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Associate Dean Academic Affairs - Lena Walton, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Students - La Tanya Rogers, Ph.D.
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BA in Elementary Education

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education prepares students to teach children in grades kindergarten through six. The program is designed to: Provide courses and field-based learning experiences which enable students to develop the skills and competencies required to effectively meet the educational needs of children in a multiethnic urban environment; to manage a performance-based, behaviorally-oriented learning environment in the elementary grades; and to prepare students for advanced study leading to careers as specialists in education for children

The program emphasizes multifaceted curriculum approaches designed to help students function in a school environment which provides behaviorally-oriented learning experiences, as well as standards-based curriculum designs. Additionally, elementary education majors are exposed to opportunities to understand and become empowered to actively participate in innovative and creative approaches to teaching and curriculum reforms.

The scope of the program is also intended to prepare students for advanced study and education-related careers in educational technology, computer-assisted instruction, and research. Culminating with student teaching in lower and upper elementary school grades, this reflective process is organized sequentially as outlined below.

This program enables students to fulfill teacher certification and other professional requirements in the field of elementary education. The curriculum is designed to be completed in four years with full time enrollment in 15-18 credits each semester. Students may, however, elect to attend on a part-time basis. The minimum number of credits required to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education is 126 semester hours.

Accreditation: The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Transfer of Credit: Students may transfer credits earned from other institutions at the time in which they apply for admission into the University.

Program of Study: The program consists of a minimum of 124 semester hours, including University and college-wide requirements, Department of Education core courses, Elementary Education concentration courses, and electives.

Program Admission Requirements: Students must meet specific criteria to be accepted into the elementary education teacher education program.

Student Organizations: Students may join the Elementary Education Club, Student National Education Association (SNEA), Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Society.

Alumni: Graduates of the program are currently working in public and private schools as teachers of elementary education. Graduates who have earned advanced degrees are working as counselors or school administrators.

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Total Credit Hours of College-Level Courses Required for Graduation: 126

Core Courses (15 Credit Hours)

EDFN
220
Foundations of Education
3
ECED
105
Principles of Child Development
3
EDFN
222
Children and Youth in Urban Schools
3
SPED
204
Introduction to Education of Exceptional Children
3
EDPY
300
Educational Psychology
3

Additional Required Courses (51 Credit Hours)

ELED
304
Methods and Materials for Teaching Language Arts in Elementary School
3
ELED
305
Methods and Materials for Teaching Social Science in Elementary Schools
3
ELED
306
Methods and Materials for Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Schools
3
ELED
307
Methods and Materials for Teaching Science in Elementary Schools
3
PEDU
394
Methods and Materials for Teaching Health, Physical Education and Safety in Elementary Schools
3
EDFN
461
Methods and Materials for Teaching Creative Arts in Elementary Schools
3
ECED
314
Teacher/Child/School/Community Interactions
3
RDNG
305
Children's Literature
3
RDNG
314
Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools
3
RDNG
406
Techniques/Procedures for Corrective and Remedial Reading
3
MATH
393
Theory and Application of Mathematics
3
ELED
330
Practicum I
3
ELED
430
Practicum II
3
ELED
434
Observation and Student Teaching in Elementary Schools
VC

Suggested Electives (3 Credit Hours)

FDNU
318
Child Health and Nutrition
3
SPED
306
Behavior Management in the Classroom
3
SPED
337
Understanding Exceptional Children and Youth
3
SPED
411
Developing and Implementing IEP
3

Comments and Other Required Courses:
Students enrolled in the bachelor's degree program in Elementary Education should consult with their academic advisor to determine other specific University courses required for this major. Students must also take and pass Voice and Articulation, one year of Spanish, and History of the District of Columbia.

Note: Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all required education courses, except student teaching, which requires a grade of "B" or better.