The B.S. Major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Elementary Education (K-5) program is a professional preparation program that provides the candidate with 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.
To make your path to graduation a little easier, a 4-year plan for students planning to pursue a career in K-5 Education has been created:
B.S. Major in Interdisciplinary Studies
Concentration: Elementary Education (K-5)
Program Coordinator: Ashley Estes
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation
I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements
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 (must include related lab)
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: 215, 225, or 235)
Limit III. C. 3. Humanities Capstone to HUM495 Values in Human Thought
II. Additional Liberal Arts Core Requirements for the Major:
A. Choose one (1) of the following Fine Arts Courses:
Art Appreciation OR
Introduction to Photography OR
Introduction to Creativity (W) OR
Music Appreciation OR
The Development of American Music OR
Introduction to Theatre OR
Acting I OR
New York Theatre Survey
B. Choose one (1) of the following options:
(must include related lab)
Physical Science I OR
Physical Science II
General Chemistry I WITH
General Chemistry I Lab
III. Major Professional Core for Elementary Education (K-5):
Introduction to Education (W)
Professional Reflective Seminar I
Special Education Foundations (W)
Must be admitted to Teacher Education Program to take the following:
Literacy I: Emergent Literacy Methods Across Content Areas
Literacy II: Literature and Literacy (W)
Technology in the Classroom
Tests and Measurements
Teaching Mathematics: Methods, Strategies, and Techniques
Professional Reflective Seminar II
Literacy IV: Teaching Methods Across Content Areas
Literacy III: Teaching Literacy
Must be admitted to Student Teaching to take the following:
Student Teaching, Elementary
Professional Reflective Seminar III
IV. Additional Required Courses:
Diversity in America (W)
The Real Number System
Child Development and Lab
Educational Psychology (W)
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Humanities Electives (upper-division)
Math & Natural Science Electives (upper-division)
Plus one (1) of the following:
First Aid and CPR OR
First Aid/Red Cross Certification
V. Electives (including additional Bible):
*These courses must be taken the semester prior to Student Teaching.
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