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-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.

Since 1870, Freed-Hardeman University has had a rich history of preparing quality teachers for the classroom. This success is documented 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-5)

The 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 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 fifth grade. 

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

(3)

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 options:

3-4 hours

PHS 111

Physical Science I OR

(3)

PHS 112

Physical Science II

(3)

OR:

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-5):

45 hours

EDU 130

Introduction to Education (W)

3

SPE 240

Special Education Foundations (W)

3

EDU 250

Professional Reflective Seminar I

1



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

EDU 310

Literacy I: Emergent Literacy Methods Across Content Areas

3

EDU 311

Literacy II:  Literature and Literacy (W)

3

EDU 320

Technology in the Classroom

3

EDU 327

Tests and Measurements

3

EDU 330

Teaching Mathematics: Methods, Strategies, and Techniques

3

EDU 350*

Professional Reflective Seminar II

1

EDU 415*

Literacy IV: Teaching Methods Across Content Areas

3

EDU 428*

Classroom Management

2

RDG 312

Literacy III:  Teaching Literacy

4

Must be admitted to Student Teaching to take the following:

EDU 445

Student Teaching, Elementary

12

EDU 450

Professional Reflective Seminar III

1



IV.Additional Required Courses for Elementary Licensure:

3-6 hours

HEA 216

Personal Health

3

HEA 217

First Aid and CPR OR
Red Cross Training

3

(0)

V. Electives                 including additional Bible                    
     
 Total Hours   126 hours 
     

 

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

**The Liberal Arts Core 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.