School of Education

Professional Education Requirements (Elementary Education)

Professional Education courses are intended to develop the knowledge, dispositions and skills required for entry to the profession. The Pre-Professional courses are taken during the freshman and sophomore years and prior to formal admission into the Teacher Education Program (TEP). These courses develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions that underlie all teacher education regardless of the developmental focus. These include inquiry, learning theory, special needs children, diversity, technology and general methods. Within the Professional Education component of the degree, there are both foundational and specialized requirements. During the junior and senior years, students must be formally admitted into TEP and complete all content courses, education courses and program requirements assigned to Movements I - III. At each Decision Point, faculty review and approval are required as conditions for program continuation.

Freshman and Sophomore Y ears - Year 1 and 2 Pre-professional courses
  • EDUC-F 205 Study of Education and Practice of Teaching (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-K 205 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-P 2251 Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers with Field (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-Q 200 Introduction to Scientific Inquiry (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-W 200 Computers in Education (3 cr.)*
  • EDUC-M 311 Elementary General Methods (1 cr.)*
Junior Year - Fifth Semester (Fall or Spring) Movement A
  • EDUC-E 339 Elementary Language Arts Methods (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-E 335 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 300 Teaching in a Pluralistic Society (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 323 The Teaching of Music in Elementary Schools (3 cr.)
  • HPER-P 290 Movement Experiences for P-6 Children (2 cr.)

Junior Year-Sixth Semester (Fall or Spring) Movement B

  • EDUC-E 325 Social Studies in the Elementary Schools (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-E 340 Elementary Reading Methods I (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-E 343 Mathematics in the Elementary Schools (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-H 340 Education and the American Culture (3 cr.)*
  • EDUC-M 333 Art Experiences for the Elementary Teacher (2 cr.)
Senior Year - Seventh Semester (Fall or Spring) Movement C
  • EDUC-E 341 Elementary Reading Methods II (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-E 328 Science in the Elementary Schools (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-K 305 Teaching the Exceptional Learner in Elementary (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-K 490 Assessment I (3 cr.)
  • *EDUC-X 460 Books for Reading Instruction (3 cr.)

* May be taken in Summer

Senior Year-Eighth Semester (Fall or Spring) Movement D (Succcessful scores on state required test(s) are required before entering Movement D)

  • EDUC-M 425 Student Teaching in the Elementary Schools (12 cr.) (Students choosing the Special Education minor will take EDUC-M 425 (6 cr.) and EDUC-K 488 Special Education Student Teaching (6 cr.)


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