Elementary Education (Bachelor of Science in Education, B.S.E.)

The Department of Education faculty is committed to the professional preparation of teachers for employment in elementary education programs. The goals are to prepare teachers who are:

  • Classroom leaders, professionally prepared to accept responsibility for student learning (MWSU Conceptual Framework);
  • Highly knowledgeable in their cognitive areas (MoSPE/MWSU/INTASC Standards);
  • Skilled in the techniques and methods of teaching across a diverse student population (MoSPE/MWSU/INTASC Standards);
  • Practiced in the application of six domains of positive teacher dispositions (MWSU Disposition);
  • Proven in the demonstration of ten essential professional behaviors (MWSU Professional Behaviors).
General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Major Requirements
EDU 202Introduction to Education 13
EDU 203Participation in Teaching I 11
EDU 225Educational Psychology3
EDU 303Experience in Teaching II 12
EDU 304Applied Methods and Management 13
EDU 308Multicultural Education3
EDU 310Introduction to Reading3
EDU 315Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child 13
EDU 320Language Arts Methods2
EDU 330Science Methods in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School3
EDU 332Teaching in the Integrated Areas3
EDU 340Social Studies Methods for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher3
EDU 351Mathematics Methods for Early Childhood and Elementary Educators3
EDU 360Assessing and Individualizing Reading3
EDU 370Behavior Management2
EDU 375Teaching Reading in the Elementary School3
EDU 403Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations 13
EDU 408Elementary Student Teaching III 1,29
EDU 430Teaching Students with Reading Deficits3
ENG 403Literature for Children3
MAT 352Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I3
PHS 230Physical Science for Elementary Teachers3
PSY 101General Psychology3
Concentration
Select an area of concentration
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Course is within the Professional Sequence.

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See Professional Semester for prerequisites and requirements.

The Professional Semester - Elementary Education

A student enrolled in Elementary Student Teaching will assume the daily teaching schedule of the cooperating teacher.

Elementary Student Teaching (EDU 408 Elementary Student Teaching III) is to be taken during the student’s senior year. Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations (EDU 403 Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations) is to be taken concurrently with Elementary Student Teaching. A passing score on the Content Area Assessment is required before enrollment in EDU 403 Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations or EDU 408 Elementary Student Teaching III.

Course work during the professional education semester is usually limited to EDU 403 Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations and EDU 408 Elementary Student Teaching III. Petition for any additional course work must be submitted to the Education Department in the semester prior to Elementary Student Teaching.

The Area of Concentration

The elementary major must also select one area of academic subject concentration from a possible set of twelve areas to broaden one’s expertise in at least one subject area. The requirements for each subject concentration are determined by the MWSU Education Department in consultation with the various academic departments.

Five of the concentration areas also yield an additional teaching certification (called an added endorsement) approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Those five areas are:

  1. Mild-Moderate Cross Categorical Disabilities (K-12);
  2. Early Childhood-Special Education (birth to grade 3);
  3. Early Childhood Education (birth to grade 3);
  4. Special Reading (K-12); and
  5. English Language Learners (ELL) (K-12).

The other subject areas of emphasis include English, Spanish, French, Foreign Language, mathematics or computer science, reading, general science, and social science. The specific course requirements for each area are available from the Education Department. Early planning of one’s total program is facilitated by 4-year plans for B.S.E.-Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.

Added Endorsements for Certified Areas of Concentration                                               (Missouri Certification Required)

Mild-Moderate Cross Categorical Disabilities (K-12)

Concentration Requirements
EDU 303Experience in Teaching II 12
EDU 310Introduction to Reading 13
EDU 315Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child 13
EDU 342Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement2
EDU 348Language Development for Educators3
EDU 352Introduction to Cross-Categorical Disabilities3
EDU 360Assessing and Individualizing Reading 13
EDU 370Behavior Management2
EDU 375Teaching Reading in the Elementary School 13
EDU 386Career Education and Transition in Special Education2
EDU 411Methods of Teaching the Student with Cross-Categorical Disabilities3
EDU 420Counseling Techniques/Parents2
EDU 426Experience in Teaching Secondary Students with Cross-Categorical Disabilities3
EDU 427Experience in Teaching Elementary Students with Cross-Categorical Disabilities3
MAT 352Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I 13
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Elementary Education Degree Requirement

Early Childhood-Special Education (birth to grade 3)

Concentration Requirements
EDU 313Family, Community, and Schools: Partnering for Young Children3
EDU 314Issues & Trends in the Education of Young Children and the Management of Programs for Young Children3
EDU 315Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child 13
EDU 342Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement2
EDU 344Early Childhood Assessment3
EDU 348Language Development for Educators3
EDU 357Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education: Curriculum Development3
EDU 359Infants and Toddlers2
EDU 370Behavior Management2
EDU 391Curriculum Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education3
EDU 420Counseling Techniques/Parents2
EDU 461Experience in Early Childhood Special Education6
PED 392Child Growth and Motor Dev3
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Elementary Education Degree Requirement

Early Childhood Education (birth to grade 3)

Concentration Requirements
EDU 300Introduction to Early Childhood Education2
EDU 303Experience in Teaching II 12
EDU 304Applied Methods and Management 13
EDU 313Family, Community, and Schools: Partnering for Young Children3
EDU 314Issues & Trends in the Education of Young Children and the Management of Programs for Young Children3
EDU 315Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child 13
EDU 344Early Childhood Assessment3
EDU 348Language Development for Educators3
EDU 360Assessing and Individualizing Reading 13
EDU 391Curriculum Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education3
EDU 392Experience in Early Childhood Education2
EDU 403Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations 13
EDU 408Elementary Student Teaching III 19
MAT 352Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I 13
PED 392Child Growth and Motor Dev3
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Elementary Education Degree Requirement

Special Reading (K-12)

Concentration Requirements
EDU 311Secondary Reading Techniques3
EDU 312Secondary Reading Techniques Practicum1
EDU 342Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement 12
EDU 348Language Development for Educators3
EDU 370Behavior Management2
EDU 420Counseling Techniques/Parents2
EDU 483Practicum I in Reading: Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties3
EDU 484Practicum II in Reading: Remediation of Reading Difficulties3
EDU 521Teaching Students with Reading Deficits3
ENG 503Literature for Children3

 NOTE: Candidate applies for certification after 2 years of classroom teaching experience.

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Elementary Education Degree Requirement

English Language Learners (ELL) (K-12)

General Requirements
A valid Missouri permanent professional certificate or license to teach
Concentration Requirements
EDU 315Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child3
EDU 308Multicultural Education3
or COM 342 Intercultural Communication
EDU 311Secondary Reading Techniques3
EDU 348Language Development for Educators3
or EDU 430 Teaching Students with Reading Deficits
EDU 470English Language Learners Practicum3
ENG 232Language Awareness3
TSL 459Policy, Curriculum, and Instruction for ELLs3
TSL 467Second Language Acquisition3
TSL 468Methods of Teaching Second Language Students3
TSL 469Materials and Assessment for ELL3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 124 credit hours, (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major and concentration coursework.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Education coursework.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.