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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. 

Admission Requirements (Prerequisite Courses)

MATH 101: College Algebra

GEOG 104: Introduction to Physical Geography

ENGL 101: Composition

ENGL 102: Critical Reading & Writing

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

COMS 130: Speaker-Audience Communication

C&T 100: Intro to the Education Profession

General Education (Required Courses)

BIOL 100 & 102: Principles of Biology Lecture & Lab

PHSX 111 & 116: Introduction to Physica Lecture & Lab (or CHEM 110: Introductory Chemistry)

HSES 260: Personal & Community Health

LING 106: Introductory Linguistics

POLS 110: Introduction to U.S. Politics

ANTH 160: Varieties of the Human Experience (or SOC 130: Comparative Societies or an approved study abroad experience)

Program Requirements (Content Courses)

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

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

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

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

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

C&T 347: Social Studies for the Elementary Classroom

C&T 349: Science for the Elementary Classroom

ELPS 250: Education & Society

ELPS 301: Educational Technology in Elementary/Middle Education

EPSY 305: Development & Learning of the Young Child

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

SPED 326: Teaching Exceptional Children & Youth in General Classrooms

MATH 109: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I

MATH 110: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II

MEMT 341: Instructional Strategies in Music for Elementary Classrooms (or VAE 341: Instructional Strategies in Art for Elementary Classrooms)

EPSY 480: Social, Emotional, & Well-being of Students in Schools

C&T 401: Professional Learning Seminar I

C&T 402: Professional Learning Seminar II

C&T 403: Professional Learning Seminar III

EPSY 320: Basics of Classroom Assessment

Field Experience (Student Teaching Courses)

ELPS 537: Governance & Organization in Schools

EPSY 520: Classroom Assessment

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

C&T 490: Student Teaching

C&T 494: Internship

C&T 495: Seminar: Developing the Teaching Portfolio

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

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3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
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Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award
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