Elementary Education - Bachelor of Science in Education

General education and professional education are similar for all degree programs in the College of Education. Students should meet with an advisor to plan appropriate general education courses for an elementary education major.

General Education Courses35
Area I: English and Communication Arts
Rhetoric and Composition4
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Advanced Composition
Literature for Children and Young Adults3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication
Area II: Mathematics
Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I3
Fundamentals of Elementary Math II3
Area III: Laboratory Science
Eight credits from the following (must be from two different subjects and G courses):
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy
Human Biology
Natural History of Life
Cellular and Organismal Biology
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I4
General Chemistry II4
Introductory Environmental Science4
Introductory to Geology4
The Dynamic Earth4
Geography of the Natural Environment4
The Great Ideas of Physics4
Introduction to Acoustics4
General Physics I
General Physics II
Area IV: Social Behavorial Sciences
Human Growth and Behavior3
Introduction to Language3
One from the following:
World Regional Geography3
Culture and Environment
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts
Global History to 15003
Global History Since 1500
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History
One from the following:
Orientation in Art3
Dance Appreciation3
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
The World of Theatre3
Viewing a Wider World Courses6
Professional Education Courses
EDUC 343Language, Literacy, and Culture in the ESL Classrooms3
EDUC 451Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science3
EDUC 342Sheltered English Instruction for the ESL Classroom3
EDUC 452Methods of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics3
EDUC 454Methods of Teaching Elementary School Social Studies3
EDUC 483Second Language Acquisition3
RDG 360Elementary School Literacy I3
RDG 361Elementary School Literacy II3
RDG 371Instruction for Special Reading Needs3
SPED 360Elementary Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Education in a Diverse Society3
Concentrations: (select one from below)24
Electives: to bring total to 120 credits25
Total Credits120

Concentration: Language Arts K-8

COMM 253GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
ENGL 211GWriting in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
or ENGL 311G Advanced Composition
ENGL 363Literature for Children and Young Adults3
LING 200GIntroduction to Language3
LING 302VLanguage and Society3
RDG 360Elementary School Literacy I3
RDG 361Elementary School Literacy II3
RDG 371Instruction for Special Reading Needs3
Total Credits24

Concentration: Math K-8

Students with consent of an advisor and the mathematics department may take higher level math classes.

Core Courses
MATH 111Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 112GFundamentals of Elementary Math II3
MATH 215Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III3
MATH 120Intermediate Algebra3
MATH 121GCollege Algebra3
MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
STAT 251GStatistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
EDUC 452Methods of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics3
Total Credits24

Concentration: Science K-8

SCIENCE from the general education requirements on degree plan8
ASTR elective3
BIOL elective3
CHEM elective3
GEOL or Physical GEOG elective3
SCIENCE elective4
Total Credits24

Concentration: Social Studies K-8

ANTH elective3
ECON elective3
GEOG or GOVT elective3
HIST 111GGlobal History to 15003
HIST 112GGlobal History Since 15003
HIST 201GIntroduction to Early American History3
or HIST 202G Introduction to Recent American History
HIST 368Teaching History3
HIST elective3
Total Credits24

Elementary Education Endorsement Areas (24 credits)

Elementary Education majors are required to complete a teaching field (endorsement area) in an academic discipline. A list of teaching fields is available in the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support (CAASS) and the Office of Teacher Candidate Preparation.

Bilingual/TESOL Endorsement

Early Childhood, Secondary and Special Education students interested in a bilingual or TESOL endorsement should contact the advisement office. These endorsements can now be included in an undergraduate degree program without significant additional hours required.