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

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill General Education categories.

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

I. General Education Requirements
A. New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication - Fulfilled by CMST 101 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
D. Fine and Performing Arts3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophy and Religious Perspectives – Fulfilled by EDFD 220 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
G. Computer Science3
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled by MTHM 302 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
I. Natural Science Laboratory4
J. Physical Education1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History – Fulfilled by EDFD 221 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives – Fulfilled by PSYC 101 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Fulfilled by ECEL 200 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
II. World Languages and Cultures
A. World Languages3
B. World Cultures
Fulfilled by FSHD 445 in the major.0
III. Major Requirements
A. 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
B. Developmental Core
FSHD 214Child Development I3
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
C. Major Electives
Complete 9 credits of any available FSHD courses.9
IV. Teacher Education Sequence
See requirements below.51
V. Free Electives
Complete additional coursework to reach 120 credits.6
Total Credits120

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