Montana State University

Elementary Education

Department of Education

http://www.montana.edu/wwweduc/

The Department of Education offers a teacher preparation program for students seeking teaching careers in grades kindergarten through eight (K-8). The program is designed to provide a basic general education and a wide breadth of experience in the sciences, language arts, humanities, social studies, art, music, mathematics, and health enhancement necessary for a classroom teacher at these grade levels.

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-based component. This includes an early experience in the freshman year that is designed for students to observe and interview teachers and their students. Its emphasis is to clarify career directions and it is therefore required prior to all other professional coursework. Prior to student teaching, each student is required to take two practicum semesters. During these semesters the student spends four half-days for eight weeks in a classroom while concurrently completing methods courses on campus. The final field-based experience is student teaching where students spend fourteen weeks in actual supervised teaching in a school setting.

The elementary education K-8 curriculum and four options within the program are available in the department. Early childhood education, mathematics, science, and special education are offered to permit students to specialize in these specific areas in addition to completing the elementary school curriculum. The options, while not providing additional endorsements in the specialties addressed, do allow for added study in each area.

Graduate degree programs are offered for students who wish to pursue advanced programs in teaching or curriculum supervision in education (See College of Graduate Studies' web site at http://www.montana.edu/.)


PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHING

See "Teacher Education Program" for entrance requirements.

Prerequisite:
Take one of the following:
Credits
    HDCF 150IS--Lifespan Human Devlpmt   3
    HDCF 160-- Hum Dev Birth-Adol     3
Professional Requirements:  
EDU 202--Early Field Experience   1
EDU 222--Ed Psych & Child Development   3
EDU 211D--Multicultural Education   3
EDU 397--Methods: K-8 Health Enhancement   3
EDU 370--Integrating Tech into Education   2
EDU 382--Assessment, Curric, Instruction   3
EDU 395 --Practicum: K-8 6
EDU 331--Literature & Literacy for Children 3
EDU 330--Emergent Literacy 4
EDU 397R--Methods: K-8 Social Studies 3
EDU 397--Methods: K-8 Science 3
EDU 397--Methods: K-8 Art 3
EDU 397--Methods: Math K-8 3
EDU 397--Methods: K-8 Music 3
EDU 480--Ed Plan & Mgmt 1
EDU 443--Ed Mgmt & Discipline 1
EDU 431--Teaching Reading 4-8 4
EDU 495--Student Teaching: K-8 10-12
EDU 409--Professional Issues: K-8 2
HDCF 356--Exceptional Needs 3
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NOTE: A student must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program before enrolling in a methods class (Block A and Block B).

PROGRAM SEQUENCE

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION K-8

Freshman Year Credits
Take one of the following:
     HDCF 150IS--Lifespan Human Devlpmt 3
     HDCF 160-- Hum Dev Birth-Adol 3
EDU 202--Early Field Experience 1
EDU 211D--Multicultural Education 3
WRIT 101W--College Writing I 3
Take one of the following:
     GPHY 141D--Geography of World Regions 3
     GPHY 121D--Human Geography 3
M 135--Math for K-8 Teachers I 4
M 136Q--Math K-12 Teachers II 4
US Core Elective 3

Applied Fine Arts Restricted Core Elective:

Take one of the following:
     ARTZ 105RA--Visual Language-Drawing 3
     DANC 206D--Dance as Cultural Expression 3
     DANC 230IA--Dance Appreciation 3
     MUSI 103RA--Fund of Music Creation 3
     MTA 103RA--Understanding Photography 3

Natural Science Restricted Core Elective:

Take one of the following:
     BIOB 100IN--Organism Function 3
     BIOM 103IN--Unseen Universe: Microbes 3
Take one of the following:
     GEO 103CS--Intro to Envrmntl Geology 4
     GPHY 111CS--Intro to Physical Geography 4
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Sophomore Year Credits
Social Science Restricted Core Elective:
Take one of the following:
     NASX 105D--Intro Native Am Studies 3
     NASX 232D--Montana Indians:Cult,Hist,Current Issues 3
     NASX 205D--Native Americans in Contemporary Society 3
EDU 222--Ed Psych & Child Development 3
EDU 370--Integrating Tech into Education 2
History Core Elective:
Take one of the following:
     HSTA 101IH--Western Civilization I 4
     HSTR 102IH--Western Civilization II 4
     HSTR 101IH--American History I 4
     HSTA 102IH--American History II 4
English Literature
Restricted Humanities Elective:
Take one of the following:
     EDU 263--Methods of Teaching Grammar 3
     LIT 110IH--Intro to Lit 3
     LIT 214D--Regional Lit 3
     NASX 340--Native Am Literature 3
Inquiry Arts Restricted Elective:
Take one of the following:
     ARTH 200IA--Art of World Civilization I 4
     ARTH 201IA--Art of World Civilization II 4
     MTA 101IA--Film in America     3
     MUSI 211IA--Enjoyment of Music 3
     MUSI 307IA--World Music 3
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 121IN--Intro Gen Chemistry 4
     PHSX 103IN--Our Physical World 4
     PHSX 201IN--Physics by Inquiry 3
PSCI 210IS--Intro to American Government 3
Electives 13
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Note: Courses listed in the sophomore year include a total of 7 credits that are to be combined with the required courses listed in the first semester of the junior year. Timing and scheduling on the student's part will determine which 7 credits will be combined with the first semester junior required courses.

