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.

Goals

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.

Program Specifics

ED 234Children's Literature for Elementary Educators3
MA 117Mathematics in the Modern World3
ED 257Technology for Elementary Educators3
ED 104Introduction to Education3
ED 260XEducational Psychology/Human Development3
ED 339Fundamentals of Elementary Education3
ED 330Introduction to Special Education3
ED 431Assessment of Learners3
MA 204Mathematics for Elementary Educators3
ED 347Elementary Math Methods3
ED 305Reading Fundamentals3
ED 404ESOL Methods3
ED 332Reading: Literacy Development and Assessment3
ED 481Field Study# 1 (Reading)1
ED 351Language Arts Methods3
ED 407Science for Educators3
ED 346Elementary Science Methods3
ED 408Social Studies for Educators3
ED 344Social Studies Methods in the Elementary Classroom3
ED 416Teaching Reading in the Content Areas3
ED 482Field Study #2 (Reading)1
ED 436Applied Linguistics: ESOL3
ED 438Cultural Dimensions of ESOL3
ED 423Classroom Management for Elementary Educators3
ED 483Student Teaching in the Elementary School10
Total Hours78
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This course must be completed before taking any of the education classes listed below it

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 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.