Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    18 credits
    • Major/Concentration: 18
  • Accreditation

    WSCUC

Students wishing to receive a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential to teach in an elementary classroom and wish to major in something other than liberal studies, elementary education can complete 18 credits with our elementary education minor. The elementary education minor meets the majority of requirements for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. See the Teacher Preparation Program page for more details.


Courses

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

Core Courses

This course examines the structure and function of the school, foundations of education, qualities required for teacher effectiveness, and contemporary issues in education. A 25-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Successful completion of this course constitutes one of the requirements for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. CBEST must be taken during this course.

Application of psychological principles to the education process, role of the teacher and learner, human growth and development, learning styles, motivation, memory, transfer of learning, measurement and evaluation, research and experimentation in learning theory.

Survey of the theories, programs, and instructional practices for English language development, including first and second language acquisition and individual factors affecting language acquisition. Strategies for the application of theory to classroom practice and instruction in content area literacy are emphasized. Principles of educational equity, diversity, and cultural and linguistic responsiveness are examined.

Methods and materials for teaching reading to students in elementary schools; attention to a variety of approaches and techniques; consideration of the needs of pupils with varied cultural and language backgrounds.

Introduction to the scope and sequence of the elementary school curriculum in mathematics, science, social studies and language arts; emphasis on a variety of teaching approaches, integration across content area, assessment, classroom management and resources.

A 60-hour fieldwork requirement to support the practical application of LEDU 431 Elementary Curriculum content. Candidates will design and teach several classroom lessons in local elementary schools.

Elective Courses

Developing and preparing art assignments suitable for elementary school pupils.

During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Multiple Subject education candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for helping grades K-6 students learn the state-adopted academic content standards for Math and Science.

During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Multiple Subject candidates learn content-specific teaching strategies that are effective in achieving the goals of the acceptance of personal responsibility for lifelong health; respect for and promotion of the health of others; understanding of the process of growth and development; and informed use of health-related information, products, and services.

During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Multiple Subject education candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for helping grades K-6 students learn the state-adopted academic content standards for History-Social Science.

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the historical perspectives on children's literature through picture books and young adult novels reflecting different genres. Literature representative of a variety of cultures and ethnic groups will be analyzed and discussed in order to strengthen cross-cultural understanding. Emphasis will be upon developing responses to literature through art, drama, and writing in order to strengthen children's literacy development in the elementary classroom.

Instruction in materials for teaching music in the elementary school.

Understanding, planning programs and implementing a range of fundamental movement and fitness activities designed for the elementary child: preparation for the upper-division methods course.