Elementary Education

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The Department of Education offers a teacher education program for students seeking teaching careers in grades kindergarten through eight (K-8). The Elementary Education major is designed to provide a broad educational foundation with a focus on how science, technology, engineering and math interconnect within the language arts, social studies, arts, and health enhancement curricula. This program content is essential in the preparation of successful K-8 pre-service teachers.

Prospective elementary school teachers follow a program of study the first two years which is essentially the same for all students. There is sufficient flexibility, however, for specialization in the various teaching options available.

One of the major attributes of the Elementary Education program at Montana State University is its extensive field experience component. This includes service learning experiences in the freshman year, micro-teaching experiences in the After School Partnership in the sophomore year, and two practicum teaching semesters prior to student teaching.  During these semesters, students spend the equivalent of four half-days for a minimum of eight weeks in supervised settings working directly with children while concurrently completing methods courses on campus. The final clinical experience is student teaching where students spend fourteen weeks in a supervised classroom setting.

Students in the Elementary Education K-8 program can choose to add the following options: early childhood education, mathematics, science, and/or special education. These options permit students to focus in these specific areas in addition to completing the K-8 degree requirements. The options, while not providing additional endorsements in the specialties addressed, do allow for added study in each area. Students can also pursue teaching minors which would provide additional endorsements in the State of Montana: http://www.montana.edu/fieldplacement/tepp-approval.shtml

Graduate degree programs are offered for students who wish to pursue advanced programs in curriculum and instruction (See The Graduate School's website).

Coursework Required for Elementary Education K-8

See Teacher Education Program for entrance requirements.

EDUCORE - Discovering the Nature of the Disciplines
EDU 101USTeaching and Learning3
WRIT 101WCollege Writing I3
M 133QGeometry & Measure K-8 Teachers3
EDU 211DMulticultural Education3
TE 250CSTechnology and Society3
EDU 204IAArts & Lifelong Learning3
Choose one of the following:4
American History I
American History II
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
EDU 222ISEduc Psych & Child Development3
INMet through courses below
RMet through course below
Professional Content - Building a Strong Foundation
Choose one of the following:3
Intro to American Studies
Anthropology and the Human Experience
Human Geography
Geography of World Regions
Introduction to Sociology
M 132Numbers & Operations for K-8 Teachers3
M 234Higher Math for K-8 Teachers3
Approved STEM Elective *3
Life Science choose one of the following:3-4
Organism Function
Unseen Universe: Microbes
Earth Science choose one of the following:3-4
Earth System Sciences
Yellowstone: Scientific Lab
Intro to Envrmntl Geology
Oceanography
Dinosaurs
Planetary Geoscience
Physical Science choose one of the following:3-4
Applying Chemistry to Society
The Physics of How Things Work
Physics by Inquiry
NASX 105DIntro Native Amer Studies3
or NASX 205D Native Americans Contemp Soc
or NASX 232D MT Indian Cult, Hist, Cur Issu
PSCI 210ISIntroduction to American Government3
EDU 330Emergent Literacy3
EDU 331Lit and Literacy for Children3
EDU 370Integrating Tech into Educ2
EDU 382Assessmt, Curric, Instructn3
EDU 397Methods (K-8 Health Enhancement)3
EDSP 306Exceptional Learners3
Electives11-13
K-8 Teaching Methods - Developing Instructional Materials
EDU 342Managing the Learning Envir3
EDU 395Practicum (I)3
EDU 397Methods (K-8 Language Arts Methods)3
EDU 397Methods (K-8 Creative Arts Methods)3
EDU 397RMethods:K-8 Social Studies3
EDU 397Methods (K-8 Math Methods)3
EDU 397Methods (K-8 Science Methods)3
EDU 395Practicum (II)3
EDU 438Ltrcy Asmnt, Diagnos and Instr3
EDU 495Student Teaching12
Total Credits120

Note: A student must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program before enrolling in a K-8 Teaching Methods class.

Recommended Program Sequence Elementary Education K-8

Freshman YearCredits
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3
EDU 101US - Teaching and Learning3
M 132 - Numbers & Operations for K-8 Teachers3
EDU 222IS - Educ Psych & Child Development3
BIOB 100IN - Organism Function
or BIOM 103IN - Unseen Universe: Microbes
3
NASX 105D - Intro Native Amer Studies3
EDU 204IA - Arts & Lifelong Learning3
Choose one of the following:3
AMST 101D - Intro to American Studies
ANTY 101D - Anthropology and the Human Experience
GPHY 121D - Human Geography
GPHY 141D - Geography of World Regions
SOCI 101IS - Introduction to Sociology
M 133Q - Geometry & Measure K-8 Teachers3
Elective3
Year Total: 30
Sophomore YearCredits
HSTA 101IH - American History I4
TE 250CS - Technology and Society3
PHSX 201IN - Physics by Inquiry
or CHMY 102CS - Applying Chemistry to Society
or PHSX 103IN - The Physics of How Things Work
3
M 234 - Higher Math for K-8 Teachers3
EDU 211D - Multicultural Education3
EDU 331 - Lit and Literacy for Children3
PSCI 210IS - Introduction to American Government3
ERTH 101IN - Earth System Sciences4
EDU 370 - Integrating Tech into Educ2
Elective3
Year Total: 31
Junior YearCredits
EDU 382 - Assessmt, Curric, Instructn3
EDSP 306 - Exceptional Learners3
EDU 330 - Emergent Literacy3
Electives6-8
EDU 397 - Methods3
EDU 397 - Methods (K-8 Creative Arts Methods)3
EDU 397 - Methods (K-8 Science Methods)3
EDU 342 - Managing the Learning Envir3
EDU 395 - Practicum (I)3
Year Total: 30-32
Senior YearCredits
EDU 397 - Methods (K-8 Math Methods)3
EDU 397 - Methods (K-8 Social Studies Methods)3
EDU 397 - Methods (K-8 Language Arts Methods)3
EDU 395 - Practicum (II)3
EDU 438 - Ltrcy Asmnt, Diagnos and Instr3
~ Student Teaching Semester~
EDU 495 Student Teaching K-812
Year Total: 27
Total Program Credits: 120

