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Elementary Education B.S.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 66
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The BS degree in elementary education is a career-oriented program that prepares students to be effective teachers of young children from kindergarten through grade six. Graduates of this teacher education program design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children in elementary education classrooms. They are prepared to work collaboratively with families and in the community. Combined with a dual major in early childhood education, significant opportunities for professional positions exist in these programs: kindergarten through 6th grade, infant and toddler care and education, preschool programs, Head Start, and early childhood family education. Graduates with the elementary education emphasis will demonstrate competencies as described in the MN Board of Teaching, Rules 8710.3200, Standard for Teachers of Elementary Education and in MN Rules 8710.2000, Standards for Effective Practice for all Teachers. Program Outcomes for Elementary Education Graduates will: 1. understand and apply educational principles relevant to the development of young children; 2. understand and apply the process of collaboration with families and other adults in support of the learning of young children; 3. understand how to integrate curriculum across subject areas in developmentally appropriate ways; 4. demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts of language arts, reading, and literature, mathematics, social studies, science, physical education and health, and visual and performing arts; 5. demonstrate ability in teaching approaches and instructional strategies to become effective teachers in the elementary level curriculum areas; 6. have knowledge of and ability to use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective teaching; 7. be able to create a motivating classroom learning environment; and 8. demonstrate a view of professional development as a career-long effort and responsibility.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 30 credits before admission to the program.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
1. Register and complete the MTLE Basic Skills Exams - Subtest 1: Reading (test Code 001); Subtest 2: Writing (Test Code 002); Subtest 3: Math (Test Code 003). 2. Submit Teacher Education Application to Department Head, Liberal Arts and Education; deadline is the last day of instruction per semester. 3. Purchase at UMC Bookstore the Teacher Education Program Portfolio packet and Insert BOT Standards Reflections completed for work completed in Ed 2200. 4. Submit writing sample - "Self-Reflection as a Prospective Professional Educator".
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.
Program Requirements
The overall major length in credits is 65.5. Students must complete 40 upper-division credits. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 throughout their enrollment in the program and must earn a C- or better in all program required courses plus ART 1xxx and ED 2100.
Elementary Education Core
Take exactly 65.5 credit(s) from the following:
ECE 4700 - Creative Arts and Language Arts: Preprimary (4.0 cr)
ECE 4702 - Mathematics, Social Studies, and Sciences: Preprimary (4.0 cr)
ECE 4730 - Understanding and Supporting Parenting (3.0 cr)
ECE 4812 - Kindergarten Student Teaching (4.0 cr)
ED 2200 - Foundations of Education (3.0 cr)
ED 2300 - Introduction to Early Childhood and Elementary Education (3.0 cr)
ED 2860 - Mathematics for Elementary Teaching (2.0 cr)
ED 2877 - Social Studies in Elementary Education (2.0 cr)
ED 2878 - Science in Elementary Education (2.0 cr)
ED 3000 - Cultural Immersion (1.0 cr)
ED 3009 - Human Relations in Diversity (1.0 cr)
ED 3010 - Child Guidance and Classroom Management (3.0 cr)
ED 3110 - Educational Psychology (3.0 cr)
ED 3201 - Reading and Language Arts (4.0 cr)
ED 3202 - Writing and Language Arts (2.0 cr)
ED 3301 - Creating Meaning Through Literature and Arts (4.0 cr)
ED 3500 - Introduction to Children with Special Needs (2.0 cr)
ED 3870 - Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Education (3.0 cr)
ED 3901 - The Professional Teacher I (0.5 cr)
ED 3902 - The Professional Teacher II (1.0 cr)
ED 4500 - Teaching in Inclusive Learning Environments (2.0 cr)
ED 4750 - Family, School, and Community Relations (3.0 cr)
ED 4827 - Elementary Student Teaching (7.0 cr)
PUBH 3005 - Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Teacher Education (UMTC) (1.0 cr)
ED 3800 is a limited lab-like experience course that is repeatable.
Take 1 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ED 3800 - Elementary Education Classroom Experiences (0.5 cr)
Liberal Education
This program requires a minimum of 40 credits of liberal education and completion of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. The following are specific required liberal education courses.
