431       Applied Behavior Analysis                                                                    3

EDUC 432       Curriculum for School-aged Exceptional Children                                  3

EDUC 435       Educational Evaluation for Exceptional Children                         3

EDUC 400       Student Teaching: Special Education                                                     5


In addition, students will be required to complete the Disabilities Studies

Minor (15 credits) or a discipline area in science, mathematics, social

Studies, or English (15-21) credits).  See list of courses in 120 Willard Hall.      15-21


                                                                        TOTAL credit hours for

                                                                        K-6 with special education               122-128


For students seeking licensure in Middle-School English, in addition to the

Nine credits taken for K-6 licensure, students will take the following

21 credits of English or Linguistics for a total of 30 credits in English as well as a middle-

school reading/writing course and student teaching.


ENGL 359                   Grammar and Usage                                                                 3

EDUC/ENGL 403       Literature for Adolescents                                                         3

Students must choose one course in media.                                                                   3

Students must choose 2 literature or linguistics courses at the 300-level or higher.           6

Students must choose 1 writing course (in addition to ENGL 110).                                3

            See list of courses in 120 Willard Hall. 

ENGL or LING elective                                                                                               3

EDUC  320      Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades                                             3

EDUC 400       Student Teaching: Middle School English                                               5


                                                                        TOTAL credit hours for

                                                                        K-6 with Middle-School

                                                                        ENGLISH                                        121


For licensure in Middle-School Mathematics, in addition to the nine credits taken for K-6 licensure, students will take the following 21 credits of Mathematics for a total of 30 credits in Mathematics as well as a middle school mathematics teaching course and student teaching.


MATH 221      Calculus I

            OR Math 241   Analytic Geometry and Calculus A                                3-4

MATH 222      Calculus II

            OR Math 242   Analytic Geometry and Calculus B                                3-4

MATH 210      Discrete Mathematics                                                               3

MATH 230      Finite Math with Applications                                        3

STAT 200        Basic Statistical Practice                                                           3

            OR Math 201  Introduction to Statistical Methods I

MATH 240      Geometry and Measurement for Middle School Teachers          3

MATH 217      Algebra for Middle School Teachers                                         3

EDUC 336       Middle School Mathematics Curriculum and Methods   3

EDUC 400       Student Teaching: Middle School Mathematics              5



                                                                        TOTAL credit hours for

                                                                        K-6 with Middle-School

                                                                        Mathematics                        121-123



For licensure in Middle-School Science, in addition to the 12 credits taken for K-6 licensure, students will take 18 credits of science courses for a total of 30 credits in Science, as well as a middle-school science teaching course and student

Teaching.  Of the 18 credits, students must take the following:  6 credits in biology, 6 credits in physical science, 3 credits in earth science and 3 credits in environmental science.  A list of approved courses can be obtained from an advisor in WHL 120.


Biology courses                                                                                                6

Physical science courses                                                                                   6

Environmental science course                                                                            3

Earth science course                                                                                         3

EDUC 443       Teaching Science in the Middle School                          3

EDUC 400       Student teaching: Middle School Science                                   5

Free elective                                                                                                     3


                                                                        TOTAL credit hours for

                                                                        K-6 with Middle-School

                                                                        Science                                   121




For licensure in Middle-School Social Studies, in addition to the 12 credits taken for K-6 licensure, students will take 18 additional credits of social studies courses for a total

of 30 credits in the social studies area.  A list of approved courses can be obtained from

an advisor in WHL 120.


US History 205 or 206

    or World History 103 or 104 (whichever was not taken for general studies)   3

POSC 240       Introduction to International Relations

    or   POSC 270  Comparative Politics                                                                       3

Economics course                                                                                                         3

Geography course                                                                                                        3

Electives from history, geography, political science or economics                                   6

(6 of the 18 credits must be at the 300 level or higher)

EDUC 348       Investigation Social Studies in Middle School Communities                    3

EDUC 400       Student Teaching: Middle School Social Studies                                    5

Free elective from any department                                                                                 3


                                                                        TOTAL credit hours for

                                                                        K-6 with Middle-School                                                                                                         Social Studies                                     121