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The Elementary Education program specializes in preparing future educators for teaching learners in kindergarten through 5th grade. Throughout this program, students are trained in content knowledge, instructional and assessment strategies, classroom management, and other relevant topics and practices. Students are provided opportunities throughout their programs to engage in experiential learning in elementary classrooms. Students enrolled in the K-5 program will discover the joy of teaching elementary students through a curriculum designed to engage them in the learning process.


What We're Doing

Field Based Experiences

Field Based Experiences

Students in the elementary program receive many unique experiences that enable them to become effective teachers. This program partners with many elementary schools that provide strong mentor teachers to guide, model, and support teacher candidates. Homer Pittard Campus School is one school that partners with the elementary program. Early in the program, students observe in classrooms learning as much as they can about effective learning environments and teaching strategies. As students progress to Residency 1, some students complete this intense field placement at Campus School, spending two days per week working alongside mentor teachers and their students at this historic school that has a long tradition of supporting MTSU teacher candidates.

Family Literacy and Math Nights

Family Literacy and Math Nights

Each semester, elementary students and their instructors plan and implement Family Literacy and Math Nights in local public schools. These experiences provide meaningful opportunities for students to thoughtfully plan engaging activities to help families know more about the academic standards addressed in school and fun ways to help their children achieve those standards. Families and their children spend an evening at the school learning with MTSU students and school staff. These enriching opportunities allow our teacher candidates to practice interacting and teaching students, their siblings, and the adults in their lives.


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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

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

Students wishing to teach children (grades K-5) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies.

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), Interdisciplinary Studies (grades 6-8) and Special Education. Those majoring in Special Education may choose from comprehensive program, K-12 (for individuals with severe/profound disabilities) or K-8 interventionist or 6-12 interventionist (for individuals with mild/moderate 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 two concentrations: Mildly/Moderately Disabled and Severely/Profoundly Disabled; in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Elementary School Education or a specialization in Initial Licensure.

An M.Ed with a major in Literacy is offered.

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.

Elementary Education, B.S.

Elementary and Special Education  
615-898-2680
Katherine Mangione, program coordinator
Katherine.Mangione@mtsu.edu

The major in Elementary Education (grades K-5) is designed to prepare teachers for elementary schools. It requires General Education, major, professional education, and enhanced student teaching courses.

Academic Map

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

Elementary Education, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:

  • BIOL 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)
  • PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)
  • MATH 1010 or 1710 (Math)
  • GEOG 2000 (Soc/Beh Sci)
  • HLTH 1530/1531 (Soc/Beh Sci)

Major Requirements (33 hours)

  • EESE 1010 - Teachers as Problem Solvers

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using problem-based learning, educational case problems, and collaborative learning teams. Five hours field experience.

  • EESE 1011 - Creating Differentiated Instruction

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Content provides knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with effective teaching and learning. Incorporates five hours field experience.

  • 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. TBR Common Course: MATH 1410

  • 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. TBR Common Course: MATH 1420

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Learners with Exceptionalities

    3 credit hours

    An introduction to the exceptional learner. Examines the history, principles, and legal requirements as well as the diverse characteristics and learning styles of exceptional learners. Discusses differentiated teaching strategies in both inclusive and skill-based environments. Multicultural diversity, normalization, and integration addressed. (Required for all individuals who major in Special Education-Interventionist K-8, Special Education-Comprehensive, and Interdisciplinary Studies for state licensure; and students seeking a minor in Special Education.

 

  • ENGL 3740 - Children's Literature  3 credit hours  OR 

    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.

  • CDIS 3250 - Speech and Language Development for the Educator

    3 credit hours

    Topics include theories of development of language in children from birth through the age eight (approximate end of the developmental period); the impact of the development of oral language on the teaching of reading and writing; an overview of the common speech and language problems seen in the school-aged child; and the influence of environmental factors on the child's ability to communicate and learn.

  • 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 - Methods for Using Drama in the Classroom

    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.

  • 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.

Professional Education (Admission to TEP required) (46 hours)

  • ELED 3000 - The Contemporary Classroom through the Lens of Diversity

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: ELED 3100. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the teacher education program. Provides a foundation for teaching for social justice and equity. A field-based component included.

  • ELED 3100 - Experiencing Elementary Education

    1 credit hour

    Corequisite: ELED 3000. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Field-based course that builds upon previous experiences and coursework. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into teaching as well as other field experiences in elementary schools.

  • ELED 3150 - Mathematics Methodology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Permission of department; 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. Field-based experiences required.