Take exactly 6 course(s) totaling exactly 19 credit(s) from the following:
· BIOL 1000 - Biology and Society [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
· COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
· COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
· ED 2100 - Child and Adolescent Development and Learning [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
· SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
· Art Elective
· ART 1152 - Drawing and Design [HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
or ART 1252 - Painting and Design [HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
or ART 1352 - Pottery Design and Techniques [HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
Technology
Take exactly 2 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· ED 2000 - Educational Technology for P-12th Settings (2.0 cr)
· ED 4000 - Educational Technology Applications (1.0 cr)
Open Electives
Students must take enough electives to satisfy the 120 credit graduation requirement. Approximately 11.5 credits will be needed. Exact number will depend on how the student selects their liberal education courses to satisfy the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.
 
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ECE 4700 - Creative Arts and Language Arts: Preprimary
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory/practice related to preprimary (preschool, kindergarten) education. Development related to learning environment, curriculum, and teaching methods. Developmentally appropriate approaches to subject matter in language arts, literacy, and expressive arts. Field experiences. prereq: 2100, 2300, ED 3110 or concurrent enrollment, minimum GPA of 2.50
ECE 4702 - Mathematics, Social Studies, and Sciences: Preprimary
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory/practice related to preprimary education (preschool, kindergarten). Development related to learning environment, curriculum, and teaching methods. Developmentally appropriate approaches to subject matter in mathematics and in physical/social sciences. prereq: 4700
ECE 4730 - Understanding and Supporting Parenting
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Parent-child relationships, adult development, family systems theory, parental authority, child compliance, developmental interaction during child rearing years. Parenting in diverse family configurations, in diverse cultures/lifestyles, and in high-risk families. Emphasizes knowledge of research for application. prereq: 2300, 3420, concurrent enrollment in Ed 3110, minimum GPA of 2.5
ECE 4812 - Kindergarten Student Teaching
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Integrate theory/practice as member of teaching team. Portfolio-based student-teaching experience. Focuses on selected BOT competencies/indicators. University approved classroom placement in kindergarten classroom. prereq: 3901, 4702, 4750, Ed 3110, minimum GPA of 2.5, achievement of passing scores on 2 of the 3 Basic Skills Tests required by the Minnesota Board of Teaching
ED 2200 - Foundations of Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Roles, responsibilities, duties, functions, routines, requirements of public school teachers. Historical, social, political foundations of public education. Role of education in a pluralistic society. Issues affecting education in American public schools. prereq: Completion of Pre-Professional Skills Test [PPST]; Minimum GPA of 2.5
ED 2300 - Introduction to Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical, philosophical, sociological foundations of early childhood/elementary education. How foundations influence current thought, practice, instruction in classroom. Current issues that affect children, families, programs, schools, profession. Field experience. prereq: Minimum GPA of 2.50
ED 2860 - Mathematics for Elementary Teaching
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Mathematics content matter for elementary school teaching. Five strands. Number and operation, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, and probability. prereq: 2200, minimum GPA of 2.50
ED 2877 - Social Studies in Elementary Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts/tools for teaching social studies as inquiry through a constructivist approach. prereq: GPA of at least 2.50
ED 2878 - Science in Elementary Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts/tools for teaching science as inquiry through a constructivist approach. prereq: GPA of at least 2.50
ED 3000 - Cultural Immersion
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Three to five days in a school setting that primarily serves minority children/families. Students observe, participate, and teach mini-lessons. Interview teachers. Demonstrate understanding of cultural and community diversity and how to incorporate children's experiences and culture into instruction.
ED 3009 - Human Relations in Diversity
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Biases, discrimination, prejudice, personal/institutional oppression in terms of history, social/educational contexts. Create responsive learning environments that contribute to self-esteem/positive interpersonal relations.
