Sociology 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 Requirements12
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3
Major Requirements42
Teacher Education Program Requirements60
Free Electives3
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Required Courses
SOCI 201Foundations of Sociological Inquiry4
SOCI 212Sociology of Technology3
SOCI 220Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations3
SOCI 240Statistics for Social Research4
SOCI 301Sociological Research Methods I4
SOCI 313Sociological Theory: A Critical Analysis3
SOCI 400Senior Project3
Major Electives18
Complete 15-18 credits of Upper Level Electives from the list below.
Complete 0-3 credits of Lower Level Electives from the list below.
Total Credits42


Upper Level Electives
SOCI 302Interviews and Focus Groups3
SOCI 303Large Scale Organizations3
SOCI 304Sociology of Work and Professions3
SOCI 309Sociology of Health and Illness3
SOCI 310Directed Independent Research3-9
SOCI 311Urban Sociology3
SOCI 312Environmental Sociology3
SOCI 314Environmental Justice3
SOCI 315Social Inequality3
SOCI 316Sociology of Education3
SOCI 318Sociology of Population3
SOCI 330Political Sociology3
SOCI 336Sociology and Social Work3
SOCI 340Social Change in a Global World3
SOCI 350Special Topics in Social Issues3
SOCI 364Religion, Culture, and Society3
SOCI 401Sociology of Emotions3
SOCI 405Deviance and Social Control3
SOCI 407Sociology of the Mass Media3
SOCI 408Social Movements3
SOCI 411Special Topics in Sociology3
SOCI 420Sociology of Law3
SOCI 426Sociology of Sexuality3
SOCI 430Sociology of Gender3
Lower Level Electives
SOCI 100Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI 102Racial and Ethnic Relations3
SOCI 104Sociology of the Family3
SOCI 106Individual and Society3
SOCI 113Social Problems3
SOCI 208Men and Masculinities3
or GSWS 208 Men and Masculinities
SOCI 215Sociology of Sports3
SOCI 219Sociology of Aging3
SOCI 230Sociology of Conflict and Violence3
SOCI 250Special Topics in Current Sociology Issues3
SOCI 290Cooperative Education in Sociology3-4

Teacher Education Program Requirements

Teacher Education Program Requirements (Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher Grades K-6)

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. Literature
Foundations of Sociological Inquiry (Fulfilled in the major.)
3. Communication
Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
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
Sociology of Technology (Fulfilled in the major.)
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
Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations (Fulfilled in the major.)
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 Credits12

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one World Language course.3
World Cultures
Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits3

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This 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.


First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing3GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3
CMST 1013World Language 23
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science3World Cultures3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives3FSHD 2143
World Language 13SOCI 2014
 16 19
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3FSHD 2143
ECEL 2003SOCI 3014
SOCI 2404MTHM 2013
 16 17
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education1ECEL 4183
MTHM 3023ECEL 4273
READ 3993READ 4083
SOCI Major Elective (100-200 level)3SOCI 3133
SOCI Major Elective (100-200 level)SOCI Major Elective (100-200 level)3
SOCI Major Elective (300-400 level)3SOCI Major Elective (300-400 level)3
Free Elective3 
 16 18
Total Credits 102