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Elementary Education Requirements


EDUC Courses
Specialty Courses
Common Curriculum
Speech Requirement

Comments in [brackets] are Common Curriculum requirements fulfilled by the respective course.
Updated 8/2/16

Elementary Education (K-6) Major Sequence (a 5-8 or K-8 license endorsement is optional)
  • EDUC 109 Chemical Use and Abuse (1 credit)
  • EDUC 111 Introduction to Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World [GE] (4 credits)
    Service Learning Field Experience (Must be completed during EDUC 111)
    First-Year Teacher Shadow Field Experience (Must be completed prior to enrollment in the BLOCK)
  • EDUC 150 Fundamentals of Music [FA] (2 credits)
  • EDUC 151 Principles of Art BLOCK COURSE [FA] (2 credits)
  • EDUC 203 Human Development: Typical and Exceptional BLOCK COURSE (4 credits) (Pre-req: EDUC 111)
  • EDUC 212 Clinical Experience K-8: Diversity Immersion BLOCK COURSE (2 credits) [IC]
  • EDUC 215 Literature for Children and Adolescents BLOCK COURSE [HM] (4 credits) (Pre-req: EDUC 111)
  • EDUC 305 Human Exceptionalities (1 credit) (required for students who did not take EDUC 203 prior to Fall, 2016)
  • EDUC 310 Educational Psychology BLOCK COURSE (4 credits) (Pre-req: EDUC 111 and MTLE or NES Basic Skills)
  • EDUC 313 Teaching Physical Education K-6 (1 credit) (Pre-req: EDUC 310 and acceptance to ELED major)
  • EDUC 315 Art Pedagogy K-6 BLOCK COURSE (2 credits) (Pre-req: EDUC 111)
  • EDUC 318 Social Studies Pedagogy K-6 (4 credits) (Pre-req: EDUC 310 and acceptance to ELED major)
  • EDUC 323 Elementary Science Content (4 credits) (Pre-req: completion of any NS designated science course with lab and sophomore standing)
  • EDUC 325 Mathematics Pedagogy K-6 (4 credits) (Pre-req: EDUC 310, MATH 121, 180 and acceptance to ELED major)
  • EDUC 333 Music Pedagogy K-6 (2 credits) (Pre-req: EDUC 150 or music proficiency, 310 and acceptance to ELED major)
  • EDUC 334 Science Pedagogy K-6 (4 credits) (Pre-req: COLG 111 and 112, EDUC 310 and acceptance to ELED major)
  • EDUC 347 Reading, Writing, Language Growth K-6 (4 credits) (Pre-req: EDUC 310 and acceptance to ELED major)
  • EDUC 356 World Language Pedagogy K-8 (Fall Only) (4 credits) OPTIONAL: a K-8 Spanish, French or German endorsement may be chosen (Pre-req: EDUC 310, acceptance to ELED major and World Language courses through 312)
  • EDUC 358 Middle Level Literacy and Pedagogy (4 credits) (Prereq: EDUC 310 and at least 8 credits in content courses for the endorsement. OPTIONAL: a 5-8 Science, 5-8 Mathematics, or 5-8 Communication Arts and Literature Endorsement may be chosen.)  Take ONE depending on your endorsement area)
    • Middle Level Literacy and Pedagogy in Language Arts (fall and spring)
    • Middle Level Literacy and Pedagogy in the Sciences (fall only)
    • Middle Level Literacy and Pedagogy in Mathematics
  • EDUC 359 Issues in Education K-12 (Take semester prior to teaching internship) (1 credit) (Pre-req: unconditional acceptance into the Education Program)
  • EDUC 360 Student Teaching K-6 (16 credits) [EL] (Pre-req: successful completion of all major requirements)  OR
  • EDUC 361 Student Teaching K-8 - if endorsement is chosen (16 credits) [EL] (Pre-req: successful completion of all major and endorsement requirements)
  • EDUC 390 Ethics in Human Relations [Ethics Common Seminar] (4 credits) (Pre-req: EDUC 310 and acceptance to ELED major)
  • MATH 121 Fundamentals of Mathematics [MT] (4 credits)
  • MATH 180 Fundamentals of Mathematics II (4 credits) (Pre-req: MATH 121)
  • Speech Requirement (See options listed below)
  • Endorsement Area for licensure in grades 5-8 or K-8 (Optional - see following section)

License Endorsements for Grades 5-8 for Elementary Education Majors

Elementary Education majors may complete a license endorsement for grades 5-8 in Science, Mathematics, or Communication Arts and Literature, or K-8 in French, German or Spanish (Hispanic Studies) by following the course sequences listed below. (Credits are shown in parentheses after the course title)

Communication Arts and Literature 5-8 License Endorsement Requirements

(This endorsement includes coursework in literature, writing, communication/speech/theater, media studies and diversity)

