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A degree in elementary education at Iowa State prepares you either to teach all subjects or to specialize in mathematics, science, language arts, or social studies. The curriculum in elementary education is planned for students preparing to teach in grades kindergarten through six. Teaching endorsements in areas closely related to elementary education, including a special education endorsement in multi-categorical resource teaching, are available for elementary education majors.

Curriculum in Elementary Education

Degree Requirements

119 total credits minimum required

Communications and Library: 10 credits

ENGL 150Critical Thinking and Communication **3
ENGL 250Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition **3
LIB 160Information Literacy1
Communication course from approved Elementary Education list *3
Total Credits10

*Must receive a "C-" or above
**Must receive a "C" or above

Mathematics: 9 credits

MATH 195Mathematics for Elementary Education I *3
MATH 196Mathematics for Elementary Education II *3
Math Option from approved Elementary Education list *3
Total Credits9

*Must receive a "C-" or above

Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Earth/Space Sciences: 9 credits

Biological Sciences course from approved Elementary Education list *3
Physical Sciences course from approved Elementary Education list *3
Earth/Space Science from approved Elementary Education list *3
Total Credits9

*Must receive a "C-" or above

Social Sciences: 9 credits

Psych or Soc Option from approved Elementary Education list *3
Social Sciences course from approved Elementary Education list *3
Social Sciences course from approved Elementary Education list *3
Total Credits9

*Must receive a "C-" or above

Humanities: 6 credits

HIST 221Survey of United States History I *3
or HIST 222 Survey of United States History II
Humanities courses from approved Elementary Education list *3
Total Credits6

*Must receive a "C-" or above

Orientation and Initial Field Experience: 2 credits

C I 216Learning Community Orientation to Teacher Education1
or C I 315 Transfer Orientation
C I 280NPre-Student Teaching Experience I: Learning Community1
or C I 280T Pre-Student Teaching Experience I: Tutoring
Total Credits2

 Professional Education core: 21 credits

C I 201Learning Technologies in the PK-6 Classroom **3
C I 204Social Foundations of Education in the United States **3
SP ED 250Education of the Exceptional Learner in a Diverse Society **3
C I 245Strategies in Teaching **3
C I 332Educational Psychology of Young Learners **3
HD FS 240Literature for Children **3
HD FS 102Individual and Family Development, Health, and Well-being **3
or PSYCH 230 Developmental Psychology
Total Credits21

 **Must receive a "C" or above

Block I:Reading, Writing, & Math Methods: 9 credits

C I 377The Teaching of Reading and Language Arts in the Primary Grades (K-3) **4
C I 448Teaching Children Mathematics **3
C I 468APre-Student Teaching Experience II: Primary Grades, Reading and Language Arts1
C I 468CPre-Student Teaching Experience II: Primary Grades, Mathematics1
Total Credits9

 **Must receive a "C" or above

Multicultural Foundations: 3 credits

C I 406Social Justice Education and Teaching: Secondary **3
Total Credits3

 **Must receive a "C" or above

Block II:Reading, Writing, & Science Methods: 9 credits

C I 378The Teaching of Reading and Language Arts in the Intermediate Grades (4-6) **4
C I 449The Teaching of Science **3
C I 468BPre-Student Teaching Experience II: Intermediate Grades, Reading and Language Arts1
C I 468DPre-Student Teaching Experience II: Intermediate Grades, Science1
Total Credits9

 **Must receive a "C" or above

Social Studies Methods: 3 credits

C I 443The Teaching of Social Studies **3
Total Credits3

 **Must receive a "C" or above

Related Methods: 7 credits

KIN 284Elementary and Pre-school Movement Education *3
or H S 275 Health Education in the Elementary School
MUSIC 265Music in Elementary Education *2
ARTED 209Methods of Teaching in and Through Art *2

*Must receive a "C-" or above

Primary Endorsement Area: Credits Vary

Minimum grade of "C-" required for all endorsement areas but Special Education (min grade of "C" required)

Primary Endorsement Options:


Art
English/Language Arts
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Health
History
Math
Science
Special Education
Speech/Theatre
Social Studies
World Languages
 

Student Teaching: 16 credits

C I 416ASupervised Student Teaching - Elementary: Primary grades (K-3) **8
C I 416BSupervised Student Teaching - Elementary: Intermediate grades (4-6) **8
Total Credits16

**Must receive a "C" or above

Total Credits: 119 minimum credits (credits will vary depending on endorsement option)

U.S. Diversity and International Perspectives Requirement: Students in elementary education fulfill the U.S. Diversity with SP ED 250 or HD FS 240. International Perspectives Requirements  are met by choosing three credits of coursework from university-approved Humanities or Social Sciences included on the Elementary Education approved options sheet.

Elementary Education, B.S.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
C I 216 or 315*1C I 280N or 280T*1
C I 205X Social Foundations of Schooling in the United States: Early Childhood and Elementary Education3SP ED 2503
PSYCH 230 or HD FS 1023MATH 1953
ENGL 1503HIST 221 or 2223
LIB 1601CHEM 102L or PHYS 102L3
Social Science Option3PSYCH or SOC Option3
 Summer: Praxis Core 
 14 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
C I 2013C I 2453
HD FS 2403C I 3323
ENGL 2503Biological Science Option 3
MATH 1963Math Option3
ASTRO 1062Endorsement Area3
ASTRO 106L1 
Apply/Accepted to Educator Preparation Program  
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Block I12Block II12
  
C I 405X   
  
  
  
Social Science Option3Endorsement Area3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ARTED 2092Student Teaching: 
KIN 284 or H S 2753C I 416A8
MUSIC 2652C I 416B8
Communications Option3 
Humanities Option/Endorsement Area3 
Apply to Student Teach Praxis Subject Assessments Apply for Graduation  
 13 16
Total Credits: 119

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