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Interdisciplinary Studies, K–6, 4–8

So you want to be a teacher? Do you want to teach really young children? Middle school students? Or does the idea of working with high school kids have an appeal? Many believe that teaching is the most important profession you can choose. Teachers pass on knowledge to children; they help shape their values; they get them ready for life. Almost all adults have memories and stories about a teacher or teachers who changed their lives. At MTSU, you can take the important first steps to this rewarding career by choosing to major in Interdisciplinary Studies (grades K-6 or grades 4-8) in the Department of Elementary and Special Education. Students who wish to teach grades 7-12 can check that out with the Womack Department of Educational Leadership.

Ready2Teach

The best place to learn about teaching is in the classroom. That’s the basic principle of Ready2Teach. Rather than waiting until the last year of a four-year program for student teaching, Ready2Teach participants take part in pre-residency practices. During the final year of the program, teacher candidates engage in a clinical Residency 1 experience with extended time in actual school settings before completing the full-time Residency 2 student teaching experience the following semester. In accompanying seminars, they look at problem-based learning cases relating directly to real-world teaching. Working under mentor teachers, master clinicians, and university faculty, students gain content knowledge and teaching skills. They find out early in their studies how they respond to the challenges of teaching and can truly be ready when they get to their own classrooms.

Project Engage does just that!

Combining teaching skills with innovative technology, Dr. Becky Alexander, an elementary education assistant professor, and five of her MTSU students provided the inspiration behind Project Engage, which features iPads loaded with applications encouraging educational growth in an elementary setting. Observing a first grade class in a Cannon County school, the group looked at ways to improve the children’s educational experience. A technology grant made iPads a reality, and the collaborative effort, which includes Dr. Charlene True and Dr. Charles Milligan, both members of Womack Department of Educational Leadership, began. Project Engage includes workstations, blogs between teacher candidates and the first graders, and shared book reading. Not only is learning enhanced but the teacher candidates gain experience, and doors are opened to future developments. “Technology is still secondary to how children learn,” Alexander says, adding that determining and meeting children’s needs come first.

Individuals trained to teach bring a desirable range of expertise and creativity to planning and administrative roles. Graduates completing their teacher preparation at MTSU are found in public and private school classrooms throughout Tennessee and in many other states. In addition to classroom teaching, other career options include

  • Agency and administrative work
  • Community and foundation work
  • Consulting, professional development, and teacher training
  • Education policy development
  • Education marketing and research
  • Higher education teaching and administration
  • Private tutoring

Among the employers of MTSU alumni are

  • Anderson County Schools
  • Bedford County Schools
  • Cannon County Schools
  • Carroll County Schools
  • Cheatham Co Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Collierville Christian Academy
  • Crockett County Schools
  • Cumberland County Schools
  • DeKalb County Schools
  • Dickson County Schools
  • Dyer County Schools
  • Fayette County Schools
  • Fayetteville City Schools
  • Franklin Special School District
  • Giles County Schools
  • Grundy County Schools
  • Hamilton County Schools
  • Hardeman County Schools
  • Hickman County Schools
  • Kids Connection
  • Knox County Schools
  • Lawrence County Schools
  • Lebanon Special School District
  • Lewis County Schools
  • Lincoln County Schools
  • Macon County Schools
  • Madison County Schools
  • Manchester City Schools
  • Marion County Schools
  • Marshall County Schools
  • Maury County Schools
  • McNairy County Schools
  • Memphis and Shelby County Schools
  • Metro Action Commission, Nashville
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
  • Middle Tennessee Christian School, Murfreesboro
  • Montgomery County Schools
  • Moore County Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Perry County Schools
  • Providence Christian Academy, Murfreesboro
  • Robertson County Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sequatchie County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • The Webb School, Bell Buckle
  • Trousdale County Schools
  • Tullahoma City Schools,
  • Warren County Schools
  • Wayne County Schools
  • White County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

Students wishing to teach children (grades K-6) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Students wishing to teach children (grades 4-8) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Studies

Students wishing to teach children (grades 4-8) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies, English

Students wishing to teach children (grades 4-8) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies, Math

Students wishing to teach children (grades 4-8) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies, Science

Click here for a checklist with more information. For more information about admission to the Teacher Education Program, go to Ready2Teach.

Other programs in the department

Undergraduate
Other undergraduate majors offered in the Department of Elementary and Special Education and leading to a B.S. include Early Childhood Education (grades Prek-3) and Special Education. Those majoring in Special Education may choose between the modified program, K-12 (for individuals with mild/moderate disabilities), or comprehensive program, K-12 (for individuals with severe/profound disabilities).

An undergraduate minor in Special Education is available.

