Elementary Education

Course work for candidates falls into six categories: general education, introductory courses, core courses, methods courses, student teaching, and academic content area.

Program Learning Outcomes 

  1. Demonstrate mastery of content, technological advances, and pedagogical expertise in the content and grade levels in which they teach

  2. Establish a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students

  3. Plan and deliver effective instruction, supported by appropriate technological applications, and create an environment that facilitates learning for all students

  4. Demonstrate high standards for professional conduct

  5. Partner, collaborate, and engage with families and/or communities to develop relationships and build networks of support for student success

  6. Actively advocate for students, families, and schools to support equity and social justice 

  7. Apply research to improve practice and student learning


Introductory Courses
TEP 207Foundations of American Education3
Select one of the following:3-4
Select one of the following:
Child Development for Teachers
Child Development
Select one of the following:3-4
Exceptional Child for Teachers
Exceptional Child
Select one of the following:3-4
Educational Psychology for Teachers 1
Educational Psychology
Total Hours12-15
Core Courses
TEP 305Technology For Teaching3
TEP 315Advanced Classroom Management3
TEP 318Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment3
Total Hours9
Methods Courses 1
TEP 211Wellness for Elementary Teachers1
TEP 423Methods of Elementary Reading and Language Arts3
TEP 424Methods of Elementary Mathematics3
TEP 425Methods of Elementary Social Studies and Humanities3
TEP 426Methods of Elementary Science3
Total Hours13

Important Note:  TEP 211 is a one credit hour Physical Education methods course. This methods course does not require any field experience hours.  

Licensure Requirements for General Education

Elementary education licensure requires specific courses for general education. Students should consult with a TEP advisor for advisement on general education.

Student Teaching

Elementary candidates who have completed all general education requirements; all introductory, core, and methods courses; and all course work for their academic content area (area of concentration for non-degree seeking licensure candidates), and all other requirements will be eligible to complete student teaching. For elementary candidates, the student teaching semester includes two courses:


TEP 448Elementary and Middle Grades Student Teaching Seminar3
TEP 450ECCE: Student Teaching - Elementary and Middle Grade 19
Total Hours12

Candidates are required to apply for student teaching. Applications are to be completed within the prescribed time frame. Candidates must complete a state and federal background check as directed by the host district prior to the start of student teaching.