B.A. Degree with a Major in Education Studies with Elementary Certification, P-5
This degree emphasizes the integration of content knowledge, educational theory, and pedagogical practice within appropriate teaching contexts, leading to elementary certification. Candidates who meet the requirements for the major will complete the program below in nine terms, including completion of the pre-professional term (8th term) and Student Teaching (9th term). No other courses may be taken during the Student Teaching term. Candidates must also meet all criteria for admission into, and completion of, the Teacher Education Program (see above), including the required admission Written Assessment and the Exit Portfolio.
Requirements for a Major
A major in Education Studies with Elementary Certification, P-5, is achieved by completion of the following requirements (including portfolios), in addition to the General Education and electives required for a degree:
Required Core Courses
EDS 150, 215, 227, 335, 340, 346, 347, 349, 355 (or an approved alternative), and 435
Required Professional Year Courses440, 487, and 488
Required Collateral Courses
MAT 201 and 202
Professional Year Sequence
EDS 435, 440, 487, and 488
Elective Course Work
Should be determined in consultation with the Education Studies Advisor to meet performance standards in elementary content areas including, but not limited, to art, computer science, dance, drama, economics, English literature and composition, health/physical education, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, religion, and science (both biological and physical)
Exploring the Major
Students will begin the Education Studies program with EDS 150 (see course sequencing below). Those students past their first year (including transfers) will be given priority for registration in EDS 150. Prior to the first day of the EDS 150 class, students must have completed a state criminal records clearance which takes 6-8 weeks to be processed. Students will learn about this procedure during pre-registration. While taking EDS 150, students will be assigned to a mentoring relationship with an Education Advisor to begin their sophomore year.
Admission to the Major
Grades of B- or higher in EDS 150 and one other EDS course (preferably EDS 227); a minimum overall GPA of 2.5; and demonstration of appropriate qualities of judgment, disposition, and temperament in classroom and field settings. Education Studies majors, together with their advisors, will also construct a well-developed Curriculum Plan. Also see “Requirements for All Students Seeking Certification” for information about the TEP, Student Teaching, and Recommendation for Certification.
Course Sequencing Considerations (in order to complete degree requirements within nine terms)
Students planning to major in Education Studies with Elementary Certification (P-5), are strongly encouraged to take EDS 150 in the second term of the first year, but no later than the first term of sophomore year. (Multiple sections of EDS 150 are offered each Fall and Spring term.) Students will take courses in this approximate sequence, leading up to the pre-professional 8th term and Student Teaching in the 9th term: EDS 227, MAT 201, MAT 202, and EDS courses and electives in consultation with the Education Advisor. EDS 440 is to be taken in the pre-professional term, which will be the Spring Term of the senior year. EDS 487 and 488 are to be taken in the ninth term (Fall Term). Throughout their preparation, students should seek to make connections between each of their General Education courses and their professional preparation as teachers.
Proficiency Requirements for Retention in and Completion of the Major
Students must meet all criteria for admission and retention at each stage of the Teacher Education Program. (See Requirements for all Students Seeking Certification.) In addition to completing specified course requirements and required written assessments, portfolios, and performance assessment, each student must satisfy program standards for written and oral communication, demonstrated through the portfolio and course work; and demonstrate appropriate qualities of judgment, disposition, and temperament in classroom and field settings.
Other Considerations and Recommendations
Transfer students should contact Education Studies as early as possible because special rules may apply. Throughout their preparation, majors are expected to seek out rich and substantive experiences with students of the ages they plan to teach beyond those associated with EDS courses. Such activities include SFA-related service work (e.g., One-on-One Tutoring), working with after-school programs, summer camp experiences, etc. Electives are to be chosen in consultation with the EDS Advisor to meet performance standards in elementary core content areas including, but not limited to, art, communications, dance, drama, economics, English literature and composition, health/physical education, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, religion, and science (biological & physical).