Educational Foundations for Elementary Teachers (B.A.) (Combined B.A./M.A.T. with Teacher Certification in Grades K-6 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities)

Educational Foundations for Elementary Teachers is a Bachelors of Arts degree that prepares students for a career in education, with the option of pursuing teacher certification in elementary education (Kindergarten-Grade 6). The course of study includes theories of learning, assessment, and human development, as well as key social, historical, and philosophical trends in American schools. It is designed to enhance students’ core content knowledge in essential subject areas of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. As such, our program provides its graduates with rigorous educational and content knowledge necessary to teach in elementary school classrooms.

Different from other majors, our program is comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, concise, and targeted; with only 120 credit hours to complete the degree. Admission to the Teacher Education program is a separate process and it is not guaranteed by the admission to this major, however, individuals interested in earning a K-6 certification will find that our program provides a seamless transition and alignment with the course of study needed for certification. Alternatively, for those individuals who do not intend to pursue certification, our program includes 27 credits as free electives, to provide students with a range of options to earn another major or minor.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements14
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements76
Additional Requirements for Teacher Certification9
Graduate Swing Courses9
Free Electives9-6
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

The graduate portion of this combined program can be found here.
Educational Foundations
EDFD 180Foundations of Education: Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts3
EDFD 200Psychological Foundations of Education3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
EDFD 300Assessment, Learning Sciences and Ethics3
EDFD 449Current Issues in American Education3
Required Courses in Mathematics
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
With advisor approval, select one 400-level mathematics class.3
Required Courses in Sciences
BIOL 100Biological Sciences4
EAES 170World Geography3
ECEL 300Scientific Inquiry in Elementary Schools I (PreK-6th Grade)3
ECEL 301Scientific Inquiry in Elementary Schools II (PreK-6th Grade)3
Required Courses in Social Sciences
HIST 117History of the United States to 18763
HIST 118History of the United States Since 18763
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
With advisor approval, select one course at the 300- or 400-level in History, Political Science and Law, or Anthropology.3
Required Courses in Literature/Language Arts
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Select one of the following:3
College Writing II
Introduction to Literature: The Short Story
Select one of the following:3
The Golden Age of Children's Literature
Art of Poetry
Women Poets
Young Adult Literature
Shakespeare: Comedies-Histories
Shakespeare: Tragedies-Romances
Fairy Tales from Grimm to Disney
Fairy Tales from Grimm to Disney
Mythology
Additional/Collateral Coursework
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
FSHD 214Child Development I3
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
Total Credits76

Additional Courses Required for Teacher Certification

ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
ECEL 375Special Topics in Early Childhood and Elementary Education1-3
ECSE 305Development and Learning in Children With and Without Disabilities3
Total Credits7-9

Graduate Swing Courses

These courses will also count toward the graduate portion of this combined program.
ECSE 523Communication, Collaboration and Consultation in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Contexts3
ECSE 536Observation and Assessment of Elementary Age Children with Disabilities3
READ 515Literacy Strategies for the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
Total Credits9

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing
WRIT 105College Writing I3
2. Literature
Fulfilled in the major.
3. Communication
Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement (Fulfilled in the major.)
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 major.)
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Mathematics in Elementary Schools I (Fulfilled in the major.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Biological Sciences (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 major.)
2. Global Cultural Perspectives0
3. Social Science Perspectives
Introduction to Psychology (Fulfilled in the major.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits14

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in the same language.3-6
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree(s)

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

Fifth year courses are taken at the graduate level, after matriculation into the graduate portion of this combined degree program.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GNED 199 New Student Seminar 1
WRIT 105 College Writing I 3
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
BIOL 100 Biological Sciences (or other BIOL course) 4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
EDFD 180 Foundations of Education: Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts 3
 Credits15
Spring
ENGL 111
Introduction to Literature: The Short Story
or College Writing II
3
EAES 170 World Geography 3
HIST 117 History of the United States to 1876 3
World Languages I 3
EDFD 221 Historical Foundations of American Education 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
ECEL 200 Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy 3
EDFD 200 Psychological Foundations of Education 3
EDFD 220 Philosophical Orientation to Education 3
HIST 118 History of the United States Since 1876 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
ENGL 255
The Golden Age of Children's Literature
or Art of Poetry
or Women Poets
or Young Adult Literature
or Shakespeare: Comedies-Histories
or Shakespeare: Tragedies-Romances
or Fairy Tales from Grimm to Disney
or Fairy Tales from Grimm to Disney
or Mythology
3
FSHD 214 Child Development I 3
MTHM 201 Mathematics in Elementary Schools I 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
FSHD 314 Child Development II: Adolescence 3
ECEL 279 Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education 3
READ 399 Early Literacy Development and Instruction 3
MTHM 302 Mathematics in Elementary Schools II 3
ECEL 300 Scientific Inquiry in Elementary Schools I (PreK-6th Grade) 3
 Credits15
Spring
ECEL 375 Special Topics in Early Childhood and Elementary Education 3
ECSE 305 Development and Learning in Children With and Without Disabilities 3
ECEL 408 Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms 3
ECEL 301 Scientific Inquiry in Elementary Schools II (PreK-6th Grade) 3
World Languages II (or Free Elective) 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
ECSE 339 Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom 3
READ 408 Literacy in the Elementary Grades 3
EDFD 300 Assessment, Learning Sciences and Ethics 3
Elective in MTHM (400 Level) 3
Elective in Social Science (300-400 Level) 3
 Credits15
Spring
ECSE 523 Communication, Collaboration and Consultation in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Contexts 3
ECSE 536 Observation and Assessment of Elementary Age Children with Disabilities 3
READ 515 Literacy Strategies for the Inclusive Elementary Classroom 3
EDFD 449 Current Issues in American Education 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120
Plan of Study Grid
Fourth Year
SummerCredits
ECSE 580 Conceptual Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Bio-Psych-Social Perspectives 3
ECEL 691 Issues, Policies and Trends in Inclusive Education 3
ECSE 508 Strengthening Partnerships with Families of Children with Disabilities 3
 Credits9
Fifth Year
Fall
ECEL 510 Clinical Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary 2
ECEL 502 Seminar I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 1
ECEL 517 Integrating Science and Technology in Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 3
ECSE 542 Inclusive Pedagogies for Students with Complex Learning and Behavioral Needs 3
Comprehensive Exam (GRAD CMP section 72)  
 Credits9
Spring
ECEL 511 Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 6
ECEL 504 Seminar II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 3
 Credits9
 Total Credits27