Undergraduate Department of Elementary Education

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Karen Worth, Chair and Instructor

Linda Banks-Santilli, Associate Professor

Judy Richards, Instructor

Deborah Samuels-Peretz, Assistant Professor

William Thompson, Associate Professor

Jeff Winokur, Instructor


B.A..B.S., Elementary Education

Minor, Education

B.S or B.A./Elementary Education / 48 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. For information on teacher licensure, please refer to the Professional Certification and Licensure section of this catalog on page 14.

Learning outcomes for the Elementary Education major:

Students will:

  • develop a theoretical framework for understanding and evaluating educational practice
  • work with children and their families in diverse communities in a multicultural society
  • design, implement, and assess the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction in relation to the development and academic achievement of children including English Language Learners and children with exceptionalities

Required Support Courses* 16-20 credits
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 4 credits
Major Course Requirements 22 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
MLE 301 Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) I:
Second Language Acquisition in Context
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 hrs) 1 credit
EDU 321 Elementary Science and Technology 2 credits
EDU 323 Elementary History &Social Sciences 2 credits
Elementary Practicum Core 16 credits
EDU 446 Elementary Teaching &Learning 4 credits
EDP 447 Elementary Practicum 6 credits
EDU 445 Meeting Diverse Learning Needs 2 credits
MLE 303 Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) II:
PreK-8 Literacy and Content Instruction+/
4 credits
Completion of Major 2 credits
EDU 486 Elem. Ed.: Portfolio Development 1 credit
EDU 487* Capstone: Elementary Education 1 credit

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

+Beginning in fall 2014, two additional courses are required that meet new state requirements in sheltered English immersion (SEI) for all teachers of content (PreK-12th grade). All students who complete a Wheelock state approved program (PreK-12th grade) for DESE licensure after May 2015 are required to complete the new SEI courses in order to complete their program and qualify for the license.

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 any of the other undergraduate certificate programs and academic majors in the Social Work, Leadership and Policy Division or Arts and Sciences majors. These options include the Community-based Human Service Certificate, the Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy major, the Social Work major, the Child Health minor 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 4 credits
EDU 255 Racial and Cultural Identities/4 cr
Introductory Education Course (choose 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 (choose 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 (choose one) 4 credits
EDU 316/EDP 317 Elementary Curriculum Development3/
Elementary Pre-practicum/1 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/2 cr
EDU 332 Multicultural Chapter 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

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