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Elementary Education with K-5 Certification

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  • Completion of this major prepares one to be a teacher in elementary schools, grades kindergarten through fifth. Candidates for this certification must also complete one of the following baccalaureate programs offered by the William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences:

     Art  
     Biology 
     Chemistry 
     Computer Science 
     Economics 
     English 
     Geoscience / Geography 
     History  
     Mathematics 
     Media Arts 
     Music 
     Philosophy 
     Physics  
     Political Science 
     Psychology 
     Sociology  
     Spanish 
     Women's and Gender Studies 


     In addition to their content area major, students must also fulfill a series of general studies requirements:

    Course
    Number  

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    BIOL 103 or
    BIOL 104

    Human Sexual Biology or
    The Human Body

    3
    3

    CHEM 105 or
    CHEM 117 or
    GEOS 111 or
    PHYS 101

    General Chemistry I or
    Principles of Chemistry or
    Principles of Earth Science or
    Basic Concepts of Physics

    3
    3
    3
    3

    INTD 149
     
    Human and Intercultural Relations

    3

    MATH 205 Problem Solving

    3

    PSYC 150 Development: Birth through Adolescence

    3

    SOCI 114 Sociology of the Family

    3

    *View our catalog for course descriptions.


    New undergraduate program entry requirements: 

    As of September 2015, ALL students who have not already successfully completed phase I coursework must fulfill new program entry requirements in order to take any upper level education courses. Program entry requirements include:

    1. GPA of 3.0 (The Dean’s Office may grant permission for a student to enter the program with a GPA below 3.0, but all students must achieve a 3.0 to qualify for certification.)
    2. Passing score on Praxis Core (or SAT, ACT, GRE waiver)
    3. Passing score on the COE TOW&R assessment
    4. Successful completion of all phase I coursework with a grade of B- or above

    Course
    Number
     

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    Phase I 
    EDU301 and LTED330 must be taken prior to admission to the education program.

    EDU 301

    Challenges in Urban Education

    3

    LTED 330
     
    Focus: Reading, Language and Literacy

    3
     

    Phase II 
    EDU 330 Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning

    3

    EDU 490 Rethinking Education

    3

    Phase III  
    Students must pass the writing assessment (TOW&R) before taking EDU 331.
    EDU 331 Education Field Experience II

    1

    LTED 360 Elementary Reading, Language and Literacy Workshop

    2

    EDU 361 Elementary Social Studies Methods

    2

    EDU 362 Elementary Science Methods

    2

    EDU 363 Elementary Math Methods

    2

    Phase IV:  
    EDU485, EDU470, and EDU480 must be taken concurrently.
    Students must pass Praxis II before taking EDU480.
    EDU 485 Classroom Management and Assessment

    2

    EDU 470 Internship Seminar

    2

    EDU 480 Internship

    8

    EDU 495 Rethinking Teaching

    *View our catalog for course descriptions.