Family Science and Human Development Major, Families, Children and School Settings Concentration 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 to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students also are strongly 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 Requirements24
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3
Major Requirements36
Teacher Education Program Requirements51
Free Electives6
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Family and Child Studies Core
FSHD 200Introduction to the Content Areas in Family Science and Human Development3
FSHD 304Research Methods for Studying Families and Human Development3
FSHD 315Field Experiences in Family and Human Services3
or FSHD 316 Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children
FSHD 348Individual and Family Development Over the Life Course3
FSHD 418Working with Diverse Families and Children3
FSHD 445Poverty and Families3
Developmental Core
FSHD 214Child Development I3
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Major Electives
Complete 9 credits of any available FSHD courses.9
Total Credits36

Teacher Education Program Requirements (K-6)

Pre-Professional Sequence
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
Child Development I (Course credits are counted in the major.)
Introduction to Psychology (Course credits are counted in the major.)
Professional Sequence
First Semester Junior Year
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
Child Development II: Adolescence (Course credits count in the major.)
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 Credits51

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. Literature3
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
Complete one 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
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 Perspectives3
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 Credits24

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
Poverty and Families (Fulfilled in 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
 Credits4
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Spring
Apply to the Teacher Education Program  
EDFD 220 Philosophical Orientation to Education 3
MTHM 201 Mathematics in Elementary Schools I 3
 Credits6
Third Year
Fall
FSHD 314 Child Development II: Adolescence 3
MTHM 302 Mathematics in Elementary Schools II 3
READ 399 Early Literacy Development and Instruction 3
ECEL 279 Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education 3
 Credits12
Spring
ECSE 339 Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom 3
ECEL 408 Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms 3
 Credits6
Fourth Year
Fall
ECEL 410 Clinical Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 1-3
ECEL 412 Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms 1
ECEL 427 Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms 3
READ 408 Literacy in the Elementary Grades 3
 Credits8-10
Spring
ECEL 414 Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 9
ECEL 421 Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits54-56