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Course Requirements – Elementary Education

MAJOR IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

While students must complete a full general education sequence, the following specific general education courses must be chosen to meet the requirements for this major:  
BIO 108 Introduction to Life Sciences/lab (3 credits)
CIS 103 Microcomputer Applications in Education (3 credits)
EDU 234 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credits)
HST 105 or 106 Introduction to American History I or II (3 credits)
PHY 108 Introduction to Physical Science/lab (3 credits)
PSY 200 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)

Courses Required in the Major:
EDU 122 Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century (3 credits)
EDU 140 Literature for Children and Adolescents (2 credits)
EDU 200 Introduction to Classroom Teaching (3 credits)
EDU 203 Survey of Learners with Exceptionalities (3 credits)
EDU 223 Introduction to Classroom Assessment (3 credits)
EDU 234 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credits)
EDU 263 Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts (6 credits)
EDU 306 Analysis and Correction of Reading Difficulties (3 credits)
EDU 310 Reading Methods Practicum – Elementary (3 credits)
EDU 333 Multi-sensory Methods of Instruction (2 credits)
EDU 355 Analysis and Correction of Math Difficulties (2 credits)
EDU 373 Teaching through a Global Perspective (2 credits)
EDU 394 Counseling Techniques (3 credits)
EDU 400 Classroom/Behavior Management Techniques (3 credits)    
EDU 410 Planning for Instruction and Assessment(2 credits)
EDU 450 Student Teaching at the Elementary School Level (10 credits)

Courses Required in Other Disciplines:
CDS 105 Speech and Language Development of the Normal and Exceptional Child (3 credits)
MTH 350 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary/Early Childhood (3 credits)
BIO 370 Methods of Teaching Science in Elementary/Early Childhood (2 credits)
Students must select one course in geography.
Students must select one course in health or nutrition and wellness.
Students must select one course in economics.
Students must select an additional course in mathematics.

Graduation Requirement:
Students must complete one course in religion. REL 225 World Religions is highly recommended.


Inclusion Specialty  Certificate
Fontbonne’s Inclusion Specialty certificate provides elementary education candidates with valuable knowledge and skills for effectively teaching diverse populations within the contemporary classroom. This specialty certificate involves 18 credit hours of coursework that develop competencies in the teaching of students with disabilities in inclusive learning environments.


Early Childhood Certification:
Candidates seeking the major in elementary education may also work toward certification in early childhood education (birth—3rd grade) by adding the appropriate sequence of coursework. (Students wishing to major in Early Childhood should contact the department of human environmental sciences.)

Courses Required for Adding Early Childhood Certification:
EDU 338 Emergent Literacy across the Curriculum (2 credits)
HES 131 Introduction/Observation of Early Childhood Programs (3 credits)
HES 230 Infant/Toddler Development (3 credits)
HES 232 The Young Child (3 credits)
HES 431 Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum (3 credits)
HES 432 Administration of Early Childhood Programs (2 credits)

Early Childhood Special Education Certification:
Candidates who seek to add certification in early childhood education (birth—3rd grade) may also add early childhood special education by adding three courses in addition to the above:

EDU 307 Methods of Early Childhood Special Education
EDU 314 Practicum in Teaching Students with Disabilities (3 credits)
or
HES 375 Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
EDU 325 Individualized Assessment Approaches in Early Childhood (3 credits)