Elementary Education Admission and Degree Requirements:

  1. Students must apply and meet the criteria for professional program acceptance.
  2. Students planning to major in elementary education must complete the following pre-professional courses before professional program acceptance is granted. Note that some of these courses have minimum grade requirements. (see courses with asterisks).

    *These courses must be completed with minimum grade of “C”.
    **These courses must be completed with minimum grade of “B”.

    Freshman Year
    *Writing Intensive Course (W)
    *ENG 105, 106, 107 or 208
    *PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
    *HIS 148 American History to 1877
    *HIS 149 American History Since 1877
    *COM 160 Speech Foundations, *COM 161 Decision Making in Groups
    *COM 162 Interpersonal Communications
    One course in Fine Arts (art or music)
    Foreign Language
    *SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
    *ANT 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

    Sophomore Year
    *MAT 105 & 106 Foundations of Math I & II
    *GEO 100 Principles of Geography
    *Laboratory Science Course (8 SH)
    **ED 206 Introduction to Education
    **EPY 203 Child Development in School
    **EPY 204 Adolescent Development in School
    **HPX 215 Health Issues in Schools
    [Laboratory Sciences: AST 122, 126, 134, 150; BIO 100, 103, 104, 111, 130, 156; CHEM 102, 104 110, 111, 120, 202; MTR 150, 162, 175; PHY 103, 110, 111, 120, 121, 136, 170]
    *A minimum grade of “C” or better is required.
  3. Students must select an academic major in arts and sciences in addition to completing their professional education courses. Students must select one of the following academic majors. At the discretion of the chair of the education and educational psychology department, other academic majors may be considered to meet this requirement:

    American Studies
    English–Writing Option
    Political Science
    Social Sciences

    In addition to the course requirements for each of the academic majors in arts and sciences listed above, students must complete forty-one (41) hours in professional education coursework. The successful completion of these courses in the following professional education general areas will result in eligibility to be teacher certified for Grades 1-6 in Connecticut:

    AREA I: Foundations of Education
    AREA II: Educational Psychology
    AREA III: Curriculum and Methods of Teaching
    AREA IV: Supervised Full-Time Student Teaching
  4. Once students receive professional program acceptance as an elementary education major, they are eligible to register for the following professional semester courses. Registration for this block of courses is open only to students accepted into the professional program. A minimum grade of “B” is required in each of these courses:

    ED 210 Foundations of Literacy I
    ED 301 Foundations Literacy II
    ED 320 The Professional Development School Experience (pass/fail only)
    ED 415 Elementary School Science
    ED 425 Elementary School Social Studies
    ED 430  Foundations Literacy III
    EPY 405 Introduction to Special Education

    Note: Field experiences are an integral part of the professional semester; students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from their assigned schools.

  5. During the senior year students will enter the student teaching phase of the program. Since field experiences are an integral part of the professional semester, students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from their assigned schools. In order to register for student teaching, elementary education majors must present at least a cumulative average of 3.0. Students are advised not to register for other courses during the student teaching semester. A student teaching application (available in the Department of Education & Educational Psychology Office—WS 249) approved by the appropriate elementary education adviser must be filed with the chairperson of the education and educational psychology department during the semester just prior to the student teaching semester. The applications must be submitted by April 1 for the fall semester, and November 1 for the spring semester.

    Before enrolling in the student teaching semester, teacher candidates may not have more than 6 semester hours of an approved, academic major coursework remaining.

    Senior Year Professional Teaching Semester Courses

    ED 340 Assessment of Teaching Strategies (pass/fail only)
    ED 341 Student Teaching - Elementary majors (pass/fail only)
  6. Students earning less than a “P” grade in student teaching may be required to complete additional student teaching and/or coursework before receiving a recommendation for graduation and certification. Students must present at least a 3.0 cumulative average in their academic and professional education required courses to graduate in the elementary education program.
  7. Other general requirements for the B.S. degree in Elementary Education include the completion of all general education requirements, including the physical education requirement and electives. Students are strongly urged to maintain an updated and signed copy of their program sheet. All requirements for this degree are listed on this program sheet, which may be obtained at the Office of the Dean of Professional Studies (White Hall 123) or the Department of Education and Educational Psychology (WS 249). Students must meet those degree requirements in effect at the time of their matriculation or re-admittance to the university.

Minor in Mathematics for Elementary Education Majors

At least 17 credits to include

  • MAT 171 or 181
  • MAT 182
  • MAT 120
  • MAT 242
  • and at least one of the following: MAT 211, MAT 363, or MAT 251.
  • Additionally, MAT 105 and 106 are required, as they are for all elementary education certification students.

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