Graduate
Graduate degrees available through the Department of Elementary and Special Education include the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with majors in Special Education with three concentrations: Mildly/Moderately Disabled, Preschool Disabled, and Severely/Profoundly Disabled; Curriculum and Instruction with three concentrations: Early Childhood, Elementary School Education, and Middle School Education; and Literacy.

An M.Ed. also is offered with a major in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts.

Graduate minors are offered in Special Education, Reading, and Curriculum and Instruction.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Literacy Studies and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Assessment, Learning, and School Improvement are available in the College of Education.

Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6–8, English) Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6–8, Math) Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6–8, Science) Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6–8, Social Studies) Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades K-6)


Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8, English), B.S.

Department of Elementary and Special Education
615-898-2680
Jeremy Winters, program coordinator
Jeremy.Winters@mtsu.edu

The major in Interdisciplinary Studies, grades 6-8, is designed to prepare teachers for elementary schools. It requires General Education, major, professional education, and residency courses.

Recommended Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8, English)

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 2550 - Introduction to Peer Tutoring in Writing: Theory and Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: B or better in ENGL 1020 or permission of the instructor. Techniques of tutoring with a variety of writers and genres and the theoretical and practical components of writing center work with a focus on how collaboration, composition, and learning theories and methods can be applied to tutoring in college as well as high school and middle school settings.

  • EESE 1010 - Overview of Education

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using field experience and problem-based learning. Three contact hours per week.

  • EESE 1011 - Overview of Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Designed to build knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with teaching as a profession contained in EESE 1010. Field experiences and problem-based learning to enhance and support the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with this class. Three contact hours.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours

 

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics.

  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of physical science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology) as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (A General Education course [Nat Sci]. Does not count toward any major or minor.)

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • ANTH 2010 - Cultural Anthropology  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sch)

    ANTH 2010 - Cultural Anthropology

    3 credit hours

    Counts toward General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. A comparative examination of the cultural organization of human behavior in societies around the world. Practical applications and the importance of intercultural understanding stressed.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • PSY 1410 - General Psychology  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    PSY 1410 - General Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prescribed prerequisite: READ 1000. Introductory survey course. Includes biological foundations, perception, principles of learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, social psychology, behavior disorders, and psychotherapy.

  • ENGL 3510 - English Grammar and Usage for Educators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduction to English grammar and usage, English varieties, and grammatical analysis. Fulfills the grammar and usage requirement for English majors seeking teacher licensure.  

  • ENGL 3740 - Children's Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of literature for children based on wide reading in the field.

  • ENGL 3007 - Writing and the Literary Imagination

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 2020 or ENGL 2030. Focuses on the relationship between literature, the imagination, and culture. Uses different types of writing and reading to develop students' ability to think critically about literature. Required of English minors.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Junior

 

  • ENGL 3745 - Literature for Adolescents

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Surveys literature for adolescents, historical and contemporary; analysis of contemporary issues in the field. Required for English majors seeking teacher licensure.

  • ENGL 3755 - Folk/Fairy Tales, Legends, Myths, Ancient Stories

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduces folk/fairy tales, myths, epics, legends, and verse from a variety of languages, cultures, ethnic groups, and historical periods.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Diverse Learners

    3 credit hours

    A study of learners with disabilities as they deviate from the norm in physical, emotional, cognitive, or social characteristics. Includes meeting the needs of these learners through differentiated instruction in the least restrictive environment. (Required of all individuals who major or minor in education for state licensure.)

  • READ 3340 - Teaching Reading in the Secondary School

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Materials, methods, and techniques for teaching reading at the secondary level, including clinical laboratory experiences. Designed for teachers of language arts.

  • READ 4035 - Language and Literacy in the Middle Grades

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching and assessing literacy in the middle school.

  • MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 2000. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

  • MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 3100. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

  • MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3100. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

  • ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing  3 credit hours  OR

    ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Develops reading and writing strategies for examining individual writing processes and solving writing problems posed in university studies across the disciplines: essays, reports, reviews, analyses, memos, proposals. May not be used toward the English major, English minor, or Writing minor.

  • ENGL 3630 - Essay Writing Workshop

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Complete of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better. Through a process-based workshop approach students will be provided the opportunity to improve their ability to write essays for different purposes. Explores the cross-disciplinary nature of essay writing as it engages students in practical exercises in written communication.

  • ENGL 4605 - Advanced Composition

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of  1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better, and ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better; for juniors and seniors only. Approaches to various writing problems posed in advanced university studies and nontechnical professions: essays, proposals, critical reviews, analyses.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • ENGL 3300 - Native American Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduces oral and written literature of native America in its cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts, with special emphasis on fiction, poetry, and autobiography.

  • ENGL 3340 - African American Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Defines and traces the development and transformations of the African American literary tradition. Emphasis on analysis of historical, literary, philosophical, and cultural contexts.

