BA Major in Elementary Education

B.A., Major in Elementary Education

The elementary education program prepares candidates to fulfill roles in contemporary schools, kindergarten through sixth grade. For additional information concerning the Southwestern College teacher education program, candidates should refer to the Teacher Education Handbook and four-year advising plans, available in the education department and from an education advisor.

Majors in elementary education devote the greater portion of their work during the first two years to broad general education. The work of the last two years consists of continued academic coursework at the upper level and professional courses and experiences. The student's professional education program culminates in the senior year with the professional semester.

General requirements

The education program consists of 33 semester hours of general education courses for teacher certification in addition to major requirements.

Major requirements*

  • EDUC150 Introduction to Education (2 hours)
  • EDUC215 Foundations of Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC216 Diversity Field Experience (1 hour)
  • EDUC220 Educational Technology (3 hours)
  • EDUC223 Fine Arts in the Elementary School (3 hours)
  • EDUC280 The Other Literacies (3 hours)
  • EDUC318 Numbers, Computation, and Mathematical Processes (3 hours)
  • EDUC322 Educational Psychology (4 hours)**
  • EDUC323 Introduction to Exceptionalities (4 hours)**
  • EDUC328 Instructional Strategies in Physical Education for the Elementary Classroom Teacher (2 hours)
  • EDUC329 Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature (2 hours)
  • EDUC336 Introduction to the Reading Process (3 hours)
  • EDUC337 Science in the Elementary School (3 hours)
  • EDUC338 Mathematics in the Elementary School (3 hours)
  • EDUC343 Home, School, and Community (3 hours)
  • EDUC344 Content Area Literacy (3 hours)
  • EDUC345 Social Science in the Elementary School (3 hours)
  • EDUC349 Reading in the Elementary School (4 hours)
  • EDUC437 Elementary School Methods and Management (4 hours)**
  • EDUC440 Student Teaching Seminar (1 hour)**
  • EDUC447 Observation and Supervised Teaching in the Elementary School (12 hours)**
  • EDUC450 Introduction to Language, Linguistics, and Culture in the Context of Second Language Acquisition (3 hours)
  • EDUC490 Teaching English as a Second Language and Assessing Language Competency (3 hours)

**Taken only after formal admittance to the Teacher Education Program.

Cognate requirements

  • MATH215 Introduction to Statistics and Probability (3 hours)
  • PSYC 112 General Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC218 Child Psychology (3 hours)

*2023-2024 Academic Catalog

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