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Elementary Education Program Curriculum

The Elementary teacher education program curriculum is built on the belief that it is critical for KU students to not only gain a broad-based teacher education preparation, but to supplement that education with hands-on practical experience in the field. This powerful combination allows our students to excel in any classroom environment. Freshmen and transfer students will complete the KU Core Curriculum for general education requirements. Review the Academic Catalog or consult the program detail sheet (pdf) for more comprehensive information.

Sample Plan of Study

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester

C&T 100: Intro to the Education Profession

GEOG 104/105: Principles of Geography & Lab

ENGL 101: Composition

MATH 101: College Algebra

HIST 128: History of U.S. through Civil War

C&T 235: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in K-12

COMS 130: Speaker-Audience Communication

PSYC 104: General Psychology

ENGL 102: Critical Reading & Writing

MATH 105: Intro to Topics in Mathematics

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester (+ summer)

ANTH 160: Varieties of the Human Experience

ELPS 250: Education & Society

ENGL 200+: Third English Course

LING 106: Intro Linguistics

POLS 110: Intro to U.S. Politics

C&T 322:Curriculum & Learner in the Elementary School

C&T 344: Children’s Literature in the Elementary School

EPSY 305: Development & Learning of the Young Child

MATH 109: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I

HIST 348: History of the Peoples of Kansas

Junior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester (+ summer)

C&T 347: Social Studies for the Elementary Classroom

C&T 349: Science for the Elementary Classroom

C&T 351: Mathematics for the Elementary Classroom

C&T 352/353: Literacy Instruction/Practicum in the Primary Grades

MATH 110: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II

HSES 341: Instructional Strategies in Physical Education for Elementary Classroom Teachers

C&T 330: Instructional Approaches for ESOL Learners in the Elementary/Early Childhood Classrooms

C&T 354/355: Literacy Instruction in the Intermediate Grades & Practicum

HSES 260: Personal & Community Health

ELPS 301: Educational Technology in Elementary/Middle Education

SPED 326: Teaching Exceptional Children & Youth in General Classrooms

MEMT 341, VAE 341 or THR 404: Instructional Strategies in Music/Visual Art

Senior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester

C&T 490: Student Teaching

ELPS 537: Governance & Organization in Schools

EPSY 455: Managing & Motivating Learners in the PK-6th Grade Classroom

SPED 506: Advanced Practices for Children with Disabilities in the Elementary General Education Classroom

C&T 494: Internship

C&T 495: Seminar: Developing the Teaching Portfolio

EPSY 520: Classroom Assessment

Please note: This is only a sample plan of study. Please consult with your academic advisor before enrolling.

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3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
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Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award
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