  • ENGL 3360 - Multicultural Literature of the United States

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Writers, genres, and criticism in Native American, African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American literatures.

  • ENGL 3365 - Hispanic Writers in American Literature

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HUM 3365.) Prerequisites: Completion of 1000-level English and 2000-level literature requirements with a grade of C- or better. Acquaints students with the literary works of Hispanic Americans writing in English. Emphasis on analysis of the intersection of cultures and traditions and the formation of Hispanic American identity.

  • ENGL 3735 - Black Women as Writers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of black women's literary expressions and the historical and sociocultural factors that shape these women's artistic sensibilities and thematic concerns. Emphasis will be given to U.S. women writers.

  • ENGL 4540 - Approaches to Teaching ESL Grammar and Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better and  ENGL 4510 or equivalent. Background and basic methods needed to teach English grammar and composition to students for whom English is a second language. Emphasizes understanding of problems that non-native speakers face and develops techniques for helping non-native speakers express themselves in written English.

Subtotal: 33 Hours

Senior

 

  • MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education

    3 credit hours

    Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

  • MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

  • MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

  • MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

 

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8, English), B.S., Academic Map  


Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8, Math), B.S.

Department of Elementary and Special Education
615-898-2680
Jeremy Winters, program coordinator
Jeremy.Winters@mtsu.edu
 

The major in Interdisciplinary Studies, grades 6-8, is designed to prepare teachers for elementary schools. It requires General Education, major, professional education, and residency courses.

Recommended Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8, Math)

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • MATH 1410 - Concepts and Structure of Elementary School Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT of at least 19 or DSPM 0850 or COMPASS placement. Algebra-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Tools for problem solving, set theory, functions, number theory, and examinations of number systems from counting numbers to irrational numbers.

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics.

  • PSY 1410 - General Psychology  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    PSY 1410 - General Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prescribed prerequisite: READ 1000. Introductory survey course. Includes biological foundations, perception, principles of learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, social psychology, behavior disorders, and psychotherapy.

  • EESE 1010 - Overview of Education

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using field experience and problem-based learning. Three contact hours per week.

  • EESE 1011 - Overview of Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Designed to build knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with teaching as a profession contained in EESE 1010. Field experiences and problem-based learning to enhance and support the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with this class. Three contact hours.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

OR

  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of physical science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology) as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (A General Education course [Nat Sci]. Does not count toward any major or minor.)

Subtotal: 29 Hours

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • MATH 1420 - Informal Geometry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MATH 1410. Geometry-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Studies of plane, solid, coordinate, and motion geometry as well as constructions, congruence, similarity, and concepts of measurement. A variety of instructional technology tools investigated.

  • MATH 1730 - Pre-Calculus  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1730 - Pre-Calculus

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or successful completion of high school precalculus course. An integrated and rigorous study of the algebra and trigonometry needed to successfully attempt calculus. Emphasis on functions, their analysis and their applications. Level of algebraic sophistication developed above that found in MATH 1710. Topics include exponentials and logarithms, analysis of graphs, and word problems. Graphing calculator required.

  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1910 - Calculus I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1730 with a grade of C or better or Math ACT of 26 or better or Calculus placement test score of 73 or better. An introduction to calculus with an emphasis on analysis of functions, multidisciplinary applications of calculus, and theoretical understanding of differentiation and integration. Topics include the definition of the derivative, differentiation techniques, and applications of the derivative. Calculus topics related to trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions also included. Course concludes with the fundamental theorem of calculus; the definition of antidifferentiation and the definite integral; basic applications of integrations; and introductory techniques of integration. Graphing calculator required.

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • MATH 3300 - Discrete Mathematics for Middle Grades Teachers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1410, MATH 1420, and MATH 1710. Supports the development of prospective middle grades teachers' knowledge of discrete mathematics. Topics include set theoretic topics, logic, counting, probability, graph theoretic topics. Focuses on students' learning discrete mathematics topics as well as the teaching of related mathematical topics to middle grades students. Field experience in a nearby middle school incorporated.

  • MATH 3310 - Functions: Connecting Algebra and Geometry for Middle Grades Teachers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1410, MATH 1420, and MATH 1710. Supports the development of prospective middle grades teachers' knowledge of functions and connections between algebra and geometry. Focuses on students connecting mathematics topics as well as the teaching of mathematical topics to middle grades students to support learning about the connected nature of mathematics. Field experience in a nearby middle school incorporated.

  • MATH 4010 - Selected Topics in Elementary Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1410, MATH 1420, and MATH 1010. Required of students who are preparing to teach grades 5-8. Examines in greater depth topics to which the student has prior exposure; emphasizes the relevance and implications of these topics to the middle school classroom.

(Courses offered in rotation. All must be eventually taken. Choose available course as offered.)

