Elementary Education K-6 (B.S.)

FHU / Dickson at the Renaissance Center offers programs for students who desire to complete a bachelor’s degree and who have completed an associate’s degree or who have completed 60 or more credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university. For students just beginning their college coursework, Nashville State Community College offers classes at the Renaissance Center that lead to the completion of an associate’s degree.

The B.S. Major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Elementary Education (K-6) 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.

Since 1870, Freed-Hardeman University has had a rich history of preparing quality teachers for the classroom. This success is document by the fact that the Department of Education has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1981 and all programs are approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education. Our faculty members have served in a variety of PK-12 settings and are prepared to work with you to help you reach your full potential as a classroom educator.

 

Program Advisor

Alesha Northcutt, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education

The Renaissance Center Rm 227e
(615)-740-5381
anorthcutt@fhu.edu

4 -- Year Plans

These 4 Year Plans assume two years obtaining an A.A./A.S./A.S.T. (or transfer with B.S.), and then outline the completion of your bachelor's degree at FHU / Dickson in two years.

Degree Requirements

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

WITH A CONCENTRATION IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (K-6)

The Elementary Education (K-6) 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 entering this program must complete the special application, meet the University requirements, and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Students who acquire licensure in elementary education will be certified to teach kindergarten through sixth grade. 

Program Coordinator: Dr. Gene Reeves
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: "Degree / Graduation Requirements."

I. General Education Requirements                           46 Hours**
(Listed in this catalog under Academics: "General Education Display")
Limit III. C. 1. History to HIS 221 American History I OR HIS 222 American History II
Limit III. C. 4. Humanities to POL 231 American Government I
Limit III. A. Behavioral Sciences to SOC 241 General Sociology


II.  Major Requirements in Arts and Humanities

SPA 131 Elementary Spanish I 3 hours
SPA 132 Elementary Spanish II 3
HUM 320 Diversity in America (W) 3
MAT 206 The Real Number System 3
PSY 210 Child Development 3
PSY 306 Educational Psychology (W) 3
Humanities Electives (upper division) 6
Math & Natural Science Electives 6
33 hours

 

III.  Professional Core

EDU 130          Introduction to Education (W)                                         3 hours 
SPE 240  Special Education Foundations (W
EDU 315  Children's Literature (W

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* Education Strategies-Elementary 3
RDG 324 Teaching Reading in the  4
Elementary School
RDG 324L Teaching Reading Practicum 0
* These courses must be taken prior to Student Teaching.

Must be admitted to Student Teaching to take the following:
EDU 445                  Student Teaching, Elementary                                        12 
EDU 450  Professional Reflection and Planning  1 
    40 hours 

 

IV. Additional Required Courses
HEA 217  First Aid and CPR OR Red Cross Training 
HEA 216  Personal Health  3 
    5 hours 

V. Electives                                                          2 hours
     
 Total Hours   126 hours 
     

**The General Education Requirements are met for students with Associate of Arts or Science (A.A. or A.S.) degrees. Specific courses noted must be completed as part of the A.A. or A.S. degree. Seven hours of Bible from FHU are required.