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2021-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Elementary Education (K-6) Major, BS


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Program Descriptionelementary education, classroom, teacher

The Elementary Education [ELE] program has revised its Program to Study to:

1) streamline the required hours for the major

2) strengthen the mathmatics content of its candidates for the classroom and certification purposes

3) reflect the amended NCDPI requirememts and the University’s goal to identify the program’s foundational, breath, and depth courses. The revision also includes five Breath Areas [Literacy, Special Education, Forms of Alternative Communication, STEM/STEAM, and Urban Studies].  

Student Learning Outcomes

The elementary teacher education candidate will:

  • Demonstrate leadership in the classroom, school and the profession by meeting the needs of individual students, demonstrating high ethical standards, and promoting professional growth.
  • Exhibit sensitivity toward diversity in parents, schools, communities and in the world by accommodating individual differences among learners and advocating for the social justice of all students.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the relevant content taught and the interconnectedness of disciplines.
  • Facilitate learning by using a variety of instructional methods, integrating technology in instruction, and using critical-thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Reflect on own practices by analyzing and assessing instruction, student learning and progress.
  • Utilize clear and effective Standard English when speaking and writing.

Major Requirements

The program provides a carefully planned sequence of classroom and field experiences that will result in the development of competent teachers for grades K-6. The curriculum is organized to include the general education core curriculum, professional studies, specialty area courses and a second course of study in one of the following areas: English as a Second Language, Math/Science/Technology, and Special Education. The course sequence for these areas is denoted in the program paradigms by the use of the term “second course of study.” Students are required to complete a minimum of 121 units. Elementary education majors should complete the general education curriculum and obtain admission into Teacher Education during the first two years of enrollment.

Program Summary

Total Number of Semester Hours………………………………….. 120-123 semester hours

General Education Requirements…………………………………… 45 semester hours

                                                                                 15  semester hours of Second Course of Study

Elementary Education Professional Core…………………………60  semester hours

BS in Elementary Education

Pre-requisites
MAT 1325 - Principles of Math I  
MAT 1326 - Principles of Math II  

Foundation Courses

Foundation Courses
(15 credit hours)
Requirements for the Major
EDU 2334 - Education, Culture, and Society  
EDU 2322 - Promoting Social Justice through Education  
EDU 3311 - Child and Adolescent Development   or BKE 2320 - Child Development  
EDU 3315 - Curriculum, Instructional Planning, Assessment  
ELE 2301 - Math in Today’s Elementary Classroom  

Breadth Courses

Breadth Courses
(21 credit hours)
 
Requirements for the Major
EDU 4339 - Integrating Media and Technology in P-12 Settings  
EDU 3338 - Psychological Foundations of Education  
RED 3361 - Teaching Reading in the Elementary School  
SPE 3300 - Exceptional Children in the General Education Classroom  
Elementary Education majors must also complete 9 hours within one of the breadth area foci listed below.
Literacy   Special Education   STEM/STEAM   Forms of Alternative Communication   Urban Studies
ENG 3346 - Children’s Literature     SPE 3340 - Characteristics of Students with Behavior Disorders  [fall]   MAT 3326 - Geometry   and MAT 2337 - Discrete Mathematics     SPE 3323 - Language and Communication Disorders  [spring] and ALS 3301 - ESL Grammar for Teachers     EDU 2301 - Advancing the Academic Success of Black Males  [fall] and EDU 2308 - Advancing the Academic and Social Success of Black Girls  [spring]
RED 4311 - Reading Diagnosis and Correction     SPE 3320 - Characteristics of Students with High Incidence  [fall]   MUS 3342 - Technology in Music     RHS 2302 - American Sign Language I   and ALS 3300 - Cultural Aspects of Teaching and Learning ESL     JUS 4330 - Social Justice  
RED 4362 - Methods and Materials in Reading Instruction Middle Grades     SPE 3315 - Behavior and Classroom Management  [fall]   PHS 1303 - Introduction to Planetary Science     RHS 2303 - American Sign Language II   and ALS 3308 - Literacy Strategies for ESL Learners     SOC 4317 - Urban Communities  
BKE 3329 - Early Language And Literacy     SPE 3305 - Methods of Teaching Math to Students with Special Needs  [spring]   PHS 1307 - Environmental Science     RHS 3305 - American Sign Language III   and ESL 4301 - Effective Teaching Methods in ESL     SOC 4364 - Race and Culture  
SPE 3325 - Methods of Enhancing Reading Skills for Student with Exceptional Needs  [spring]   SPE 3325 - Methods of Enhancing Reading Skills for Student with Exceptional Needs  [spring]             

