Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

The primary purpose of the elementary education major is to provide a candidate with sufficient knowledge in areas of study that are considered important in teaching children. Graduates who complete the prescribed program are qualified to receive the Alabama Class B Teaching Certificate.

Candidates take sixty-one to sixty-six (61-66) semester hours in the university’s core curriculum, twenty-eight (28) semester hours of professional education studies, and thirty-three (33) hours in the elementary major field. In the professional and elementary major field courses, there are many opportunities to work with children in diverse placements in schools in the tri-county area.

Degree Plan

Core Requirements – 74 hours

Christian Literacy – 17 hours

Lower Level Courses – 8 hours
  • BI 1211 Life of Christ – 2 hours
  • BI 1214 Book of Acts – 2 hours
  • BI 2202 Pentateuch – 2 hours
  • BI Lower Bible Elective – 2 hours
Upper Level Courses – 9 hours
  • BI 3311 Marriage and Family – 3 hours
  • BI 4311 Christian Cultural Heritage – 3 hours
  • BI Upper Bible Elective – 2 hours

Western Cultural Heritage Literacy – 12 hours

  • HU 1310 Western Heritage I or Western Civ. or World History – 3 hours
  • HU 2310 Western Heritage III or English Lit or World Lit – 3 hours
  • HY 2320 American Cultural Heritage or U.S. History I – 3 hours
  • HY 1302 U.S. History II – 3 hours

Mathematics – 12 hours

  • MH 1340 Pre-Calculus Algebra or higher – 3 hours
  • MH 2305 Elementary Math I – 3 hours
  • MH 2306 Elementary Math II – 3 hours
  • Other advisor approved math course – 3 hours
  • Math Elective – 3 hours

Science – 12 hours

  • BIO 1300/1100 Introduction to Biology or higher – 4 hours
  • PHY 1304/1104 Physical Science I – 4 hours
  • PHY 1305/1105 Physical Science II – 4 hours
  • Other approved science course – 4 hours

Humanities – 12 hours

  • EH 1301 English Composition I – 3 hours
  • EH 1302 English Composition II – 3 hours
  • Literature Elective – 3 hours

Foreign Language or ESOL** – 3 hours

Other – 9 hours

  • PY 3310 Child and Adolescent Psychology – 3 hours
  • PE 1300 Lifetime Fitness – 3 hours
  • PE Activity – 1 hour
  • FE 1111 Freshman Experience – 1 hour
  • FASL 1090/2090/3090/4190 Service Capstone – 1 hour

Professional/Teaching Field Requirements – 63 hours

Professional Studies Certification Requirements* – 30 hours

  • ED 2020 Introduction to Education * – 0 hours
  • ED 2322 Foundation of Education * – 3 hours
  • ED 2325 Technology in the Classroom* – 3 hours
  • ED 3340 Exceptional Learner * – 3 hours
  • ED 4320 Assessment in Education – 3 hours
  • ED 4348 Classroom Management – 3 hours
  • PY 3380 Educational Psychology * – 3 hours
  • ED 4350 Seminar in Education – 3 hours
  • ED 4997 K-6 Internship in the Elementary School – 9 hours

Elementary Education Teaching Field Requirements* – 33 hours

  • ED 3315 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School – 3 hours
  • ED 3331 Health Education – 3 hours
  • ED 3332 Language Arts in Elementary School – 3 hours
  • ED 3333 P.E. in the Elementary School – 3 hours
  • ED 3344 Fine Arts in the Elementary School – 3 hours
  • ED 3335 Social Studies in the Elementary School – 3 hours
  • ED 4317 Children’s Literature – 3 hours
  • ED 4326 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Reading – 3 hours
  • ED 4331 Science in the Elementary School – 3 hours
  • ED 4341 Mathematics in the Elementary School – 3 hours
  • HU 3360 World Regional Geography – 3 hours

Total Hours – 137 hours

* May be taken prior to admission to Teacher Education.

** The Foreign language requirement may be satisfied by a CLEP or AP score sufficient to warrant college level credit total.

Note: 48 semester hours of upper level courses are required for graduation.

Last updated 9/4/15.