EDUC 216 Literature for Adolescents and Young Adults (2 credits)
Literature: 4 credits chosen from the following courses
ENGL 120 Topics in Fiction (4 credits)
ENGL 122 Topics in Fiction and Poetry (4 credits)
ENGL 221 World Literatures (4 credits)
ENGL 222 Literatures in English (4 credits)
ENGL 223 Literature of the Americas (4 credits)
ENGL 352 Shakespeare (4 credits)
ENGL 366 Studies in Modern Literature (4 credits)
ENGL 367 Studies in Contemporary Literature (4 credits)
Writing: 4 credits chosen from the following courses:
ENGL 211 Writing Well (4 credits)
ENGL 213 Creative Writing (4 credits)
ENGL 214 Writing the Experience (4 credits)
ENGL 311 Writing Essays (4 credits)
COMM 245 Intro to Media Writing (4 credits)
Communication, Speech and Theater: 4 credits chosen from the following courses:
COMM 200 Public Speaking Basics (2 credits)
COMM 252 Listening Basics (2 credits)
THEA 260 Theater and Youth (2 credits)
COMM 102 Public Speaking in the Public Sphere (4 credits)
COMM 205 Interpersonal Communication (4 credits)
Media Studies: 4 credits chosen from the following courses:
COMM 103 Media and Society (4 credits)
ENGL/COMM 286 Intro to Film Studies (4 credits)
COMM 348 Media and Children (4 credits)
ENGL/COMM 386 Studies in Film (4 credits)
Communication in Diverse Contexts: 2-4 credits chosen from the following courses:
EDUC 301 Teaching Literacy to English Languge Learners (2 credits)
ENGL 382 Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Literature (4 credits)
ENGL 383 Post-Colonial Literature (4 credits)
ENGL 387 Introduction to Linguistics (4 credits)
COMM 351 Gender and Communication (4 credits)
COMM 350 Intercultural Communication (4 credits)

Mathematics

  • MATH 121* Fundamentals of Mathematics I (4)
  • MATH 118 Essential Calculus (4) OR MATH 119 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 124 Probability and Statistical Inference (4)
  • MATH 180* Fundamentals of Mathematics II (4)

(* courses required of all ELED majors as well as being part of this endorsement)

Science (License Endorsement for Grades 5-8)

  • BIOL 101 Foundations of Biology (4)
  • BIOL 201 Intermediate Cell Biology and Genetics (4)
  • EDUC 278 Multidisciplinary Science for Mid-Level 5-8 Educators (4)
  • CHEM 123 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM 234 General Chemistry II (4)
  • PHYS 105 Physics for the Life Sciences I (4)
  • PHYS 106 Physics for the Life Sciences II (4)

World Languages (French, German, Spanish) (K-8 License Endorsement)

K-8 Licensure in World Languages and Cultures - French

  • FREN 212 First Readings in French Literature (4)
  • FREN 311 Studies in Language and Culture (4)
  • FREN 312 Contemporary France (4)
  • FREN 330 French Literature before the Revolution (4)
  • Plus 8 additional upper division credits in French culture, language or literature
  • EDUC 356 World Language Pedagogy K-8 (4) (Fall Only)
  • Oral Language Proficiency in French is required prior to student teaching (see MCCL Department Chair)
  • Study Abroad in target language -- strongly recommended

K-8 Licensure in World Language and Cultures - German

  • GERM 212 Introduction to Literature (4)
  • GERM 324 or 325 Survey of German Culture (4)
  • Plus 12 credits of upper-division GERM electives
  • EDUC 356 World Language Pedagogy K-8 (4) (Fall Only)
  • Oral Language Proficiency in German is required prior to teaching internship (see MCCL Department Chair)
  • Study Abroad in target language -- strongly recommended

K-8 Licensure in World Languages and Cultures - Spanish (Hispanic Studies minor)

  • HISP 212 Intensive Reading (4) (or 216 abroad)
  • HISP 311 Written and Oral Communication (4) (or 315 abroad)
  • HISP 312 Written/Oral Communication II (4) (or 316 abroad)
  • HISP 350 Intro to Hispanic Linguistics (4) (on campus -- fall only)
  • One course from the following Spanish Culture courses:
    • HISP 335 Spanish Culture (4)
    • HISP 336 Latin American Culture (4)
    • HISP 337 Latino Identity in the United States (4)
  • HISP 355 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Language (4)
  • EDUC 356 World Language Pedagogy K-8 (4) (Fall Only)
  • Oral Language Inventory in Spanish (OPI -- score of "Intermediate-High" or above is required) (see Dr. Tania Gomez, Hispanic Studies Department for testing appointment)
  • Study Abroad in target language (Spain, Latin America or South America) -- strongly recommended

**Students who test out of HISP 212 and/or 312 must take an additional 300 level course beyond 312 to complete the minimum number of credits.

Speech Requirement

The Speech Requirement must be fulfilled prior to acceptance into the Education major/minor in one of the following ways:

  1. High School speech in 10th grade or higher (with a grade of "B" or better - must be listed on high school transcript)
  2. COMM 102, Public Speaking, 4 credit course
  3. COMM 200, Public Speaking Basics, 2 credit course
  4. Speech proficiency demonstrated and evaluated in EDUC 111

NOTE: If a student takes the Speech Adequacy Test and does not pass, or if a student's oral communication skills are in question, a college level speech course will be required.)