Dec 12, 2019  
2019-2020 Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Catalog

Elementary Education, BS


  

The BS: Elementary Education program prepares teachers for positions in grades K-8 in rural, urban, and global classrooms. Through coursework and extensive field experiences in a variety of settings, teacher candidates are able to integrate content knowledge, curriculum, and pedagogy, with emphasis on classroom management and leadership, into effective research-based instructional practices. The Elementary Education program emphasizes integrated experiential learning.

Students majoring in Elementary Education may add any approved minor.

In addition, students pursuing the BS: Elementary Education may select an Option Area to further enhance their background and potentially improve their employability. Option Areas are available in Coaching Option  Special Education Concentration  , and Instructional Technology Middle School Option  , Mathematics Middle School Option  ,Earth Science Middle School Option  , Life Science Middle School Option  Physical Science Middle School Option  , and Social Studies Middle School Option . Although these Options are not licensure endorsements, they show evidence of additional study in these areas.

Additional Requirements for the Degree:

  • A grade of C- or higher is required in all General Education courses and all other degree requirements for non-Professional Education courses.
  • A grade of B- or higher is required in all required Professional Education courses.
  • Candidates must maintain at least a 2.70 GPA overall, and a 2.70 GPA for all content courses
  • The TEP Handbook also provides additional requirement information

Credit Requirements


General Education: 32 Credits


Grade of C- or higher is required in all courses

Written and Oral Communication


Mathematics


  • Any 100 level or higher M or STAT course 4 credits

History


  • Any 100 or 200 level HSTA 4 credits

Select one of the following for Behavioral & Social Science:


Select one of the following for Humanities: Expressive Art


Select two of the following for Natural Sciences:


If BIOB 101 or GEO 101 is not completed in the General Education section, it must be completed in the Professional Content Section.

Professional Content Major Requirements: 10-12 Credits


Grade of C- or higher is required in all courses

Select 4 credits from the following Natural Sciences


Cannot be a course chosen for General Education.  If BIOB 101 or GEO 101 was not completed in the General Education section, it must be completed as the Professional Content selection.

Professional Education: 85 Credits


Grade of B- or higher is required in all courses

Junior Year Semester B Professional Sequence Part 1 Courses: 12 Credits


Senior Year Semester A Professional Sequence Part 2 Courses: 12 credits


Senior Year Semester B Student Teaching: 12 credits


Electives: 0-1 Credits


Any college-level credits to bring degree total to 128 credits

BS: Elementary Education Total Credits: 128


Additional Program Information


Information Technology Exam

Technology Requirement: Before registering for EDU 370  students must have earned a passing score on the Information & Technology Literacy Exam, or at least a B- on either COMS 115   Computer Basics for Educators (4 credits) or CAPP 131   Basic Microsoft Office (4 credits).

Minors and Options

Many Elementary Education graduates teach in upper elementary (grades 4-8) or middle school (grades 7-8). Option Areas provide candidates with a greater depth of knowledge than can be attained within a broadfield Elementary Education Major alone. To increase their hiring options, the Education Department strongly recommends that all Elementary Education majors complete either an additional Major or a Minor which leads to licensure in Montana, the Early Childhood Education Minor, or one of the Middle School Option Areas listed below. These Option Areas do not lead to licensure, and must be taken in conjunction with the Elementary Education Major.