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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

126 total credits 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 ECE list3
Total Credits10

**Must receive a "C" or above

Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Health: 14 credits

MATH 195Mathematics for Elementary Education I *3
MATH 196Mathematics for Elementary Education II *3
H S 105First Aid and Emergency Care2
Physical Sciences course from approved ECE list3
Biological Sciences course from approved ECE list3
Total Credits14

*Must receive a "C-" or above

Social Sciences: 9 credits

HD FS 102Individual and Family Development, Health, and Well-being3
One of the following:3
Survey of United States History I
Survey of United States History II
Introduction to American Government
Social Sciences course from approved ECE list3
Total Credits9

Humanities: 9 credits

Humanities courses from approved ECE list9
Total Credits9

Human Development and Family Studies: 3.5 credits

HD FS 103Professional Principles for Working with Children.5
HD FS 224Development in Young Children: Birth through Age 8 **3
Total Credits3.5

**Must receive a "C" or above

Orientation: 2 credits

HD FS 110Freshman Learning Community Orientation1
HD FS 208Early Childhood Education Teacher Orientation1
Total Credits2

 Professional Education core: 15 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 332Educational Psychology of Young Learners **3
C I 406Social Justice Education and Teaching: Secondary **3
Total Credits15

 **Must receive a "C" or above

Preprimary Inclusive: 24 credits

HD FS 240Literature for Children **3
HD FS 340Assessment and Curricula: Ages Birth through 2 Years **4
HD FS 342Guidance and Group Management in Early Childhood **3
HD FS 343Assessment and Programming: Ages 3 through 6 Years **4
HD FS 345Adapting Programming in Inclusive Settings **3
HD FS 455Curricula for Ages 3 through 6 Years **4
HD FS 456Working with Families in Early Intervention **3
Total Credits24

 **Must receive a "C" or above

Primary Inclusive: 21 credits

C I 245Strategies in Teaching **3
C I 377The Teaching of Reading and Language Arts in the Primary Grades (K-3) **4
SP ED 368Teaching in Inclusive Primary Settings **1
C I 468FPre-Student Teaching Experience II: Primary Grades Inclusive, Literacy **1
C I 433Teaching Social Studies in the Primary Grades **2
SP ED 355Classroom Assessment in Inclusive Primary Settings **2
C I 438Teaching Mathematics in the Primary Grades **2
C I 439Teaching Science in the Primary Grades **2
C I 468GPre-Student Teaching Experience II: Primary Grades Inclusive, Mathematics **1
C I 468IPre-Student Teaching Experience II: Primary Grades Inclusive, Science **1
SP ED 455Instructional Methods for Inclusive Primary Settings **2
Total Credits21

 **Must receive a "C" or above

Student Teaching**: 16.5 credits

8 credits:8
Supervised Student Teaching - Elementary: Primary grades (K-3) **
HD FS 417CSupervised Student Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education Programs. **8
HD FS 418AProfessional Practice Reflection/Discussion: Teaching.5
Total Credits16.5

**Must receive a "C" or above

Electives: 1-3 credits to equal 126 total credits

Total Credits: 126

U.S. Diversity and International Perspectives Requirement: Students in early childhood education – unified 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 ECE approved options sheet.

Elementary Education, B.S.

First Year
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 Education SP ED 2503
PSYCH 230 or HD FS 1023MATH 195 or HIST 2223
ENGL 1503HIST 221 or 2223-5
LIB 1601CHEM 102L or PHYS 102L3
Social Science Option3PSYCH or SOC Option3
 Summer: Praxis Core 
 11 16-18
Second Year
C I 2013C I 2453
HD FS 2403C I 3323
ENGL 2503ARTED 2092
MATH 1963Biological Science Option 3
ASTRO 1062Math Option3
ASTRO 106L1Endorsement Area3
Apply/Accepted to Educator Preparation Program  
 15 17
Third Year
Block I12Block II12
C I 405X   
Social Science Option3Endorsement Area3
 15 15
Fourth Year
KIN 284 or H S 2753Student Teaching: 
MUSIC 2652C I 416A8
Communications Option3C I 416B8
Humanities Option 3 
Endorsement Area 3 
Apply to Student Teach Praxis Subject Assessments Apply for Graduation  
 14 16
Total Credits: 119-121

It is our expectation that students know the requirements of their academic program and develop and follow an academic plan based on their academic catalog and degree audit using their individual academic adviser as a resource in this process.