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Department of Elementary Education

Master of Science for Teachers in Childhoood (1-6)

Program Requirements & Curriculum Requirements

Program Requirements

    • Develop a "plan of study" with an advisor upon filing for matriculation. Non-matriculated students may take a maximum of six (6) credits toward the degree from the following list of four (4) options, each representing 3 credits:

      1. SPE565 Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms
      2. EDS581 Racism and Sexism
          OR
          EDS537 Issues in Multicultural Education
      3. EED535 Child, Family, and School I,
      4. EED523 Reading in the Primary Grades.
  • Completion of prescribed course work and other requirements within five years after matriculation.
  • Maintain a cumulative average of 3.00 or better, with no more than two grades below B-.
Curriculum Requirements (39 graduate credits and 12 credits full-time student teaching) 

Educational Studies (6)

SPE565 Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms
one of the following:
EDS537 Issues in Multicultural Education
EDS581 Racism and Sexism in Education 

Elementary Education (24)

Required courses: 
EED580 Connecting Mathematics, Science, and Technology (6) 
EED579 Integrating Language Arts and Social Studies in the Elementary School (6)
Note: The above two courses will not be offered during summer sessions.
EED523 Reading in the Primary Grades (3)
EED535 Child, Family, School I: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Pre-K-2 (3)
EED536 Child, Family, School II: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Grades 3-6 (3) (Must be taken in a semester following EED535)
EED721 Assessment and Curriculum Planning, Preschool and Elementary Grades (3)

Liberal Arts and Sciences (6)

One graduate course in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (3) with advisement
A Mathematics course (3):
MAT510 Geometry for Elementary Teachers
                            OR
MAT520 Statistics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers

Research (3)

EDI798 Principles of Research (3)

Student Teaching (Undergraduate credits) (12)

A full-time student teaching experience is required. You will be eligible for enrollment into student teaching upon completion of all other course requirements and having maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. 

Student Teaching is the captstone experience for all elementary and secondary teacher candidates seeking their first initial teaching certification. It is a full-time commitment extending for an entire semester with placements in two settings. As such, the School of Education requires that all required coursework is completed BEFORE the capstone experience begins, and it restricts candidates from taking any other course(s) while registered for student teaching.

Time-Line for Full-Time Students

The program can be completed in two years by full-time students.  Here is an example of how this might be accomplished:

Semester 1
EED535 Child, Family and School I
EED523 Reading in the Primary Grades 
SPE565 Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms
EDS537 Issues in Multicultural Education OR EDS581 Racism and Sexism in Education 
EED721 Assessment and Curriculum Planning, Preschool and Elementary Grades

Semester 2
EED536 Child, Family, School II: Developmentally Appropriate Practices

If this semester is the FALL then
EED579 Integrating Language Arts and Social Studies in the Elementary School

If this semester is in the SPRING then: 
EED580 Connecting Mathematics, Science, and Technology
AND
A Mathematics course (see above)

Semester 3
EDI798 Principles of Research (must be taken in last semester)

If this semester is the FALL then
EED579 Integrating Language Arts and Social Studies in the Elementary School

If this semester is in the SPRING then: 
EED580 Connecting Mathematics, Science, and Technology
AND
A Mathematics course (see above)

Semester 4
Student Teaching