Elementary Education

Elementary Education

The emerging elementary education professional is expected to:

  1. Select General Education Objective courses that support the cognitive knowledge and skill requirements of an elementary teacher, including a study of the state’s history.
  2. Have subject matter knowledge in social science, language arts, science, mathematics, or language. He/she must utilize this knowledge in specific applications and assessments within the educational methods curriculum.
  3. Be aware of the theories related to cognitive and physical child development, classroom management and motivation, lesson planning, instructional delivery, technology classroom integration and assessment.
  4. Participate in diverse early and extended field experiences, where their lesson planning, instructional delivery, and assessment can be externally evaluated.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Summary of Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education

  1. All Elementary Education majors will complete the General Education Requirements for a Bachelor's degree, completing all General Education Objectives, plus any additional elective Objective courses required to bring their total to a minimum of 36 credits.
  2. Completion of a major in Elementary Education includes:
    1. the Professional Education Core;
    2. the Elementary Education-required courses; and
    3. one Emphasis Area (English, Mathematics, Science, or History) chosen from the fields listed under Elementary Education Emphasis ­Areas.

The Professional Education Core

Some of these courses are required to be taken before entering the Teacher Education Program (please read course descriptions for prerequisites and corequisites).

EDUC 2201Development and Individual Differences3
EDUC 2204Families Community Culture3
EDUC 2215Using Technology in a Digital World3
EDUC 3301Inquiring Thinking Knowing3
EDUC 3302Motivation and Management3
EDUC 3308Foundations of Educational Knowledge, Planning, and Assessment4
EDUC 3311Instructional Technology3
SPED 3350Creating Inclusive Classrooms3
EDUC 4408Pre-Internship Field Experience Seminar2
Either
EDUC 4494Elementary Education Student Teaching Internship (Except for Special Ed students)14
or (For Special Education students)
EDUC 4494Elementary Education Student Teaching Internship7
and
SPED 4495Special Education:Student Teaching Internship7

Elementary Education Required Courses

EDUC 2235Introduction to Elementary Art Methods and Materials1
EDUC 3321Integrated Language Arts Methods3
EDUC 3322Literature for Children across the Curriculum3
EDUC 3330Elementary Math Methods3
EDUC 3331Elementary Science Methods3
EDUC 3336Social Science Methods3
EDUC 4419Developmental Literacy3
HE 2211Health Education Methods Elementary1
HIST 4423Idaho History3
or
Historical Geography of Idaho
MATH 2256Structure of Arithmetic for Elementary School Teachers3
MATH 2257Structure of Geometry and Probability for Elementary School Teachers3
MUSC 2233Music Methods for Elementary Teachers2
PE 3357Methods of Teaching Elementary Physical Education3

Requirements for Elementary Education Standard Certification Only

1. Completion of the Professional Education Core:

EDUC 2201Development and Individual Differences3
EDUC 2204Families Community Culture3
EDUC 2215Using Technology in a Digital World3
EDUC 3301Inquiring Thinking Knowing3
EDUC 3302Motivation and Management3
EDUC 3308Foundations of Educational Knowledge, Planning, and Assessment4
EDUC 3311Instructional Technology3
SPED 3350Creating Inclusive Classrooms3
EDUC 4408Pre-Internship Field Experience Seminar2
EDUC 4494Elementary Education Student Teaching Internship14

  2. Completion of the Elementary Education Professional Courses:

EDUC 2235Introduction to Elementary Art Methods and Materials1
EDUC 3321Integrated Language Arts Methods3
EDUC 3322Literature for Children across the Curriculum3
EDUC 3330Elementary Math Methods3
EDUC 3331Elementary Science Methods3
EDUC 3336Social Science Methods3
EDUC 4419Developmental Literacy3
HE 2211Health Education Methods Elementary1
MATH 2256Structure of Arithmetic for Elementary School Teachers3
MATH 2257Structure of Geometry and Probability for Elementary School Teachers3
MUSC 2233Music Methods for Elementary Teachers2
PE 3357Methods of Teaching Elementary Physical Education3

Elementary Concentration Areas leading to 20 credit Endorsement

Biology (minimum of 20 credits)

Required Courses:
BIOL 1101
1101L
Biology I
and Biology I Lab
4
BIOL 1102
1102L
Biology II
and Biology II Lab
4
BIOL 2209
2209L
General Ecology
and General Ecology Laboratory
4
Approved BIOL plant biology electives3-4
Approved BIOL animal biology electives3-4
BIOL 4413Biology Teaching Methods3
Strongly Recommended
BIOL 2206
BIOL 2207
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory 1
4
1

CHEM 1111CHEM 1111L, General Chemistry I and Lab, 5 credits, is a prerequisite for BIOL 2206, BIOL 2207.

