The major consists of 78 credit hours. Coursework provides needed credit hours to qualify for elementary certification from the State of Florida plus two endorsements: ESOL and Reading. IDS 105 is a prerequisite.
Note: Upon notification from the Florida Department of Education credit hours and course listings are subject to change.
In addition to the goals that span the entire EXCEL curriculum, the elementary education major has these unique goals:
- Theoretical Foundation: understanding of the varied education trends and methods in the educational world and ability to apply this understanding to practical teaching situations.
- Issues Analysis: awareness of key issues in the field of education and ability to delineate a critically reflective stand on those issues.
- Applied Communication Intervention: ability to analyze actions, diagnose problems, and design effective and ethical educational interventions.
This major provides students with the skills, attitudes, and credentials necessary to enter elementary school teaching. Students who successfully complete the major are prepared to meet the requirements for certification in Florida public schools in accordance with the State of Florida Teacher Certification rules.
|ED 234||Children's Literature for Elementary Educators||3|
|MA 117||Mathematics in the Modern World||3|
|ED 257||Technology for Elementary Educators||3|
|ED 104||Introduction to Education||3|
|ED 260X||Educational Psychology/Human Development||3|
|ED 339||Fundamentals of Elementary Education||3|
|ED 330||Introduction to Special Education||3|
|ED 431||Assessment of Learners||3|
|MA 204||Mathematics for Elementary Educators||3|
|ED 347||Elementary Math Methods||3|
|ED 305||Reading Fundamentals||3|
|ED 404||ESOL Methods||3|
|ED 332||Reading: Literacy Development and Assessment||3|
|ED 437||Field Study #1 (English Student of Other Languages - ESOL)||1|
|ED 351||Language Arts Methods||3|
|ED 407||Science for Educators||3|
|ED 346||Elementary Science Methods||3|
|ED 408||Social Studies for Educators||3|
|ED 344||Social Studies Methods in the Elementary Classroom||3|
|ED 416||Teaching Reading in the Content Areas||3|
|ED 417||Field Study #2 (Reading)||1|
|ED 436||Applied Linguistics: ESOL||3|
|ED 438||Cultural Dimensions of ESOL||3|
|ED 423||Classroom Management for Elementary Educators||3|
|ED 400||Student Teaching in the Elementary School 2||10|
This course must be completed before taking any of the education classes listed below it
Candidates must maintain a GPA of 2.50 in all courses, complete the fingerprinting process, and be approved by the Program Director before being permitted to begin Student Teaching. Student Teaching must be passed with a grade of B or better and will be comprised of 13 weeks with 1 week counting as Field Study #3 in Reading.
Note: During the semester of student teaching, the student must be available during regular school hours and not be employed full time. This is an intense time of work, and student teachers must give full attention to teaching. The student must have all courses completed, and no other coursework may be taken during the student teaching experience. Any student applying to the Elementary Education degree program should be aware that certain experiences in their background can preclude them from eligibility to work in the state of Florida as an Educator pursuant to Florida Statute 1012.32. Please check the following websites to have a clearer understand of the local and state background checks to ensure that your graduation will not be delayed: www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm? or Florida Department of Education: www.fldoe.org/.
Candidates are required to take the General Knowledge Exam within the first four courses of the major. In addition, students must take and pass the Subject Area Exam and the Professional Education Exam in accordance with the sequence of the cohort schedule provided by their academic advisor.