Elementary Education BA/BS

Students enrolled in the Elementary Teacher Education program (grades K-8) will complete 79 credits of professional education courses, including a yearlong internship under the guidance of a faculty member and an on-site teacher educator in a local elementary or middle school. In accordance with state certification requirements, students will complete coursework for an "All Subjects, K-8" endorsement, as well as a minor endorsement in a second teaching area. It is the student’s responsibility to work closely with his/her advisor to ensure compliance with certification requirements.

Elementary Education students will have opportunities to learn about, evaluate, practice and refine a variety of teaching strategies based on best teaching practices as identified by professional organizations. It is our goal that students in Elementary Education will provide evidence through performance that they have become dedicated and knowledgeable professionals, content specialists, competent educational designers, capable educational facilitators, insightful educational evaluators, reflective professionals, and culturally responsive professionals before being recommended for elementary teacher certification. 

General Education Requirements

Written Communication
Select one of the following:6.00
WRITING AND RHETORIC I
and WRITING AND RHETORIC II
COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH
Oral Communication
COMM-204PUBLIC SPEAKING3.00
Mathematical Ways of Knowing
MATH-257MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS II4.00
Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing
Select one course from two categories:6.00-8.00
Literature
LITERATURE AND IDEAS
WORLD CLASSICS
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
MYTHOLOGIES
Arts
INTRODUCTION TO ART
INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS
SURVEY OF THE THEATER
Language
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
Scientific Ways of Knowing
NS-174NATURAL SCIENCE FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATOR4.00
PHYS-171PHYS SCIENCES FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS4.00
Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
PSYC-205LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3.00
Select one of the following:3.00
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
Diversity
GEOG-102INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY3.00
Integrative Seminar: Ethics & Values
Select one of the following:3.00
ID 300A - 300U (see course descriptions for options)
HELLS CANYON INSTITUTE
Foreign/Heritage Language
Take 16 credits of language classes if a Bachelor of Arts degree is desired, else optional.16.00
Total Credits39.00-41.00

Elementary Education Major

Program Requirements
Professional Foundations
ED-214PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION3.00
ED-216PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR THE ELEMENTARY TEACHER2.00
ED-224MEDIA & TECH FOR DIGITAL WORLD2.00
HLTH-215ELEMENTARY HEALTH SCIENCE/METHODS3.00
MATH-157MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS I4.00
RE-217CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AND STORYTELLING3.00
Phase II: Professional Studies 1, 2
Theoretical Foundations Semester (taken as a block)
ED-318ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING3.00
ED-321EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3.00
ED-328MATH METHODS K-83.00
RE-340FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY4.00
or SE-340 FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY
SE-322INCLUSION STRATEGIES K-123.00
Instuctional Design/Facilitation/Eval Strategies (taken as a block)
ED-345CULTURALLY RELEVANT TEACHING3.00
ED-424MEDIA & TECHNOLOGIES FOR TEACHING, K-122.00
ED-425INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT, K-82.00
RE-342INTERMEDIATE LITERACY4.00
or SE-342 INTERMEDIATE LITERACY
Phase III: Professional Internship 3
Int in Instructional Design/Facilitation/Eval I (taken as a block)
ED-426PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP IN EDUCATION K-8, I14.00
ED-427PROF SEMINAR: ISSUES IN EDUCATION I1.00
SE-428ADAPTIVE TEACHING I1.00
Int in Instructional Design/Facilitation/Eval II (taken as a block)
ED-429PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP IN EDUCATION K-8, II14.00
ED-430PROF SEMINAR:ISSUES IN EDUCATION II1.00
SE-431ADAPTIVE TEACHING II1.00
Electives
Select 14 elective credits14.00
Total Credits90.00
  • No grade lower than a "C-" will be accepted in any required course.
  • No grade lower than a "B-" will be accepted in any Phase II, III or Phase IV professional education course.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for admission into the Teacher Education Program.
  • Additional requirements must be met for teacher certification. See your Education advisor for details.

Sequential Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
COMM-204 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3.00
ENGL-101 WRITING AND RHETORIC I 3.00
MATH-157 MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS I 4.00
PSYC-205 LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 4.00
 Credits17.00
Spring
ED-214 PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION 3.00
ENGL-102 WRITING AND RHETORIC II 3.00
GEOG-102 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY 3.00
MATH-257 MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS II 4.00
ElectiveElective Credits 4.00
 Credits17.00
Second Year
Fall
COREHumanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing 3.00
COREHumanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing 3.00
ED-224 MEDIA & TECH FOR DIGITAL WORLD 2.00
PHYS-171 PHYS SCIENCES FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS 4.00
Program RequirementHIST-111, HIST-112 or POLS-101 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
 Credits18.00
Spring
COREIntegrative Seminar: Ethics & Values 3.00
ED-216 PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR THE ELEMENTARY TEACHER 2.00
HLTH-215 ELEMENTARY HEALTH SCIENCE/METHODS 3.00
NS-174 NATURAL SCIENCE FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATOR 4.00
RE-217 CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AND STORYTELLING 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
 Credits18.00
Third Year
Fall
ED-318 ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING 3.00
ED-321 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
ED-328 MATH METHODS K-8 3.00
RE-340
FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY
or FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY
4.00
SE-322 INCLUSION STRATEGIES K-12 3.00
 Credits16.00
Spring
ED-345 CULTURALLY RELEVANT TEACHING 3.00
ED-424 MEDIA & TECHNOLOGIES FOR TEACHING, K-12 2.00
ED-425 INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT, K-8 2.00
RE-342
INTERMEDIATE LITERACY
or INTERMEDIATE LITERACY
4.00
 Credits11.00
Fourth Year
Fall
ED-426 PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP IN EDUCATION K-8, I 14.00
ED-427 PROF SEMINAR: ISSUES IN EDUCATION I 1.00
SE-428 ADAPTIVE TEACHING I 1.00
 Credits16.00
Spring
ED-429 PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP IN EDUCATION K-8, II 14.00
ED-430 PROF SEMINAR:ISSUES IN EDUCATION II 1.00
SE-431 ADAPTIVE TEACHING II 1.00
 Credits16.00
 Total Credits129.00

Graduates with a BA/BS in Elementary Education go on to obtain careers in a variety of fields:

  • Elementary School Education (K-6)
  • Middle School Education(6-8)
  • Preschool/Daycare
  • Special Education
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Reading Specialist
  • Adult and Continuing Education
  • Business and Industry
  • Training Specialist
  • Instructional Coach

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