Minor in Elementary Education

School of Education

Overview

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.

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses

A survey of psychology as an empirical/behavioral science with a consideration of underlying philosophical bases in light of a Christian worldview. Topics to be surveyed include development, cognition, learning, motivation, physiology, socialization, personality and psychopathology. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Behavioral Science credit. Grade Mode: A.

Program Courses

Candidates must select 18 credits from the following:

Developing and preparing art assignments suitable for elementary school pupils. Grade Mode: A.

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.

This course examines the structure and function of the school, foundations of education, qualities required for teacher effectiveness, and contemporary issues in education. Successful completion of this course constitutes one of the requirements for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. CBEST must be taken or basic skills requirement met during this course for acceptance to a credential program. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 25-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Special approval required. Must submit Certificate of Clearance forms and valid negative TB test results. Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.

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. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.

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. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application and acceptance to the School of Education. Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. This course is designed to fulfill the University's writing competency requirement for credential students. Grade Mode: A.

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. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.

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. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #1. Grade Mode: A.
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. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 35-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #2. Grade Mode: A.

The course emphasis is curriculum and instruction through the planning and teaching of a variety of developmentally and ability-appropriate instructional strategies for all learners, including Universal Design of Learning and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTTS), differentiation, and assessment. Candidates will complete 60-hours of fieldwork. Candidates will design and teach several classroom lessons in local elementary schools.

Instruction in materials for teaching music in the elementary school. Notes: Non-music majors. Grade Mode: A.
18
Total Program Credits
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Accreditation
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