  • ELED 3300 - Digital Applications for Teaching and Learning

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education program. Designed to better prepare teacher candidates specifically in the areas of emerging technologies and how best to utilize them for teaching and learning. Explores characteristics of digital age learners, creation and application of emerging technologies, digital communication strategies, safe use of information, and technology integration within the curriculum that enhances the learning environment.

  • ELED 3400 - Teaching Science and Social Studies through Literacy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education; PSCI 4030 or BIOL 3000. Corequisite: READ 4015. Teacher candidates introduced to issues and trends that influence the areas of science, social studies, and English language arts (ELA) as well as methods, techniques, strategies, and materials that will enable them to integrate and teach these content areas successfully. Explores these topics via lecture, investigations (problem-based learning projects and scientific inquiry), lab, and field experiences in local elementary schools.

  • READ 4015 - Language and Literacy

    6 credit hours

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

Residency I

  • ELED 4130 - Academic Interventions for Elementary School Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Permission of department; admission into Residency I coursework. Corequisites: ELED 4350, ELED 4340, and ELED 4350. Designed to better prepare teacher candidates specifically in the areas of academic success for all learners, differentiated instruction, assessment, and intervention frameworks such as RTI2. Teacher candidates must be officially admitted into the K-5 Residence I program and will work with elementary students at a local school.

  • ELED 4200 - Assessing the Elementary Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Permission of department; admission to Residency I semester. Corequisites: ELED 4130, ELED 4340, and ELED 4350. Integrates elementary level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • 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; ELED 4130, ELED 4200, and ELED 4340. 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.

Residency II

  • ELED 4110 - Directed Teaching, Grades K-8

    12 credit hours

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

Auxiliary Courses (17 hours)

The following fulfill licensure requirements and may also count in General Education:

  • GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography

    3 credit hours

    Required for all Global Studies and Human 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.

 

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  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

    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.) TBR Common Course: PSCI 1030

 

  • 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. TBR Common Course: MATH 1010

  • MATH 1710 - College Algebra  3 credit hours  

    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. TBR Common Course: MATH 1710

 

  • HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness  3 credit hours  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.

Total hours in program: 120

 

Recommended Curriculum: Elementary Education

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 - Teachers as Problem Solvers

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using problem-based learning, educational case problems, and collaborative learning teams. Five hours field experience.

  • EESE 1011 - Creating Differentiated Instruction

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Content provides knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with effective teaching and learning. Incorporates five hours field experience.

  • 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  (Math)  OR 

    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. TBR Common Course: MATH 1010

  • 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. TBR Common Course: MATH 1710

  • 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.) TBR Common Course: PSCI 1030

  • 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.

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)  OR 

    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  (Hum/FA) 

    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  (Comm) 

    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. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • 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. TBR Common Course: MATH 1410

  • 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. TBR Common Course: MATH 1420

  • 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 Human 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 Learners with Exceptionalities

    3 credit hours

    An introduction to the exceptional learner. Examines the history, principles, and legal requirements as well as the diverse characteristics and learning styles of exceptional learners. Discusses differentiated teaching strategies in both inclusive and skill-based environments. Multicultural diversity, normalization, and integration addressed. (Required for all individuals who major in Special Education-Interventionist K-8, Special Education-Comprehensive, and Interdisciplinary Studies for state licensure; and students seeking a minor in Special Education.

 

  • 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.

 

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. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • 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. TBR Common Course: 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. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 31 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.  

  • READ 4015 - Language and Literacy

    6 credit hours

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

  • ELED 3000 - The Contemporary Classroom through the Lens of Diversity

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: ELED 3100. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the teacher education program. Provides a foundation for teaching for social justice and equity. A field-based component included.

  • ELED 3100 - Experiencing Elementary Education

    1 credit hour

    Corequisite: ELED 3000. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Field-based course that builds upon previous experiences and coursework. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into teaching as well as other field experiences in elementary schools.

  • ELED 3150 - Mathematics Methodology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Permission of department; 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. Field-based experiences required.

  • ELED 3300 - Digital Applications for Teaching and Learning

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education program. Designed to better prepare teacher candidates specifically in the areas of emerging technologies and how best to utilize them for teaching and learning. Explores characteristics of digital age learners, creation and application of emerging technologies, digital communication strategies, safe use of information, and technology integration within the curriculum that enhances the learning environment.

