Anthropology Major with Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6 (B.A.)

Students who wish to pursue K-6 teacher certification in Elementary Education must apply and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required sequence of courses and other program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students are advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements14
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements40
Teacher Education Program Requirements60
Free Electives3-0
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Required Courses
ANTH 100Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 101Physical Anthropology4
ANTH 102Linguistic Anthropology3
ANTH 103Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH 200Key Issues in Anthropology3
ANTH 301Methods in Anthropological Research and Practice3
ANTH 401Seminar in Anthropological Theory3
Electives
200-Level Anthropology Elective
Select one of the following:3
Applied Anthropology
Disability in US Popular Culture
Urban Anthropology
Historical Archaeology
Theory and Methods
Complete 15 semester hours (5 courses) from the list below.15
Total Credits40

Theory and Methods Electives

ANTH 310Immigration: An Anthropological Perspective3
ANTH 325North American Archaeology3
ANTH 330The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition3
ANTH 335Bioarchaeology3
ANTH 340The Anthropology of Work3
ANTH 350Anthropology of Aging and the Aged3
ANTH 360Environmental Anthropology3
ANTH 370Experimental Archaeology3
ANTH 380Anthropology: Gender and Sexuality3
ANTH 390Anthropology of Childhood and Youth3
ANTH 404Planetary Health3
ANTH 410Public Archaeology3
ANTH 414Special Topics in Anthropology3-6
ANTH 421Communities in Transition3-4
ANTH 422Environment and Community3-4
ANTH 423Community and Health3-4
ANTH 429Building Sustainable Communities3-4
ANTH 430Analyzing Ethnographic Discourse and Interaction3
ANTH 440Medical Anthropology3
ANTH 460Field Methods: Visual Anthropology3

Teacher Education Program Requirements (K-6) 

Pre-Professional Sequence
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
FSHD 214Child Development I3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
Professional Sequence
First Semester Junior Year
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
Second Semester Junior Year
ECSE 339Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
First Semester Senior Year
ECEL 410Clinical Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms2
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Second Semester Senior Year
ECEL 414Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms9
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
Total Credits60

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature
Key Issues in Anthropology (Fulfilled in the major.)
3. Communication
Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives
Philosophical Orientation to Education (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Mathematics in Elementary Schools I (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Physical Anthropology (Fulfilled in the major.)
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History
Historical Foundations of American Education (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
2. Global Cultural Perspectives
Cultural Anthropology (Fulfilled in the major.)
3. Social Science Perspectives
Introduction to Psychology (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
Total Credits14

World Languages and Cultures Requirement

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World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
Cultural Anthropology (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
ANTH 100 Cultural Anthropology 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
EDFD 221 Historical Foundations of American Education 3
ANTH 101 Physical Anthropology 4
ANTH 102 Linguistic Anthropology 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
Apply to Teacher Education Program by February 1 of 2nd year.  
World Language 1 3
ECEL 200 Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy 3
FSHD 214 Child Development I 3
ANTH 103 Introduction to Archaeology 3
ANTH 200 Key Issues in Anthropology 3
 Credits15
Spring
World Language 2 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
EDFD 220 Philosophical Orientation to Education 3
200-level major elective 3
Major Elective 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
MTHM 201 Mathematics in Elementary Schools I 3
READ 399 Early Literacy Development and Instruction 3
ECEL 279 Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education 3
ECEL 408 Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms 3
Major Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
MTHM 302 Mathematics in Elementary Schools II 3
READ 408 Literacy in the Elementary Grades 3
ECSE 339 Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom 3
ANTH 301 Methods in Anthropological Research and Practice 3
Major Elective 3
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
ECEL 410 Clinical Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 2
ECEL 412 Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms 1
ECEL 427 Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms 3
ANTH 401 Seminar in Anthropological Theory 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
ECEL 414 Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 9
ECEL 421 Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120