Elementary Education (K-8), Bachelor of Science

120 credits

This major prepares elementary school teachers to have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create learning opportunities that support students’ intellectual, social, and personal development. Inherent in this professional preparation is the promotion of sensitivity to the variety of learners; understanding and respect for diversity within student populations, families, and communities; and appropriate and effective integration of technology in instruction to support students’ learning. The major provides the appropriate professional and field-based experience through collaborative public school/university partnerships that enable candidates to demonstrate both content and pedagogical knowledge in a K-8 learning environment. In light of No Child Left Behind requirements, students, who are specifically preparing to teach Middle School, are advised to seek certification and major in the subject area they plan to teach. Students seeking K-8 certification who anticipate they may want to teach in grades 5-8 are advised to minor in a content area such as mathematics, science, social science or English.

This program is certified at both the state and national level by the New Hampshire Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduates who complete this Teacher Certification Option are eligible for K-8 teacher certification in the state of New Hampshire. Because of New Hampshire’s membership in the Interstate Certification Contract, Plymouth graduates are eligible to earn a certificate or license in another Contract state upon application to that state’s department of education. Receiving states may have a difference in elementary grade range and may impose certain special requirements that must be met within a reasonable period of time. For further information, please see the Teacher Education and Clinical Experiences section. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 is required for admission into Teacher Education candidacy; candidates are required to have a 2.70 grade point average to student teach. All full-time or part-time matriculated candidates in this major are expected to make satisfactory academic progress toward their academic goals.

All teacher certification candidates who interact with students in public school settings through course-related field experiences, including Student Teaching, are subject to New Hampshire law that requires all persons who come into contact with pupils on a regular basis for a period of time to undergo a full disclosure criminal records check, including fingerprinting. The processing of the criminal records check is conducted at the site school before the field experience begins. The fee for this processing is the responsibility of the teacher candidate and is paid directly to the school district. Each new site will require a separate fingerprinting and background check.

In order for teacher candidates to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as teachers, teacher candidates must be willing and able to travel outside of the Plymouth area beyond walking distances. All teacher candidates should plan for and be able to secure their own transportation by the junior year.

Degree Requirements


CD 1000 Introduction to Childhood Studies (TECO) 3
CD 2300 Human Development I: Child Development 3
CD 2310 Human Development II: Learning and Development 3
CD 2360 Foundations of Diversity (DICO) 3
CD 2540 Integrated Arts 3
CD 3000 Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on the Child in Society (INCO) (WRCO) 3
CD 3210 Children and Families in Society 3
MA 2110 Mathematics in Our World I (MATH) 4
MA 3010 Mathematics in Our World II (QRCO) 4
PE 2840 Health and Fitness for Educators (WECO) 3
SE 2080 Children with Disabilities 3
Cluster I:
ED 3050 Foundations of Teaching and Learning
ED 3051 Designing Positive Learning Communities
ED 3052 Assessing Children in Schools
RL 3050 Foundations of Reading and Writing
Cluster II:
ED 3060 Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction
ED 3080 Teaching in the Content Areas Practicum
ED 3090 Science Curriculum and Instruction
MA 3070 Knowing and Teaching Mathematics
RL 3070 Language Arts and Reading in the Elementary School
SE 3070 Classroom Applications in Inclusive Education
Cluster III:
Complete one of the following: 12
ED 4400 Elementary Student Teaching
CD 4230 Childhood Studies Internship
ED 4500 Elementary Education Teaching Seminar 1
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
GACO Global Awareness Connection 3
Electives 11-9

Students must complete all First Year Experiences courses, all Directions courses, pass the Praxis, and have a 2.50 GPA and an up-to-date electronic portfolio, before being accepted into the Clusters. The Clusters would begin in the second half of the junior year and would be taken three semesters in succession. Elementary Student Teaching requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70.

To graduate with a "Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with Teacher Certification" and be eligible for teacher certification, students must successfully complete ED 4400. Those who instead complete CD 4230 will graduate with a "Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education" but without eligibility for teacher certification.

*All course information is from the 2013-2014 Catalog.