Oct 26, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Elementary Education, BS


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A minimum of 120 semester hours is required for the BS degree. Degree requirements include University Core Curriculum, the elementary education major, and the professional development sequence. Certification in EC- 6 Core Subjects, EC- 6 Core Subjects-Bilingual, 4-8 Mathematics, EC-6 Core Subjects Early Childhood and STEM Focus or Reading, and EC-12 Special Education is available with the Bachelor of Science Degree. 

Degree Requirements


  Sem. Hrs
  1. Core Curriculum Program 
  2. First Year Seminars (when applicable)*
  3. Major Requirements & Supporting Fields
  4. Professional Development Requirement
42
(2) 
53-57
21-25
  Total 120-128 (122-130)

*First Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars or Electives

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:


A. Core Curriculum Program Requirements


Students must complete the University’s General Education requirements, which include the core curriculum. (See “General Education Requirement  ” in the “Undergraduate Programs  ” section of this catalog; see also “University Core Curriculum Programs .”) Students seeking the 4-8 Math Interdisciplinary Degree must take BIOL 1406  and CHEM 1411 . Only 3 hours of BIOL 1406  will apply to the Core Curriculum Program. The one hour laboratory component will be counted in the major requirements.

B. Interdisciplinary Major Requirements (53-57 semester hours)


The Interdisciplinary major consists of an academic or delivery system specialization AND a combination of supporting fields.

1. Interdisciplinary major concentrations may be selected from one of the following areas:

  • EC-6 Core Subjects-Bilingual
  • EC-6 Early Childhood Delivery with STEM Focus 
  • EC- 6 Core Subjects with Reading Delivery
  • 4-8 Mathematics
  • EC-12 Special Education

2. The combination of supporting fields consists of a combination of three of the following five fields: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Social Studies. A different combination of supporting fields is designated for each concentration. A minimum of 24 of the 51-54 semester hours must be in upper-division courses.

EC-6 Core Subjects-Bilingual (54 SCH)


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • demonstrate a depth of knowledge of bilingual education;
  • demonstrate a depth of speaking ability in Spanish;
  • effectively apply the competencies of a bilingual education teacher in their clinical teaching experience.
Additional Requirements for Certification

EC-6 Core Subjects with Early Childhood Delivery with STEM Focus (57 SCH)


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • provide well-designed instruction and assessment for students from a variety of backgrounds;
  • develop classroom climates conducive to learning;
  • apply in-depth knowledge of processes and practices associated with students’ reading and literacy development;
  • fulfill professional roles and responsibilities.

EC-6 Core Subjects with Reading Delivery (54 SCH)


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • provide well-designed instruction and assessment for students from a variety of backgrounds;
  • develop classroom climates conducive to learning;
  • apply in-depth knowledge of processes and practices associated with students’ reading and literacy development;
  • fulfill professional roles and responsibilities.

4-8 Mathematics (53 SCH)


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • establish a respectful educational environment for diverse middle level learners;
  • demonstrate content knowledge by applying mathematics constructs;
  • apply knowledge of curriculum standards for mathematics and their relationship to middle level learners within and across mathematical domains;
  • engage middle level learners in developmentally appropriate mathematical activities and investigations;
  • apply mathematical content and pedagogical knowledge to design lessons and units that facilitate student learning by incorporating a variety of strategies, including mathematics-specific instructional technologies;
  • use formative and summative assessments to inform mathematics instruction.

EC-12 Special Education (57 SCH)


The Special Education service delivery system in the BS program, prepares preservice special education teachers to meet the needs of students with disabilities and their families, with an emphasis on the provision of services in inclusive environments.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • demonstrate a depth of knowledge of understanding individuals with disabilities and evaluating their needs;
  • demonstrate a depth of knowledge of fostering learning and development for individuals with disabilities;
  • demonstrate a depth of knowledge of foundations of special education and professional roles and responsibilities of the special education teacher;
  • effectively apply the competencies of a special education teacher in their clinical teaching experience.

C. Professional Development Requirements (21-25 semester hours)


D. Non-Certification Track to the BS Degree


The degree will be a BS Degree without certification.  Students will follow the same degree plan as one of the five emphasis above (EC-6 Reading, EC-6 Bilingual, EC-6 Early childhood with STEM, EC-12 Special Education or 4-8 Mathematics) except for the last semester, during which they will choose 9 SCH of faculty advisor approved elective courses that will replace the clinical teaching component of the degree.

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