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 32 Hours

Junior

 

  • EXL 2010 - Service Learning Practicum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    EXL 2010 - Service Learning Practicum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Opportunity to take part in service-learning projects with community partners. Pass/Fail. (May be repeated for a total of two credits.)

  • MATH 3320 - Teaching Mathematics in Grades 5-8

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the teacher education program. Required of all Mathematics majors seeking a license to teach mathematics in grades 7-12. Strongly encouraged for elementary education majors with a 5-8 emphasis. Topics from number relationships, mental computation and estimation strategies, patterns and functions, algebra, statistics, probability, geometry, and measurement. Must be taken prior to student teaching.

  • MATH 3330 - Teaching Mathematics in Grades 9-12

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education, completion of the mathematics core, and MATH 3320. Required of all Mathematics majors seeking a license to teach mathematics in grades 7-12. In-depth study of mathematics learning and teaching strategies in secondary school mathematics. Selected topics from junior and senior high school curricula provide a foundation for student investigations into the conceptual nature of mathematics and applications in the secondary school curriculum. Must be taken prior to student teaching.

  • PHYS 1110 - Discovering Physics  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    PHYS 1110 - Discovering Physics

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710, MATH 1730, or MATH 1630. Uncovers the fundamental concepts of physics in a hands-on approach that involves observations, measurements, forming hypotheses, and validation of ideas in groups of students' peers. Combined lecture/laboratory sessions.

  • MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 2000. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

  • MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 3100. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

  • MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3100. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Diverse Learners

    3 credit hours

    A study of learners with disabilities as they deviate from the norm in physical, emotional, cognitive, or social characteristics. Includes meeting the needs of these learners through differentiated instruction in the least restrictive environment. (Required of all individuals who major or minor in education for state licensure.)

  • READ 4035 - Language and Literacy in the Middle Grades

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching and assessing literacy in the middle school.

Choose remaining 6 hours from:

  • MATH 3300 - Discrete Mathematics for Middle Grades Teachers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1410, MATH 1420, and MATH 1710. Supports the development of prospective middle grades teachers' knowledge of discrete mathematics. Topics include set theoretic topics, logic, counting, probability, graph theoretic topics. Focuses on students' learning discrete mathematics topics as well as the teaching of related mathematical topics to middle grades students. Field experience in a nearby middle school incorporated.

  • MATH 3310 - Functions: Connecting Algebra and Geometry for Middle Grades Teachers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1410, MATH 1420, and MATH 1710. Supports the development of prospective middle grades teachers' knowledge of functions and connections between algebra and geometry. Focuses on students connecting mathematics topics as well as the teaching of mathematical topics to middle grades students to support learning about the connected nature of mathematics. Field experience in a nearby middle school incorporated.

  • MATH 4010 - Selected Topics in Elementary Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1410, MATH 1420, and MATH 1010. Required of students who are preparing to teach grades 5-8. Examines in greater depth topics to which the student has prior exposure; emphasizes the relevance and implications of these topics to the middle school classroom.

(Courses offered in rotation. All must be eventually taken. Choose available course as offered.)

Subtotal: 32 Hours

Senior

 

  • MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education

    3 credit hours

    Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

  • MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

  • MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

  • MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

 

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8, Math), B.S., Academic Map  


Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8, Science), B.S.

Department of Elementary and Special Education
615-898-2680
Jeremy Winters, program coordinator
Jeremy.Winters@mtsu.edu
 

The major in Interdisciplinary Studies, grades 6-8, is designed to prepare teachers for elementary schools. It requires General Education, major, professional education, and residency courses.

Recommended Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8, Science)

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • EESE 1010 - Overview of Education

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using field experience and problem-based learning. Three contact hours per week.

  • EESE 1011 - Overview of Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Designed to build knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with teaching as a profession contained in EESE 1010. Field experiences and problem-based learning to enhance and support the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with this class. Three contact hours.

  • MATH 1730 - Pre-Calculus  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1730 - Pre-Calculus

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or successful completion of high school precalculus course. An integrated and rigorous study of the algebra and trigonometry needed to successfully attempt calculus. Emphasis on functions, their analysis and their applications. Level of algebraic sophistication developed above that found in MATH 1710. Topics include exponentials and logarithms, analysis of graphs, and word problems. Graphing calculator required.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci) AND

    HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: HLTH 1531. Explores the role and importance of health and wellness in the lives of individuals and society in general. Laboratory venues will allow opportunities for assessment of lifestyles, decision-making, and research data on health and wellness. Lectures will provide concepts, information, and data involved in maintaining optimum health and wellness. Two lectures and one laboratory.

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of physical science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology) as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (A General Education course [Nat Sci]. Does not count toward any major or minor.)