 

Depth Courses

Depth Courses
(27 credit hours)
Requirements for the Major
ELE 4332 - Methods/Assessment Teaching Language Art/Social Studies  
ELE 4335 - Methods and Assessment in Teaching Mathematics  
ELE 4336 - Classroom Management and Preclinical  
ELE 4341 - Methods & Assessment of Teaching Science   
RED 4312 - Reading, Assessment, and Remediation  
EDU 4333 - Student Teaching Seminar  
EDU 4981 - Observation, Student Teaching, and Practicum  

**Total credit hours

63 credit hours

Specialized Admission Requirements for the Major

Requirements for Pre-Majors:

Advisor’s Tools for Elementary Education Pre-Majors

  1. Sample Program of Study
  2. Elementary Concentration

Sample Program of Study

The following courses are recommended for the completion of the required program of study in eight semesters.

Freshman:

Sophomore:

Elementary Education Second Course of Study (SCS)

All Elementary Education majors must choose one second course of study and complete 18 semester hours within their chosen area.  Students must choose one of the following areas: English as a Second Language or Math/Science/Technology, or Special Education.

Course/ Title

Credit hours

Semester generally taught

English as a Second Language

ALS 3300 - Cultural Aspects of Teaching and Learning ESL   

3

Fall

ESL 3302 - Foundations of Second Language Acquisition   

3

Fall

ESL 2310 - Englishes of the World   

Gen Ed. Course

3

Fall

ALS 3301 - ESL Grammar for Teachers   

3

Spring

ALS 3303 - Effective Teaching Methods in ESL  

3

Spring

ESL 2305 - Language, Culture, and Cross- cultural Interaction   

Gen Ed. Course

3

Spring

Math/Science/Technology

You are required to take, at least, two mathematic, two science and two technology courses

MAT 1312 - Pre-Calculus I      

or

 MAT 1325 - Principles of Math I   (Gen Ed. Course)

3

Fall/Spring

MAT 1313 - Pre-Calculus II   

3

Fall/Spring

MAT 2326 - Elementary Statistics   

or

MAT 1326 - Principles of Math II   

(Gen Ed. Course)

3

Fall/Spring

BIO 1315 - Introduction to Biotechnology   

and

BIO 1115 - Introduction to Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory   

OR

BIO 1314 - General Biology II   

and

BIO 1114 - General Biology II Laboratory   

(Gen Ed. Course)

4

 

 

 

 

4

Spring

BIO 1320 - Environmental Biology   

 (Gen Ed. Course)

3

Fall/Spring

CSC 1306 - The Computer and its Use I   

(Gen Ed. Course)

3

Fall/Spring

MIS 1380 - Business Computing   

(Prerequisite to MIS 2312 - Internet Technology )

(Gen Ed. Course)

3

Fall/Spring

MIS 2312 - Internet Technology   

(Gen Ed. Course)

3

Fall/Spring

Special Education

SPE 2310 - Introduction to Exceptional Individuals   

(Prerequisite for all Special Education courses)

3

Fall and Spring

SPE 2320 - Transition Service Delivery for Students with Disabilities  

3

Fall

SPE 3310 - Classroom Management  

 

