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 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.

Degree Requirements

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

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 (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:

6-7 hours

A. Choose one (1) of the following Fine Arts Courses:

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 


B. Choose one (1) of the following options:
(must include related lab)

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 



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

46 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:

33-36 hours

HEA 216

Personal Health


HUM 320 

Diversity in America (W)



MAT 206 

The Real Number System 



POL 231 

American Government 



PSY 201 

Child Development and Lab 



PSY 306 

Educational Psychology (W)



SPA 131 

Elementary Spanish I 



SPA 132 

Elementary Spanish II 



Humanities Electives (upper-division)  



Math & Natural Science Electives (upper-division)



Plus one (1) of the following:

 0-3 hours


HEA 217

First Aid and CPR OR
First Aid/Red Cross Certification




V. Electives (including additional Bible):

7 hours

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