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Required Professional Education Courses for Elementary Education

The following courses are required for students pursuing elementary certification with a degree major in Education.  Additional courses are required during the 5th year teaching internship (TE 501, TE 801, TE 802, TE 502, TE 803 and TE 804).

TE 150 Reflections on Learning (3 credits)  

  • Description:  Students' experiences as learners in comparison to psychological, sociological, and anthropological theories and assumptions about learning and teaching in and out of school.
  • Restrictions:  This course is not restricted and can be taken by students before admission to the teaching preparation program.

TE 250 Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions (3 credits)

  • Description:  Comparative study of schools and other social institutions. Social construction and maintenance of diversity and inequality. Political, social and economic consequences for individuals and groups.
  • Restrictions:  This course is not restricted and can be taken by students before admission to the teaching preparation program.

TE 301 Literacy, Learners, and Learning in Context – Elementary (3 credits)

  • Description:  Language and literacy development in sociocultural context at the elementary level (K-8). Natural and socially constructed differences among learners. How to learn about a child. Ten components of literacy. Assessment. Reading or writing related disability.
  • Restrictions:  This course is restricted to students who have been admitted to the elementary teacher certification program. The course is most often taken during the junior year.

TE 403 Teaching of Science to Diverse Learners - Elementary (3 credits)

  • Description:  Teaching science to diverse learners at the elementary level (K-8). Inquiry into and construction of subject-specific meaning. Science subject matter adapted to learner diversity. Teachers’ roles, including professional, intellectual, and sociopolitical responsibilities.
  • Restrictions:   This course is restricted to students who have been admitted to the elementary teacher certification program, and it requires a classroom field placement. The course is most often taken in the senior year during the fall semester.
  • Prerequisites:  Grades of at least 2.0 in TE 301 and ISE 301

TE 404 Teaching of Social Studies to Diverse Learners - Elementary (3credits)

  • Description:  Teaching social studies to diverse learners at the elementary level (K-8). Inquiry into and construction of subject-specific meaning. Social studies subject matter adapted to learner diversity. Teachers’ roles, including professional, intellectual, and sociopolitical responsibilities.
  • Restrictions:  This course is restricted to students who have been admitted to the elementary teacher certification program, and it requires a classroom field placement. The course is most often taken in the senior year during the fall semester
  • Prerequisite:  Grade of at least 2.0 in TE 301

TE 405 Teaching of Language and Literacy to Diverse Learners - Elementary (3 credits)

  • Description:  Teaching language and literacy to diverse learners at the elementary level (K-8). Inquiry into and construction of subject-specific meaning. Literacy subject matter adapted to learner diversity. Teachers’ roles, including professional, intellectual, and sociopolitical responsibilities.
  • Restrictions:  This course is restricted to students who have been admitted to the elementary teacher certification program, and it requires a classroom field placement. The course is most often taken in the senior year during the spring semester.
  • Prerequisites:  Grades of at least 2.0 in TE 403, TE 404 and TE 348

TE 406 Teaching of Mathematics to Diverse Learners - Elementary (3 credits)

  • Description:  Teaching mathematics to diverse learners at the elementary level (K-8). Inquiry into and construction of subject-specific meaning. Mathematics subject matter adapted to learner diversity. Teachers’ roles, including professional, intellectual, and sociopolitical responsibilities.
  • Restrictions:  This course is restricted to students who have been admitted to the elementary teacher certification program, and it requires a classroom field placement. The course is most often taken in the senior year during the spring semester.
  • Prerequisites:  Grades of at least 2.0 in TE 403, TE 404, MTH 201 and MTH 202