PreK-Grade 4 Education with Certification and Special Education

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Major Code: 1520

The following sections include an eight-semester schedule of courses provided as a recommended framework for completing the certification programs in four years. 

Certification that includes Special Education may require an extra semester to complete.

Note:  This is a dual certification, not a dual degree.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
HIS 101  OR  102 US History  3
MAT 120  Elementary Topics in Math I 3
PSY 205  Childhood Psychology  3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Any Natural Science Course  3
   
Second Semester 18
CHD 200  Introduction to PreK-Grade 4  3
ELE 220  Instruction and Assessment PreK  3
ELE 221  Instruction and Assessment in K-4 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration  3
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions  3
MAT 130  Elementary Topics in Math II 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
ELE 300  Emerging Literacy  3
ELE 310  Teaching Math/Science PK-4  3
GEO/POS/ECO 102  Social Sciences  3
MUS/ART/THE 372  Creative Arts PK-4  3
Any Approved AM/BRIT Literature  3
   
Fourth Semester 12
CHD 250  Health & PE for PK-Grade 4  3
CHD 312  Instructional Leadership in Childhood Education 3
EDU 333  Educational Technology  3
PSY 208  Educational Psychology  3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 18
ELE 301  Literacy Foundations I: LA  3
ELE 302  Literacy Foundations II: Reading  3
ELE 331  Teaching Social Studies K-4 3
ESP 312  Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Educators  3
ESP 339  Special Education Field Experience I  3
ESP 403  Assessment and Prescriptive Teaching  3
   
Sixth Semester 18
EDU 350  Supporting ELL  3
ELE 311  Teaching Math K-4   3
ELE 321  Teaching Science K-4  3
ESP 407  Early Intervention Special Education  3
ESP 411  History, Theory, and Exceptionality 3
ESP 412  Evidence Based Practices  3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 18
CHD 350  Family and Community Collaboration Partnerships 3
CHD 450  Assessment and Data Literacy  3
EDU 375  Introduction to Integrative STEM Education 3
ESP 349  Special Education Field Experience II  3
ESP 402  Life Skills Planning and Instruction 3
ESP 414  Advanced Evidence Based Practices for PK-8 Inclusion   3
   
Eighth Semester 12
ELE 461  Student Teaching and School Law  6
ESP 461  Student Teaching and School Law 6
Total 127

Program Notes:

  • All ELE/ESP/CHD courses require current clearances and a minimum 2.5 GPA to register.
  • All courses required for certification must earn C or better.
  • Admission to Teacher Education required for enrollment in ESP 412, CHD 450, ELE 311, ELE 321, ELE 331, ESP 461 and ELE 461. 
  • Prerequisites for ELE 221 and all 300 level ELE and CHS courses are ELE 200 and ELE 220. ESP 210 and ESP 311 are prerequisites for all ESP courses.
  • Bolded courses titles indicate a block of courses that must be taken together.

Approved British or American Literature Courses 

  • ENG 107 Introduction to Fiction
  • ENG 125 The American West
  • ENG 127 Woman as Hero
  • ENG 148 Horror in Literature
  • ENG 150 Baseball in Literature
  • ENG 155 Black Literature                                         
  • ENG 160 Introduction to British & American Literature
  • ENG 203 Great Books
  • ENG 301 English Literature I
  • ENG 302 English Literature II                 
  • ENG 337 Survey of American Literature I
  • ENG 338 Survey of American Literature II