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • PHYS 1110 - Discovering Physics

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710, MATH 1730, or MATH 1630. Uncovers the fundamental concepts of physics in a hands-on approach that involves observations, measurements, forming hypotheses, and validation of ideas in groups of students' peers. Combined lecture/laboratory sessions.

  • PSY 1410 - General Psychology  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    PSY 1410 - General Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prescribed prerequisite: READ 1000. Introductory survey course. Includes biological foundations, perception, principles of learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, social psychology, behavior disorders, and psychotherapy.

  • ASTR 1030 - Exploring the Universe

    3 credit hours

    A general introduction to astronomy through an overview of planets, stars, systems of stars, and the overall structure of the universe. Topics will be discussed by answering questions such as "How do you weigh stars?" and "Will the universe die?"

  • ASTR 1031 - Observing the Universe  1 credit hour credit hours  

    ASTR 1031 - Observing the Universe

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite or corequisite: ASTR 1030. Introduction to observational astronomy through laboratory exercises and outdoor observing activities. Topics include telescopes, the analysis of starlight, and observations of stars and planets.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

 

  • GEOL 1030 - Introduction to Earth Science

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: GEOL 1031. The earth and its relationship to its space and environment emphasized. Forces and processes which combine to mold the face of the earth and its atmosphere, as well as the internal constitution of the earth. Three hours lecture. Together, GEOL 1030 and GEOL 1031 satisfy 4 hours of the Natural Sciences portion of the General Education requirement.

 

  • CHEM 1010 - Introductory General Chemistry I

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: CHEM 1011. For students with no prior courses in chemistry; to be taken before CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. Fundamental concepts of chemistry: measurements, matter, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, nuclear chemistry, states of matter, solutions, and electrolytes. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Will not count toward a major or minor in Chemistry.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • EXL 2010 - Service Learning Practicum  1 credit hour credit hours  

    EXL 2010 - Service Learning Practicum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Opportunity to take part in service-learning projects with community partners. Pass/Fail. (May be repeated for a total of two credits.)

  • MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 2000. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

  • MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 3100. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

  • MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3100. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

  • BIOL 3000 - Life Science for Elementary Teachers

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 8 hours of science including BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or equivalent. A process-oriented approach to the study of life with emphasis on execution and analysis of activities and experiments suited to the elementary school classroom. Six hours lecture and laboratory. (May not be used for Biology majors or minors.)

  • PSCI 4030 - Experimental Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031. Basic concepts, laws, and principles of astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics with particular emphasis on the utilization of equipment available or easily improvised in actual school situations to illustrate these concepts, laws, and principles.

  • READ 4035 - Language and Literacy in the Middle Grades

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching and assessing literacy in the middle school.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Diverse Learners

    3 credit hours

    A study of learners with disabilities as they deviate from the norm in physical, emotional, cognitive, or social characteristics. Includes meeting the needs of these learners through differentiated instruction in the least restrictive environment. (Required of all individuals who major or minor in education for state licensure.)

  • CHEM 1020 - Introductory General Chemistry II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011. Corequisite: CHEM 1021 Topics include hydrocarbons, organic functional groups, isomerism, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins, enzymes, and metabolism. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Will not count toward a major or minor in Chemistry.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education

    3 credit hours

    Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

  • MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

  • MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

  • MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

 

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8 Science), B.S., Academic Map  


Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8, Social Studies), B.S.

Department of Elementary and Special Education
615-898-2680
Jeremy Winters, program coordinator
Jeremy.Winters@mtsu.edu

The major in Interdisciplinary Studies, grades 6-8, is designed to prepare teachers for elementary schools. It requires General Education, major, professional education, and residency courses.

Recommended Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8, Social Studies)

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories

Freshman

 

  • ANTH 2210 - Introduction to World Prehistory

    3 credit hours

    Counts toward General Education Humanities/Fine Arts requirement. Cultural change over the past four million years as interpreted through archaeology. The development of hunting and gathering through the origins of agriculture and the appearance of the world's first civilizations.

  • EESE 1010 - Overview of Education

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using field experience and problem-based learning. Three contact hours per week.

  • EESE 1011 - Overview of Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Designed to build knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with teaching as a profession contained in EESE 1010. Field experiences and problem-based learning to enhance and support the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with this class. Three contact hours.

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of physical science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology) as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (A General Education course [Nat Sci]. Does not count toward any major or minor.)

  • HIST 1110 - Survey World Civilization I  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    HIST 1110 - Survey World Civilization I

    3 credit hours

    A global approach to history, with cultural interchange as a major thematic focus; reasons for the rise and decline of civilizations. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement. HIST 1110 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 1120.

  • HIST 1120 - Survey World Civilization II

    3 credit hours

    The impact of Western expansion upon the indigenous civilizations of Asia, Africa, and the Americas; their mutual interchange in the creation of the modern world. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement.