3

Fall

SPE 3340 - Characteristics of Students with Behavior Disorders  

3

Fall

SPE 3320 - Characteristics of Students with High Incidence  

3

Fall

SPE 3305 - Methods of Teaching Math to Students with Special Needs  

3

Spring

SPE 3323 - Language and Communication Disorders  

3

Spring and Summer

SPE 3325 - Methods of Enhancing Reading Skills for Student with Exceptional Needs  

3

Spring

 

  General Admission Requirements for the Major

  • Be admitted to the Elementary Education Program by the end of the sophomore year. Make formal application for admission to the program during the second semester of the sophomore year.
  • Pass Praxis Core, an essay test, and an interview conducted by departmental faculty members.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and at least a grade of C in all basic academic courses (English and Mathematics) to qualify for admission to the Elementary Teacher Education Program and student teaching.
  • Sign a Disposition Statement.
  • Present the approved program health form completed and signed by a private physician.
  • Present acceptable ratings on personal and professional characteristics as determined by the character reference form and from interviews in the specific department.
  • Complete admission to teacher education as it is a prerequisite for Methods Block courses, all other 4000 level courses and any other courses listed in the catalog.

Progression Requirements

Candidates must maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 and at least a grade of C in all major academic courses.

All 4000 level education courses require admission into Teacher Education and completion of the requirements listed in admissions requirements. All 4000 level courses must be approved by an Elementary Education Program Advisor.

Elementary Education majors will complete a minimum of 16-24 hours of professional development activities, 40-60 hours of field experience prior to the Elementary Education Pre-clinical Practicum, 60-90 hours of the Elementary Education Pre-clinical Practicum and Student Teaching.

Candidates must take the North Carolina Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum test during student teaching. Taking North Carolina Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum testis required for graduation. Passing the North Carolina Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum testis required for North Carolina teaching licensure.

Elementary Education majors are required to complete a Senior Project Portfolio as a requirement of graduation and recommendation for certification. The following are directives for the Senior Project Portfolio submission.

  • Complete and electronically store evidences/artifacts from the emerging and developing course assignments.
  • Take the Methods Block courses for the Elementary Education Pre-clinical Practicum during the fall semester of the senior year. Complete evidences for the Senior Project Portfolio.
  • The Elementary Education Pre-clinical Practicum is completed the semester before the Student Teaching clinical experience. The Pre-clinical semester and the student teaching semesters are required to be completed consecutively.
  • Complete two Elementary North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards’ Evidences in the Methods Block courses.
  • Complete two Elementary North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards’ Evidences during the Student Teaching Experience.
  • Complete EDU 4333 - Student Teaching Seminar  assignments for the Senior Project Portfolio.
  • Electronically submit the Elementary Education Senior Project Portfolio in the appropriate assessment system.

Second Course of Study Requirements

All students must choose a second course of study (18 hours) from the following: English as a Second Language, Math/Science/Technology, or Special Education. See list of course requirements above.

Major Courses

EDU 2334 - Education, Culture, and Society   

SPE 3300 - Exceptional Children in the General Education Classroom   

MUS 3211 - Music Activities in Elementary Schools (non-majors)    

RED 3309 - Teaching Reading in Elementary School K-2    

EDU 3322 - Parent, School Community Relations  or EDU 2322 - Promoting Social Justice through Education  

ELE 3311 - Human Growth and Development  

RED 3310 - Teaching Reading in Elementary School 3-6   

HED 3201 - Health Education for Elementary and Physical Education Teachers  

PED 3204 - Elementary Physical Education    

EDU 3315 - Curriculum, Instructional Planning, Assessment  

EDU 3338 - Psychological Foundations of Education   

EDU 4333 - Student Teaching Seminar   

EDU 4339 - Integrating Media and Technology in P-12 Settings    

EDU 4981 - Observation, Student Teaching, and Practicum   

ELE 4334 - Methods and Assessment in Teaching Language Arts   

ELE 4335 - Methods and Assessment in Teaching Mathematics   

ELE 4336 - Classroom Management and Preclinical    

ELE 4338 - Methods and Assessment in Teaching Social Studies   

ELE 4341 - Methods & Assessment of Teaching Science   

RED 4312 - Reading, Assessment, and Remediation    

Course Notes

The following are pre-requisites for the Elementary Education Program.