  • ELED 3400 - Teaching Science and Social Studies through Literacy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education; PSCI 4030 or BIOL 3000. Corequisite: READ 4015. Teacher candidates introduced to issues and trends that influence the areas of science, social studies, and English language arts (ELA) as well as methods, techniques, strategies, and materials that will enable them to integrate and teach these content areas successfully. Explores these topics via lecture, investigations (problem-based learning projects and scientific inquiry), lab, and field experiences in local elementary schools.

  • 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.

 

  • ENGL 3740 - Children's Literature  3 credit hours  OR 

    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.

  • CDIS 3250 - Speech and Language Development for the Educator

    3 credit hours

    Topics include theories of development of language in children from birth through the age eight (approximate end of the developmental period); the impact of the development of oral language on the teaching of reading and writing; an overview of the common speech and language problems seen in the school-aged child; and the influence of environmental factors on the child's ability to communicate and learn.

  • 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.

  • 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 - Methods for Using Drama in the Classroom

    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.

Subtotal: 32 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • ELED 4130 - Academic Interventions for Elementary School Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Permission of department; admission into Residency I coursework. Corequisites: ELED 4350, ELED 4340, and ELED 4350. Designed to better prepare teacher candidates specifically in the areas of academic success for all learners, differentiated instruction, assessment, and intervention frameworks such as RTI2. Teacher candidates must be officially admitted into the K-5 Residence I program and will work with elementary students at a local school.

  • ELED 4200 - Assessing the Elementary Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Permission of department; admission to Residency I semester. Corequisites: ELED 4130, ELED 4340, and ELED 4350. Integrates elementary level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • 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; ELED 4130, ELED 4200, and ELED 4340. 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 4110 - Directed Teaching, Grades K-8

    12 credit hours

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

Subtotal: 27 Hours

ELED 1001 - Becoming a Paraprofessional Literacy Tutor
1 credit hour

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 3000 - The Contemporary Classroom through the Lens of Diversit
3 credit hours

Corequisite: ELED 3100. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the teacher education program. Provides a foundation for teaching for social justice and equity. A field-based component included.

ELED 3100 - Experiencing Elementary Education
1 credit hour

Corequisite: ELED 3000. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Field-based course that builds upon previous experiences and coursework. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into teaching as well as other field experiences in elementary schools.

ELED 3150 - Mathematics Methodology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Permission of department; 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. Field-based experiences required.

ELED 3300 - Digital Applications for Teaching and Learning
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education program. Designed to better prepare teacher candidates specifically in the areas of emerging technologies and how best to utilize them for teaching and learning. Explores characteristics of digital age learners, creation and application of emerging technologies, digital communication strategies, safe use of information, and technology integration within the curriculum that enhances the learning environment.

ELED 3400 - Teaching Science and Social Studies through Literacy
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education; PSCI 4030 or BIOL 3000. Corequisite: READ 4015. Teacher candidates introduced to issues and trends that influence the areas of science, social studies, and English language arts (ELA) as well as methods, techniques, strategies, and materials that will enable them to integrate and teach these content areas successfully. Explores these topics via lecture, investigations (problem-based learning projects and scientific inquiry), lab, and field experiences in local elementary schools.

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

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

ELED 4130 - Academic Interventions for Elementary School Learners
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Permission of department; admission into Residency I coursework. Corequisites: ELED 4350, ELED 4340, and ELED 4350. Designed to better prepare teacher candidates specifically in the areas of academic success for all learners, differentiated instruction, assessment, and intervention frameworks such as RTI2. Teacher candidates must be officially admitted into the K-5 Residence I program and will work with elementary students at a local school.

ELED 4200 - Assessing the Elementary Level Learner
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Permission of department; admission to Residency I semester. Corequisites: ELED 4130, ELED 4340, and ELED 4350. Integrates elementary level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

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

Prerequisite: Permission of department. 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; ELED 4130, ELED 4200, and ELED 4340. 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.

Contact Information

Dr. Katherine Mangione
Katherine.mangione@mtsu.edu
615-898-5365

Who is My Advisor?

Secondary Education

Jim Rost
Jim.Rost@mtsu.edu
615-898-5481 | COE 315


Initial Transfers

June Adams
June.Adams@mtsu.edu
615-898-5153 | COE 307


Continuing Transfers

Alicia Abney
Alicia.Abney@mtsu.edu
615-898-2344 | COE 323


Freshman

Bryanna Licciardi
Bryanna.Licciardi@mtsu.edu
615-494-8969 | COE 315

Mailing Address

Department of Elementary and Special Education
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 69
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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