|Requirements for certification
|EDU 102 - Foundations of Education
(2 credits) This course provides philosophical, historical, social and economical foundational background for students considering the teaching profession.
|EDU 202 - Early Field Experience
(1 credit) This course requires 25 clock-hours of field experience with a certified teacher in an area school. Prerequisite: EDU102.
|EDU 206 - Survey of Exceptional Individuals
(3 credits) This course provides an overview of the history of special education up to and including present day trends and practices in education students with exceptionalities. Various areas of exceptionality are explored, including ways to support students with diverse learning and behavioral needs in inclusionary environments.
|EDU 227 - Instructional Technology
(2 credits) This course enables students to develop proficiency with a variety of technologies available for classroom instruction. It also provides insights and tools that would apply to 1:1 classrooms, flipped classrooms and online learning. Most of the coursework is based as students demonstrate basic working knowledge of various tools and equipment.
|EDU 228 - Children's Literature
(2 credits) This course focuses on the history of children's literature and its uses in the classroom. This course provides an introduction to the criteria and selection of Children's literature for elementary school students. Various genres are detailed, and ideas for curriculum integration are discussed. A study of illustrations and authors is included.
|EDU 304 - Educational Psychology
(3 credits) The application of psychological principles to the learner, the learning
process and the learning situation. This course not only explores learning
theories that impact education today, but also has an emphasis on developing
appropriate motivation techniques, creating developmentally appropriate and
productive learning environments, developing classroom management, as well as
developing authentic and appropriate evaluation and assessment. Prerequisites:
EDU102, PSY221 or 224, and junior class standing.
|EDU 323 - Teaching Mathematics
(3 credits) A study of materials, lesson design, methods, and procedures for the teaching of mathematics at the elementary and middle school levels are the primary points of study for this course. Prerequisite: admission to the teacher education program.
|EDU 326 - Teaching Reading and Language Arts
(3 credits) Lesson design and methods for the teaching of language arts are the primary points of study for this course. Specifically, this course addresses how to teach reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and grammar.
|EDU 328 - Teaching Science in the Elementary Classroom
(3 credits) Foundational course for teaching science in the elementary classroom.
Methods and materials will be developed as they relate to modern practices of teaching
science. This course will focus on a broad range of topics covered in this
curricular area, including earth/space science. This course includes field
experience. Prerequisites: admission into teacher education program and
concurrent enrollment in EDU343.
|EDU 329 - Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom
(2 credits) Foundational course for teaching social science in the elementary
classroom. Methods and materials will be developed as they relate to modern practices of
teaching social studies. This course will focus on the broad range of topics
covered in this curricular area, including economics and civic literacy. This
course includes field experience. Prerequisite: admission into teacher
|EDU 340 - Human Relations
(2 credits) Major issues and concepts associated with living in a culturally diverse society and teaching in culturally diverse schools will be clarified. Students will consider ways in which ethnicity, gender/sexuality, social class, and religion intersect and influence beliefs and behaviors.
|EDU 343WI - Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems
(3 credits)(Writing intensive) Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems focuses
both on the role of formative and summative assessment in the teaching of reading.
In addition, significant attention is paid to the remediation of reading
problems. Students will study the design, development, implementation and
evaluation of remediation for students with reading problems, including
diagnostic and prescriptive procedures for individuals and groups of students.
Students will be required to write and revise their work for professional
audiences. Formal and informal assessment procedures will be examined. Writing
is a significant part of each exam. A practicum experience is a key component
of this course. Prerequisites: EDU326, admission into teacher education
program, and concurrent enrollment in EDU328.
|EDU 409 - Philosophy of Education
(2 credits) The liberally educated Christian teacher is the knowledgeable servant of God and society and this course examines critically the reasoning behind policies and methods of teaching, learning and schooling. Various schools of thought are discussed, including a distinctively Christian perspective, to assist students in their personal response to these issues as they serve as professional teachers. Prerequisite: admission into teacher education program.
|EDU 413 - Elementary Student Teaching *
(4-16 credits) A 4- to 16-week classroom experience of observation, participation and teaching in an elementary classroom. The number of weeks/credits required for student teaching will be determined by the coordinator of student teaching and the chair of the department.
