Undergraduate Department of Elementary Education

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2013-14 academic year.

Department of Elementary Education

Karen Worth, Chair and Instructor
Linda Banks-Santilli, Associate Professor
Joeritta de Almeida, Assistant Professor
Elaine Kohen, Instructor
Judy Richards, Instructor
Deborah Samuels-Peretz, Assistant Professor
William Thompson, Associate Professor
Jeff Winokur, Instructor

Available Programs of Study:

  • Elementary Education Major
  • Minor, Education

B.S or B.A./Elementary Education / 40 Credits

The Elementary Education major prepares students to become teachers of elementary school children (grades 1 to 6) in public and private schools, with a focus on urban settings. Students study the foundations of elementary education, theories and methods of teaching and assessing student learning in inclusive classrooms, and standards-based curriculum development. Students study the arts and sciences disciplines including human development, and they build content knowledge in the subject matter they will be teaching. They develop a theoretical framework for understanding and evaluating educational practice and work with children and their families in diverse communities in a multicultural society. Students learn to design, implement, and assess the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction in relation to the development and academic achievement of all children. For information on teacher licensure, please refer to the Professional Certification and Licensure section of this catalog on page 14.

Required Support Courses* (16-20 credits in addition to the 40 credits required for the major)

MAT 130/131/132 or MAT 140/141

Concepts and Processes

8-12 credits

AST 150

Introduction to American Government

4 credits

HIS 165

America through the Civil War or

4 credits

HIS 167

America since the Civil War

 

 

Major Course Requirements

18 credits

EDU 201

Orientation to Education Programs

0 credits

EDU 255

Racial and Cultural Identities

4 credits

EDU 306

Introduction to Elementary Teaching

4 credits

EDU 330

Elementary Mathematics

4 credits

EDU 337

Teaching Reading in Grades pre-K-8

4 credits

EDU 338

Teaching Nonfiction Literacy (completed prior to or concurrent with the pre-practicum)

2 credits

Elementary Pre-practicum Core

8 credits

EDU 316

Elementary Curriculum Development

3 credits

EDP 317

Elementary Pre-practicum (minimum 100 hours)

1 credit

EDU 321

Elementary Science and Technology

2 credits

EDU 323

Elementary History & Social Sciences

2 credits

Elementary Practicum Core

12 credits

EDU 446

Elementary Teaching & Learning

4 credits

EDP 447

Elementary Practicum

6 credits

EDU 445

Meeting Diverse Learning Needs

2 credits

Completion of Major

 

EDU 486

Elem. Ed.: Portfolio Development

1 credits

EDU 487*

Capstone: Elementary Education

1 credits

* The MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Test [both sub-tests] must be completed prior to course selection for the Pre-practicum. The General Curriculum [both subtests] and Foundation of Reading Tests must be completed prior to course selection of EDU 487. Students are strongly advised to complete EDP 447 Elementary Practicum prior to taking the capstone course.

Sample/Suggested Course Sequence-Elementary Education

First Year

MAT 130, MAT 131

Concepts and Processes I, II (8 credits)

 

AST 150

Introduction to American Government (4 credits)

 

HIS 167

America since the Civil War (4 credits) or

 

HIS 165

America through the Civil War (4 credits)

 

Successful passing of WLCE and passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Skill Reading or Writing Subtest (in spring or over the summer).

 

Second Year

EDU 201

Orientation to Education Program (0 credits)

 

EDU 255

Racial and Cultural Identities (2 credits)

 

EDU 306

Introduction to Elementary Teaching (4 credits)

 

MAT 132

Concepts and Processes III (4 credits)

 

Passing scores on the MTEL General Curriculum Subtests I and II (taken separately)

Junior Year

EDU 330

Elementary Mathematics (4 credits)

 

EDU 337

Teaching Reading in Grades pre-K-8 (4 credits)

 

EDU 338

Teaching Nonfiction Literacy (2 credits)(Not to be taken concurrently with EDU 337)

 

Elementary Pre-practicum Core

 

 

EDU 316

ELE Curriculum Development (3 credits)

 

EDP 317

Elementary Pre-practicum (100 hours) (1 credit)

 

EDU 321

Elementary Science and Technology (2 credits)

 

EDU 323

Elementary History & Social Sciences (2 credits)

 

Complete remaining MTEL test requirements including passing score on the Foundations or Reading Test (immediately following EDU 337 and EDU 338); and passing any other MTEL exams that were not passed in the first and second year.

Senior Year

First Semester

 

 

EDU 446

Elementary Teaching & Learning (4 credits)

 

EDP 447

Elementary Practicum (6 credits)

 

EDU 445

Meeting Diverse Learning Needs (2 credits)

 

Complete all required MTELS

 

 

Second Semester

 

 

EDU 486

Elem. Ed: Portfolio Development (1 credit)

 

EDU 487

Capstone: Elementary Education (1 credit)

Education Minor / 16 Credits

The Education minor is designed for students interested in exploring professional options in education that are outside of the classroom, such as working in educational publishing, creating educational software, or working in after school settings or other out-of-school settings. The Education Minor is open to all interested students who do not have an Education major. It can be combined with the Community-based Human Service Certificate, the Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy major, the Social Work major, the Child Life major or any of the Arts and Sciences majors. It provides an education option for students with a Human Development major who are interested in school psychology rather than working with children in the classroom. The Education Minor does not lead to state licensure and it does not require passage of any sections of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure.

Course Requirements

EDU 255

Racial and Cultural Identities

4 credits

 

Introductory Education Course (select one)

4 credits

EDU 305

Principles of Inclusive Early Childhood Education/ 4 cr

 

EDU 306

Introduction to Elementary Education/ 4 cr

 

HDP 290

Children with Special Needs/ 4 cr

 

 

Reading Course (select one)

4 credits

EDU 327

Teaching Reading to Young Children/ 4 cr

 

EDU 337

Teaching Reading in Grades pre-K-8/ 4 cr

 

 

Selective courses

4 credits

EDU 316/317

Elementary Curriculum Development/Elementary Pre-practicum/4 cr

 

EDU 320

Mathematics for Young Children/4 cr

 

EDU 321

Elementary Science and Technology/2 cr

 

EDU 323

Elementary History and Social Sciences/2 cr

 

EDU 330

Elementary Mathematics/4 cr

 

EDU 341

Assessing Young Children With and Without Special Needs/2 cr

 

EDU 331

Multicultural Picture Books

 

EDU 332

Multicultural Picture Books/2 cr

 

EDU 351

Teaching and Learning Science in the Early Childhood Classroom/2 cr

 

SPE 346

Assistive Technology/2 cr

 

SPE 264

Behavior Management/2 cr

 

SPE 392

Teaching Students with Diverse Learning Needs/2 cr

 

Suggested Course Sequence- Education Minor/16 credits

Second Year

EDU 255 (4 cr)

 

 

Choose one, EDU 305, EDU 306 or HDP 290 (4 cr)

 

Junior Year

EDU 327 or EDU 337 (4 cr)

 

Senior Year

Selective course or courses (4 credits total)

 

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