Elementary Education Major


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The elementary education major is a program designed to prepare individuals to teach kindergarten through grade six, and requires students to complete 80 credits. Students wishing to earn a middle school endorsement will need to complete an additional 18-21 credits in a specific area. (The Traditional Undergraduate Guide to Teacher Education contains details on endorsement requirements.) Students completing this major are eligible for the bachelor of science degree.



Elementary Education Major Courses

EDUC101 Introduction to Education (3 Credits)
EDU 101 Introduction to Educational Practice Three Credits This course prepares the candidate for admission to Teacher Education. Course content includes the characteristics of the Greenville College Teacher Education Program, a survey of the legal, social and ethical issues involved in public school education, an introduction to LiveText and program portfolio development, and a correlation of psychological principles to varied learning styles and milieus. This course is conducted on campus and includes 70 hours of field experience in school settings that have a large minority population. This course will give students the opportunity to determine whether they want to persist in the Teacher Education Program. (Offered fall semester for transfer students and students with special needs by permission of instructor, and offered every Interterm for freshmen.) Pre-requisite: signature of instructor IN15 - $92 Fee.
GEOG103 World Regional Geography (3 Credits)
Study of why the world works the way it does, how its unique regions have taken shape, and how those regions are increasingly interconnected. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
POLS210 American Government (3 Credits)
ENGL350 Children's Literature (3 Credits)
MATH143 Mathematics for Elementar (3 Credits)
MATH144 Geometry for Teachers (3 Credits)
This is the second mathematics course where the content of grades K-5 is carefully studies. Topics include geometry, measurement, problem solving, probability, and statistics are stressed. This course is required of early childhood, elementary, and special education majors. This course does not count towards the mathematics major, and both MTH 143 and 144 are required in order to fulfill the general education quantitative reasoning requirement.
MATH145 Algebra and Statistics (3 Credits)
This course is designed to equip potential elementary teachers with the necessary mathematical content knowledge for successful mathematical instruction at the elementary school level. The course will emphasise the Illinois State Board of Education content standards for College Algebra and Statistics. The course does not count toward a mathematical major or fulfill the general education mathematics requirement. Prerequisite: MTH 143 and 144. (Offered spring semester.)
EDUC202 Cultural Awareness in the (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to explore race and poverty issues that impact the classroom environment. Candidates will search for effective strategies to better meet the needs of underserved populations. The hidden rules of economic class and characteristics of generational poverty will be studied, with emphasis on the impact this has on instruction. Students spend 40 hours assisting in a classroom which serves a high minority and low socioeconomic population. Prerequisite: EDUC 101. (Offered every Interterm.) IN18 - $60 Fee
HIST204 American History I (3 Credits)
This course examines the settlement, colonization and nation-building of the United States from roughly 1600-1865. This course focuses on the context in which European settlers and the Africans whom they enslaved built a nation, wresting North America from native tribes. We will investigate the loyalties that guided settlers' beliefs and actions; the multi-faceted conflicts that led future generations to demand liberty; and the conflicted notions of equality, democracy and justice that guided the United States in its first eight decades. (Offered fall semester.)
PSYC205 Child Development (3 Credits)
PSY 205 Child Development Three Credits This course examines human life from the prenatal period to adolescence. Theoretical and empirical investigations explore the process of development and influences of parenting. peer group, environment enrichment or impoverishment and culturally shaped social resources. Prerequisite: PSY 101. (Offered every spring semester.)
EDUC280 Exceptional Child (3 Credits)
EDUC311 Elementary Art & Music (3 Credits)
EDU 311 Elementary Art and Music Methods The content of this course focuses on using art, music, and movement to enhance student learning in the elementary classroom core curriculum. The course includes the study of tools, techniques, and technology of art, music, and movement. It provides candidates an understanding of the educational, communicative, and aesthetic values of dance, music, and visual arts and the role fine arts plays in reflecting history and culture. Field experiences required. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC312 Teaching of Reading (3 Credits)
A course in the reading sequence designed to acquaint candidates with a variety of reading programs and approaches used in contemporary elementary and middle school classrooms. Emphasis is on the reading process and product from the early stages of readiness through middle school. Attention is given to strategies that aide in word identification such as using sight words, phonics, contextual analysis, and structural analysis. Attention is given to comprehension fostering strategies. Specific strategies for Content Area Reading are examined as well as strategies to be used with ESL students and Special Needs students. Field experiences required. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC318 Corrective Reading (3 Credits)
EDU 318 Corrective Reading Three Credits Emphasis is on the identification and remediation of reading problems at the elementary and middle school levels. Prevention of reading problems through early intervention is addressed. Informal assessment and teaching strategies are stressed. Field experiences required. Prerequisite: EDU 312 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC333 The Learning Environment (3 Credits)
