Elementary Education Requirements


EDUC Courses
Specialty Courses
Common Curriculum
Speech Requirement

Comments in [brackets] are Common Curriculum requirements fulfilled by the respective course.
Updated 2/1/12

Elementary Education (K-6) Major Sequence (a 5-8 or K-8 license endorsement is optional)
  • EDUC 109 Chemical Use and Abuse 1 credit
  • EDUC 111 Introduction to Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World [GE] 4 credits
    Service Learning Field Experience (Must be completed during EDUC 111)
    First-Year Teacher Shadow Field Experience (Must be completed prior to enrollment in the BLOCK)
  • EDUC 150 Fundamentals of Music [FA] 2 credits
  • EDUC 151 Principles of Art BLOCK COURSE[FA] 2 credits
  • EDUC 203 Human Development: Typical and Exceptional BLOCK COURSE 4 credits (Pre-req: EDUC 111)
  • EDUC 212 Clinical Experience K-8: Diversity Immersion BLOCK COURSE 2 credits
  • EDUC 215 Literature for Children and Adolescents BLOCK COURSE [HM] 4 credits (Pre-req: EDUC 111)
  • EDUC 310 Educational Psychology BLOCK COURSE 4 credits (Pre-req: EDUC 111 and PPST)
  • EDUC 313 Teaching Physical Education K-6 1 credit (Pre-req: EDUC 310 and acceptance to ELED major)
  • EDUC 315 Art Pedagogy K-6 BLOCK COURSE 2 credits (Pre-req: EDUC 111)
  • EDUC 318 Social Studies Pedagogy K-6 4 credits (Pre-req: EDUC 310 and acceptance to ELED major)
  • EDUC 325 Mathematics Pedagogy K-6 4 credits (Pre-req: EDUC 310, MATH 121, 180 and acceptance to ELED major)
  • EDUC 333 Music Pedagogy K-6 2 credits (Pre-req: EDUC 150 or music proficiency, 310 and acceptance to ELED major)
  • EDUC 334 Science Pedagogy K-6 4 credits (Pre-req: COLG 111 and 112, EDUC 310 and acceptance to ELED major)
  • EDUC 347 Reading, Writing, Language Growth K-6 4 credits (Pre-req: EDUC 310 and acceptance to ELED major)
  • EDUC 356 World Language Pedagogy K-8 (Fall Only) 4 credits OPTIONAL: a K-8 Spanish, French or German endorsement may be chosen (Pre-req: EDUC 310, acceptance to ELED major and World Language courses through 312)
  • EDUC 358 Middle Level Literacy and Pedagogy 4 credits (Prereq: EDUC 310 and at least 8 credits in content courses for the endorsement. OPTIONAL: a 5-8 Science, 5-8 Mathematics, or 5-8 Communication Arts and Literature Endorsement may be chosen.)  Take ONE depending on your endorsement area)
    • Middle Level Literacy and Pedagogy in Language Arts (fall and spring)
    • Middle Level Literacy and Pedagogy in the Sciences (fall only)
    • Middle Level Literacy and Pedagogy in Mathematics
  • EDUC 359 Issues in Education K-12 (Take semester prior to teaching internship) 1 credit (Pre-req: unconditional acceptance into the Education Program)
  • EDUC 361 Teaching Internship K-6 (or K-8 if endorsement is chosen) 16 credits (Pre-req: successful completion of all major requirements)
  • EDUC 390 Ethics in Human Relations [Ethics Common Seminar] 4 credits (Pre-req: EDUC 310 and acceptance to ELED major)
  • MATH 121 Fundamentals of Mathematics [MT] 4 credits
  • MATH 180 Fundamentals of Mathematics II 4 credits (Pre-req: MATH 121 or equivalent)
  • COLG 111 Issues on Natural Science I [NS] 4 credits (taken prior to Fall, 2012) Fall, 2012 and after -- NATS 151 Integrative Science I 4 credits
  • COLG 112 Issues in Natural Science II [NS] 4 credits (taken prior to Spring, 2012)  Spring, 2012 and after -- NATS 152 Integrative Science II 4 credits
  • Speech Requirement (See options listed below)
  • Endorsement Area for licensure in grades 5-8 or K-8 (Optional - see following section)

License Endorsements for Grades 5-8 for Elementary Education Majors

Elementary Education majors may complete a license endorsement for grades 5-8 in Science, Mathematics, or Communication Arts and Literature, or K-8 in French, German or Spanish (Hispanic Studies) by following the course sequences listed below.  (Credits are shown in parentheses after the course title)

Communication Arts and Literature 5-8 License Endorsement Requirements 

(This endorsement includes coursework in literature, writing, communication/speech/theater, media studies and diversity)

EDUC 216 Literature for Adolescents and Young Adults (2 credits)
Literature: 4 credits chosen from the following courses

