This program prepares candidates with a foundation of educational theory, research and practices for teaching in the elementary school classroom. This preparation focuses on reading theory and practice, thematic teaching and portfolio assessment.

Requirements for the Elementary Education Program (Endorsement)


General Education Core

GED500 Educational Research3The student is exposed to contemporary practices in educational research. Topics investigated include: research design, data analysis and interpretation, and literature review. Designs for researching problems and issues in public schools are emphasized through use of the Action Research model. Prerequisite: 21 graduate credits or by permission of the Division Chairperson. Fall and spring course.
GED501 Contemporary Issues in Education or Contemporary Issues Course3This course will focus on the identification, definition and analysis of some of the most important problems facing the contemporary, public elementary and secondary schools. Students engage in problem solving strategies which address the routine of daily school operations. Many topics and discussions are designed to bring forth an exposure to local and national issues which impact the school community. Fall course.
GED503 Curriculum Development3The course will explore the foundations for curriculum development, curriculum procedures and practices. The role of philosophy in curriculum planning as well as the impact of current trends in educational reform will direct class activities. Work on curriculum projects will center around Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards. (Student taking GED503 may not take for GSE503 for credit.) Fall course.

Area of Concentration

GED509 Math Concepts and Methods3Students will develop, teach and evaluate lessons and activities for developing mathematical reasoning, problem solving, and for teaching the major strands in math curricula. Students will investigate thematic units that combine math with the disciplines of science and technology, developing goals and objectives that correspond to national and state standards in mathematics, including Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards. Fall course offered every two years.
GED510 Science in the Elementary School3Students will explore curriculum and materials in elementary science and become familiar with national and state standards for K-8 student performance in science. Students will develop and demonstrate lessons in science, research and review literature for use in science integration and survey technology with web based explorations. Summer course.
GED527 Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School3The creation of a standards based unit will provide the background for exploring the problems and issues facing elementary teachers of social studies. In creating their units, students will review different approaches to the teaching of social studies as well as available materials, both print and electronic. Summer course.
GRE507 Children’s Literature and Language Arts3This course presents a survey of children's literature, including but not limited to poetry, picture books, traditional tales, fantasy, fiction, biography and informational text. Language arts areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing are integrated with the literature. Emphasis will be placed on the role of literature in robust reading instruction, content area integration, reader-response theory, and how technology and 21st century skills support and encourage students' access to literature experiences. Fall course offered every two years.
GRE512 Developmental Reading3After an in-depth investigation of the reading process is conducted, students will investigate a variety of approaches to the teaching of reading, classroom management, and student evaluation. Summer course.
GSP503 Behavioral and Learning Characteristics of Students with Special NeedsThis course provides an introduction to the education of students with special education needs in various educative contexts. Findings from the research, evidence-based practices as well as "best inclusive" practices will be examined. Special Education students must take GPS508 before GPS503. Fall and Spring course.


GED520A Practicum in Elementary Education*3The purpose of the practicum is to provide the student with field experience to develop the competencies related to the initial licensure in elementary education. Students are required to spend 60 hours in the field, devote activities to preparation and evaluation, and participate in supervisory meetings. Students work on Entries 1 and 4 of the initial licensure portfolio. Grade of "B" or better is required. $200 Practicum Endorsement Portfolio fee.


3Choose one 3-credit course from the following:
GED525 Co-Teaching3This course focuses on the understanding and application of co-teaching structures in order to reach all students within the general classroom setting and supporting inclusive education systems. It highlights the following co-teaching structures: supportive, parallel, complimentary and team co-teaching.
GRE511 Emergent Literacy3This course will examine the development of literacy skills, including language development, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, in early childhood from birth through grade 2. Emphasis will be on current theories, teaching methods, and assessment tools. Spring course offered every two years.
GRE513 Reading Assessment, Analysis and Intervention3This course will introduce students to a variety of formal and informal reading assessments for use in the elementary and secondary schools to identify the strengths and needs of students in the area of reading. Students will be trained in administering, interpreting and analyzing data of a qualitative assessment so that they can design effective teaching programs to meet the needs of all students. Prerequisite: GRE512 or permission of the Division Chairperson. Fall course.
GRE514 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas3This course will provide teachers with methods of instruction to support student reading and writing at grade levels 6-12. The reading component of the course will focus on strategies for increasing comprehension, expanding word identification and vocabulary as well as the effective use of informational sources, technology and information literary. The use of writing to learn, the writing process, the assessment of writing and the modifications to accommodate the learning needs of all students will be addressed. (Students taking GRE514 may not take GSE514 for credit.) Spring course offered as needed.
GRE516 Reading and Writing Workshop3Students will participate in a reading/writing workshop format where they will examine current theories and practice to understand the relationship between reading and writing. Students will process much of their learning through creative and reflective writing. They will also examine the writing process on the basis of technical and stylistic expectations. Fall course offered as needed.
GRE518 Word Study3his course will provide for intensive study of current theories and practice in word recognition and spelling. Students will administer a spelling inventory, analyze the inventory and design appropriate, individualized learning activities for school-age children. Summer course.