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Overview of Elementary Emphases

Academic Emphasis Component for Elementary Grades (P-5)

 


1. Interdisciplinary Studies—22 hours

Required Courses:

  • ELEM 333 Children's Literature
  • HIST 137 World Civilization to 1648 or HIST 138 World Civilization since 1648
  • MATH 130 Concepts of Mathematics for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher I
  • BIOL 130/110 General Biology/Laboratory

Electives:

The courses chosen as electives cannot have been taken for General Education credit. Some of the courses are taught in a rotation of semesters. Refer to the College Catalogue for the semesters courses are to be offered. A minimum of nine (9) semester hours may be chosen from the following courses. NO TWO WITH THE SAME PREFIX. Candidates may need to choose an additional elective from the following options in order to meet graduation requirements.

  • MUSC 335 World Music {recommended}
  • BIOL 231 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • COMM 332 Small Group Communication in Organizations
  • CHEM 140 Chemistry for Everyday Life
  • ENGL 330 Literary Studies
  • FREN 131 Elementary French I
  • HLTH 338 Family Life
  • POLS 235 Introduction to International Relations
  • BADM 135 Principles in Macroeconomics
  • BADM 136 Principles in Microeconomics
  • GEOG 130 World Regional Geography
  • HESS 234 First Aid and Safety
  • PHYS 130 Astronomy
  • SPAN 131 Elementary Spanish I

No substitutions (except equivalent) may be made within the required courses specified above. Substitutions for any of the electives within this emphasis may be made only with the approval of the advisor in consultation with the chairperson and the co-chair of the Education Department.

 

2. Mathematics Studies—21-22 hours

Required Courses:

    • MATH 130 Concepts of Mathematics for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher I
    • MATH 132 College Algebra
    • MATH 136 Pre-Calculus
    • MATH 230 Concepts of Mathematics for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher II
    • MATH 330 Geometry for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher
    • MATH 335 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    • Mathematics elective or PHYS 241 Physics I

    No substitutions (except equivalent) may be made within the required courses specified above. Substitutions for any of the electives within this emphasis may be made only with the approval of the advisor in consultation with the chairperson of the Mathematics department and the chairs of the Education department.

 

3. Science—21-27 hours.

A candidate must select courses from four requirements in this section:

1) One course selected from the following:

  • BIOL 130/110 General Biology/Laboratory
  • BIOL 133/113 Introduction to Population Biology /Laboratory
  • BIOL 134/114 Introduction to Cellular Biology/Laboratory

2) One course selected from the following:

  • PHYS 137/117 Physical Science/Laboratory
  • PHYS 130 Astronomy
  • PHYS 241 Physics I
  • CHEM 132/CHEM 111 General College Chemistry I/Laboratory

3) Two courses (at least 6 semester hours) at or above the 200 level.

4) Remaining hours in Biological, Physical, Earth Sciences, or Astronomy (including any other courses listed above not already selected).

No substitutions (except equivalent) may be made within the required courses specified above. Substitutions for any of the electives within this emphasis may be made only with the approval of the advisor in consultation with the chairperson of the Biology department and the chairs of the Education department, and these substitutions must be 200-level or above courses.

 

4. English/Communications—21 hours

Required Courses:

    • ENGL 131 English Composition I
    • ENGL 132 English Composition II
    • ENGL 438 Advanced Writing or ENGL 439 Descriptive Linguistics
    • ENGL 334 American Literature through 1865
      or
      ENGL 335 American Literature since 1865
    • COMM 230 Introduction to Public Speaking

The remaining 6 hours may be chosen from:

  • COMM 331 Performance Studies
  • COMM 332 Small Group Communication
  • COMM 432 Theories of Persuasion
  • ENGL 230 Literary Criticism
  • ENGL 431 Romantic Literature
  • ENGL 433 Women in Literature
  • ENGL 432 Studies in Modern Literature
  • ENGL 437 Studies in British and American Authors
    or
    Any of the options from choices above: ENGL 334/335, ENGL 438/439

No substitutions (except equivalent) may be made within the required courses specified above. Substitutions for any of the electives within this emphasis may be made only with the approval of the advisor in consultation with the chairperson of the English department and the chairs of the Education department, and these substitutions must be 300-level or above courses.

 

5. Fine Arts/Humanities—21 hours

Required Courses:

    • ART 331 School Art
    • MUED 331 School Music
    • ELEM 333 Children's Literature
    • ESS 233 Physical Education in the Classroom
    • THTR 130 Introduction to Theatre
    • MUSC 335 World Music

Remaining three (3) hours may be chosen from:

  • ART 131 Art Appreciation
  • ART 134 Drawing I
  • MUSC 130 Music Appreciation

No substitutions (except equivalent) may be made within the required courses specified above. Substitutions for any of the electives within this emphasis may be made only with the approval of the advisor in consultation with the chairperson of the department and the chairs of the Education department.

 

6. Social and Behavioral Studies—21 hours

Required Courses:

    • HIST 137 World Civilization to 1648
    • HIST 138 World Civilization since 1648
    • HIST 231 American History to 1877
    • HIST 232 American History since 1877

Remaining three (3) hours may be chosen from:

  • HIST 331 Kentucky
  • POLS 235 Introduction to International Relations
  • GEOG 130 World Regional Geography

The remaining six (6) hours must include three (3) semester hours each from two of the following disciplines:

  • BADM 135 Macroeconomics
  • BADM 136 Microeconomics
  • SWRK 131 Introduction to Sociology
  • POLS 131 Introduction to Political Science

Substitutions for any of the electives within this emphasis may be made only with the approval of the advisor in consultation with the chairperson of the department and the chairs of the Education department.

 

7. Special Education-Learning & Behavior Disabilities—27 hours

Required Courses:

    • SPED 233 Survey of Individuals with Exceptionalities (P-12) 3 hrs
    • SPED 234 Special Education Instructional Programs (P-12) 3 hrs
    • SPED 237 Introduction to Effective Teaching Practices 3 hrs
    • SPED 331 Special Education Programs for Adolescents with Mild Disabilities (5-12) 3 hrs
    • SPED 238 Special Education Early Childhood (P-5) 3 hrs
    • SPED 336 Educational Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities (P-12) Part I 3 hrs
    • SPED 337 Prescriptive Programming for Individuals with Disabilities (P-12) Part II 3 hrs
    • SPED 435 Special Education Methods and Materials (Mild Disabilities) P -12 3 hrs
    • SPED 436 Special Education Methods and Materials Emotional/Emotional Disabilities (P-12) 3 hrs

    No substitutions (except equivalent) may be made within the required courses specified above.

    NOTE: Successful completion of this program and the passing scores on required state tests provides certification in Learning and Behavior Disorders, Special Education P-12.  In order to obtain certification in Special Education L/BD, the student must successfully complete one half of the student teaching and portfolio in special education and pass the required PRAXIS tests in Special Education LBD. LBD certification is taken concurrently with P-5 Elementary or with another 5-9 Middle School specialization area. A required application for certification in LBD must be submitted upon successful completion of the above.