ED 3010 - Child Guidance and Classroom Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories, principles, and practices of child guidance and managing classrooms. Social/emotional competence of children/students. Peer relations and violence prevention. prereq: 2200, ECE 2100, GPA of at least 2.50
ED 3110 - Educational Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Teaching/learning process: (1) planning/effective instruction; (2) behavioral/cognitive views. Emphasizes how learning is affected by development, individual differences, motivation. prereq: 2200, ECE 2100, minimum GPA of 2.5
ED 3201 - Reading and Language Arts
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Instructional principles, standards, practices, and curriculum materials for becoming an effective teacher of literacy in elementary classrooms. Assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction. prereq: 3110, 3301, ECE 4700, GPA of at least 2.50
ED 3202 - Writing and Language Arts
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Writing foundation principles, standards, practices, and assessment tools for planning writing instruction and becoming an effective teacher of writing in elementary classrooms. prereq: 3201, 3301
ED 3301 - Creating Meaning Through Literature and Arts
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Course in children's literature designed to prepare pre-service teachers to integrate literature, art, drama, dance/movement, and music throughout the curriculum from a constructivist view of learning. Field experiences. prereq: Minimum GPA of 2.50
ED 3500 - Introduction to Children with Special Needs
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Overview of special education public laws/processes of identifying students with disabilities. Introduction of children with low/high incidence disabilities/giftedness. Definitions, causes, characteristics, education implications. IFSP/IEP. Field experiences required. prereq: 2.5 cum GPA
ED 3870 - Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Facilitating the learning of mathematics in a constructivist environment through the use of investigations, manipulatives, technology, and holistic forms of assessment. Current trends, documents created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. prereq: 3110, 2860, concurrent enrollment in ECE 4702, GPA of at least 2.50
ED 3901 - The Professional Teacher I
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Role of student teacher in planning for full-time teaching. Orientation to student teaching handbook with related assignments. Development of standards based student teaching notebook. prereq: GPA of at least 2.50
ED 3902 - The Professional Teacher II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Completion/evaluation of professional standards-based portfolio, teacher licensure application. Taken concurrently with last student teaching experience. prereq: 3901
ED 4500 - Teaching in Inclusive Learning Environments
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Addresses key aspects of developing/teaching/learning in inclusive settings. Topics include early intervention techniques, universal design, strategies in accommodation, modification/adaptations for students with mild, moderate, severe disabilities. Field experiences required. prereq: 3201, 3500, ECE 3410, 4700, minimum GPA of 2.50
ED 4750 - Family, School, and Community Relations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Emphasizes family involvement as essential to successful education. Patterns in family-school relations, trends, problems that inhibit parent involvement. Strategies for productive family involvement. Community/cultural considerations. prereq: 4730, minimum GPA of 2.5
ED 4827 - Elementary Student Teaching
Credits: 7.0 [max 7.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students teach in public school classroom with guidance/supervision by University supervisors/cooperating classroom teachers. Focuses on achievement of selected Board of Teaching standards. prereq: Sr status, advisor approval, achievement of passing scores on 2 of the 3 Basic Skills Tests required by the Minnesota Board of Teaching
PUBH 3005 - Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Teacher Education (UMTC)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scientific and socio-cultural aspects of alcohol and drug problems. Emphasizes role of education in health conservation and drug abuse prevention. prereq: Undergrad in Agricultural Education, Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education
ED 3800 - Elementary Education Classroom Experiences
Credits: 0.5 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Directed field experiences in elementary classrooms implementing curriculum lessons. Taken for two semesters concurrently with curriculum courses. prereq: GPA of at least 2.50, adviser consent
BIOL 1000 - Biology and Society (BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introductory course that explores how scientific concepts may impact an individual's daily life. Topics: how energy is transformed/transported; role of photosynthesis and respiration in global climate change; genetic inheritance; evolution by natural selection; role of environmental factors in shaping global societal development, and sustainability. Lab. prereq: High School science courses
COMP 1011 - Composition I (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Process of clear, concrete, and convincing writing. Generation and discovery of subjects, revisions, editing.
COMP 1013 - Composition II (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Writing a research paper/s. Formulating/answering a research question. Developing an organizational/argument strategy for topic/audience. Supporting research question/argument with scholarly sources. prereq: 1011
ED 2100 - Child and Adolescent Development and Learning (HI/BEH/SSC)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study of principles and major theories of development from birth through adolescence. Age trends, individual/group differences, factors which affect development/learning. Evidence-based applications.
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic selection, research, organization, rehearsal, and extemporaneous delivery of informative and persuasive speeches.
ART 1152 - Drawing and Design (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduces foundations of drawing/design. Lecture studies concepts/history of drawing/design. Studio work is practical application.
ART 1252 - Painting and Design (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduces foundations of color (painting) and design. Lecture studies concepts/history of drawing/design. Studio work is practical application.
ART 1352 - Pottery Design and Techniques (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduces foundations of art techniques and design. Lecture studies concepts/history of drawing/design. Studio work is practical application.
ED 2000 - Educational Technology for P-12th Settings
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Use of current technology applicable to P-12 classroom settings; integration of technology in support of student learning and instruction; appropriate use and ethical issues surrounding use of technology in education. prereq: Minimum GPA of 2.5
ED 4000 - Educational Technology Applications
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Apply various media and educational technology resources to enrich learning opportunities,and maximize learning for learners with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, and abilities. prereq: 2000; minimum GPA of 2.50