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • ANTH 2010 - Cultural Anthropology

    3 credit hours

    Counts toward General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. A comparative examination of the cultural organization of human behavior in societies around the world. Practical applications and the importance of intercultural understanding stressed.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography

    3 credit hours

    Required for all Global Studies and Cultural Geography majors and Cultural Geography minors. Examines world regions using the geographical perspective, identifying the main physical and cultural features, especially through the use of maps.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

  • PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics

    3 credit hours

    Meets part of the General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. Comparative theories and institutions of government. Law, constitutions, power, political socialization, ideologies, and the media.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Junior

 

  • READ 4035 - Language and Literacy in the Middle Grades

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching and assessing literacy in the middle school.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Diverse Learners

    3 credit hours

    A study of learners with disabilities as they deviate from the norm in physical, emotional, cognitive, or social characteristics. Includes meeting the needs of these learners through differentiated instruction in the least restrictive environment. (Required of all individuals who major or minor in education for state licensure.)

  • HIST 3011 - Teaching Historical Thinking

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. Offers preparation for learning to think historically and developing that skill in middle and high school students and to people in public settings including planning, developing, and implementing lesson plans and assessing their results. Either HIST 3010 or HIST 3011 fulfills the History major requirement . Grade of C- or above is required.  

  • Upper division US History (3000 level or above) 3 credit hours
  • Upper division global or European History (3000 level or above) 3 credit hours
  • MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 2000. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

  • MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 3100. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

  • MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3100. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

  • ANTH 2230 - Tennessee Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    Archaeology of prehistoric and historic Tennessee. Based on archaeological research; presents an overview of human occupation in Tennessee with emphasis on local sites.

  • GEOG 3120 - Geography of Tennessee and the South

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 3115.) Geography's influence upon Tennessee and the American South's development in local, regional, national, and global contexts. Examines the physical, cultural, political, and economic geographies and their role in shaping the state and the region.

  • PS 4120 - Tennessee Government

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Structure, functions, and processes of Tennessee's governmental and political institutions. Policy issues studied.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • ANTH 3210 - Archaeology  3 credit hours  

    ANTH 3210 - Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    Introduces methods used to study the nature and development of prehistoric societies. Approaches to survey, excavation, analysis, and interpretation explored through lectures, case studies, and problem assignments.

  • ANTH 3515 - Peoples and Cultures of Native North America

    3 credit hours

    The diverse peoples and cultures of Native North America (often called American Indians or Native Americans). History, sociocultural system, and contemporary issues and impacts resulting from globalization from an anthropological perspective.

  • GEOG 4540 - Geography of Indigenous Peoples

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4540.) Prerequisite: junior standing. Historical and current examination of indigenous peoples from a geographic perspective including their locations(s), history, diffusion and migration, human/land relationships, cultural traits, and cultural landscapes.

  • GEOG 4340 - Historical Geography

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4341.) Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. The changing human geography of the United States during four centuries of settlement and development. Emphasis on changing population patterns as well as patterns of urban and rural settlement.

  • GEOG 4360 - Cultural Geography

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4361.) Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. Required for all Global Studies and Cultural Geography majors and Cultural Geography minors. Description and explanation of spatial patterns and ecological relationships in human culture. Emphasis on "reading" the cultural landscapes.

  • GS 3000 - Globalization  3 credit hours  

    GS 3000 - Globalization

    3 credit hours

    Required of all Global Studies and Cultural Geography majors. Explores concepts and history of globalization including forms and processes. Introduces historical antecedents and contemporary issues of globalization such as globalism verses globalization and Americanization, migration and cultural diffusion, civil discord, global and regional governance, technology, environment, media, gender and inequality, regionalism, and the cultural landscapes of globalization/globalism. Requires off-campus activities.

  • PS 3170 - Civil Rights Policy and Politics

    3 credit hours

    Assesses the institutional impact--past and present--of the civil rights movement on American political institutions (the presidency, Congress, the courts, the executive cabinets, the administrative regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights). Events and topics include the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, voter dilution, felony disenfranchisement and sentencing disparities, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, disability rights, gender discrimination, and majority-minority congressional districts.

  • PS 3210 - International Relations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The state system and national power, balance of power, balance of terror, game theory, psychological aspects of international conflict, decision making, diplomacy and negotiation, war, disarmament, and collective security.

  • PS 3220 - Comparative Politics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Seminar covering the theoretical literature, methodological debates, and current issues in the field of comparative politics. Offers preparation for upper-division courses in comparative politics.

  • PS 4240 - American Foreign Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Foreign policies in the nuclear age from Kennan and Containment to the present with particular emphasis on contemporary problems and policies.

Subtotal: 33 Hours

Senior

 

  • MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education

    3 credit hours

    Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

  • MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

  • MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

  • MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

 

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

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Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades K-6), B.S.

