Elementary Education

This program prepares individuals to obtain an Oklahoma teaching certificate in elementary education and become effective teachers in the elementary grades.  Individuals certified in this area are qualified to teach in grades 1-8; however, most 7th- and 8th-grade situations could require a Middle School Certification Endorsement in core areas. A grade of “C” or better is required in all professional education classes and classes specific to the major.

 

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Required Professional Education Core (31 hours):

Course                                                    Title                                                               Hours Required

EDUC 2002                                            Orientation to Teaching                                            2

EDUC 2011                                            Directed Field Experiences I                                      1

EDUC 2022                                            Education of the Exceptional Child                             2

EDUC 2103                                            Human Development and Learning                            3

EDUC 3102                                            Educational Psychology                                            2

EDUC 3203                                            School and Society                                                  3

EDUC 3211                                            Directed Field Experiences II                                    1

EDUC 3343                                            Educational Media and Technology                            3

EDUC 4310*                                          Student Teaching in the Elementary School                10

EDUC 4442                                            Classroom Management & Evaluation Theory             2

EDUC 4542*                                          Applied Professional Studies                                     2

*Courses must be taken concurrently.

Required Elementary Education Core (41 hours):

EDUC 3003                                           Language Arts in the Elementary School                     3

EDUC 2323                                           Foundations of Literacy                                             3

EDUC 3222                                           Strategies & Materials for Literacy Instruction              2

EDUC 3313                                           Elementary Math Methods                                         3

EDUC 4003                                           Social Studies in the Elementary School                      3

EDUC 4323                                           Assessment & Instruction of Literacy                          3

MATH 2113                                           Number Systems and Problem Solving                        3

MATH 3113                                           Foundation of Geometry and Measurement                 3

ENGL 3302                                           Young People's Literature                                          2

NSCI 2423                                            Science in the Elementary School                              3

ART 3262                                             Public School Art                                                      2

PHED 3333                                           Physical Education in the Elementary School               3

MUSC 2222                                          Music for Elementary Teachers                                   2

NSCI 2113                                           Geology/Oceanography                                             3

                                                          Math Elective                                                           3

ADDING EARLY CHILDHOOD CERTIFICATION TO ELEMENTARY

A recommendation for Early Childhood certification can be added to Elementary certification if the elementary education candidate:

  1. Completes all elementary education program requirements
     
  2. Completes the following additional 8 hours with a “C” or better: EDUC 4313 Child Guidance, EDUC 4233 Early Childhood Education: Curriculum and Program Planning, EDUC 4412 Early Childhood Education: Practicum
     
  3. Passes the Early Childhood OSAT

 

COURSE LISTINGS in EARLY CHILDHOOD and ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (EDUC)

1123       HEALTH, SAFETY, AND NUTRITION
              A study of the approaches that recognize that direct relationships exist between health status, safety, and
              nutrition. Emphasis is intended for students working in an educational setting and for adults and parents who
              desire additional information about current concepts in the fields of health, safety, and nutrition and their
              relationship to the young child. 3 hours

2323       READING I: FOUNDATIONS OF LITERACY
              Study of a wide number of approaches and materials for teaching reading and literacy. Special emphasis will be on
              using procedures and materials most suitable for emergent, beginning, and conventional readers. 3 hours

2880       SPECIAL TOPICS
              Special topics in education. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours).

2900       WORKSHOP
              Guided study in education under faculty supervision; various topics and methods of instruction. 1-4 hours (may be
              repeated for total of 6 hours with change in title and topic).

3003       LANGUAGE ARTS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
              Content of and effective strategies for teaching the language arts curriculum so that teachers can help students
              develop communicative competence. Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education. 3 hours

3222       READING II: STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS FOR LITERACY INSTRUCTION
              Study of instructional literacy strategies for beginning, elementary, and upper-grade readers. Attention to effective
              teaching strategies and evaluation of reading materials, narrative and informational texts, and content-area texts. 
              Prerequisites: EDUC 2323 and admission to Teacher Education. 2 hours

3303       EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: COGNITIVE SKILLS, ARTS, & MOVEMENT
              Study of cognitive development of children in the areas of social studies, science, mathematics, language, and
              creative arts, and movement. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. 3 hours

3312       PRIMARY MATH METHODS
              Designed to familiarize prospective elementary teachers with the content, scope, and sequence of mathematics
              for the primary grades (PreK-3). The course deals with the instructional methods and materials for teaching
              primary school mathematics. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. 2 hours

3313       ELEMENTARY MATH METHODS
              Designed to familiarize prospective elementary teachers with the content, scope, and sequence of mathematics
              for the elementary grades (PreK-8). The course deals with the instructional methods and materials for teaching
              elementary school mathematics. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. 3 hours

3321       ELEMENTARY MATH TEACHING STRATEGIES
              This course supplements EDUC 3312, Primary Math Methods (PreK-3) with the instructional methods, materials,
              content, scope and sequence of mathematics for grades 4-8.
              Co-requisite: EDUC 3312; prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. 1 hour

4003       SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
              Adaptation of the subject matter, methods, and materials in social studies subjects to the needs and maturity
              levels of elementary school children. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. 3 hours
              Must be taken in conjunction with EDUC 4412; familiarizes students with scope of major academic areas,
              organization, and planning that is part of the curriculum for early childhood education. Prerequisites: EDUC 3303,
              EDUC 3443, EDUC 4313, and admission to Teacher Education. 3 hours

4313       CHILD GUIDANCE
              Study of the developmental needs and behavior of young children with emphasis on principles of guidance and
              methods of working with children and parents. Required: observation and participation in Child Development
              Center. Prerequisites: EDUC 3443 and admission to Teacher Education. 3 hours

4323       READING III: ASSESSMENT AND INSTRUCTION OF LITERACY
              Study of strategies to link theory to practice in assessing and extending literacy development. Attention to
              assessment techniques, designing and implementing instructional plans, developing literacy programs, and
              working with assigned student for practicum experience. Prerequisites: EDUC 3003, EDUC 2323, EDUC 3222, and
              admission to Teacher Education. 3 hours

4412       EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: PRACTICUM
              Participation in the USAO Child Development Center. Experiences related to guidance, planning, implementing,
              and evaluating activities. Prerequisites: EDUC 3303, EDUC 3443, EDUC 4313, and admission to Teacher Education.
              Co-requisite: EDUC 4233. 2 hours

4880       SPECIAL TOPICS
              Special topics in the area of education. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for a total of 6 hours). Prerequisite: Admission
              to Teacher Education.

4900       WORKSHOP
              Treatment of related topics and problems in education. 1-6 hours (may be repeated for total of 9 hours with
              change each enrollment in title and content).

4990       TUTORIAL
              Independent study in education under faculty supervision. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for a total of 9 hours with
              change in title and content). Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education.