Elementary Education BSEd, TESOL Emphasis
The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Elementary Education prepares those who desire to teach grades 1 - 6. The core courses are combined with one of three emphasis areas: Special Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), or Middle School. It is also possible to select the Special Education emphasis area and take the TESOL courses for TESOL endorsement. Please see each of the Emphasis Area Requirements listed below.
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The Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education degree prepares students to teach in elementary or middle school settings. This program requires the selection and completion of required coursework in one of the following emphasis areas: Special Education; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Special Education and TESOL; or Middle School.
University General Education and Graduation Requirements
The courses listed below fulfill these requirements and best prepare students for advanced education coursework and licensure exams.
|First Year Writing|
|ENGL 1100||First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200)||3|
|or HIST 1111|
|MATH 1020||Contemporary Mathematics (MOTR MATH 120)||3|
|or MATH 1030||College Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)|
|EDUC 2222||Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning||3|
|or COMM 1040||Introduction to Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)|
|ED TECH 2230||Information Literacy||3|
|American History and Government|
|POL SCI 1100||Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)||3|
|or HIST 1001||American Civilization to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)|
|Humanities and Fine Arts|
|Choose any 9 hours from at least two approved fields.||9|
|Choose any 9 hours from at least two approved fields. At least one course must meet the cultural diversity requirement.||9|
|Math and Life/Natural Sciences|
|Choose any 9 hours from at least two approved fields.||9|
|ENGL 3100||Junior-Level Writing||3|
All students in the B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education program are required to take the following Teacher Education courses, as well as the required courses for the selected emphasis area. Each student must also complete all required courses and certification assessments as specified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Professional Education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (a grade of C- or below must be retaken).
Beginning with those students graduating in May 2017 who will also receive teaching certification, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses, a 3.0 GPA in the teaching content field, and a 2.75 overall GPA.
Students must pass the required DESE certification assessments to receive the B.S.Ed. degree.
Preparing for the Teacher Education Program
The following courses must be completed prior to applying for admission to the teacher education program:
|TCH ED 1000||Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education||1|
|TCH ED 1001||Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency||1|
|TCH ED 2000||Becoming a Professional Educator||1|
|TCH ED 2001||Early Clinical Experience: Schools||1|
|TCH ED 2209||Foundations of Teaching in American Schools||2|
|ED PSY 2212||Child and Adolescent Development||3|
Teacher Education Program
The following courses are completed after acceptance into the teacher education program:
|TCH ED 3001||Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners||1|
|TCH ED 3212||Sociolinguistics and Communication in the Classroom||3|
|ED PSY 3312|
|SPEC ED 3318||Inclusive Classrooms||3|
|SPEC ED 4323||Classroom Management and Positive Behavioral Supports in Inclusive Educational Settings||3|
In addition to the above courses, students must select at least one emphasis area and complete all required coursework for the emphasis area.
The program will culminate in the completion of two sequential site-based practicum experience courses.
Emphasis Area Requirements
This emphasis area in elementary education prepares students for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).
All candidates must complete the Beginning Teacher Education Program and Teacher Education Program course work above in the College of Education.
Elementary education majors must also complete the following Teacher Education Program courses:
|ART ED 2179||Visual Art Activities for Elementary School||3|
|MUS ED 2770||An Introduction to Music for the Elementary School Teacher||3|
|HLTH PE 3432||Teaching Health and Physical Education in Elementary Schools||3|
|ELE ED 3338||Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Assessment and Learning||3|
|ELE ED 3339||Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Instruction and Learning||4|
|ELE ED 4341||Teaching Science in Inclusive Elementary Schools||3|
|ELE ED 4342||Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings II||3|
|ELE ED 4246||Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings I||3|
|ELE ED 4253||Teaching Elementary Social Studies in Inclusive Settings||3|
In addition, students must complete the following TESOL courses:
|TCH ED 3210||General Linguistics in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages||3|
|TCH ED 3211||Basic Principles of Second and Foreign Language Acquisition||3|
|TCH ED 3213||Performance-based Assessment for TESOL||3|
|TCH ED 3214||Material Development and Methods for TESOL||3|
|TCH ED 3224||Curriculum Development for Content Teaching of English Language Learners||3|
The program will culminate in the following practicum courses:
|ELE ED 4994||Practicum I: Elementary/TESOL Site-Based Experience||3|
|ELE ED 4995||Practicum II: Elementary/TESOL Site-Based Experience||12|
Total Credit Hours: 132
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate professionalism through (a) reflective practice for professional growth, (b) effective communication and collaboration, and (c) commitment to upholding ethical and professional standards.
- Evaluate, design, and implement curriculum, instruction, and assessment that apply advanced understanding of (a) content and pedagogical knowledge, (b) learning science principles, and (c) equitable frameworks and inclusive practices.
- Integrate technologies to create meaningful student learning in the context of a (a) digital and (b) global society.
- Design and implement a supportive, inclusive, and culturally responsive classroom environment that nurtures the intellectual, social, and emotional development of all students.
- Partner with families and communities to develop relationships and build networks of support to enhance student learning and well-being.
Sample Four Year Plan
|ENGL 1100||3||COMM 1040||3|
|MATH 1020 or 1030||3||TCH ED 1001||1|
|HIST 1001 or 1002||3||TCH ED 2000||1|
|TCH ED 1000||1||EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts||3|
|EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts||3||EXPLORE - Social Sciences||3|
|EXPLORE - Social Sciences||3||EXPLORE - Math and Sciences||3|
|ED TECH 2230||3||MATH 1150 or 1025||3|
|TCH ED 2001||1||ART ED 2179||3|
|TCH ED 2209||2||ED PSY 2212||3|
|EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts||3||MUS ED 2770||3|
|EXPLORE - Social Sciences1||3||HLTH PE 3432||3|
|EXPLORE - Math and Sciences||3|
|ENGL 3100||3||TCH ED 3001||1|
|TCH ED 3210||3||TCH ED 3212||3|
|ELE ED 3338||3||TCH ED 3211||3|
|ELE ED 4246||3||ELE ED 3339||4|
|TCH ED 3312||3||ELE ED 4342||3|
|SPEC ED 3318||3||ELE ED 4341||3|
|TCH ED 3213||3||ELE ED 4995||12|
|TCH ED 3224||3||TCH ED 3214||3|
|ELE ED 4253||3|
|SPEC ED 4323||3|
|ELE ED 4994||3|
|Total Hours: 125|
Course should also satisfy the Cultural Diversity Requirement
PLEASE NOTE: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor. All requirements are subject to change.