Earth Sciences (minimum of 21 credits)

GEOL 1100
1100L
The Dynamic Earth
and The Dynamic Earth Lab
4
OR
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
GEOL 1110Physical Geology for Scientists Laboratory 11
GEOL 2202Historical Geology3
GEOL 2210Earth in Space and Time3
GEOL 3315Evolution of the Earth's Surface4
GEOL 4400Practicum in Geology Teaching1
GEOL 4410Science in American Society2
GEOL/HIST/POLS 4471Historical Geography of Idaho3
Plus electives from the following, to reach a total of at least 21 credits:
Global Environmental Change
Planetary Geology
Geology of Idaho
Geology of North America
Seminar
Other geoscience electives may be approved by advisor.
1

Candidates must take GEOL 1110 even if they have taken the lab for  GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1101 (GEOL 1100L or GEOL 1101L).

English

ENGL 2211Introduction to Literary Analysis3
ENGL 2267Survey of British Literature I Beginnings through 18th Century3
or ENGL 2268 Survey of British Literature II 19th Century to Present
ENGL 2277Survey of American Literature I Beginnings to 18603
or ENGL 2278 Survey of American Literature II 1860 to Present
ENGL 2280Grammar and Usage3
ENGL 2281Introduction to Language Studies3
ENGL 3311Literary Criticism and Theory3
ENGL 3327Special Topics in Genre (Young Adult Literature)3
ENGL 4431Teaching and Writing Projects Special Topics3
ENGL 4433Methods Teaching English3
ENGL 4476Shakespeare3
or ENGL 4477 Shakespeare in Performance

English as a New Language (ENL)

Foreign Language4
ANTH/ENGL/LANG 1107Nature of Language3
or ENGL 2280 Grammar and Usage
ANTH 4450Sociolinguistics3
or ANTH 4455 Phonetics
EDUC 4460Foundations of ESL3
EDUC 4463ESL Methods3
EDUC 4464ESL Practicum1
ENGL 3356Ethnicity in Literature3

History (minimum of 21 credits)

Category I – World Regions (6 credits, at least 3 of which must be HIST 1101 or HIST 1102)

HIST 1101Foundations of Europe (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6.)3
HIST 1102Modern Europe (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6.)3
HIST 2251Latin American History and Culture (Satisfies General Education Objective 9.)3
HIST 2252East Asian History (Satisfies General Education Objective 9.)3
HIST 2254Middle East History and Culture (Satisfies General Education Objective 9.)3
HIST 2255African History and Culture (Satisfies General Education Objective 9.)3

Category III – Courses for Teachers

HIST 4418United States History for Teachers3
Plus ONE of the following:3
Early North America
Industrialization and Reform in the United States
Modern United States

Category IV – Upper Division U.S. History

HIST 4423Idaho History3

History Electives – 6 credits from Categories V and VI

Select  TWO courses from the lists of upper division History elective courses in Categories V and VI in the Bachelor of Arts in History listing in the Arts and Letters section of this catalog.

Mathematics (minimum of 20 credits)

ALL of the following five (5) courses
MATH 1144Trigonometry2-5
or MATH 1147 Precalculus
MATH 1170Calculus I4
MATH 2240Linear Algebra3
MATH 3343Modern Geometry I 13
Plus TWO of the following five (5) courses:
MATH 1127The Language of Mathematics3
MATH 1130Finite Mathematics3
MATH 1153Introduction to Statistics3
MATH 1175Calculus II4
MATH 1187Applied Discrete Structures3
1

Candidates must take MATH 2240 and MATH 2287 as prerequisites for MATH 3343.

Special Education (29 credits)

Core Courses
SPED 3330The Exceptional Child3
SPED 3340Principles of Behavior Management3
SPED 4423Designing Instruction3
SPED 4424Assessment Procedures in Special Education3
SPED 4429Teaching Students with Significant and Multiple Disabilities3
SPED 4432Explicit Instruction3
SPED 4434Language and Communication Methods in Special Education3
SPED 4443Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3
SPED 4446Secondary Special Education3
Practicum/Student Teaching Courses
SPED 4430Practicum in Individualized Instruction1
SPED 4435Practicum in Small Group Instruction1
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