Students preparing to be elementary teachers complete an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with coursework and field experience in literacy and language, content methods and education practices. An emphasis in one of the following approved academic areas is required:
- physical education
- social studies
The following optional added endorsements are offered and require coursework, field hours, and student teaching in addition to that required for the initial elementary license.
- Early Childhood Education Endorsement
- Special Education Generalist Endorsement
- Stages of the Teacher Education Undergraduate Program
The stages in the program provide for sequential development of research based knowledge about student learning and instructional practice. The program of preparation for initial licensure begins with an introduction to teaching and education in a series of prerequisite courses in education. Coursework taken after admission to the program provides a research-based foundation that is both theoretical and practical, for student teaching. Student teaching is a one-semester, full-time practicum in the classroom.
- Degree Requirements
- Completion of the general education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree including a total of 120 hours of acceptable coursework, 42 hours of which must be upper-division courses.
- Interdisciplinary Studies Major Courses
Courses completed to meet any other degree or general education requirements cannot be used to fulfill the requirements listed below.
- Prerequisite to Professional Core
- Professional Core
Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Preparation Program and earn a grade of C or better in each professional education course.
- Content Area Emphasis (15-21 credits)
Select an approved content area emphasis with your advisor and complete the corresponding curriculum.
- Senior Block (courses taken concurrently)
- Student Teaching