Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science
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 an elementary 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.
Completion of this K-6 program is the foundation for a K-8 certification, Additionally, to be certified as an elementary teacher for grades K-8, candidates must complete a content concentration in a core subject-area (English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies), as defined by the most current New Hampshire Department of Education standards, and earn a passing score for the middle school Praxis II exam for their chosen field. Requirements for certification may change, subject to changes made by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Teacher candidates can find the most current New Hampshire Department of Education standards at education.nh.gov/index.htm.
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). 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 Educator Preparation section in this Catalog. Please also visit plymouth.edu/office/educator-preparation/.
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 is required for admission into Teacher Education candidacy; candidates are required to have a 3.00 grade point average to enroll in the Internship. All full-time or part-time matriculated candidates in this major are expected to make satisfactory academic progress toward their academic goals.
All teacher candidates who interact with students in public school settings through course-related field experiences, including Elementary Internship in Teaching, are subject to New Hampshire state legislation that requires a full disclosure criminal records check. This may include 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. Inquiries should be directed to the Coordinator of Internships in the Office of Educator Preparation.
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 Internship in Teaching candidates should plan for and be able to secure their own transportation by the junior year.
|CD 1000||Introduction to Childhood Studies (TECO)||3|
|CD 2200||Children and Families in Society||3|
|CD 2300||Human Development I: Child Development||3|
|CD 2310||Human Development II: Learning and Development (WRCO)||3|
|CD 2360||Foundations of Diversity (DICO)||3|
|CD 3000||Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on the Child in Society (INCO) (WRCO)||3|
|CD 3400||Integrated Arts||3|
|MA 2110||Mathematics for PreK-Grade 3 Educators (MATH)||4|
|MA 2120||Mathematics for Grades 4-6 Educators (QRCO)||4|
|SE 2080||Children with Disabilities||3|
|ED 3050||Foundations of Teaching and Learning||3|
|ED 3051||Designing Positive Learning Communities||3|
|ED 3052||Assessing Children in Schools||3|
|ED 3055||Foundations of Teaching Practicum||1|
|RL 3050||Foundations of Reading and Writing||3|
|ED 3060||Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|ED 3080||Teaching in the Content Areas Practicum||1|
|ED 3090||Science Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|MA 3070||Knowing and Teaching Mathematics||3|
|RL 3070||Language Arts and Reading in the Elementary School||3|
|SE 3070||Classroom Applications in Inclusive Education||3|
|ED 4500||Elementary Education Teaching Seminar||1|
|Complete one of the following:||12|
|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|
Students must complete all First Year Experiences courses, all Directions courses, pass the Praxis, and have a 3.00 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 Internship in Teaching requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
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 2016-2017 Catalog.