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The major in Interdisciplinary Studies, grades K-6, is designed to prepare teachers for elementary schools. It requires General Education, major, professional education, and enhanced student teaching courses.

Recommended Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades K-6)

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • EESE 1010 - Overview of Education

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using field experience and problem-based learning. Three contact hours per week.

  • EESE 1011 - Overview of Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Designed to build knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with teaching as a profession contained in EESE 1010. Field experiences and problem-based learning to enhance and support the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with this class. Three contact hours.

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts, (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • MATH 1010 - Mathematics for General Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT of at least 19 or DSPM 0850 or COMPASS placement. Course satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement and is also part of the mathematics sequence for students preparing to become elementary school teachers. Topics include logic, sets, algebraic reasoning, probability, statistics, and consumer mathematics.

  • MATH 1710 - College Algebra  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1710 - College Algebra

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DSPM 0850 or two years of high school algebra; a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or COMPASS placement. Course satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement. Topics include functions--linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic; analysis of graphs; linear systems; inequalities; counting principles; and probability. Graphing calculator required. Course may be taken by correspondence. Not open to those who have had MATH 1730.

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of physical science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology) as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (A General Education course [Nat Sci]. Does not count toward any major or minor.)

  • HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: HLTH 1531. Explores the role and importance of health and wellness in the lives of individuals and society in general. Laboratory venues will allow opportunities for assessment of lifestyles, decision-making, and research data on health and wellness. Lectures will provide concepts, information, and data involved in maintaining optimum health and wellness. Two lectures and one laboratory.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • ANTH 2010 - Cultural Anthropology

    3 credit hours

    Counts toward General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. A comparative examination of the cultural organization of human behavior in societies around the world. Practical applications and the importance of intercultural understanding stressed.

  • COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Examines how perceptions, values, norms of behavior, and communication patterns vary among cultures. Content emphasizes increased understanding and problem-solving techniques when people from different cultures interact.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • MATH 1410 - Concepts and Structure of Elementary School Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT of at least 19 or DSPM 0850 or COMPASS placement. Algebra-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Tools for problem solving, set theory, functions, number theory, and examinations of number systems from counting numbers to irrational numbers.

  • MATH 1420 - Informal Geometry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MATH 1410. Geometry-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Studies of plane, solid, coordinate, and motion geometry as well as constructions, congruence, similarity, and concepts of measurement. A variety of instructional technology tools investigated.

  • GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography

    3 credit hours

    Required for all Global Studies and Cultural Geography majors and Cultural Geography minors. Examines world regions using the geographical perspective, identifying the main physical and cultural features, especially through the use of maps.

  • PSY 2300 - Developmental Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Broad survey of the biological and environmental factors influencing physical, cognitive, and social development from conception until death. Emphasis on current research and theory. Will not substitute for SOC 3151 or CDFS 3340.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Diverse Learners

    3 credit hours

    A study of learners with disabilities as they deviate from the norm in physical, emotional, cognitive, or social characteristics. Includes meeting the needs of these learners through differentiated instruction in the least restrictive environment. (Required of all individuals who major or minor in education for state licensure.)

 

Choose 6 hours from the following:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • ENGL 3510 - English Grammar and Usage for Educators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduction to English grammar and usage, English varieties, and grammatical analysis. Fulfills the grammar and usage requirement for English majors seeking teacher licensure.  

  • BIOL 3000 - Life Science for Elementary Teachers

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 8 hours of science including BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or equivalent. A process-oriented approach to the study of life with emphasis on execution and analysis of activities and experiments suited to the elementary school classroom. Six hours lecture and laboratory. (May not be used for Biology majors or minors.)

  • PSCI 4030 - Experimental Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031. Basic concepts, laws, and principles of astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics with particular emphasis on the utilization of equipment available or easily improvised in actual school situations to illustrate these concepts, laws, and principles.

  • HLTH 4300 - The School Health Program

    3 credit hours

    Offers preparation for leadership roles in school health services, instruction, and emergency situations, with special emphasis on evaluation.

  • READ 4015 - Language and Literacy, K-6

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching reading and writing in the elementary school.

  • ELED 3150 - Mathematics Methodology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; MATH 1010, MATH 1530, MATH 1630, MATH 1710, MATH 1720, MATH 1730, MATH 1810, or MATH 1910; MATH 1410 and MATH 1420. Offers preparation to pre-service elementary and middle school teachers for teaching mathematics.

  • ELED 3300 - Digital Learning in the Elementary Classroom, K-8

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education program. Develops an understanding of the digital landscape and implications for the future of education. Explores the characteristics of a digital learner and how teaching strategies can be enhanced to support their learning experiences.

  • ENGL 3740 - Children's Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of literature for children based on wide reading in the field.

