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Elementary Education

​This option prepares students to teach the basics of mathematics, language arts, reading, science, and social studies in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Students in the elementary teaching certification program choose from a variety of majors and minors, including:​

  • Early Childhood Development and Learning
  • English as a Second Language
  • Integrated Science
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Reading in the Elementary Grades
  • Social Studies: Geography Concentration
  • Social Studies: History Concentration
  • Special Education: Emotional Impairment Endorsement
  • Special Education: Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

Departmental Minors

All departmental minors must earn a minimum of 2.7 GPA. In addition, 75 percent of the major/minor must be completed prior to student teaching.  If you plan to sign a TEPD departmental major/minor please contact the faculty advisors below.  All general Teacher Education Program advising should go through the EHS Center for Student Services.

Reading in the Elementary Grades Minor (Optional BT-Reading Endorsement)

This minor may be used by students following in the BS in Education degree, provisional elementary certification. It consists of 24 hours of course work in reading and related disciplines.

This minor is a multidisciplinary selection of courses intended to prepare the student to teach reading in elementary and intermediate grades. It provides a working knowledge of developmental, remedial, and corrective reading. This minor may not be combined with a language arts major.

Interdisciplinary Majors/Minors
Language Arts Major/Minor (Optional BX - Language Arts Endorsement)

The purpose of the Language Arts major is to prepare prospective teachers to function effectively in this integral component of the elementary classroom. The goal of the program is to have the students possess the knowledge, skills, and understanding of the roles of language arts in elementary education. The prospective teacher also should develop the ability to communicate and use this knowledge in all areas of the language arts classroom. This major may not be combined with a reading minor.

Language arts is an interdisciplinary program that combines courses in the departments of Teacher Education and Professional Development, English, and Communication and Dramatic Arts, and may be authorized by faculty in those department.

Students should refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin in order to select an appropriate combination of majors and minors for teacher education, major/minor requirements, and a complete list of course descriptions.​​

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