Certification in first aid and CPR required prior to student teaching semester.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

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  See advisor to choose one course from STEM list

Early Childhood Education Option

The early childhood education option leads to a permissive special competency designed for students in Elementary Education or K-12 teachers seeking credits for licensure renewal. Individuals receiving this competency will receive specialized training in working with children age eight and under and their families in the areas of developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum, parent involvement, and integrating children with special needs. Individuals who have completed the requirements will have a permissive special competency added to their elementary licensure. This special competency alerts prospective employers of training and skills in early childhood education.

All early childhood education option students are to follow the Elementary Education K-8 curriculum, with these additions:

EDEC 160Early Childhood through Adolescent Development3
EDEC 271Paraprofessional Experience in Early Childhood1
EDEC 350Environ/Management in EC Ed3
EDEC 385Integrated Curriculum EC Ed4
EDSP 458Assessment and Intervention4
Total Credits15

Students choosing this option voluntarily select a program that requires additional coursework beyond the 120 credits required for a standard four-year degree.

Mathematics Option

This option is offered to allow students to concentrate in mathematics in addition to majoring in the Elementary Education curriculum. It is primarily intended for students who plan to teach middle school mathematics and also desire elementary education background. The program is also attractive to students who plan to teach upper intermediate grades and desire a stronger mathematics background. This option does not lead to State endorsement in mathematics. However, a notation will appear on the student's transcript.

All mathematics education option students are to follow the Elementary Education K-8 curriculum, with these additions:

EDU 497RMethods: 5-8 Mathematics3
STAT 216QIntroduction to Statistics3
M 420Geometry, Measurement, and Data in the Middle Grades3
or M 424 Algebraic Thinking and Number Sense in the Middle Grades
Recommended Mathematics Elective: (cannot double count in any credits)
Choose two of the following:6
Secrets of the Infinite
Language of Mathematics
Precalculus
Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
Geometry, Measurement, and Data in the Middle Grades
Algebraic Thinking and Number Sense in the Middle Grades
Intermediate Statistical Concepts
Or another approved Mathematics course
Total Credits15

Students choosing this option voluntarily select a program that requires additional coursework beyond the 120 credits required for a standard four-year degree.

Science Education Option

The science education option focuses on courses designed to strengthen the student's background in sciences. While neither a minor nor an endorsement, this option will build an excellent foundation for those interested in teaching science at the grade school and middle school level. This option does not lead to State endorsement in science. However, a notation will appear on the student's transcript indicating an additional option in science education. 

All science option students are to follow the Elementary Education K-8 curriculum, with these additions:

(Note: Some of the listed courses may be taken in the regular Elementary Education K-8 curriculum, thus decreasing the number of credits required in this option.)

Choose one lab course and one additiional course from the following:7-8
Principles of Living Systems
Environmental Science and Society
Principles of Biological Diversity
Unseen Universe: Microbes
Choose one lab course and one additional course from the following:7-8
Earth System Sciences
Yellowstone: Scientific Lab
Intro to Envrmntl Geology
Introduction to Astronomy: Mysteries of the Sky
Choose one Chemistry and one Physics lab course and one additional course from the following:9-12
Introduction of General Chemistry
College Chemistry I
The Physics of How Things Work
Physics by Inquiry
College Physics I
College Physics II
Total Credits23-28

Students choosing this option voluntarily select a program that requires additional coursework beyond the 120 credits required for a standard four-year degree.

Special Education Option

The Department of Education recognizes that many of its elementary education majors understand the necessity of gaining skills in the area of special education. Courses from related fields have been selected which provide preparation for pre-service teachers to gain additional knowledge and skills beneficial to working with exceptional needs. This option does not lead to State endorsement in special education. However, a notation will appear on the student's transcript.

All special education option students are to follow the Elementary Education K-8 curriculum with these additions:

EDU 438Ltrcy Asmnt, Diagnos and Instr3
EDSP 307Exceptional Learners Lab1
EDSP 458Assessment and Intervention4
Take three approved Special Education Course offerings from MSU-Billings9
Total Credits17

Students choosing this option voluntarily select a program that requires additional coursework beyond the 120 credits required for a standard four-year degree.