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Bachelor of General Studies for Elementary Education Certification

The Bachelor of General Studies with Elementary Education Certification is a specialized BGS degree that includes the requirements for the Elementary Education Certification minor as well as specific content area minors in Social and Cultural Studies, English/Language Arts, and Math and Science. The minors require a minimum GPA of 2.8 with no grade lower than C. (State GPA requirements for these minors will increase from 2.8 to 3.0 beginning with the Spring 2017 semester.)

Department

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements: 38-41 sem.

  • For a complete list of general education courses click here. For additional information on general education requirements click here.
  • Ethics 3 sem. hrs
  • EDUC 200 Law, Ethics and Education 3 hrs

Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs

  • SOCI 270 Minority Cultures and Relations or 3 hrs
  • ANTH 270 Minority Cultures and Relations 3 hrs

Elementary Education Certification Minor 80 sem. hrs

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Complete the following courses:
  • SOCI 270 Minority Cultures and Relations or 3 hrs
  • ANTH 270 Minority Cultures and Relations 3 hrs
  • CDEV 106 Child Health, Nutrition, and Safety 3 hrs
  • EDUC 100 Introduction to Education 3 hrs
  • EDUC 198 Field Experience I 1 hrs
  • EDUC 200 Law, Ethics and Education 3 hrs
  • EDUC 230 Educational Psychology or 3 hrs
  • PSYC 230 Educational Psychology 3 hrs
  • EDUC 270 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3 hrs
  • EDUC 280 Language Acquisition and Emergent Literacy 3 hrs
  • EDUC 298 Field Experience II 1 hrs
  • EDUC 300 Techniques of Teaching 3 hrs
  • EDUC 311 Classroom and Behavior Management Techniques 3 hrs
  • EDUC 322 Educational Measurement and Assessment 3 hrs
  • EDUC 331 Teaching of Reading 3 hrs
  • EDUC 335 Teaching Creative Arts and Movement to Children 3 hrs
  • EDUC 337 Teaching Language Arts in Middle and Elementary Schools 3 hrs
  • EDUC 338 Teaching Reading in the Content Area 3 hrs
  • EDUC 352 Teaching Science to Elementary Children 3 hrs
  • EDUC 354 Teaching Social Studies to Elementary Children 3 hrs
  • EDUC 358 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School 3 hrs
  • EDUC 380 Diagnostic and Corrective Reading 3 hrs
  • EDUC 390 Education and Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3 hrs
  • EDUC 391 Child Psychology or 3 hrs
  • PSYC 391 Child Psychology 3 hrs
  • EDUC 400 Senior Seminar 3 hrs
  • EDUC 420 Student Teaching in the Elementary School 12 hrs
  • MATH 102 Mathematics for the Elementary School Teacher 3 hrs

Notes(s):

  • Many of these courses apply toward both the General Education requirements and the Elementary Education Certification Minor.

Math and Science Content Minor 29 sem. hrs

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Complete the following courses:
  • CDEV 106 Child Health, Nutrition, and Safety 3 hrs
  • EDUC 352 Teaching Science to Elementary Children 3 hrs
  • EDUC 358 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School 3 hrs
  • MATH 102 Mathematics for the Elementary School Teacher 3 hrs
  • MATH 155 Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary and Middle School Teachers 3 hrs
  • MATH 165 Geometric Reasoning for Elementary and Middle School Teachers 3 hrs
  • Complete three hours from the following:
  • MATH 150 College Algebra or 3 hrs
  • MATH 170 Finite Mathematics 3 hrs
  • Choose one science lecture course from the following:
  • BIOL 108 Human Biology or 3 hrs
  • BIOL 110 Principles of Biology I 3 hrs
  • or higher BIOL course
  • Complete three hours from the following:
  • CHEM 108 or PHYS 108 highly recommended.
  • CHEM 108 Physical Science Survey or 3 hrs
  • PHYS 108 Physical Science Survey 3 hrs
  • BIOL 115 Introduction to Environmental Science or 3 hrs
  • ENVS 115 Introduction to Environmental Science 3 hrs
  • Complete two hours from one of the following:
  • BIOL 108L - Human Biology Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 110L - Principles of Biology I Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 112L - Principles of Biology II Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 115L Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory or 2 hrs
  • ENVS 115L Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 221L Clinical Microbiology Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 223L Anatomy Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 290L Principles of Cell Biology Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 312L Microbiology Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 320L Ecology Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 326L Physiology Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 342L Genetics Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 410L Methods in Molecular Biotechnology 2 hrs
  • CHEM 108L Physical Science Survey or 2 hrs
  • PHYS 108L Physical Science Survey 2 hrs
  • ENVS 320L Ecology Laboratory 2 hrs
  • GEOL 110L Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory 2 hrs

Social and Cultural Content Minor 35 sem. hrs

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Complete the following courses:
  • EDUC 200 Law, Ethics and Education 3 hrs
  • EDUC 230 Educational Psychology or 3 hrs
  • PSYC 230 Educational Psychology 3 hrs
  • EDUC 354 Teaching Social Studies to Elementary Children 3 hrs
  • EDUC 390 Education and Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3 hrs
  • EDUC 391 Child Psychology or 3 hrs
  • PSYC 391 Child Psychology 3 hrs
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology 3 hrs
  • ANTH 270 Minority Cultures and Relations or 3 hrs
  • SOCI 270 Minority Cultures and Relations 3 hrs

Six Hours from the following:

  • HIST 121 and HIST 122 are recommended.
  • HIST 101 Western Civilization I 3 hrs
  • HIST 102 Western Civilization II 3 hours 3 hrs
  • HIST 111 World History to 1500 3 hours 3 hrs
  • HIST 112 World History Since 1500 3 hours 3 hrs
  • HIST 121 American History to 1877 3 hours 3 hrs
  • HIST 122 American History Since 1877 3 hours 3 hrs
  • Six hours from the following:
  • Any General Education Arts & Humanities courses.

English/Language Arts Content Minor 21 sem. hours hrs

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Complete the following courses:
  • ENGL 112 English Composition II 3 hrs
  • EDUC 270 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3 hrs
  • EDUC 280 Language Acquisition and Emergent Literacy 3 hrs
  • EDUC 331 Teaching of Reading 3 hrs
  • EDUC 337 Teaching Language Arts in Middle and Elementary Schools 3 hrs
  • EDUC 338 Teaching Reading in the Content Area 3 hrs
  • EDUC 380 Diagnostic and Corrective Reading 3 hrs

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