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.
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||105||Life Science for Elementary Education and Lab|
|NATSC||105||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||330||Issues in Multicultural Education|
|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||451||Student Teaching Seminar|
Additional Required Courses:
|HIST||151||U.S. History I|
|HIST||152||U.S. History II|
|VARTS||101||Foundations of Drawing|
|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.
Elementary Educational Studies Program Requirements
The Elementary Educational Studies Program is identical to the Elementary Certification Program in Curriculum Levels I and II as described above. In lieu of practicum and student teaching in Level III, students prepare and engage in an in-depth interdisciplinary Capstone Project, resulting in a final thesis. The thesis is negotiated with and supervised by a School of Education faculty member with the option of collaborating with faculty from other schools. Students who have a clear idea of future plans may construct this final thesis so that it contributes to the pursuit of that goal. Students select from among the core concentrations listed in the certification track and complete the additional required courses.