Elementary Education

Department Chair: Dr. Sheri Okland, sheri.l.okland@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7184
Faculty Contact: Dr. Sheri Okland, sheri.l.okland@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7184
Department Office: 326 McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7196
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Major

A student of the VCSU Elementary Education program receives a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and an initial North Dakota teaching license in grades 1-6. Elementary education majors at VCSU spend over 150 hours in the schools before a twelve-week student teaching experience. Teacher candidates can add endorsements and credentials in early childhood, kindergarten, English language learners, middle school, reading, strategist special education or STEM education. Job placement rates can be found at http://www.vcsu.edu/teacher_ed/.

ACCREDITATIONS
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 
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  • Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)
  • Student North Dakota United (SNDU)

Teacher Education Requirements

Students are typically admitted into Teacher Education during their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year of college. This program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and successful completion of the Praxis I test. Additional criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website: www.vcsu.edu/teacher_ed/.

“To be an effective teacher, I need to be able to learn from every lesson and from every student. The TLC unit gave me the opportunity to do this and I have already used what I have learned in other lessons I have planned. Both my supervising teacher and I have noticed differences in the way that I plan, implement and evaluate, due to the different components of this project.”  -—Amy Miller ’12, Roseau, Minn.; L.E. Berger Elementary School, West Fargo, N.D.

“The Elementary Education program is very personable. The teachers get to know you and help you grow into an amazing teacher!” —Whitney (Hulm) Weigel ’13, Linton, N.D.; kindergarten teacher, Napoleon, N.D.

“The teacher education program at VCSU prepared me for the realities of teaching today's children. I feel confident about the theory and practice, as well as using technology in teaching. I recommend VCSU to any prospective elementary teachers.” —Emily (Waswick) Harrison ’14, Gwinner, N.D.; West Fargo (N.D.) Public Schools

General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
or
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Mathematics
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Precalculus
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select twelve credits from the following:12
Concepts of Biology 1
General Biology I 1
General Biology II 1
General Zoology 1
Introductory Chemistry 1
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 1
General Chemistry I 1
General Chemistry II 1
Introduction to Earth Science 1
The Earth Through Time 1
Concepts of Physics 1
Introductory Astronomy 1
Introductory College Physics I 1
Introductory College Physics II 1
University Physics I 1
University Physics II 1
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Wellness
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Technology
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Humanities
Literacies
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877 2
United States to Present 2
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Women in America
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology 3
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Design
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography 2
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Valkyries
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits43
1

One course each in Biology, Earth Science, and Chemistry or Physical Science required.

2

 HIST 103 United States to 1877 or HIST 104 United States to Present is required

3

 Required

Major Requirement

Required Courses
EDUC 210Creative Activities2
EDUC 315Mathematics in the Elementary School3
EDUC 320Social Studies in the Elementary School3
EDUC 322Methods of Language Arts Instruction3
EDUC 323Methods of Reading in the Elementary School2
EDUC 350Elementary Practicum and Classroom Management2
EDUC 355Science Methods for Elementary Teachers3
EDUC 491Senior Portfolio1
MATH 277Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I3
Content Options
Each Elementary Education major is required to complete a second major, minor, or one of the following content options. Dean of Education has right to waive these requirements.7-27
Early Childhood
EDEC 1030
Infant and Toddler Care (offered through CC)
EDEC 1035
Infant and Toddler Care Lab (offered through CC)
EDEC 1200
Administration in Early Childhood Programs (offered through CC)
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education
Pre-Kindergarten Observation and Assessment
Kindergarten Education and Curriculum
Student Teaching (Elementary)
ELL
Foundations of Bilingual/Multicultural Education
Assessing ELL Proficiency
Methods of Teaching ELL
Practicum in the ELL Classroom
Linguistics and Language Acquisition
Language and Culture
Kindergarten
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education
Pre-Kindergarten Observation and Assessment
Kindergarten Education and Curriculum
Student Teaching (Elementary)
Middle School
Philosophy and Curriculum of Middle Level Education
Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
Methods of Teaching in the Middle School
Reading
Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties
Practicum in Corrective Reading (Elementary)
Strategies Special Education
Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities
Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties
Behavior Modification
Assessment of Students with Disabilities
Practicum - Assessment of Students with Disabilities
Collaboration, Consultation, and Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities
Methods and Materials of SLD
Methods and Materials of ED
Methods and materials of ID
Practicum in SLD
Practicum in ED
Practicum in ID
STEM Education-Elementary
Inventions and Innovations - Technology Education for Children
Inventions and Innovations - Technology Education for Children Lab
Design, Technology and Engineering for Children
Design, Technology and Engineering for Children Lab
Building Math
STEM Curriculum and Methods for Elementary
Total Credits29-49

Professional Education Sequence  36-37 Hours

Professional Education Sequence
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students2
EDUC 250Introduction to Education3
EDUC 283Understanding Cultural Diversity in Education3
EDUC 300Educational Technology2
EDUC 321Foundations of Reading Instruction3
EDUC 330Children's Literature3
EDUC 352Culturally Diverse Practicum1
or EDUC 464 Practicum in the ELL Classroom
EDUC 400Educational Psychology2
EDUC 450Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues2
EDUC 490Student Teaching (Elementary)10
MATH 278Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II2
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Total Credits36

Total General Education 43 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 29-49 Hrs
Total Professional Education Sequence 36-37 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Teacher candidates apply knowledge and skills to plan a unit that meets the needs of students in a P-12 classroom.
  2. Teacher candidates apply knowledge and skills to implement a unit that meets the needs of students in a P-12 classroom.
  3. Teacher candidates apply knowledge and skills to evaluate student learning during a unit taught to students in a P-12 classroom.
  4. Teacher candidates apply knowledge and skills to reflect on student learning and their own practice as a teacher during a unit of teaching students in a P-12 classroom.