Sociology 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.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Sociology/Elementary Ed Required Courses
SOCI 201Foundations of Sociological Inquiry4
SOCI 240Statistics for Social Research4
SOCI 301Sociological Research Methods I4
SOCI 313Sociological Theory: A Critical Analysis3
SOCI 400Senior Project3
Major Electives
Select 21 credits from the following:21
Upper Level Electives
Select 9-21 credits from the following:
Sociological Research Methods II
Large Scale Organizations
Sociology of Work and Professions
Sociology of Health and Illness
Directed Independent Research
Urban Sociology
Environmental Sociology
Environmental Justice
Social Inequality
Sociology of Education
Sociology of Population
Political Sociology
Comparative Social Analysis
Sociology and Social Work
Cooperative Education in Sociology
Sociology of Emotions
Sociology of Religion
Deviance and Social Control
Sociology of the Mass Media
Social Movements
Selected Topics in Sociology
Qualitative Research in Sociology
Sociology of Law
Sociology of Sexuality
Sociology of Gender
Electives
Select 0-12 credits from the following:
The Sociological Perspective
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of the Family
Black Family
Individual and Society
Sociology of Leisure
Social Problems
Social Structure of American Society
Men and Masculinities
Sociology of Poverty and Welfare
Sociology of Technology
Sociology of Sports
Sociology of Aging
Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations
Sociology of Conflict and Violence
Total Credits39

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (K-6) 

Pre-Professional Sequence
Pre-Professional Core
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
FCST 214Child Development I3
FCST 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Health for Teacher Education
Select one of the following: 13-4
Biological Sciences
Biology for Survival
The Biology of Human Life
Human Heredity
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Genetics
Personal Health Issues
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Study of Human Diseases
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Human Sexuality
Health Education Methods
School Health and Community Services
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Honors Seminar in Science
Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science
Principles and Practice of Emergency Care
Nutrition
Mathematics Requirement
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
Elementary Ed Professional Sequence
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
ECEL 418Social and Cultural Context of Families and Communities3
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Clinical Sequence/Student Teaching
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
ECEL 422Integrating Elementary Curriculum and Assessment for Equity and Diversity3
ECEL 410Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Elementary and Early Childhood Classrooms2
ECEL 414Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms9
Total Credits60-61
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