Elementary Education (Social Studies K-8) - Bachelor of Science in Education

General education and professional education are similar for all degree programs in the College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation. The B.S. Elementary Education degree embeds the Social Studies Teaching Field/Concentration and the Bilingual/TESL endorsements. Note: For certification in the State of New Mexico, the Bilingual/TESL endorsements require 6 credits of a language other than English. Additional teaching fields/concentrations are available in Language Arts, Science, and Math but will require credits beyond 120. Students should meet with the College's Educational Support and Resource Center to discuss additional teaching fields/concentrations requirements.

All students wishing to complete a degree in Elementary Education must apply to the Teacher Education Program. Additional information on the application process can be obtained from the College of Education Educational Support and  Resource Center or on the departmental website. A 2.75 minimum GPA is required for admission to the Teacher Education Program, and a 2.75 minimum GPA must be maintained for graduation. Students must earn a C- or better in all education, TEP prerequisite, endorsement, and teaching field courses.
Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 132 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300/3000 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits but may be needed to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.
Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I 54
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 2221GWriting in the Humanities and Social Science 53
or ENGL 2130G Advanced Composition
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Introduction to Communication3
Public Speaking3
Introduction to Communication Honors3
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 2134GFundamentals of Elementary Math II 53
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course(s)
Choose two different subjects for a total of 8 credits8
Introduction to Astronomy Lecture & Laboratory4
The Planets Lecture & Laboratory4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)4
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
Environmental Science I4
Physical Geology4
Physical Geography4
Survey of Physics with Lab4
Physics of Music4
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
Algebra-Based Physics II
and Algebra-Based Physics II Lab
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences 2
Choose one from the following:3
World Regional Geography3
Human Geography3
Introduction to Political Science3
American National Government3
Area V: Humanities
HIST 1130GWorld History I 33
or HIST 1140G World History II
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Choose one from the following:3
Orientation in Art3
Dance Appreciation3
Music Appreciation: Jazz3
Music Appreciation: Western Music3
Introduction to Theatre3
General Education Elective
HIST 1110GUnited States History I 33
or HIST 1120G United States History II
Viewing a Wider World 46
Must be from two different colleges
Departmental/College Requirements
College of Education Requirements
BLED 1110Introduction n Bilingual Education/ESL 53
CEPY 1120GHuman Growth and Behavior3
CEPY 2110Learning in the Classroom 53
EDUC 3120Multicultural Education 5,63
SPED 3105Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 53
EDLT 3110Integrating Technology with Teaching 53
LING 2110GIntroduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics3
Student Teaching Courses
EDUC 4810Elementary Student Teaching 79
EDUC 4811Elementary Student Teaching Seminar 73
Elementary Education Teaching Methods Courses
Block A
BLED 3130Language, Literacy, and Culture in the ESL Classrooms 1,73
EDUC 4310Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science 73
EDUC 4320Methods of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics 73
READ 4310Elementary School Literacy I 73
SPED 3120Elementary Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Education in a Diverse Society 73
Block B
BLED 4110Second Language Acquisition 1,73
BLED 3120Sheltered English Instruction for the ESL Classroom 1,73
EDUC 4330Methods of Teaching Elementary School Social Studies 73
READ 4320Elementary School Literacy II 73
READ 3110Instruction for Special Reading Needs 73
Bilingual/TESOL Education Endorsement Courses
BLED 3140Issues in Schooling for Bilingual Learners3
BLED 2110Bilingual Methods 1,53
SPED 3110Bilingual/Multicultural Special Education 1,73
Concentration Courses: Science (K-8)
ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLS, or SOCI Elective Course9
HIST Elective Course3
HIST 368Teaching History3
Non-Departmental Requirements
MATH 1134Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 53
ENGL 363Literature for Children and Young Adults3
Second Language: 8
for certification in the State of New Mexico, the Bilingual endorsement requires six credits taught in a language other than English, and for the TESL endorsement, six credits of a language other than English is required
Electives, to bring the total credits to 1320
Total Credits132

Bilingual/TESOL Endorsement course


See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses


Social Studies Concentration/Teaching Field Course


See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.


Courses are pre/corequisites for Teacher Education Program (TEP)


EDUC 3120 Multicultural Education must be completed prior to TEP portfolio submission.


Courses require admission to the TEP


For certification in the State of New Mexico the Bilingual/TESOl endorsements require 6 credits of a language other than English.