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):

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)

 

COURSE LISTINGS in EARLY CHILDHOOD and ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

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

 

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

 

4233 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM PLANNING
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, andadmission 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.