|Note: *If seeking certification in special education, unified early childhood, early childhood or reading, complete 8 credits of student teaching in elementary education and 4-8 credits of student teaching in special education, early childhood or reading. The number of weeks/credits required for student teaching will be determined by the coordinator of student teaching and the chair of the department.
|ART 235 - Integrating Art for Elementary Classroom Teachers
(1 credit) Methodology of teaching art concepts to elementary-aged students integrated
into the elementary curriculum. Studio projects, textbook study, and lectures
are included. Does not count toward an art major or minor. Prerequisite:
|KIN 235 - Integrating PE for Elementary Classroom Teachers
(1 credit) The methods of teaching elementary physical education and health:
emphasizing effective instructional procedures and practices to facilitate health and
wellness in elementary-aged students. KIN338 is an acceptable substitute for
those seeking an elementary education major and unified early childhood
endorsement. Does not count toward a PE major or minor. Prerequisite: EDU326.
|MUS 235 - Integrating Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers
(1 credit) This course is designed to equip elementary majors with methods and
materials for incorporating music in their educational curriculum. KIN338 is an
acceptable substitute for those seeking an elementary education major and
unified early childhood endorsement. Does not count toward a music major or
minor. Prerequisite: EDU326.
|PSY 221 - Developmental Psychology: Childhood
(4 credits) (IGE option under Self and Society) The study of the physical and mental development of the child from the prenatal period into adolescence. The course includes the study of physical, cognitive, moral, social and personality development of childhood and adolescence.
|Content area requirements:
|Biological science course: 4 credits
|Foreign language course or 201-level proficiency: 0-9 credits
|Physical science course: 3-4 credits
|MAT 107 - Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers
(3 credits) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) A study of those topics necessary and helpful for competent and enthusiastic teaching of mathematics in the elementary school, including some history of mathematics, development of number systems, number bases, sets, logic & reasoning, geometry, data analysis, and probability. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above), or a passing score on MAT090 placement exam.
|MAT 127 - Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Elementary Teachers
(3 credits) MAT127 is designed to help you understand and teach the aspects of algebra
that are highly relevant to elementary and middle school classrooms. Throughout the
course, topics are explored through rich problems and investigations, enabling
you to deepen your conceptual understanding of algebraic concepts and to
enhance your pedagogical practices. Course discussions, activities, projects,
and explorations will focus on the following topics:
Patterns & Sequences
Representing Functional Relationships
Properties of Numbers and Operations
This course is limited to elementary education majors only. Does not count
toward a math major or minor. Prerequisites: C- or better in MAT090 or ACT math
score of 20 or above (SAT480 or above), or passing score on the MAT090
|Choose one course: 4
|HIS 201 - History of the United States to 1865
(4 credits) (American history) This is a study of the early history of our national existence, from colonial beginnings through the Civil War. The emphasis is on those influences which have been most formative in shaping American society.
|HIS 202 - History of the United States from 1865
(4 credits) (American history) This surveys developments from 1865 to the present with the focus being upon the transformation of the U.S. into a modern urban-industrial society and its emergence as a 20th century world power.
|PSC 101 - American National Government
(4 credits) (IGE option under Self and Society) (American politics) A broad survey of the major political and governmental institutions in the United States. This course examines how citizens attempt to influence their government and how the government responds. The course also develops the foundations for a biblical perspective on the role of government and the role of citizens.
|PSC 235 - Comparative Politics
(4 credits) A broad survey of politics, political change, political institutions and public policy in several selected countries from different continents. Contrasts with the United States are emphasized and special attention is paid to historical development, ideological, religious and social factors.
|PSC 260 - Human Geography
(4 credits) This course introduces the study of political, physical and cultural features of space and place around the world. Familiarity with major physical and political features of the world's regions will be stressed. In addition, the course will raise various issues connected with the cultural aspect of geography, e.g., perceptions of place, changes in space over time, the interactions of human communities, the natural environment and patterns of human presence on the land.
|*Choose one course: 0-6
|Cross-cultural study elective
|Foreign language course
|Note: *Students who complete PSC260, Cultural Geography, or PSC235, Comparative Politics, for the content area requirement above have also met the cross-cultural study elective requirement.
|Total credits required: 58-86