To develop into learned and professionally skilled elementary school teachers, students engage in studies that provide an academic background for those subjects they will be teaching.

Elementary education majors select one of the liberal arts disciplines listed below, in which they fulfill the requirements for the major: The fulfillment of these requirements, together with general studies courses, provides a substantial liberal studies background as well as a foundation for professional development. Listed below are the general studies requirements and the professional education requirements.

Requirements for the Second Major:

American Studies
Art (Fine Arts)
Behavioral Neuroscience
Biochemistry
Biology
Chemistry
Communication
Dance Studies
Economics
English Literature/Writing
Environmental Sciences
French
Geosciences
German
Global Studies
History
Integrated Sciences and Mathematics
Journalism
Liberal Studies: Environmental Emphasis
Liberal Studies: Marine Ecological Emphasis
Marine Ecological Emphasis
Marine Sciences
Mathematics
Music Studies
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Russian
Sociology
Spanish
Theater Studies

 

Professional Education (24 semester hours)

Methodology curriculum and instruction courses, including reading,
with associated field experiences:
ELD-307 Emergent Literacy P-3 3
ELD-308 Fostering Language and Literacy Development 3
ELD-375 Teaching Math, N-8 3
ELD-376  Teaching Science, Social Studies and the Arts 3
Capstone professional semester including full-time student teaching:
EDU-465 Student Teaching and Seminar 12

Elementary education majors can elect to pursue the following certifications and endorsements: