Religious Studies 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 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 Requirements18
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements36
Teacher Education Program Requirements60
Free Electives3-0
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Required Courses
RELG 100Religions of the World3
RELG 101Understanding Religion3
RELG 275Inter-religious Encounters3
Area Electives
Texts
Complete two courses from the list below.6
Issues
Complete two courses from the list below.6
Approaches
Complete two courses from the list below.6
Global Traditions
Complete two courses from the list below.6
Seminar
Complete one course from the following:3
Seminar
Engaged Learning Project
Total Credits36

Area Electives

Texts

Complete two courses from the following:6
Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures
New Testament/Christian Scriptures
American Religious Texts
The Qur'an
Asian Texts
Study in Religious Texts
Study in Religious Texts
Total Credits6

Issues

Issues
Complete two courses from the following:6
Religious Ethics
Death, Dying and Afterlife
Religion and Ethical Issues
Religion and Social Activism
Body and Soul
Women and Religion
The Holocaust: Religious Perspectives
Spirituality and Mysticism
Feminist Views of Religion
Religion and Peacemaking
Atheism
Jihad, Just War and the Prospect of Peace
Special Topics in Religious Issues
Total Credits6

Approaches

Complete two courses from the following:6
Religion and Culture
Religion and Society
Feminist Views of Religion
Religious Experience
Myth, Meaning and Self
Philosophy of Religion
Psychology of Religion
Religion, Culture and Society
Religion and Society
Total Credits6

Global Traditions

Complete one course from the following:3
The Arab World and Religion
Asian Religions
Islamic Religious Traditions
African Religions
Africana Religions in the Americas
Native American Religion
Religion in Latin America
Complete one course from the following: 3
Introduction to Greek and Roman Religion
Buddhism
Hinduism
Taoism
Religion in the United States
Asian Religions
Islamic Religious Traditions
African Religions
Africana Religions in the Americas
Native American Religion
Religion in Latin America
Spirituality and Mysticism
Total Credits6

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 Seminar1
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 Influences
Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures (Fulfilled in the major.)
New Testament/Christian Scriptures
American Religious Texts
The Qur'an
Asian Texts
Study in Religious Texts
Study in Religious Texts
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 a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course that also fulfills the Teacher Education Health/Hygiene requirement.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 Perspectives
Fulfilled in the major.
RELG 185The Arab World and Religion3
or RELG 240 Asian Religions
or RELG 246 Islamic Religious Traditions
or RELG 250 African Religions
or RELG 254 Native American Religion
or RELG 256 Religion in Latin America
3. Social Science Perspectives
Introduction to Psychology (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.
Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy
Total Credits22

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
Fulfilled in the major.
The Arab World and Religion
Asian Religions
Islamic Religious Traditions
African Religions
Native American Religion
Religion in Latin America
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
 Total Credits10