Bachelor of Science – Education – Field Endorsement in Elementary Education (Grades K-8)
Elementary Level Professional Education Program
This program covers special instructional methods in science, health, reading, mathematics, social studies, language arts, student and program assessment (tests and measurements), curriculum, guidance, English language learners, multicultural and human relations, classroom management, special education, and other pertinent professional topics and issues.
Elementary majors will intern, via our School-based Partnership Program for an entire academic year, at a primary level (1-3) and an intermediate level (4-6). Candidates who are seeking another endorsement in addition to Elementary Education (i.e.,Early Childhood Educ.), will intern in both endorsement programs/levels.
A student must complete the following program requirements in addition to their Essential Studies program.
Professional Education Courses
The following courses are prerequisites to the Professional Year (Senior Year). A student must maintain the required minimum GPA as determined by the Nebraska Department of Education (See Teacher Education Handbook for current GPA) and no Professional Education course grade may be below a “C”:
|Professional Education Courses|
|EDUC 131||INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING||3|
|EDUC 224||TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES FOR LEARNING||3|
|EDUC 300||OBSERVATION AND PARTICIPATION 1||1-3|
|EDUC 301||ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION QUALIFYING SEMINAR||0|
|EDUC 325||LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND LITERACY||3|
|EDUC 329||ASSESSMENT FOUNDATIONS||2|
|PSYC 231||EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY||3|
|PSYC 254||DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY||3|
|or FCS 139||HUMAN DEVELOPMENT|
|SPED 230||INTRODUCTION TO THE EXCEPTIONAL LEARNER||3|
|SPED 334||DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION FOR DIVERSE CLASSROOMS||3|
A minimum of one credit is required but candidate may enroll in three credits.
Must be taken concurrently with EDUC 490 TEACHER INTERNSHIP - STUDENT TEACHING.
Elementary Education Endorsement Courses
|ART 250||ART FOR THE ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER||3|
|EDUC 321||TEACHING ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS||3|
|EDUC 322||TEACHING ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS||3|
|EDUC 323||TEACHING ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES||3|
|ENG 235||CHILDREN'S LITERATURE||3|
|ENG 320||GRAMMAR AND LINGUISTICS||3|
|HPER 339||THEORY OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION K-8||3|
|MATH 235||MATHEMATICS FOR PROSPECTIVE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS II||3|
|MATH 238||MATHEMATICS FOR THE ELEMENTARY TEACHER II 1||3|
|MUS 233||MUSIC FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHER||3|
|6 credits of Social Science Coursework (GEOG, HIST, or PS). 3 credits of US History and 3 credits of Geography are Recommended 2||6|
|6 credits of Natural Science Coursework (BIOL, CHEM, GEOS, PHYS). BIOL 136 & BIOL 136L Biological Sciences and GEOS 129 Physical Science for the Elem/Middle Grades are Recommended. 2||6|
May be taken before or during the Professional Year.
May be taken after the professional year.
Admission to the Education Preparation Program must be completed before the end of the students academic Junior year of study.
Because of program requirements for Nebraska teacher certification, there are several courses that can/may also be used to fulfill a student's Essential Studies program requirements. Students are allowed to use up to thirteen (13) credit hours of the same course work to fulfill requirements for both their Education and Essential Studies program requirements.
NOTE: EDUC 495: Education Capstone is required to be taken concurrently with EDUC 490 Teacher Internship – Student Teaching, and will account for three (3) of the thirteen (13) credit hours described above.
Professional Year (Senior Year)
Comprised of two internship semesters; one academic year. The following courses can be taken only as part of the Professional Year. A student must maintain the required minimum GPA as determined by the Nebraska Department of Education (See Teacher Education Handbook for current GPA) and no Professional Year course grade may be below a “C”. Refer to the Professional Year Application Requirements.
NOTE: Individual circumstances may prevent a student from participating in the following Year-long Teacher Internship experience. To discuss potential alternative internship options, please see the CSC Director of Field Experiences located in the Education Program Offices.
School-based Partnership Teacher Internship- Fall Semester courses
|EDUC 423||TEACHING PRIMARY READING AND WRITING (Taken summer prior to internship year)||3|
|EDUC 417E||TEACH READING DIAGNOSIS||1|
|EDUC 422||TEACHING ELEMENTARY/MS SCIENCE/HEALTH||3|
|EDUC 441||CURRICULUM AND STANDARDS||1|
|EDUC 442||CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT||2|
|EDUC 443||HUMAN REL/MULTI-CULTURAL||1|
|SPED 444||SPECIAL EDUCATION PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES||1|
|EDUC 480A||FIELD EXPERIENCE||1-8|
School-based Partnership Teacher Internship- Spring Semester courses
|EDUC 424||TEACHING INTERMEDIATE READING AND WRITING||3|
|EDUC 490||TEACHER INTERNSHIP - STUDENT TEACHING||5-9|
|EDUC 495||EDUCATION CAPSTONE||3|
Program for Adding an Endorsement
To add another endorsement to an existing teaching/administrative certificate, the student must complete the appropriate departmental and endorsement area coursework. To determine coursework requirements, the student should contact the CSC Teacher Certification Officer and work with him/her to complete an Evaluation Worksheet for an Added Endorsement program. The student must then notify the Teacher Certification Officer when the program coursework has been completed and request that the subsequent endorsement be posted (or added) to the student’s official transcript record. The student must then submit a new Nebraska Application for Teacher Certification to the Nebraska Department of Education, in order for the State Department of Education to add this new endorsement to the student’s existing teaching certificate. The CSC Certification Office is unable to process requests to add endorsements/programs to a teaching certificate until this procedure has been completed.
Supplemental Endorsement in Early Childhood Education (Age 3 through Grade 3)
(Requires the Field Endorsement in Elementary Education)
Persons with this endorsement are prepared to teach children from Pre-kindergarten (age 3) through grade 3 (age 8). Candidates for this endorsement must hold, or earn concurrently, an Elementary Education (K-8) endorsement. (No grade may be below a “C”)
|EDUC 231||PLAY/ART/MUSIC FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD||3|
|FCS 139||HUMAN DEVELOPMENT||3|
|FCS 239||PARTNERS IN EDUCATION||3|
|FCS 321A||CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION||2|
|FCS 337||GUIDANCE TECHNIQUES IN HUMAN RELATIONS||3|
|FCS 338||PRENATAL AND INFANT PRACTICUM 1||3|
|FCS 423||PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT||3|
|EARLY CHILDHOOD PRACTICUM|
and EARLY CHILDHOOD PRACTICUM LABORATORY 2
1 Candidate must complete 45 clock-hours working with infant and toddler children. 2 Candidate must complete 125 clock-hours working with children age 3 through grade 3. May be completed concurrently with student teaching internship.