Elementary Education Major and Certification, Grades 1-6

Students who intend to teach in an elementary school major in the Education Department. A concurrent major or minor in another field is required and should be planned with the chair of the Education Department, in consultation with the chair of the other department.

Courses required for a major in elementary education include 45 credits in the department, as follows:

  • ED 101 - Child Development (4 Cr.)
  • ED 207 - Psychological and Developmental Foundations of Education (3-4 Cr.)
  • ED 210 - Development of Education in the United States (3 Cr.)
  • ED 221 - Assessment and Evaluation in Education (3 Cr.)
  • ED 222 - Foundation of Reading and Language Arts: Processes, Acquisition, and Instruction of Reading (6 Cr.)
  • ED 241 - Materials for Teaching Reading (3 Cr.)(January)
  • ED 243 - Assessment for Reading Instruction (3 Cr.)
  • ED 244 - Teaching Science In The Elementary School (2) , 245 Teaching Mathematics In The Elementary School (2) , and 342* - Elementary School Internship (10 Cr.)
  • ED 246 - Teaching Social Studies in Special Education and the Elementary School (3 Cr.) (January)
  • SPE 100 - Special Education: Historical, Philosophical, and Legal Foundations (4 Cr.)

*ED 210, ED 222, ENG 226, and SPE 320 fulfill the writing proficiency in the major requirement.

*ED 222 is a prerequisite for ED 241, 244, 245, and 342 and must be taken in the junior year. Successful completion of Praxis Core is a prerequisite for ED 342.

Academic courses in the following content areas:

Courses in literature, composition, art and/or music, U.S. history, world history, social science (from the following departments: Sociology & Anthropology; Political Science & International Relations; Economics; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies); 3 natural sciences (other than psychology or cognitive science, one course must be a 4 credit laboratory course), 3 mathematics (unless placed otherwise, may include MA110, MA113, PSY200, and EC101, excluding MA100).

Recommended courses:

  • SPE 235 - Teaching Mathematics and Science in Inclusive Settings: Methods and Instructional Procedures (3 Cr.)
  • SPE 320 - Counseling Exceptional Students and Their Parents (3 Cr.)
  • SPE 327 - Diagnostic and Prescriptive Techniques for Exceptional Children (3 Cr.)

*A minimum grade of B- in ED 342 and satisfactory completion of Praxis Core are required to complete the certification program.

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Elementary Dance Education Certification, Grades 1-6 and Middle School

Students must double-major in elementary education and dance, including the following courses:

  • DAN 190 - Movement Forms: a Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 Cr.)(103)
  • DAN 293(215) - Modern Technique II (1.5 - 2.0 Cr.)
  • DAN 260 (252) - Composition I (4 Cr.)
  • DAN 393(360) - Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance (4 Cr.)
  • DAN 140 - Jazz Dance Technique I (1.5 Cr.), 141 - Jazz Dance Technique II (1.5 Cr.), or 146 - Goucher African Drum and Dance Ensemble (1.5 Cr.)
  • DAN 191(230)- Music for Dance (1.5 Cr.)
  • DAN 291(235)- Light Design for Dance (1.5 Cr.)
  • DAN 261(253) - Composition II (4 Cr.)
  • DAN 294 (116)- Dance Education II-Secondary Level (4 Cr.)
  • DAN 390 - Seminar in Dance Criticism, Theory, and Philosophy (4 Cr.)
  • DAN 231 (196) - Chorégraphie Antique II (1.5 Cr.)
  • DAN 250 - Engaging in the Dance of the Past: Early Roots through the Renaissance (3 Cr.), 251 - Great Choreographers and Dancers (3 Cr.), or 255 - American Dance Traditions (3 Cr.)
  • DAN 298 298 - Labanotation (4 Cr.)(265)
  • DAN 362 (254) - Advanced Choreography and Production (4 Cr.)
  • Two credit hours of dance technique, including DAN 311 (205) - Advanced Modern Technique I (1.5 or 3 Cr.) and 321 (210) - Advanced Ballet Technique I (1.5 OR 3 Cr.)

Secondary Education Certification, Grades 7 through 12

Students desiring certification in secondary schools should consult with the chair of the Education Department during their freshman or sophomore year to ensure the timely completion of requirements. See list below for programs available that lead to certification at the secondary-school level.

Requirements include:

Major in the academic department appropriate to area of certification. Courses identified for specific area of certification. (See list below.)

Courses in education:

  • ED 103 - Adolescent Development (3-4 Cr.) (for four credits)
  • ED 210 - Development of Education in the United States (3 Cr.)
  • ED 254 - Reading, Writing, and Assessment in the Secondary School (6 Cr.)
  • ED 207 - Psychological and Developmental Foundations of Education (3-4 Cr.)(for four credits)
  • ED 253 - Methods of Secondary School Teaching (4 Cr.) (not required for certification in dance)
  • ED 353** - Secondary School Internship (10 Cr.) (taken in senior year concurrently with ED 253)
  • SPE 100 - Special Education: Historical, Philosophical, and Legal Foundations (4 Cr.)

**Prerequisites for ED 353 include a recommendation from major department and successful completion of Praxis I.

A minimum grade of B- in ED 353 and satisfactory completion of Praxis II are required to complete the certification program.

One academic course in each of the following: U.S. history, mathematics (or placement in MA 170), and non-Western culture. For example:

  • ANT 107 - Cultural Anthropology (3 Cr.)
  • ANT 255 - Political Anthropology (4 Cr.)
  • DAN 190 (103) - Movement Forms: a Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 Cr.)
  • FR 351
  • HIS 113
  • HIS 286
  • PSC 259
  • SOC 106
  • WL 230
  • Writing proficiency requirement completed through the major.

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Art Certification

Requirements include a major in art with a concentration in studio art and required courses in education.

Biological Sciences Certification

Requirements include a major in biological sciences and required courses in education.

Chemistry Certification

Requirements include a major in chemistry and required courses in education.

Dance Certification

Requirements include a major in dance.

English Certification

Requirements include a major in English, with a concentration in literature, and required courses in education.

French Certification

Requirements include a major in French and required courses in education.

History Certification

Requirements include a major in history and required courses in education.

Mathematics Certification

Requirements include a major in mathematics and required courses in education.

Russian Certification

Requirements include a major in Russian and required courses in education.

Social Studies Certification

Requirements include a major in history and required courses in education.

  • ANT 107
  • EC 101
  • EC 102
  • PSC elective (PSC 205 strongly recommended)
  • SOC 228, 250, or 260
  • PSC 113 or 114

Spanish Certification

Requirements include a major in Spanish and required courses in education.