      ENGL 120 Topics in Fiction (4 credits)
      ENGL 122 Topics in Fiction and Poetry (4 credits)
      ENGL 221 World Literatures  (4 credits)
      ENGL 222 Literatures in English (4 credits)
      ENGL 223 Literature of the Americas (4 credits)
      ENGL 352 Shakespeare (4 credits)
      ENGL 366 Studies in Modern Literature (4 credits)
      ENGL 367 Studies in Contemporary Literature (4 credits)
Writing: 4 credits chosen from the following courses: 
      ENGL 211 Writing Well (4 credits)
      ENGL 213 Creative Writing (4 credits)
      ENGL 311 Writing Essays (4 credits)
      COMM 245 Intro to Media Writing (4 credits)
Communication, Speech and Theater: 4 credits chosen from the following courses:
      COMM 200 Public Speaking Basics (2 credits)
      COMM 252 Listening Basics (2 credits)
      THEA 260  Theater and Youth (2 credits)
      COMM 102 Public Speaking (4 credits)
      COMM 205 Interpersonal Communication (4 credits)
Media Studies: 4 credits chosen from the following courses:
      COMM 103 Mass Communication and Society (4 credits)
      ENGL/COMM 286 Intro to Film Studies (4 credits)
      COMM 348 Media and Children (4 credits)
      ENGL/COMM 386 Studies in Film (4 credits)
Communication in Diverse Contexts: 2-4 credits chosen from the following courses:
      ENGL 382 Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Literature (4 credits)
      ENGL 383 Post-Colonial Literature (4 credits)
      ENGL 387 Introduction to Linguistics (4 credits)
      COMM 351 Gender and Communication (4 credits)
      COMM 350 Intercultural Communication (4 credits) 

Mathematics  

  • MATH 121* Fundamentals of Mathematics I (4) (Students with an extensive math background may see Ms. Marilyn Creed in the Math Skills Center to discuss the possibility of taking MATH 127 Number Systems, 1 credit, as a substitution for MATH 121)
  • MATH 118 Essential Calculus (4) OR MATH 119 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 124 Probability and Statistical Inference (4)
  • MATH 180* Fundamentals of Mathematics II (4)

(* courses required of all ELED majors as well as being part of this endorsement)

Science (License Endorsement for Grades 5-8)

  • BIOL 121 Cellular Life (4)
  • BIOL 221 Introduction to Oragnismal Biology (4)
  • BIOL 222 Introduction to Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity (4)
  • CHEM 123 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM 234 General Chemistry II (4)
  • PHYS 105 Physics for the Life Sciences I (4)
  • PHYS 106 Physics for the Life Sciences II (4)
  • ASTR 211 Solar System (4)
  • GEOL 211 Physical Geology (4)

 

World Languages (French, German, Spanish) (K-8 License Endorsement)

K-8 Licensure in World Languages and Cultures - French

  • FREN 212 First Readings in French Literature (4)
  • FREN 311 Studies in Language and Culture (4)
  • FREN 312 Contemporary France (4)
  • FREN 330 French Literature before the Revolution (4)
  • Plus one of the following two courses:
    • FREN 331 French Literature from Monarchy to Republic (4)
    • FREN 341 French-Speaking World Today (4)
  • EDUC 356 World Language Pedagogy K-8 (4) (Fall Only)
  • Oral Language Proficiency in French is required prior to teaching internship (see MCCL Department Chair)
  • Study Abroad in target language -- strongly recommended

K-8 Licensure in World Language and Cultures - German

  • GERM 212 Introduction to Literature (4)
  • GERM 311 German Conversation and Composition I (4)
  • GERM 312 German Conversation and Composition II (4)
  • Plus 8 credits of upper-division GERM electives
  • EDUC 356 World Language Pedagogy K-8 (4) (Fall Only)
  • Oral Language Proficiency in German is required prior to teaching internship (see MCCL Department Chair)
  • Study Abroad in target language -- strongly recommended

K-8 Licensure in World Languages and Cultures - Spanish

  • SPAN 212 Texts and Contexts (4)
  • SPAN 311 Written/Oral Communication (4)
  • SPAN 312 Written/Oral Communication II (4)
  • SPAN 350 Intro to Hispanic Linguistics OR SPAN 356B Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (4) (HISP 363 abroad)
  • One course from the following Spanish Culture courses:
    • SPAN 335 Spanish Culture (4)
    • SPAN 336 Latin American Culture (4)
    • SPAN 337 Latino Identity in the United States (4)
    • SPAN 356C Topics in Hispanic Culture (4)
  • SPAN 355 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Language (4)
    • (If SPAN 356B or 356C are chosen from the above courses, an upperdivision literature elective other than 355 may be chosen in consultation with the Hispanic Studies Chairperson)
  • EDUC 356 World Language Pedagogy K-8 (4) (Fall Only)
  • Oral Language Inventory in Spanish (OPI -- score of "Intermediate-High" or above is required) (see Hispanic Studies Chairperson)
  • Study Abroad in target language (Spain, Latin America or South America) -- strongly recommended

Speech Requirement

The Speech Requirement must be fulfilled prior to acceptance into the Education major/minor in one of the following ways:

  1. High School speech in 10th grade or higher (with a grade of "B" or better - must be listed on high school transcript)
  2. COMM 111, Public Speaking, 4 credit course
  3. COMM 200, Public Speaking Basics, 2 credit course
  4. Speech Adequacy Test (see Education Department Handbook, Section VIII)

NOTE: If a student takes the Speech Adequacy Test and does not pass, or if a student's oral communication skills are in question, a college level speech course will be required.)