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.

 

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication
Fulfilled by CMST 101 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
D. Fine and Performing Arts3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences
Fulfilled by RELG 200, 204, 207, 208, 214, 282 or 382 in the major.0
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives
Fulfilled by EDFD 220 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
G. Computer Science3
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled by MTHM 201 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
I. Natural Science Laboratory
BIOL 100Biological Sciences4
J. Physical Education1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History
Fulfilled by EDFD 221 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
2. Global Cultural Perspectives
Fulfilled by RELG 185, 240, 246, 250, 254 or 256 in the major.0
3. Social Science Perspectives
Fulfilled by PSYC 101 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Fulfilled by ECEL 200 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
Total Credits18

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages3-6
World Cultures
Fulfilled by RELG 185, 240, 246, 250, 254 or 256 in the major.0
Total Credits3-6

Program Requirements

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
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
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
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
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
Seminar
Complete one course from the following:3
Seminar
Engaged Learning Project
Total Credits36

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

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