Bachelor of Science in Education Degree - Elementary Education

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degrees provide students with the content, pedagogy, and practice to serve as a teacher in grades 1-8. Additional endorsements are available in reading, early childhood, and middle school. This program culminates with a 14-week student teaching experience in K-12 schools.

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Elementary Education includes general education courses, courses from specific disciplines, professional education courses, courses for an optional minor or area of concentration, and elective courses. A grade of “C” or better is required in all professional education courses graded on an “A” through “F” letter basis, and a grade of “S” is required in all professional education courses graded on an “S/U” letter basis.

Degree Requirements:

General Education Courses

Major Courses

Optional Minor or Concentration courses

Elective Courses

Degree available in Bismarck

Requirements

General Education Requirements for the Major in Elementary Education

For accreditation and licensure requirements the following general education courses are required for a major in Elementary Education:

Communication

ENGL 110College Composition I

3

Or

ENGL 111HHonors Composition I

3

 

ENGL 120College Composition II

3

Or

ENGL 121HHonors Composition II

3

 

COMM 110Fundamentals Of Public Speaking

3

Or

COMM 111HHonors Public Speaking

3

Citizenship

CSCI 101Introduction To Computers

3

GEOG 161World Regional Geography

3

HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness

2

PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology

3

Critical and Creative Thinking

ART 122Two-Dimensional Design

3

BIOL 111Concepts of Biology

3

BIOL 111LConcepts of Biology Lab

1

MATH 103College Algebra

4

GEOL 100Earth Science

3

GEOL 100LEarth Science Laboratory

1

Select one course from the following:
ENGL 220Introduction to Literature

3

ENGL 240Masterpieces of World Literature

3

ENGL 260Masterpieces of American Literature

3

Select one course from the following:
HIST 103United States To 1877

3

HIST 104United States Since 1877

3

Total Credit Hours:41

Elementary Education Major Courses

Pre-Professional Courses:

BIOL 111Concepts of Biology

3

BIOL 111LConcepts of Biology Lab

1

EDUC 250Introduction to Education with Field Experience

4

ELED 238Children's Literature

3

ENGL 382Adolescent Literature

3

GEOL 100Earth Science

3

GEOL 100LEarth Science Laboratory

1

PSYC 250Developmental Psychology

3

SCNC 105Physical Science

3

SCNC 105LPhysical Science Lab

1

Professional Courses in Elementary Methods Block - Fall

ELED 300Elementary Curriculum and Language Arts

3

ELED 390SElementary Education Science Methods

3

ELED 390XTeaching Mathematics in Elementary and Middle School

3

ELED 398BElementary Methods Block Field Experience I

1

Or

ELED 398CElementary Methods Block Field Experience II

1

These courses must be taken concurrently.

Professional Courses in Elementary Methods Block - Spring

ELED 282Reading Across Curriculum and Content Reading

3

ELED 310Elementary Curriculum and Social Studies

3

ELED 390ACreative Arts for Elementary Teacher

3

ELED 390PTeaching Physical Education and Health in the Elementary School

1

ELED 398BElementary Methods Block Field Experience I

1

Or

ELED 398CElementary Methods Block Field Experience II

1

These courses must be taken concurrently.

Additional Professional Courses:

EDUC 280Education of Exceptional Learners

3

EDUC 300Teaching For Diversity with Field Experience

2

EDUC 305Philosophy and Curriculum of Middle School

2

EDUC 310Methods of Teaching in Middle School

2

EDUC 350Portfolio Preparation

1

EDUC 360Managing the Learning Environment

3

EDUC 405Educational Psychology

2

EDUC 406Instructional Design, Technology and Assessment

3

ELED 281Reading for the Elementary Teacher

3

ELED 383Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disabilities

2

ELED 484Practicum in Reading

1

MATH 277Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I

3

MATH 278Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II

3

Total Credit Hours:68

EDUC 280 and EDUC 300 must be taken concurrently.

EDUC 350 is taken the same semester as one's application to pre-service teach. 

ELED 383 and 484 must be taken concurrently.

Pre-Service Teaching Semester (15 credits):

Select one (ELED 498K requires prior completion of coursework for early childhood concentration):

ELED 498ATeaching in the Elementary School

15

ELED 498KTeaching in Elementary and Early Childhood Classrooms

15

Total Credit Hours:83

All professional courses have a prerequisite of admission to Teacher Education.

Minors and Areas of Concentration

In addition to the General Education and major requirements, an Elementary Education major may choose to pursue a minor or an area of concentration. If the minor is in a subject that teachers can be licensed to teach in North Dakota, then it can lead to licensure in combination with an education major. Students should consult with their academic advisors or the department chair to discuss licensure details. Specific requirements for each minor are shown under that department in the catalog.

With the approval of the chair of the Department of Teacher Education, a student may select coursework for the middle school endorsement in lieu of a minor. The middle school endorsement must be in a content area approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB). Coursework applicable to the middle school endorsement will be determined in consultation with the academic advisor and the department chair.

A concentration consists of a minimum of 12 hours in one of these areas: natural science, social science, computer science, mathematics, reading, or early childhood. Other options may be available with the approval of the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. Required courses for the major or those courses used for general studies may not be counted in an area of concentration. Otherwise, coursework for most areas of concentration is decided jointly by the student and his or her academic advisor. Two exceptions are the reading and early childhood concentrations. Those concentrations lead to special state teacher license endorsements or credentials and require particular courses, as described in the next section.

Requirements for the Area of Concentration in Early Childhood Education

A student must be majoring in Elementary Education and be admitted into the Teacher Education Program to take the required courses in the early childhood sequence. Students must complete the entire sequence to be recommended for an early childhood endorsement on a state teaching license.

EC 310Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

EC 313Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

3

EC 323Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood

3

EC 324Early Childhood Curriculum, Methods and Materials

3

ELED 498BTeaching in the Elementary School: Early Childhood

7

ELED 498B is for students who already have completed ELED 498A - Teaching in the Elementary School (15 credits).  Alternately, students may complete ELED 498K - Teaching in Elementary and Early Childhood Classrooms (15 credits) in lieu of ELED 498A and ELED 498B.

Total Credit Hours:19

Requirements for the Area of Concentration in Reading

A student must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program to take the required courses in the area of concentration in reading. The area of concentration in reading offers the coursework leading to a reading credential for grades K-6. To obtain a reading credential, students make application to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI) after graduation and attainment of their initial North Dakota teaching license for elementary school.

ELED 282Reading Across Curriculum and Content Reading

3

ELED 383Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disabilities

2

ELED 484Practicum in Reading

1

EC 313Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

3

COMM 211Oral Interpretation

3

Select two courses from the following: (6 credits)

ENGL 211Introduction to Creative Writing

3

ENGL 232Mythology

3

ENGL 315Structure and History of English

3

ENGL 320Modern Grammar

3

ENGL 380Studies in Poetry

3

ENGL 382Adolescent Literature

3

Total Credit Hours:20