Junior Year
First Semester
Credits
     EDU 382--Assessment, Curric, Instruction 3
     EDU 331--Literature & Literacy for Children 3
     HDCF 356--Exceptional Needs 0-21  3
     EDU 397--Methods: K-8 Health Enhancement 3

Note: 7 credits from courses listed in the sophomore year are to be combined with the 10 credits listed in the first semester of the junior year.

Junior Year
Second Semester
Block A or Block B
Credits
Block A
     EDU 395--Practicum: K-8 3
     EDU 330--Emergent Literacy 4
     EDU 397--Methods: K-8 Art 3
     EDU 397--Methods: Math K-8 3
     EDU 397--Methods: K-8 Music 3
Take one of the following:
     EDU 480--Ed Plan & Mgmt 1
     EDU 443--Ed Mgmt & Discipline 1
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Senior Year
First Semester
Block A or Block B
Credits
Block B
     EDU 395--Practicum: K-8 3
     EDU 397R--Methods: K-8 Social Studies 3
     EDU 397--Methods: K-8 Science 3
     EDU 431--Teaching Reading 4-8    4
Take one of the following:
     EDU 480--Ed Plan & Mgmt 1
     EDU 443--Ed Mgmt & Discipline 1

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

Senior Year
Second Semester
Credits
Student Teaching Semester
     EDU 495--Student Teaching: K-8 12
     EDU 409--Professional Issues: 5-12  2
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A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.


EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION OPTION

The early childhood education option leads to a permissive special competency designed for students in elementary education or teachers seeking re-certification. 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 (and the 20 credits) will have a permissive special competency added to their elementary endorsement. This special competency alerts perspective 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 exceptions:

Delete: Credits
Electives 13
Add:  
EDU 446--Teaching Primary Grades 3
HDCF 271--Paraprofessional Experience  1
HDCF 350--Early Chld Clsrm Mgmt 3
HDCF 352--Curr for Erly Chldhd Ed 4
HDCF 458--Assessment & Intervent 4
Take one of the following:
     EDU 410--Student Teaching: K-8 5
     HDCF 454--Practicum Chldhd Teach  3
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Students choosing this option voluntarily select a program that requires additional coursework beyond the 128 credits required for a standard four-year degree.


LIBRARY MEDIA K-12

Add:  
EDU 331--Literature & Literacy for Children 3
EDU 432--Lit & Literacy for Young Adults 2
EDU 498--Internship 2
EDCI 522--Info Resources & Services 3
EDCI 545--Orgn of Info Schl Lib Media Cntrs 3
EDCI 546--Schl Lib Media Speclst 3
EDCI 547--Info Inqry Ed Chng 3
EDCI 548--Mngmnt Info Rsrces 3

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Students choosing this option voluntarily select a program that requires additional coursework beyond the 128 credits required for a standard four-year degree. This option, which is based primarily on graduate level coursework, requires special permission of the instructor (see Dr. Janis Bruwelheide). Students on Financial Aid should be aware of the implications of courses taken through Extended Studies.


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 exceptions:

Delete: Credits
Electives 13
Add:  
EDU 497R--Methods: 5-8 Mathematics 3
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
Choose one from:
     M 420--Geom,Measure, and Data Mid Gr 3
     M 424--Alg Think &Num Sense Mid Gr 3
Restricted Electives in Mathematics 6

Mathematics Electives Recommended: (cannot double count in any credits)
     M 149Q--Secrets of the Infinite 3
     M 147Q--Language of Mathematics 3
     M 151Q--Precalculus 4
     M 161Q--Survey of Calculus 4
     M 171Q--Calculus I 4
     M 420--Geom,Measurem, & Data Mid Gr 3
     M 424--Alg Think & Num Sense Mid Gr 3
     STAT 217Q-- Interm Statistical Concepts 3
Or another approved Mathematics course
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Students choosing this option voluntarily select a program that requires additional coursework beyond the 128 credits required for a standard four-year degree.


SCIENCE EDUCATION OPTION

All science option students are to follow the elementary K-8 curriculum, with these exceptions:

(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.)

Delete: Credits
Electives    14
Add:  
BIOB 100IN--Biology of Organisms 4
Take one of the following:
     BIOB 160--Molec & Cellular Biol 4
     BIOE 103CS--Envirn Issues & Society 3
     BIOM 103IN--Unseen Universe: Microbes 3
CHMY 123--Organic & Biochem Prin 4
CHMY 121IN--Intro Gen Chemistry 4
GEO 101IN--Intro to Physical Geology 4
Take one of the following:
     GPHY 111CS--Intro to Physical Geography 4
     GEO 103CS--Intro to Envrmntl Geology 4
Take two of the following Physics courses:
     ASTR 110IN--Mysteries of the Sky 3
     PHSX 103IN--Our Physical World 4
     PHSX 201IN--Physics by Inquiry 3
     PHSX 205--College Physics I 4
     PHSX 207--College Phys II 4
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Students choosing this option voluntarily select a program that requires additional coursework beyond the 128 credits required for a standard four-year degree.


SPECIAL EDUCATION OPTION

The Department of Elementary 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 disabled students. 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 exceptions:

Delete: Credits
Electives 14
Add:  
EDU 438--Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis & Instruction 3
HDCF 357--Exceptional Needs Lab 1
HDCF 458--Assessment & Intervent 4
Restricted electives:
Take other approved Special Education Course
offerings from MSU-Billings or other universities
9
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Students choosing this option voluntarily select a program that requires additional coursework beyond the 128 credits required for a standard four-year degree.


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