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Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education, Grades K-6 + Optional Endorsements

Advising Guide

Elementary Education major course requirements: The courses for the various endorsements are listed later in this section.

The following courses are taken by incoming freshman students; transfer students may take them separately if necessary.
ED 101 Introduction to Education & Lab
ED 102 Technology: Classroom Applications & Portfolio

The following courses are taken by sophomore students; transfer students may take them separately if necessary.
ED 251 Introduction to Child Growth and Development
SPED 290 Introduction to Special Needs & Lab
MATH 129 Mathematics for Elementary Education  Prerequisite: MATH 110 College Algebra, Math 135 PreCalculus, MATH 140 Short Course Calculus, or MATH 150 Calculus
ED 220 ELA Methods & Assessments
ED 318 Kindergarten Methods & Lab

The following courses can be taken either before or after the student has been admitted to the Teacher Education Program.
ART 270 Art Education Elementary
PE 381 Elementary School Physical Education

MUS 391 Teaching Music in Elementary Schools
SOCI 212 Human Relations
ED 346 Children’s Literature

The following courses may be taken only after the student has been admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Refer to the current SMSU Academic Catalog and/or the Teacher Education application packet for the admission criteria and process.

These classes should be taken during Fall & Spring of Junior Year.


ED 344 Social Studies Methods & Lab
ED 361 Elementary Mathematics/Assessments & Lab
ED 402 Early Literacy & Linguistics & Lab
ED 443 Action Research I


ED 302 Developmental Reading, Methods and Assessment & Lab
ED 304 Professional Development & Classroom Applications
ED 363 Elementary Science/Assessments & Lab
ED 444 Action Research II

Note: These courses have a common lab placement for the year.

These classes may be taken either junior or senior year, after admission to Teacher Ed Program.
HLTH 491 Elementary School Health Education
ED 423 Classroom Management Theories and Practices & Lab
ED 453 Assessment in Education

Student Teaching – completed after all coursework for the degree and licensure field(s) are finished.
12 credits of student teaching are required for a semester length experience.

Elementary Education Majors are strongly encouraged to add an endorsement from the following choices:

Communication Arts/Literature, Gr. 5-8; 27 cr.

ENG 107 Introduction to Creative Writing

Choose one of the following LIT 261through LIT 264:
LIT 261 Novel OR
LIT 262 Short Story OR
LIT 263 Poetry OR
LIT 264 World Drama: The Global Perspective

COMM 200 Small Group Communication
COMM 215 Oral Interpretation
COMM 330 Mass Media and Society
ENG 361 Advanced Composition
ENG 365 Modern Grammar
LIT 410 Literacy and Literature for Adolescents
ED 411 Middle-Level Comm. Arts/Literature Methods  Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Mathematics, Gr. 5-8; 24 cr.

MATH 150 Calculus I (must have 3 yrs of high school math including Trigonometry or Math 125)
MATH 151 Calculus II
MATH 200 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 300 Modern Geometry 3
MATH 320 Foundations of Mathematics
MATH 325 Combinatorics
ED 412 Middle Level Methods: Mathematics  Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Social Science, Gr. 5-8; 39 cr.

ANTH 116 Cultural Anthropology
INDS **** (any)
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
HIST 210 World History in the 20th Century
HIST 222 Modern America: History of the United States from 1865 to the Present
POL 117 Introduction to Government and Politics
GEOG 101 Introduction to Geography
PSYC 101 General Psychology I
PSYC 341 Child and Adolescent Psychology
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
HIST 310 Environmental History
SOC 318 Forces for Social Changes
SOC 331 Minorities in American Society
ED 414 Middle Level Social Science Methods  Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Middle School Science – Gr. 5-8; 30 cr.

  1. Earth Science (8 credits)
    ENVS 101 Physical Geology & Lab
    ENVS 102 Historical Geology & Lab
  2. Physical Science (8 credits)
    CHEM 121 Basic Chemistry & Lab
    PHYS 100 Our Physical Universe & Lab
  3. Life Sciences (8 credits)
    BIOL 200 Introduction to Cellular Biology & Lab
    BIOL 201 Introduction to Biodiversity and Evolution & Lab
    BIOL 302 Botany & Lab
  4. Environmental Science (4 credits)
    ENVS 180 Intro to Environmental Science & Lab 
  5. Education Methods Course (2 credits)
    ED 413 Middle Level Science Methods    Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Preprimary Education (for ages 3 – 5); 17 credits

ED 275 Foundations: Parent-Child Relationships
ED 315 Play and Creative Activities & Lab
ED 330 Curriculum, Methods & Assessments & Lab   Prerequisite: ED 315
HLTH 290 Wellness, Safety, & Nutrition: Birth to Grade 3
SPED 470 Collaboration in Educational Settings
ED 455 Leadership Issues in Early Childhood  Prerequisites: ED 330, Admission to the Teacher Education Program

NOTE: Teacher licensure requirements given in this catalog are subject to change without notice to accommodate the requirements of licensure and accrediting agencies. These changes may be applied to students currently enrolled in the program. Students seeking a teaching license must complete a program approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board; the University will then recommend that an appropriate license be issued. Students interested in Teacher Education should ask for the most up-to-date information on teacher licensure requirements in the Education Department Office.

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