Teacher Education / Elementary Education (Grades K-6) B.S.Ed.
The Elementary Education program prepares teachers for an endorsement in grades kindergarten through six. The Bachelor of Science in Education is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the approved program, which includes a planned sequence of professional courses, field experiences, and a full-semester internship experience.
The Elementary Education program focuses on a central theme of “Teaching All Children Strategically in Diverse Communities.” Embedded in a state known for its progressive schooling traditions, Elementary Education students have ample opportunity to learn about and practice the art and science of teaching. Through a web of unique interactions with area schools, Elementary Education majors build relationships with diverse populations of children, beginning in the second year of their professional program.
Several features distinguish the program:
Integrated Classroom and Field Experiences
Using a research-to-practice model, the Elementary Education program integrates theoretical constructs with authentic experiences. Students in the program have multiple opportunities to connect their on-campus learning to authentic classroom experiences. The program pairs these field-based experiences with pedagogy courses focusing on literacy, mathematics, and inquiry-based science and social studies. The final professional internship (student teaching) is accompanied by a seminar emphasizing behavior management, reflective teaching, and portfolio development. Students are thus placed in learning opportunities where theory and practice intersect.
The State of Vermont requires a results-oriented demonstration of teaching competence to qualify for the teaching license. The Elementary Education program incorporates portfolio-driven, authentic assessments at every step of the professional program. Interns learn the portfolio as a method of documenting and assessing their own learning, while also learning to apply it within their elementary classrooms.
Educating All Learners
The State of Vermont has a high rate of inclusion of learners with challenges in the regular classroom setting. Elementary Education majors learn about and practice the application of instructional adaptations for learners with diverse needs. Students in the Elementary Education program may choose to minor in Special Education or seek a Dual Certification that makes them eligible for both a K-6 general education and a Special Education (K-8) endorsement. They may also choose a minor in Education for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (ECLD), which can lead to endorsement for teaching English Learners (ELs).
Content Area Course Work
The content area course work for Elementary Education students is comprised of four disciplines: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. This coursework prepares students to teach all content areas in elementary classrooms. Students work with their advisors to develop a plan to complete course work in all four disciplines and meet a minimum GPA of 2.5 in content area courses.
The overall course of study consists of a minimum of 120 credits which are divided into the following categories:
- University Course Requirements
- General Education Courses
- Professional Preparation Sequence
- Content Area Course work
Elementary Education Requirements
|UNIVERSITY GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS|
D1 (ECLD 056)
D2 (EDSP 005)
|Writing and Information Literacy||3|
Any course with a "SU" designation
Any course with a "QR" designation (MATH 015)
|CESS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS|
Any course with the subject prefix of: ASL, CLAS, CRES, PHIL, REL or any language
|MATH 015||QR: Elementary School Math||3|
|MATH 016||QR:Fund Cncpts Elm School Math||3|
EDTE 074, or any course with a subject prefix of: ANPS, ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, ENSC, ENVS, FOR, GEOL, NFS, PBIO, PHYS, WFB
|HST 011||US History to 1865||3|
|or HST 012||US History Since 1865|
|POLS 021||American Political System||3|
|EDSP 005||D2:Iss Aff Persons W/Disabil||3|
|EDEL 024||Brain Rsch and Learning Theory||3|
|or EDEC 063||Child Development|
|or HDFS 005||Human Development|
|or PSYS 150||Developmental Psych: Childhood|
|ECLD 056||D1:Lang Policy Issues,Race&Sch||3|
|EDFS 002||School and Society||3|
|or EDFS 203||Soc, Hst & Phil Found of Educ|
|EDEL 056||Teachers&the Teaching Process||3|
|EDEL 178||Mtg Needs of Diverse Learners||3|
|Praxis Core Requirement|
|EDEL 175||Lab Experience in Literacy||3|
|EDEL 156||Teaching Math for Meaning||3|
|EDEL 176||Language Arts&Literacy Skills||3|
|EDEL 177||Children's Lit & Literacy||3|
|EDEL 155||Lab Experience in Inquiry||3|
|EDEL 157||SU: Social Educ&Social Studies||3|
|EDEL 158||Teaching Science for Meaning||3|
|EDEL 287||Plng, Adptg, Dlvring Lit Instr 2||3|
|EDEL 285||Student Teaching Internship 3||12|
|EDEL 288||Principles-Classroom Mgmt||3|
|Praxis II Requirement|
|CONTENT CONCENTRATION COURSES 4, 5|
|Students must compete 12 credits in each area, with 6 additional credits in one of the content areas|
|English Language Arts||12|
CS, MATH 015 or higher, STAT
HST 11 or 12, and POLS 021 required
|Additional 6 credits in one content area||6|
Performance in Pre-Professional and Professional Courses
Students must achieve a grade of B- or better in all pre-professional and professional courses. If students receive a grade below B- in one of these courses, they will be placed on program probation for the following semester. They will need to submit a formal request to continue in the program, and they will attend a Student Support Team (SST) meeting to develop a plan for successfully moving forward in the program. Two consecutive semesters with a grade below B- in any pre-professional or professional course may result in dismissal from the program.
Progression into the Professional Courses
Students must complete the online Application to Teacher Education form during the fall semester they are enrolled in EDEL 178. Students will follow the requirements specified in this application. Students will not be permitted to enroll in Professional courses until they have been accepted to Teacher Education, have a minimum GPA of 2.75, have a professional GPA of 3.0, and have passed the PRAXIS Core exam.
Progression into Student Teaching
During their junior year, students are required to complete the online Application to Student Teaching before being assigned a placement. The Director of Teacher Education will conduct a Student Teaching Orientation meeting. Students will be notified of the meeting by email, and are required to attend. Students will follow the requirements specified in the Application to Student Teaching. Students need minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, Professional GPA of 3.0 and Content GPA of 2.5.
Math 015 or above, or STATS. Minimum grade of "C" required
Must be taken after EDEL 176 & prior to Student Teaching
Grade of "B" or better required for licensure
Must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 in all content area coursework
Credits can overlap with general education requirements