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.

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

Electives

Upper Level Electives
SOCI 302Sociological Research Methods II3
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 (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 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 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
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
World Language 1 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
World Language 2 3
World Cultures 3
FSHD 214 Child Development I 3
SOCI 201 Foundations of Sociological Inquiry 4
 Credits19
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
ECEL 200 Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy 3
SOCI 240 Statistics for Social Research 4
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
FSHD 214 Child Development I 3
SOCI 301 Sociological Research Methods I 4
MTHM 201 Mathematics in Elementary Schools I 3
 Credits17
Third Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
MTHM 302 Mathematics in Elementary Schools II 3
READ 399 Early Literacy Development and Instruction 3
SOCI Major Elective (100-200 level) 3
SOCI Major Elective (100-200 level)  
SOCI Major Elective (300-400 level) 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
ECEL 418 Social and Cultural Context of Families and Communities 3
ECEL 427 Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms 3
READ 408 Literacy in the Elementary Grades 3
SOCI 313 Sociological Theory: A Critical Analysis 3
SOCI Major Elective (100-200 level) 3
SOCI Major Elective (300-400 level) 3
 Credits18
 Total Credits102