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Elementary Education (B.S.Ed.)

Administered by Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Effective Fall 2009

The State Board of Education adopted changes that affect all of Pennsylvania's instructional and educational specialist programs by adding 9 credits or 270 hours or equivalent combination for adaptations and accommodations for diverse students in an inclusive setting and 3 credits or 90 hours or equivalent combination to meet the instructional needs of English Language Learners. Although these regulatory changes became effective on September 22, 2007, the PA Department of Education has not yet developed final requirements for colleges/universities to follow. Therefore, additional program requirements will be developed and incorporated into your certification program to comply with new regulations for certifying teachers that become effective on January 1, 2013.

Requirements for Certification in Elementary Education (K-6) develop knowledge of the nature of the child, the nature of the school and center, the learning process, general methods of teaching and methods of teaching particular subjects and to provide student teaching experience. A total of 70 semester hours is taken in required courses. None may be taken on a pass/fail basis. An area of concentration is optional. No free electives are available for this program. In addition to the 120-credit requirement for a Bloomsburg University degree, education majors are subject to background checks and passage of Praxis exams.

General Education Requirements

Among 50-53 credits of general education requirements some courses are specifically required

Nine credits of communication, including 20.101 and 20.201
25.103 Public Speaking or 25.104 Interpersonal Communication
45.211 Sociology or 46.200 Anthropology
48.101 General Psychology
48.211 Child Psychology
53.201 Theory of Arithmetic
54.103 Physical Science or see your adviser
70.101 Introduction to Individuals with Exceptionalities
Any other math course
Any biology course
Professional Education Courses
60.204 Educational Computing and Technology
60.251 Psychological Foundations of Education or 48.251 Psychological Foundations
60.291 Principles of Teaching
60.311 Classroom Measurement and Assessment or 79.301 Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Elementary School
60.393 Social Foundations of Education or 60.406 Multicultural Education
62.302 Teaching Science in the Elementary School
62.304 Teaching Environmental Education in the Elementary School
62.310 Teaching Fine Arts in the Elementary School
62.371 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
62.373 Diagnostic and Inclusionary Practices for Literacy
62.390 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
62.391 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School
62.398 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
62.497 Teaching Literacy and Literature in Diverse Classrooms
Field Experiences
62.496 Practicum (Bloomsburg, Berwick, Central, Danville, Hazleton and/or Southern)
79.312 Internship (Bloomsburg)
79.320 Practicum (Central or Danville)
79.461 Practicum (Bethlehem or Philadelphia)
Student Teaching
62.494 Student Teaching (First Assignment)
62.495 Student Teaching (Second Assignment)
Suggested Electives

A minimum of 13 credits is required

Any course in fitness and recreation skills
05.311 Methods and Materials in Elementary School Physical Education
05.320 Health and Safety in the Elementary School
09.100 University Seminar
20.384 Literature for Children
30.205 Children's Art
35.320 Music in Elementary School
60.427 Classroom Management and Effective Discipline
62.121 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
62.322 Seminar in Learning Experiences with Young Children
62.400 Workshop in Mathematics in ECH/EL (summer only)
62.410 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education I
62.420 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education II
62.441 Workshop in Elementary Education
79.312 Internship in Education (1 to 3 semester hours only in this area)
Other requirements

All students are required to complete the following:

FBI Clearance (Renewed yearly)

Criminal Record Check (Act 34, renewed yearly)

Child Abuse Check (Act 151, renewed yearly)

TB Test - results Negative or Statement of Treatment (yearly)

Praxis I - Pre-professional skills test (PPST). All students are required to take the following Praxis Tests. PPSTs must be taken and passed by 48 credits in order to be admitted to teacher education.

Reading (10710) or 5710

Writing (10720) or 5720

Mathematics (10703) or 5730

Praxis II - Subject Assessments. Beginning Fall 2007 the Pennsylvania Praxis II tests must be taken and passed in order successfully complete the certification program.

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (30511)

Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (10011)