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PreK to Grade 4 Education: Curriculum

Our coursework will prepare you to meet the following Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles:

  • Knowledge of subject matter
  • Knowledge of human development and learning
  • Adapting instruction for individual needs
  • Multiple instructional strategies
  • Classroom motivation and management skills
  • Communication skills
  • Instructional planning skills
  • Assessment of student learning
  • Professional commitment and responsibility
  • Partnerships

 Get a description of each of Cal U's PreK to Grade 4 courses from our Course Catalog.

 Below is a recommended framework of courses for completing the degree in four years.

First Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar1 cr.
ENG 101 English Composition I3 crs.
MAT 120 Elementary Topics in Math I3 crs.
PSY 216 Child Psychology: Birth to Age 43 crs.
GEO/POS/ECO 102 Social Sciences3 crs.
General Education Course 3 crs.

Second Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
MAT 130 Elementary Topics in Math II3 crs.
British or American Literature Course3 crs.
PSY 217 Child Psychology: Age 5 to 93 crs.
General Education Course3 crs.
General Education Course 3 crs.

Third Semester – 18 credits
CourseCredits
ELE 200 Introduction to Pre-K to Grade 4 Education
3 crs.
ELE 220 Instruction and Assessment in Pre-K3 crs.
HSC 250 Health and Physical Education Methods for Pre-K to Grade 4
3 crs.
PSY 208 Educational Psychology3 crs.
General Education Course3 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
ELE 300 Emerging Literacy 3 crs.
ELE 310 Teaching Math and Science Pre-K3 crs.
ELE 410 Pre-K Field Experience3 crs.
ESP 210 Special Education Foundations and Collaborations 3 crs.
General Education Course 3 crs.


Fifth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
ELE 221 Instruction and Assessment K-43 crs.
ELE 301 Literacy Foundations I: Language Arts3 crs.
ELE 302 Literacy Foundations II: Reading3 crs.
ESP 311 Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions3 crs.
MUS/ART/THE 372 Creative Arts for Elementary Education3 crs.

Sixth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
ELE 311 Teaching Math K-43 crs.
ELE 321 Teaching Science K-43 crs.
ELE 331 Teaching Social Studies K-43 crs.
EDU 333 Technology in Teaching and Learning 3 crs 

Seventh Semester – 18 credits
CourseCredits
ESP 412 Evidence-based Practices for Elementary Inclusion
3 crs.
ELE 400 Issues, Advocacy and Leadership Pre-K      3 crs.
ELE 350 Family and Community Relations 3 crs.
EDU 350 Supporting English Language Learners              3 crs.

Ethics/Multicultural Course

3 crs.

General Education Course3 crs.

Eighth Semester – 12 credits
Course Credits
ELE 461 Student Teaching                                12 crs.