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Bachelor of Science - Elementary Education

The Elementary Education Program prepares students for careers in elementary teaching. Students complete a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program of study and a sequence of professional courses in education, theory, and a method of elementary teaching.

Students pursuing a degree in Elementary Education must complete 123 semester hours of course work.

The undergraduate program in Elementary Education has a three-fold purpose:

  1. To provide students a solid knowledge base that includes a multidisciplinary academic program of study, a pedagogical knowledge, and knowledge of learners and their characteristics.
  2. To provide students an opportunity to practice a repertoire of best teaching practices.
  3. To encourage attitudes and skills necessary for reflection and problem-solving, and an attitude and belief that "learning to teach" is a lifelong process.

CORE REQUIREMENTS

  • MATH 115 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers 4
  • MATH 140 Elements of Statistics 3
  • MATH 210 Geometry 3
  • PHED 190 Movement Education for Elementary and
  • Early Childhood 1
  • SPAN 101 First-Year Spanish I or
  • FREN 101 First-Year French I or
  • EDUC 403 Sign Language 3
  • SPED 403 Orientation to Special Education 3
  • SPED 406 Observation and Participation in Special Education 2

CORE PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS (63 SEMESTER HOURS) SEM. HRS. EDUCATION

  • EDUC 101 Introduction to Education 3
  • EDUC 201 Human Growth and Development 3
  • EDUC 242 Literature for Children 3
  • EDUC 311 Managing the Diverse Classroom 3
  • EDUC 315 Processes and Acquisition of Reading 3
  • EDUC 316 Foundations of Education 3
  • EDUC 320 Instructional Technology for the Classroom 1
  • ELED 301 Theory and Practice/ELED 3

CURRICULUM AND METHODS/ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

  • ELED 304 Methods of Teaching Reading/ELED 3
  • ELED 306 Methods of Teaching Science/ELED 3
  • ELED 310 Methods of Teaching Social Studies/ELED 3
  • ELED 314 Methods of Teaching Mathematics/ELED 3
  • EDUC 314 Assessment for Reading Instruction (3)
  • ELED 316 Practicum III 1
  • ELED 401 Directed Teaching and Seminar/ELED 12
  • EDUC 314 Assessment for Reading Instruction 3
  • ELED 316 Phase 1 of the Yearlong Internship (taken with Methods)

STUDENT TEACHING

 

  • ELED 401 Phase 2 of the Yearlong Internship

 

PRAXIS 1 SUPPORT ELECTIVES

The PRAXIS 1 is a basic skills test must be completed before officially entering the teacher preparation program.  It is compromised of basic skills test in three areas:  reading, writing and mathematics.  Extra support is offered to assist with test preparation.

  • EDUC 220 Test Criterion for Certification (3 optional)
    *recommended for students in need of general PRAXIS 1 support and is an optional course.
  • Math 491Special Topics:  Preparing for the Math PRAXIS exam (3 optional)
    *recommended for students in need of math support

In addition to the professional and core courses, general education courses must be completed to satisfy degree requirements.  General education courses should be completed, or nearly completed, before beginning the core and professional courses in Education

GENERAL EDUCATION AND INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Communication Skills (6 semester hours)
  • ENGL 101 Composition and Literature I 3
  • ENGL 102 Composition and Literature II 3
  • Arts and Humanities (9 semester hours and additional departmental requirements)
  • ART 300 Art Survey 3
  • ENGL 338 World Literature in Translation I 3
  • MUSC 101 Fundamentals of Music 3
  • COMM 101 Oral Communication 3
  • Sciences (7-8 semester hours and additional departmental requirements)
  • BIOL 101 Biological Science 4
  • PHSC 101 Earth Science 4
  • PHSC 100 Physical Science 4
  • Mathematics (3 semester hours and additional departmental requirements)
  • MATH 116 Introduction to Mathematical Ideas 3
  • Social Sciences (12 semester hours and additional departmental requirements)
  • GEOG 101 Elements of Geography 3
  • HIST 114 African American History to 1865 or
  • HIST 115 African American History Since 1865 3
  • HIST 201 United States History to 1865 3
  • HIST 202 United States History Since 1865 3
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
  • Emerging Issues (3 semester hours)
  • COSC 110 Computer Literacy and Applications 3
  • Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours and additional departmental requirements)
  • FRSE 101 Freshman Seminar 3
  • HEED 102 Life and Health 3

Note: The department reserves the right to specify suitable general education courses, in keeping with COMAR, for its majors.