  • LIBS 4150 - Books, Media, and Literacy for Children

    3 credit hours

    Materials suitable for PreK-8 children including a study of reading skills, recreational reading, non-fiction, criteria for evaluating, selecting, and integrating Common Core and other national standards into classroom uses.

  • ART 3200 - Art Education for Teachers

    3 credit hours

    Lecture class with hands-on component designed to inform about the role of art in the life of the child; exposure to art history and appreciation; children as image makers; the importance of curiosity, observation, and imagination to the child and classroom; and methodology related to the integration of visual art into the classroom.

  • MUED 3210 - Music in the Elementary Grades for Non-Music Majors

    3 credit hours

    Materials and methods appropriate for elementary grade general music, including a comparison of available music series and recordings; care of the child voice; beginning experience in pitched and non-pitched percussion; and simple wind instruments. Pedagogical trends and methods; analysis for understanding and appreciation.

  • THEA 3600 - Child Drama  3 credit hours  OR

    THEA 3600 - Child Drama

    3 credit hours

    Methodology for using theatre and theatre techniques for teaching children in various venues. Motivational, self-directed learning through creative drama, improvisation, role-playing, and theatre games.

  • CDIS 3250 - Speech and Language Development

    3 credit hours

    Child speech and language acquisition from birth through the early school years. Emphasizes normal linguistic development.

Subtotal: 32 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • ELED 4110 - Directed Teaching, Grades K-8

    12 credit hours

    Full-day supervised teaching experience of 15 weeks duration in a public school classroom. Pass/Fail.

  • ELED 4340 - Managing Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program. Familiarizes teacher candidates with classroom management strategies.

    NOTE: Students must select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that particular section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

  • ELED 4350 - Theory to Practice

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program. Strategies and techniques for guiding the learning of elementary school children. Development and use of materials in elementary classrooms with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Laboratory work and weekly seminar.

    NOTE: Students must select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that particular section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

  • ELED 4410 - Effective Instruction: Integrating Social Studies and Assessment

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program. Familiarizes teacher candidates with classroom management strategies:4-8, best practices of social studies instruction, and the integration of both with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of a standards-based social studies curriculum.

    NOTE: Students must select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that particular section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

  • READ 4130 - Corrective Reading

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program;  READ 4015 or READ 4035. Diagnostic skills needed to identify specific reading problems found in typical K-8 classrooms and processes needed to resolve the difficulties.

    NOTE: Students must select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that particular section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

Subtotal: 28 Hours

 

Total hours in program: 120

 

Academic Map

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Elementary Education

ELED 1001 - Becoming a Paraprofessional Literacy Tutor
1 credit hour credit

Overview of the effective components of literacy tutoring. Six modules cover the important aspects of literacy instruction as defined by the Common Core Standards. Modules will be delivered in an online format while instructional practice will take place in onsite sessions. Offers preparation to individuals without an educational background to deliver high quality literacy instruction.

ELED 3150 - Mathematics Methodology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; MATH 1010, MATH 1530, MATH 1630, MATH 1710, MATH 1720, MATH 1730, MATH 1810, or MATH 1910; MATH 1410 and MATH 1420. Offers preparation to pre-service elementary and middle school teachers for teaching mathematics.

ELED 3300 - Digital Learning in the Elementary Classroom, K-8
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education program. Develops an understanding of the digital landscape and implications for the future of education. Explores the characteristics of a digital learner and how teaching strategies can be enhanced to support their learning experiences.

ELED 4070 - Writing to Learn
2 credit hours

Corequisites: ELED 4350 and READ 4130. Familiarizes teacher candidates with writing-to-learn techniques that can be used across the curriculum to assist students in thinking and processing new and existing knowledge.

ELED 4110 - Directed Teaching, Grades K-8
12 credit hours

Full-day supervised teaching experience of 15 weeks duration in a public school classroom. Pass/Fail.

ELED 4260 - Problems in Elementary Education
1 to 3 credit hours

A problem-oriented course, on or off campus, planned and designed for individuals, a school faculty, school system, or other professional groups, which will provide opportunities for in-service education related to assessed needs. Credit toward an undergraduate degree will be limited to six semester hours.

ELED 4340 - Managing Learning Environments
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program. Familiarizes teacher candidates with classroom management strategies.

NOTE: Students must select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that particular section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

ELED 4350 - Theory to Practice
6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program. Strategies and techniques for guiding the learning of elementary school children. Development and use of materials in elementary classrooms with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Laboratory work and weekly seminar.

NOTE: Students must select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that particular section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

ELED 4410 - Effective Instruction: Integrating Social Studies and A
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program. Familiarizes teacher candidates with classroom management strategies:4-8, best practices of social studies instruction, and the integration of both with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of a standards-based social studies curriculum.

NOTE: Students must select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that particular section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

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