# Elementary Education K-8

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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, 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 101US | Teaching and Learning | 3 |

WRIT 101W | College Writing I | 3 |

M 133Q | Geometry & Measure K-8 Teachers | 3 |

EDU 211D | Multicultural Education | 3 |

TE 250CS | Technology and Society | 3 |

EDU 204IA | Arts & Lifelong Learning | 3 |

Choose one of the following: | 4 | |

American History I | ||

American History II | ||

Western Civilization I | ||

Western Civilization II | ||

EDU 222IS | Educ Psych & Child Development | 3 |

IN | Met through courses below | |

R | Met through course below | |

Professional Content - Building a Strong Foundation | ||

Choose one of the following: | 3 | |

Introduction to American Studies | ||

Anthropology and the Human Experience | ||

Human Geography | ||

Geography of World Regions | ||

Introduction to Sociology | ||

M 132 | Numbers & Operations for K-8 Teachers | 3 |

M 234 | Higher Math for K-8 Teachers | 3 |

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 105D | Intro Native Amer Studies | 3 |

or NASX 205D | Native Americans Contemp Soc | |

or NASX 232D | MT Indian Cult, Hist, Cur Issu | |

PSCI 210IS | Introduction to American Government | 3 |

EDU 330 | Emergent Literacy | 3 |

EDU 331 | Lit and Literacy for Children | 3 |

EDU 370 | Integrating Tech into Educ | 2 |

EDU 382 | Assessmt, Curric, Instructn | 3 |

EDU 397 | Methods (K-8 Health Enhancement) | 3 |

EDSP 306 | Exceptional Learners | 3 |

Electives | 11-13 | |

K-8 Teaching Methods - Developing Instructional Materials | ||

EDU 342 | Managing the Learning Envir | 3 |

EDU 395 | Practicum (I) | 3 |

EDU 397 | Methods (K-8 Language Arts Methods) | 3 |

EDU 397 | Methods (K-8 Creative Arts Methods) | 3 |

EDU 397R | Methods:K-8 Social Studies | 3 |

EDU 397 | Methods (K-8 Math Methods) | 3 |

EDU 397 | Methods (K-8 Science Methods) | 3 |

EDU 395 | Practicum (II) | 3 |

EDU 438 | Ltrcy Asmnt, Diagnos and Instr | 3 |

EDU 495 | Student Teaching | 12 |

Total Credits | 120 |

Note: A student must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program before enrolling in the Developing Instructional Materials K-8 Teaching Methods courses.

### Recommended Program Sequence Elementary Education K-8

Freshman Year | Credits |
---|---|

WRIT 101W - College Writing I | 3 |

EDU 101US - Teaching and Learning | 3 |

M 132 - Numbers & Operations for K-8 Teachers | 3 |

EDU 222IS - Educ Psych & Child Development | 3 |

BIOB 100IN - Organism Function or BIOM 103IN - Unseen Universe: Microbes | 3 |

NASX 105D - Intro Native Amer Studies | 3 |

EDU 204IA - Arts & Lifelong Learning | 3 |

Choose one of the following: | 3 |

AMST 101D - Introduction 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 Teachers | 3 |

Elective | 3 |

Year Total: | 30 |

Sophomore Year | Credits |

HSTA 101IH - American History I | 4 |

TE 250CS - Technology and Society | 3 |

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 Teachers | 3 |

EDU 211D - Multicultural Education | 3 |

EDU 331 - Lit and Literacy for Children | 3 |

PSCI 210IS - Introduction to American Government | 3 |

ERTH 101IN - Earth System Sciences | 4 |

EDU 370 - Integrating Tech into Educ | 2 |

Elective | 3 |

Year Total: | 31 |

Junior Year | Credits |

EDU 382 - Assessmt, Curric, Instructn | 3 |

EDSP 306 - Exceptional Learners | 3 |

EDU 330 - Emergent Literacy | 3 |

Electives | 6-8 |

EDU 397 - Methods | 3 |

EDU 397 - Methods (K-8 Creative Arts Methods) | 3 |

EDU 397 - Methods (K-8 Science Methods) | 3 |

EDU 342 - Managing the Learning Envir | 3 |

EDU 395 - Practicum (I) | 3 |

Year Total: | 30-32 |

Senior Year | Credits |

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 Instr | 3 |

~ Student Teaching Semester~ | |

EDU 495 Student Teaching K-8 | 12 |

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.

* | See advisor to choose one course from STEM list |

### Early Childhood Education Option

All early childhood education option students must meet the requirements of the Elementary Education K-8 curriculum, with these additions:

EDEC 160 | Early Childhood through Adolescent Development | 3 |

EDEC 271 | Paraprofessional Experience in Early Childhood | 1 |

EDEC 350 | Play and Learning in Early Childhood | 3 |

EDEC 385 | Integrated Curriculum Early Childhood Education | 4 |

EDSP 458 | Assessment and Intervention | 4 |

Total Credits | 15 |

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

All mathematics education option students must meet the requirements of the Elementary Education K-8 curriculum, with these additions:

EDU 497R | Methods: 5-8 Mathematics | 3 |

STAT 216Q | Introduction to Statistics | 3 |

M 420 | Geometry, Measurement, and Data in the Middle Grades | 3 |

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 Credits | 15 |

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

All science option students must meet the requirements of 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 Credits | 23-28 |

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

All special education option students must meet the requirements of the Elementary Education K-8, K-12, or 5-12 curriculum with these additions:

EDU 438 | Ltrcy Asmnt, Diagnos and Instr | 3 |

EDSP 307 | Exceptional Learners Lab | 1 |

EDSP 458 | Assessment and Intervention | 4 |

Take three approved Special Education Course offerings from MSU-Billings | 9 | |

Total Credits | 17 |