B.S. in Elementary Education (including Kindergarten)

This rigorous and exciting set of courses and field experiences prepares candidates to teach in grades kindergarten through 6th grade. In addition, elementary majors must add an additional content area concentration that significantly improves their opportunities for employment in a wide variety of schools and school settings.

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Elementary Education

UE's Elementary Education program prepares students through an exciting set of courses and field experiences designed to maximize their skills and opportunities for employment.

As in all programs, elementary candidates have an initial field experience in a local school during their freshman year; and in nearly each subsequent semester, candidates have field experiences that improve and expand their instructional and assessment skills and strategies through their senior year. As juniors, all candidates focusing on elementary education spend two full semesters, working for about a half day every day, under the tutelage of a UE professor and an excellent classroom teacher. Field placements are generally in local area schools and include a variety of experiences working with different cultures and other diverse student populations.

Professional Education Course Work

Professional Education Course Work
Course Hours
EDUC 100 - History and Foundations of American Education 3
EDUC 200 - Introduction to Diversity in Schools, Teachers, and Learners 3
EDUC 235 - Mathematics for Primary School Children 2
EDUC-320 - Teaching Strategies in K-12 Schools 3
EDUC 321 - Teaching Social Studies 3
EDUC 322 - Strategies for Special Needs Students in K-12 Schools 3
EDUC 323 - Teaching Science, Conservation, and Ecology 3
EDUC 324 - Principles and Practices in Mathematics Education 3
EDUC 330 - Literature for the Elementary and Adolescent Child 3
EDUC 345 - Designing Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum for Kindergarten Education 3
EDUC 385 - Multicultural Understanding 3
EDUC 403 - Classroom Management Techniques for the Elementary Teacher 1
EDUC 418 - Practicum: Implementing the Language Arts Curriculum 4
EDUC 419 - Practicum: Implementing Social Studies and Science Curriculum 4
EDUC 421 - Preschool and Beginning Reading Skills or EDUC 427 - Corrective Reading 3
EDUC 422 - Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School 4
EDUC 432 - Supervised Teaching in Elementary School 12
EDUC 435 - Supervised Teaching Seminar 1

Additional Required Course Work

Additional Required Course Work
Course Hours
MATH 202 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 3
PSYC 226 - Child and Adolescent Psychology 3
HE 160 - First Aid with CPR 2
COMM 380 - Intercultural Communications 3
HIST 141 - American History to 1865 or HIST 142 American History Since 1865 3
PSCY 121 - Introduction to Psychology 3
MATH 101 - Mathematical Ideas 3

Complete one course from:

Select one course from this table
Course Hours
ES 103 - Fundamentals of Environmental Science 3
GEOG 120 - World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 230 - Physical Geography 4

Elementary Education Specialization

All students must complete a specialization from one of the following: Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, Reading, or Teaching English as a Second Language.