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 fifth grade.

Degree Requirements

B.S. Major in Interdisciplinary Studies

Concentration: Elementary Education (K-5)

Program Coordinator: Mrs. Shawna Northrop


For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation


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 - 43 hours

Choose one (1) of the following Fine Arts Course:

3 hours

ART 110

Art Appreciation OR


ART 201 

Introduction to Photography OR


ART 234

Introduction to Creativity (W) OR



MUS 110

Music Appreciation OR



MUS 214

The Development of American Music OR



THE 160

Introduction to Theatre OR



THE 265

Acting I OR



New York Theatre Survey 


Choose one (1) of the following options:

3-4 hours


PHS 111

Physical Science I OR



PHS 112

Physical Science II 





CHE 121

General Chemistry I  WITH



CHE 121L

General Chemistry I Lab 





36 hours


SPA 131

Elementary Spanish I



SPA 132

Elementary Spanish II


PSY 201

Child Development and Lab


MAT 206

The Real Number System


POL 231

American Government


PSY 306

Educational Psychology (W)


HUM 320

Diversity in America (W)


Humanities Electives (upper division)


Math & Natural Science Electives


III.  Professional Core for Elementary Education (K-5):

45 hours

EDU 130

Introduction to Education (W)


EDU 250 

Professional Reflective Seminar I 


SPE 240

Special Education Foundations (W)



Must be admitted to Teacher Education Program to take the following:

EDU 310

Literacy I: Emergent Literacy Methods Across Content Areas



EDU 311 

Literacy II: Literature and Literacy (W)


EDU 320

Technology in the Classroom


EDU 327

Tests and Measurements


EDU 330 

Teaching Mathematics: Methods, Strategies, and Techniques 



EDU 350* 

Professional Reflective Seminar II 



EDU 415 

Literacy IV: Teaching Methods Across Content Areas 



EDU 428*

Classroom Management


RDG 312

Literacy III: Teaching Literacy


Must be admitted to Student Teaching to take the following:

EDU 445

Student Teaching, Elementary


EDU 450

Professional Reflective Seminar III



IV.  Additional Required Courses for Elementary Licensure:

3-6 hours

HEA 216

Personal Health


HEA 217

First Aid and CPR OR
Red Cross Training




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