2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) B.A.

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The elementary education program at Maryville prepares students to teach children in grades 1-6. Classes, field experiences, an area of concentration and a general education contribute to a broad-based elementary teacher preparation program. Five options are available within the elementary education area: B.A. in elementary education, B.A. in elementary/early childhood, and 3/2 programs in elementary/early childhood, elementary/English and elementary/psychology. All options involve extensive experiences in partner schools.

Maryville’s School of Education has been recognized for its work at the elementary and early childhood level by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, various local school districts and as part of John Goodlad’s National Network for Educational Renewal. In addition, it has a longstanding history of strong partnerships with area school districts.

General Education Requirements for Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) B.A.

A minimum of sixty (60) credit hours of general education courses is required for the Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) B.A. degree. Some of the courses listed below are required to fulfill the general education requirements and others may be used as electives. Other courses not listed below may also be considered to fulfill electives that comprise the General Education requirements. General Education courses must meet the following criteria::

Humanities - Fine Arts Elective (Music, Art, Performance - 3 hours), Literature Elective - 3 hours, Multi-Cultural Elective - (Study Abroad, Foreign Language, other - 3 hours) = Total 9 hours

Literacy - (ENG 101 Writing I and ENG 104 Writing II required) = Total 6 hours

Mathematics - MATH 207, 116 OR117, AND Math 208 = Total 6 hours

Science - SCI 131 OR 132, AND SCI Elective with Lab or Lab Experience = Minimum Total 6 hours

Social Science - EDUC 220, HIST 121 OR 122, and PSCI 101 = Total 9 hours

Electives - 24 hours: EDUC 100 - Introduction to Schooling or its equivalent is required of all freshman education majors and strongly recommended as an elective for all other education majors. All freshmen are also required to take INTD 101 - University Seminar. This credit will count toward the 24-hour elective requirement for Elementary Education majors. EDUC 668 Behavior Management and EDUC 616 Differentiating for All Learners are strongly recommended as electives for all education majors. These courses should ideally be taken in the senior year or in the 5th year for candidates in accelerated master’s degree programs.

Please work with your life coach and faculty mentor to determine which of the listed general education courses are appropriate for you.

Practicum Experiences - (20 Hours)

Education majors spend a considerable amount of time in schools gaining firsthand classroom experience with students. Beginning in the sophomore year, all education students are required to complete a practicum experience each semester, with increasingly rigorous expectations regarding student interactions, lesson planning and delivery, and collaboration with professional educators in the field. These experiences build upon one another to provide teacher candidates with exposure to students from multiple grade levels in diverse schools and districts, as well as to a wide variety of teaching/learning opportunities in real-world settings. These practicum experiences culminate in student teaching experience in the final semester if he initial teacher preparation program.

Recommended Electives

EDUC 100 - Introduction to Education, EDUC 668 - Behavior Management, and EDUC 616 - Differentiating for All Learners are strongly recommended as electives for all education majors.

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