Students seeking elementary teacher certification should pursue the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree (B.S.I.S.). A minimum of 124 hours is required for the degree. Students who complete the requirements for the B.S.I.S. degree and who successfully pass the required state competency examinations will fulfill simultaneously all requirements for elementary teacher certification.

Bachelor of Science Degree required

General Education Core Classes
ENGL 1301, 1302, 2303, 2301 or 2302
ART 2301, MUSI 2314
HIST 2301, 2302
MATH 1304 , 2301
EXSS (one fitness, one recreation)
RLGN 1301, 1302
BIOL 2301, PSCI 2306, 1405, EASC 1403
POLS 2301
EDUC 2306
SPCH 2302
EDUC 2310
UNIV 1000
GRAD 0001


Elementary Education Course Curriculum

For early childhood through grade 4. Coursework includes the integration of technology, multicultural education, classroom management, social studies, science, math, elementary curriculum, elementary student teaching, advanced children's literature, approaches and material in teaching reading, language arts and writing workshops and emergent literacy.

Elementary Education Certification - Interdisciplinary Studies -
Elementary Education (grades pre-K-4)
EDLI 3307 - Literature Based Approaches to Teaching Reading
EDLI 3308 - Emergent Literacy and Phonics
EDLI 3310 - Content Area Literacy in Elementary Education
EDLI 4300 - Diagnosis and Remediation of Literacy Difficulties
EDLI 4345 - Teaching English as a Second Language
EDLI 4347 - Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School
EDSP 3304 - Programs, Procedures and Issues in Special Education
EDSP 3306 - Principles of Instruction in Special Programs and Education
EDUC 4301 - Teaching Science in the Elementary and Middle School
EDUC 4303 - Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary and Middle School
EDUC 4305 - Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary and Middle School

Professional Education - In addition to the general education core and preparation
in the teaching field, all certification programs require a professional education sequence. The professional education sequence provides students with knowledge of the learner, the teaching learning process, and effective teaching and classroom management strategies. It also provides a structured program of field experiences, beginning with classroom observation and ending with student teaching. Students must have taken and passed the basic skills test upon completion of EDUC 3301 - Principles and Practices in Education and before taking further professional education courses. The following courses constitute the professional education sequence required for elementary certification (EC - grade 4):
EDIT 4332 - Integrating Technology into the Curriculum
EDUC 2301 - Introduction to Teaching
EDUC 3301 - Principles and Practices in Education
EDUC 3302 - Instructional Strategies and Practices
EDUC 3313 - Educating Students from Diverse Backgrounds
EDUC 4313 - Classroom Management
EDUC 4318 - Becoming a Teacher
EDUC 4661 - Elementary Student Teaching