Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Elementary Education (K-5)

The B.S. Major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Elementary Education (K-5) program is a professional preparation program that gives you an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the physical, cognitive, language, social, emotional, and creative development of children in addition to the content knowledge and pedagogical skills required of teachers in today's classrooms.

Students planning to seek elementary licensure must complete the Professional Core as outlined by the Department of Education. This comprises a full semester of integrated professional practicum experience and one full semester of student teaching in public school settings. Students who acquire licensure in elementary education will be certified to teach kindergarten through sixth grade.

Degree Requirements

Course of Study for B.S. Major in Interdisciplinary Studies

Concentration: Elementary Education (K-5)

I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements 34 hours
Listed in the catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Display    
Limit III. A. Behavioral Sciences to SOC 241 General Sociology
Limit III. B. BIO: 100, 105, 110, 111, 112, or 211
Limit III. C. 1. History to HIS 221 American History I or
                                           HIS 222 American History II
Limit III. C. 2. Critical and Creative Works to Literature
                           (ENG: 225, 226, 235, 236, 245, or 246)
Limit III. C. 3. Humanities Capstone to HUM495 Values in Human Thought  

II. Major Requirements: 42 hours
Choose one (1) of the Fine Arts Course:  
ART 110 Art Appreciation OR 3 hours  
ART 234 Introduction to Creativity (W) OR (3)  
MUS 110 Music Appreciation OR  (3)  
MUS 214 The Development of American Music OR  (3)  
THE 160 Introduction to Theatre OR  (3)  
THE 265 Acting I (3)  
Choose one (1) of the following Science courses:
 3-4 hours  
PHS 111 Physical Science I OR (3)  
PHS 112 Physical Science II  (3)   
CHE 121 General Chemistry I  WITH  (3)  
CHE 121L General Chemistry I Lab  (1)  
Required:   36 hours  
SPA 131 Elementary Spanish I  3  
SPA 132 Elementary Spanish II  3
PSY 201 Child Development and Lab  3
MAT 206 The Real Number System  3
POL 231 American Government  3
PSY 306 Educational Psychology (W)  3
HUM 320 Diversity in America (W)  3   
Humanities Electives (upper division)  9
Math & Natural Science Electives  6 

III.  Professional Core for Elementary Education (k-6): 40 hours
EDU 130 Introduction to Education (W)  3
SPE 240 Special Education Foundations (W)  3
EDU 315 Children's Literature (W)  3

Must be admitted to Teacher Education Program to take the following:
EDU 320 Technology in the Classroom  3
EDU 325 Teaching Strategies PreK-3  3
EDU 327 Tests and Measurement  3
EDU 428* Classroom Management  2
EDU 430* Educational Strategies  3
RDG 324 Teaching Literacy in the Elementary and Middle Schools and Practicum  4


Must be admitted to Student Teaching to take the following:

EDU 445 Student Teaching, Elementary 12
EDU 450 Professional Reflection and Planning  1 

IV.  Additional Required Courses for Elementary Licensure:                            

5 hours

HEA 216 Personal Health  3
HEA 217 First Aid and CPR OR
Red Cross Training

V.  Electives (including additional Bible):

5 hours

*These courses must be taken the semester prior to Student Teaching.