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 is a designed sequence of professional course work that achieves coherence from its theme “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:
Content/Pedagogy Professional Course Work
Grounded in a theoretical orientation that seeks to integrate theoretical constructs with authentic experience, the faculty of the program have designed pedagogy courses in the content areas of the curriculum and paired them with field experiences. These pedagogy courses focus on literacy, mathematics, inquiry-based science, and social studies. The final capstone professional internship (student teaching) is accompanied by a seminar emphasizing behavior management, reflective teaching and portfolio development.
Elementary Education majors have multiple opportunities to connect their on-campus learning to authentic classroom experiences. The required pedagogy courses are linked to clinical field experiences. 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.
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 must consult their advisors to develop a plan to complete course work in all four disciplines and meet a minimum GPA of 3.0 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 (student must consult advisor for options)
Elementary Education Requirements
|University General Education Requirements|
D1 (EDTE 056)
D2 (EDSP 005)
|Writing and Information Literacy||3|
Any course with a "SU" designation (EDTE 074)
Any course with a "QR" designation (MATH 015)
|CESS General Education Requirements|
Any course with the subject prefix of: ASK, CLAS, CRES, PHIL, REL or any foreign 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, PHYS, FOR, PBIO, 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||Learners and Learning Process||3|
|EDTE 056||D1:Lang Policy Issues,Race&Sch||3|
|EDFS 002||School and Society||3|
|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||Social Educ and 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|
|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|
|Science of Sustainability|
HST 11 or 12, and POLS 021 required
|Additional 6 credits in one content area||6|
Progression into the Professional Courses: Students must complete an Application to Teacher Education form which is distributed in EDEL 178, and is also available in 533 Waterman Building. 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: Students are required to complete an Application to Student Teaching before being assigned a placement. Students will be notified by the Elementary Education program of a general meeting and are expected to attend to initiate this process. 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 3.0.
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 3.0 in all content area coursework
Credits double-dip with general education requirements