Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)

Coordinator: H. Abadiano (860-832-2180)

The teacher preparation program in elementary education (Grades 1-6) prepares beginning teachers to become highly knowledgeable about subject matter and pedagogy; and to be critically reflective, responsive, compassionate, and committed to meeting the learning needs of all children with diverse, cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds.

Program Requirements (120 credits)

Students must choose a major designed for elementary education (33-39 credits). Majors include English, geography, history, mathematics, general science with a specialization in biology, and general science with a specialization in earth science. For specific major requirements see individual majors certifiable for elementary education.

Related Requirements (24 credits)

All of these courses, with the exception of PSY 361 and PSY 362, can be used to fulfill general education requirements.

HIST 161American History to 1877

3

or

HIST 162American History from 1877 to Present

3

PSY 136Life-Span Development

3

SCI 111Elementary Earth-Physical Sciences

3

BIO 211Concepts in Biology

3

MATH 113Structure of Mathematics I: Number Systems

3

MATH 213Structure of Mathematics II: Probability & Geometry

3

PSY 361Psychology of Early Childhood

3

or

PSY 362Child Psychology

3

EDF 215 Education in a Multicultural Society - 3 credits

Elementary Education candidates with a History major do not take HIST 161 or HIST 162.

Professional Education (43 credits)

Enrollment in the following courses requires acceptance to the professional program for teacher certification.
RDG 315Comprehensive Reading Instruction I

3

EDEL 315Principles of Learning: Elementary Education

3

SPED 315Introduction to Educating Learners with Exceptionalities

3

RDG 316Comprehensive Reading Instruction II

3

FA 412Fine Arts Across the Curriculum

3

EDT 210Introduction to Educational Technology

1

EDEL 322Effective Elementary Teaching I

3

EDEL 420Effective Elementary Teaching II

3

EDT 415Developing Instructional Materials

1

RDG 412Literacy in the Elementary School

3

MATH 412Elementary Mathematical Methods

3

SCI 412Elementary Science Methods

2

EDEL 415Elementary Social Studies Methods

2

EDEL 430Elementary Education Student Teaching

9

EDTE 430Topic Seminar in Leadership and Learning Communities

1

Total Credit Hours: 120

The completion of a minor is not required.