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  • Undergraduate Elementary Education

The Elementary Education Program major prepares students for a variety of possible career choices. Students may pursue certification to teach in Grades 1-6, or they may select the Educational Studies track. The Educational Studies track is designed for students who are interested in education as a discipline but not seeking certification.

Students in both the Elementary Certification and Educational Studies tracks explore content, curriculum, and pedagogy across a broad spectrum of disciplines. In addition to the Elementary Education course sequence, Elementary majors complete the University Core Curriculum requirements and choose a Core Concentration. They also take required history, art, science, and mathematics courses in the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences.

Elementary Education Certification Program Requirements

Level I: Exploring the Profession Coursework

EDU 200 Foundations of Education  
EDU 202 Psychology of Learning and Development  

Level II: Preparing to Teach Coursework

BIO 105L Life Science for Elementary Education and Lab  
NATSC 105L Earth Science and Physical Science for Elementary Education  
EDU 302 Literacy in the Elementary School I  
EDU 303 Literacy in the Elementary School II  
EDU 305 Classroom Applications of Technology at the Elementary and Middle School Level  
EDU 316 Classrooms as Communities  
EDU 318 Educational Reform and Policy  
EDU 330 Issues in Multicultural Education  
EDU 332 Responding to Diverse Learners  
EDU 341 Science in the Elementary School  
EDU 342 Teaching Inquiry Science in the Elementary School  
EDU 349 Mathematics in the Elementary School I  
EDU 350 Mathematics in the Elementary School II  
EDU 355 Elementary and Middle School Level Special Education Practice  
EDU 370 Social Studies in the Elementary School  
EDU 372 Issues in Elementary Health Education  

Level III: Performing in the Classroom Coursework

EDU 375 Elementary Education Practicum  
EDU 450 Student Teaching  
EDU 451 Student Teaching Seminar  

Additional Required Courses:

HIST 151 U.S. History I  
MATH 115 Math for Elementary Education I  
MATH 116 Math for Elementary Education II  
MUSIC 171 Basic Musicianship for Elementary Education  

All students are required to have field experiences in a variety of settings, including experiences in urban schools.