This course will investigate the structures of a safe and healthy learning environment that facilitates cultural and linguistic responsiveness, positive social interaction, active engagement, and academic risk-taking. A three tiered level of positive behavior supports (PBS) will be explored as a framework for creating plans to accomplish a productive learning environment. Twenty hours of field experience required. Prerequisite: EDU280
EDUC340 Educational Measurement/Evaluation (3 Credits)
EDU 340 Educational Measurement and Evaluation Three Credits This course is designed to explore classroom evaluation of student growth as an integral part of instruction. Candidates explore the purpose of evaluation as it relates to planning instruction. Professional, social, ethical, and philosophical considerations related to teaching/learning are also explored. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC351 Teaching Language Art/Elem&Mid (3 Credits)
This course explores methods and materials used in the teaching of the language arts at the elementary and middle school levels. Emphasis is placed on speaking skills, critical listening skills, using literature across the curriculum, and the writing process which includes grammar, spelling, handwriting, and word processing. Attention is given to writing in the Content Areas. Strategies to be used with ESL students are also presented. The integration of technology, diversity in the classroom, critical thinking skills, and assessment and evaluation are also examined. Field experiences required. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC352 Teaching Social Studies/Elem&Mid (3 Credits)
EDU 352 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary and Middle Schools Three Credits This course explores methods, materials, and techniques used in the teaching of social studies at the elementary and middle school levels. Emphasis is placed on the social studies goals, writing objectives and lesson plans, assessment procedures, and the integration of other curricular areas. Critical and creative thinking skills are examined as they apply to the goals of social studies and planning. Cultural diversity, the integration of technology, and small group activities are also explored. Field experiences required. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC355 Teaching Math/Elem&Mid School (3 Credits)
EDU 355 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary and Middle Schools Three Credits The course examines effective teaching strategies for teaching mathematics to elementary and middle school students. It emphasizes placing students in a role where they actively think, reason, problem solve, and make sense of an inquiry-oriented, problem solving classroom environment. Students will examine children's strategies for making sense of various mathematical concepts and consider means of facilitating the development of these strategies. Thirty hours of field experience is required and will allow the student to practice some of the strategies discussed in class. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and an appropriate mathematics course which may be taken concurrently. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC356 Teaching Science/Elem&Mid (3 Credits)
EDU 356 Teaching Science in Elementary and Middle Schools Three Credits This course examines strategies for teaching science to elementary and middle school students. The students will be exploring the nature of inquiry and strategies for promoting, supporting, and assessing students' scientific inquiry. This course will seek to provide students with instructional tools to help children develop conceptual understanding of scientific concepts. Students will examine strategies for questioning, sequencing of lessons, assessing students' understanding, meeting students' needs in multi-ability settings, and involving more girls and minorities. Thirty hours of field experience is required and will allow students to practice some of the strategies discussed in class. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC400 Early Professional Experience (1 Credit)
EDU 400 Early Experience One Credit After admission to the professional internship , candidates receive student teaching placements. Candidates work with their cooperating teachers during the first week of school. Five days of clinical experience required. Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Internship. (Offered fall semester)
EDUC401 Clinical Practice Elementary (4 Credits)
This course is a general methods course to prepare candidates for teaching at the elementary level. It is conducted with a amajor emphasis on actual clinical experiences focusing on the role of the elementary school teacher within the community, school, and classroom. Methods and techniques of classroom management, lesson planning, student assessment, and reporting are also considered, as candidates work with clinical instructors. As part of this clinical experience, students will complete a practice edTPA. Professional ethics and dispositions are also covered.
EDUC402 Seminar in Elementary Education (1 Credit)
A capstone course offered in conjunction with EDU 404, Professional Internship (Student Teaching).
EDUC404 Student Teaching-Elementary (10 Credits)
EDU 404 Elementary Student Teaching Eight to Fifteen Credits For candidates completing the K - 9 program. Fifteen weeks of student teaching are required. Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Internship. (Offered every semester.)
Choose PHED254 or 356 (Courses Required: 1)
PHED254 Elementary Physical Education (2 Credits)
Curriculum, evaluation, administration, and an understanding of child characteristics as related to motor learning. (Offered spring semesterl.)
PHED356 Adapted Physical Education (3 Credits)
Designed to provide prospective teachers with experience in formulating individualized performance objectives, key teaching and therapy skills, and programming for specific problems in organization and administration of students with disabilities. Provides a brief review of the legislative and history of adapted physical education. (Offered spring semester.)

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