Elementary Education (PK-6) Teaching Licensure (B.A. in Elementary Education)

This program allows students to complete a baccalaureate degree in elementary education and also be licensed to teach grades PK-6. Students pursuing licensure in this manner complete all requirements necessary for Virginia licensure, including field experiences and student teaching, at the end of four years.

Admission Requirements: Students in this program must seek admission to the teacher licensure program and apply for student teaching. See the education section for admission requirements and procedures.

Degree Planning: Students in this program must take courses as specified to ensure fulfillment of state licensure requirements.

Also, course rotations vary, and not every course is available each semester. Individual advising is important to ensure students meet all major and teaching licensure requirements.

Minimum Grade Requirements: A grade of a C or better is required in professional studies courses. Professional studies courses are those associated with teacher preparation. An overall 2.5 GPA is required.

Degree Requirements — Elementary Education Teaching Licensure (B.A. in Elementary Education)

This degree requires 120 credits.

Liberal Arts Core and University Requirements

See University Requirements and the Liberal Arts Core for details.

Major Requirements

To fulfill the requirements of the major, all students in this program will take the following coursework in a sequence determined in collaboration with a faculty advisor. Some courses also satisfy Liberal Arts Core and/or University Requirements. Some coursework fulfills teaching licensure requirements as specified by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Take all of the following:
BIO 120Introduction to the Biological World *

3

BIO 120LIntroduction to the Biological World Lab

1

ED 200Foundations of Teaching and Learning

3

ED 254Technology for the K-12 Classroom

3

ED 301Foundation of Literacy Development *

3

ED 329Collaborative Models for Special Education

3

ED 351Assessment to Support Learning in K-12

3

ED 355Literacy Instruction for Diversity Learners: PK-2

3

ED 356Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners: Grades 3-6

3

ED 357Teaching Social Studies and Visual Arts *

3

ED 358Teaching Mathematics and Science

6

ED 452Managing the K-12 Classroom

3

ED 460EStudent Teaching: PK-6 *

6

EN 301The Writing Process: Theory and Practice *

3

GEO 201Introduction to Geography

3

HI 110History of the United States to 1877 *

3

HI 111History of the United States since 1877 *

3

HI 114Introduction to World History *

3

MA 121Math for Liberal Arts *

3

MA 124History of Mathematics *

3

MA 127Applied Geometry *

3

MDS 480Senior Seminar *

3

Natural Science (NS) core course *

3

POL 104American Government *

3

PSY 110Human Growth and Development *

3

PSY 341Psychology of Individuals with Exceptionalities *

3

ED 452 and ED 460E must be taken at the same time.

Sample Degree Plan — Elementary Education with Teaching Licensure

Please note that this is a sample plan; all students must consult with an advisor in making course selections.

Year One — Fall

DSC 101DISCOVER First-Year Seminar *

3

EN 101Composition I *

3

MA 121Math for Liberal Arts *

3

POL 104American Government *

3

TRS 100Theological Inquiry *

3

EN 101: WR core course

MA 121: MT core course

POL 104: SS-1 core course

TRS 100: TRS-1 core course

Year One — Spring

EN 102Composition II *

3

HI 114Introduction to World History *

3

MA 124History of Mathematics *

3

Natural Science (NS) core course *

3

PSY 110Human Growth and Development *

3

EN 102: WR core course

HI 114: HI-1 core course

PSY 110: SS-1 core course

Year Two — Fall

ED 200Foundations of Teaching and Learning

3

ED 254Technology for the K-12 Classroom

3

MA 127Applied Geometry *

3

PH 100Introduction to Philosophy *

3

EN Introductory Literature (LT-1) core course *

3

PH 100: PH-1 core course

Year Two — Spring

BIO 120Introduction to the Biological World *

3

BIO 120LIntroduction to the Biological World Lab

1

ED 301Foundation of Literacy Development *

3

GEO 201Introduction to Geography

3

HI 110History of the United States to 1877 *

3

 

TRS 201Understanding Religion *

3

OR

TRS 202Religions of the World *

3

BIO 120: NS core course

Year Three — Fall

ED 355Literacy Instruction for Diversity Learners: PK-2

3

EN 301The Writing Process: Theory and Practice *

3

HI 111History of the United States since 1877 *

3

PSY 341Psychology of Individuals with Exceptionalities *

3

Fine Arts (FNA), Advanced Literature (LT-2), or Advanced History (HI-2) core course *

3

PSY 341: SS-2 core course

Year Three — Spring

ED 329Collaborative Models for Special Education

3

ED 356Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners: Grades 3-6

3

ED 358Teaching Mathematics and Science

6

EN 351Literature of Childhood and Adolescence *

3

One (1) elective

3

Year Four — Fall

ED 351Assessment to Support Learning in K-12

3

ED 357Teaching Social Studies and Visual Arts *

3

MDS 480Senior Seminar *

3

Philosophical Ethics (PH-E) core course *

3

One (1) elective

3

Year Four — Spring

ED 452Managing the K-12 Classroom

3

ED 460EStudent Teaching: PK-6 *

6

One (1) elective

3

* Fulfills Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements. See University Requirements and the Liberal Arts Core and the Course Descriptions for further information.