Degree Plan: Elementary Education Major
The elementary option is designed for those seeking to become licensed elementary (K–6) teachers.
Educational theory is integrated with classroom practice as well as extensive field experiences and a full-term student-teaching experience.
Students in the Evening/Weekend/Online program typically begin education courses in their junior year, but each student’s situation will look different, based on the amount of credits transferred to St. Kate’s.
Below is a sample course plan for the elementary education major, including the required STEM certificate courses. Please note the plan does not include the liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors). Upon admission, you will work with an adviser to tailor your courses to fit your individual needs.
Before starting the Elementary Education major, you'll take courses to meet liberal arts core requirements for your degree, as well as supporting courses and three STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education courses.
Courses for the Elementary Education major
Year one: Fall
- Teachers as Leaders for a Changing Society
- General Methods: Elementary
- Foundations and Theories in Early Childhood
- Choosing and Using Books for Children
Year one: Spring
- School Health and Chemical Health OR Women's Fitness and Wellness
- Methods and Materials in Art for Elementary Teachers
- Methods and Materials in Music
- Methods and Materials in Physical Education
- Literature for Young Adults (CAL only)
- Emerging Arts and Literacy
- Literacy in the Content Areas
Year two: Fall
- Methods and Materials in Mathematics
- Methods and Materials in Science
- Methods and Materials in Social Studies
- Methods and Materials in Kindergarten Education
- Relationship Techniques
- Special Methods: Middle Level
- Fieldwork (if seeking middle-level endorsement)
Year two: Spring
- Current Issues in Education
- Student Teaching and Seminar: Elementary
*If adding the Middle Level Endorsement, EDUC 374X must be completed and will be offered in the evening format. Must have all middle level content courses completed to be eligible to complete this course. Please consult with your academic advisor regarding content area course requirements and the availability of Middle Level Endorsements in this program of study. Must also complete EDUC 3910 Student Teaching Middle School in the semester following elementary student teaching.