The following courses can only be taken after admission to Teacher Education:

ELE 4341 - Methods & Assessment of Teaching Science   

EDU 3338 - Psychological Foundations of Education  

EDU 4339 - Integrating Media and Technology in P-12 Settings    

ELE 4335 - Methods and Assessment in Teaching Mathematics    

ELE 4334 - Methods and Assessment in Teaching Language Arts    

ELE 4338 - Methods and Assessment in Teaching Social Studies    

RED 4312 - Reading, Assessment, and Remediation    

ELE 4336 - Classroom Management and Preclinical    

EDU 4981 - Observation, Student Teaching, and Practicum    

EDU 4333 - Student Teaching Seminar    

PROGRAM OF STUDY  FOR LICENSURE ONLY

The courses listed below are required for the Elementary Education K-6 Certification recommendation.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

SPH 2341 - Fundamentals of Speech  (3)

MAT 1325 - Principles of Math I    

MAT 1326 - Principles of Math II  (3)

SEQUENCE OF COURSES

EDU 2334 - Education, Culture, and Society    

ELE 3311 - Human Growth and Development  (3)

PED 3204 - Elementary Physical Education  (2) or HED 3201 - Health Education for Elementary and Physical Education Teachers   (2)/ MUS 3211 - Music Activities in Elementary Schools (non-majors)  (2) 

SPE 3300 - Exceptional Children in the General Education Classroom  (3)

EDU 2322 - Promoting Social Justice through Education  (3)/ EDU 3322 - Parent, School Community Relations  (3)

EDU 3315 - Curriculum, Instructional Planning, Assessment  (3)

RED 3309 - Teaching Reading in Elementary School K-2  (3)

RED 3310 - Teaching Reading in Elementary School 3-6  (3)

EDU 4339 - Integrating Media and Technology in P-12 Settings  (3)

EDU 3338 - Psychological Foundations of Education  (3)

ELE 4341 - Methods & Assessment of Teaching Science  (3)

ELE 4335 - Methods and Assessment in Teaching Mathematics  (3)

ELE 4334 - Methods and Assessment in Teaching Language Arts  (3)

ELE 4338 - Methods and Assessment in Teaching Social Studies  (3)

RED 4312 - Reading, Assessment, and Remediation  (3)

ELE 4336 - Classroom Management and Preclinical  (3)

EDU 4981 - Observation, Student Teaching, and Practicum  (9) or EDU 4991 - Cooperative Education Field Experience: Alternating Plan  (9)

EDU 4333 - Student Teaching Seminar  (3)

Minor Program in Elementary Education

The program of study for the elementary education minor consists of a minimum of 19 semester hours. This program does not qualify the student for initial teacher licensure in North Carolina. Hours completed, however, may be used to satisfy requirements in another approved program. Consult your advisor or the Chair of the Department of Education.

Required Courses for the Minor (14 hrs. total)

EDU 2334 - Education, Culture, and Society  ……………………….. 3 hours

SPE 3300 - Exceptional Children in the General Education Classroom  …………. 3 hours

RED 3309 - Teaching Reading in Elementary School K-2  …………….. 3 hours

RED 3310 - Teaching Reading in Elementary School 3-6  …………….. 3 hours

ELE 3311 - Human Growth and Development    ………….…………………….3 hours

EDU 3315 - Curriculum, Instructional Planning, Assessment        ….. 3 hours

 

Electives for the Minor

(Select one or more courses from the remaining list to complete the required hours.)

HED 3201 - Health Education for Elementary and Physical Education Teachers  or

PED 3204 - Elementary Physical Education   ………………………. 2 hours

MUS 3211 - Music Activities in Elementary Schools (non-majors)  

EDU 2322 - Promoting Social Justice through Education  or EDU 3322 - Parent, School Community Relations   ………… 3 hours

 
 

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