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Elementary Education (Bachelor of Science)

During the freshmen and sophomore years of the program, students study the various content areas they will be teaching in an elementary classroom, as they work toward completing the requirements of the liberal arts core and the general education requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree. At the same time, students are required to participate in one education course per semester, to complete 75 hours of service and volunteer work in public schools and to pass the Core Academic Skills for Educators Praxis exams by the end of their sophomore year. The 75 hours of school volunteer/service is distributed at 25 hours for each of the following courses: EDU 214; EDU 299; and EDU 339. The courses and experiences over the first two years, help prepare students for the education courses in the elementary major, their associated lab classes and school practicum, as well as, the program capstone experience: student teaching. The four early education classes are as follows:

  • EDU 100 Introduction to Education
  • EDU 214 Classroom Communications
  • EDU 299 Multicultural Education
  • EDU 339 Classroom Management

At the end of each semester, education majors meet with their faculty advisor to discuss their progress toward degree requirements and career goals. For a student to enroll in the upper level elementary education courses in their junior year, they must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 credits towards their bachelor’s degree.
  2. Complete EDU 100/ 214/ 299/339 with 75 hours of volunteer/service work in a school
  3. Pass the Praxis exam, Core Academic Skills for Educators*
  4. Be in good academic standing with the University
  5. Complete the following 42 credits in the liberal arts core with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • 6 credits of English
    • 6 credits of Mathematics
    • 6 credits of Science
    • 6 credits of Social Science (anthropology, geography, economics, government/political sciences, and history)
    • 18 credits of elective course work

*See advisor for the suggested courses worksheet and information on the Praxis exam.


Upper Level Elementary Education Required Courses*

CRN Course Name Credits
EDU 302 Classroom Assessment 3 credits
EDU 303 Educating Exceptional Child 3 credits
EDU 303L Special Education Lab 1 credit
EDU 335 Technology in Education 3 credits
EDU 335L School Technology Lab 1 credit
EDU 401 Educational Psychology 3 credits
EDU 401L Classroom Management Lab 1 credit
EDU 403 Intervention Strategies 3 credits
EDU 403L Intervention Strategies Lab 1 credit
EDU 411 Teaching of Social Studies 3 credits
EDU 412 Teaching of Mathematics 3 credits
EDU 412L Math Manipulatives Lab 1 credit
EDU 415 Teaching of Science 3 credits
EDU 451 Teaching of Reading 3 credits
EDU 451L Reading Strategies Lab 1 credit
EDU 463 Writing for Elementary Teachers 3 credits
EDU 463L Writing Strategies Lab 1 credit
EDU 477 Multicultural Curriculum Design 3 credits
EDU 415L Integrated Content Lab 1 credit
EDU 406 Student Teaching** 12 credits
Total 53 credits

*A minimum grade of "C" is required in all courses of the Education Major.


Required Support Courses

CRN Course Name Credits
MAT 200 Structures of Math I 3 credits
MAT 201 Structures of Math II 3 credits
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits

Student Teaching Requirements

**Students apply to the Director of Student Teaching during the semester prior to the student teaching assignment. Course work is not permitted during student teaching without permission of the Education Division. At the time of student teaching assignment, students must have:

  1. Completed and defended a General Education portfolio for the Bachelor of Science Degree
  2. Completed the upper level Elementary Education courses with a minimum grade of “C” and includes documented 280 hours of pre-student teaching practicum
  3. Successfully completed Praxis II exams
  4. Maintained a Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  5. Prepared to defend with mentor teachers a professional education portfolio based on the ten program standards.

Disclaimer: The requirements listed above provide an example of what may be required for new students. Actual program requirements will vary depending on the academic year in which the student enrolled in the program. Please consult the appropriate catalog for official degree/program requirements.


Suggested Course Sequencing

Freshman Fall Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
HUM 102 First Year Experience 3 credits
ENG 100 English Composition I 3 credits
  General Education - Natural Science 4 credits
EDU 100 Introduction to Education 3 credits
  General Education - History 3 credits
Total 16 credits

Freshman Spring Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
EDU 214 Classroom Communication 3 credits
ENG 101 English Composition II 3 credits
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
  General Education - Literature 3 credits
COS 103 Introduction to Information Technology 4 credits
Total 16 credits

Sophomore Fall Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
  Liberal Arts Elective - Natural Science 4 credits
  Liberal Arts Elective - Social Science 3 credits
  General Education - Foreign Languages 3 credits
EDU 299 Multicultural Education 3 credits
MAT 200 Structures of Math I 3 credits
Total 16 credits

Sophomore Spring Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
EDU 339 Classroom Management 3 credits
MAT 201 Structures of Math II 3 credits
  General Education - Visual & Performing Arts 3 credits
  General Education - Foreign Language 3 credits
  General Education - Personal & Social Responsibilities Project 3 credits
Total 15 credits

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exams to be passed to continue


Junior Fall Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
EDU 303 Educating Exceptional Child 3 credits
EDU 303L Special Education Lab 1 credit
EDU 401 Educational Psychology 3 credits
EDU 401L Classroom Management Lab 1 credit
EDU 412 Teaching of Math 3 credits
EDU 412L Math Lab 1 credit
EDU 451 Teaching of Reading 3 credits
EDU 451L Reading Strategies Lab 1 credit
Total 16 credits

Junior Spring Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
EDU 302 Classroom Assessment 3 credits
EDU 335 Technology in Education 3 credits
EDU 335L School Technology Lab 1 credit
EDU 403 Intervention Strategies 3 credits
EDU 403L Intervention Strategies Lab 1 credit
EDU 477 Multicultural Curriculum Design 3 credits
Total 14 credits

Senior Fall Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
EDU 411 Teaching of Social Studies 3 credits
EDU 415 Teaching of Science 3 credits
EDU 415L Integrated Content Lab 1 credit
EDU 463 Writing for Elementary Teachers 3 credits
EDU 463L Writing Strategies Lab 1 credit
Total 11 credits

Praxis II exam must be passed before beginning Student Teaching


Senior Spring Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
EDU 406 Student Teaching (see requirements) 12 credits
Total 12 credits