Montana State University

Elementary Education

Department of Education

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

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 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 service learning experiences in the freshman year, and 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 field-based experience is student teaching where students spend fourteen weeks in a 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 curriculum and instruction (See The Graduate School's web site at http://www.montana.edu/).


COURSEWORK REQUIRED FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION K-8

See "Teacher Education Program" for entrance requirements.

EDUCORE®—Discovering the Nature of the Disciplines                       25 Credits
EDU 101 US Teaching & Learning 3
WRIT 101 W College Writing 3
M 133Q Geometry and Geometric Measurement for K-8 Teachers 3
EDU 211 D Multicultural Education 3
TE 250 CS Technology & Society 3
EDU  204 IA Creative Arts & Lifelong Learning 3
HSTA 101 or 102 or HSTR101 or 102 IH American History I  or II or Western Civilization I or II 4
EDU 222 IS Ed Psych and Child Development 3
IN Met through courses below
R Met through course below


PROFESSIONAL Content—Building a Strong Foundation               59 Credits
GPHY121; GPHY 141; ANTY101 Human Cultures 3
M 132 Number and Operations for K-8 Teachers
3
M 234 Higher Mathematics for K-8 Teachers 3
Approved STEM elective   3
BIOB100IN; BIOM103IN; or approved elective Life Science 3
GEO 101; GEO103; GPHY111; or approved elective Earth Science 3-4
PHSX 103IN; PHSX201IN; CHMY102; or approved elective Physical Science 3-4
NASX 105, or 205, or 232 Native American Studies 3
PSCI 210 American Government 3
EDU 330 Emergent Literacy 3
EDU 331 Literature & Literacy for Children 3
EDU 370 Integrating Technology into Education 2
EDU 382 Assessment, Curriculum & Instruction 3
EDU 397 K-8 Health Enhancement 3
HDCF 356 Exceptional  Children 3
EDU 342 Managing the Learning Environment 2
Electives 11-13


K-8 TEACHING METHODS—Developing Instructional Materials      36 Credits
EDU 395 Practicum: K-8 (After School Partnership) 3
EDU 438 Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis & Instruction 3
EDU 397 K-8 Language Arts Methods 3
EDU 397 K-8 Creative Arts Methods 3
EDU 397R K-8 Social Studies Methods 3
EDU 397 K-8 Math Methods 3
EDU 397 K-8 Science Methods 3
EDU 395 Practicum: K-8 (Classroom) 3
EDU 495 Student Teaching 12

TOTAL CREDITS                      120

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 Year (31-32 credits)

EDU 101US - Teaching & Learning 3
WRIT 101W - College Writing 3
EDU 222IS - Ed Psych & Child Development 3
Life Science - BIOB100IN; BIOM103IN; or approved elective 3
Math 132 - Number and Operations for K-8 Teachers 3
EDU 204IA - Creative Arts & Lifelong Learning 3
History - HSTA 101IH or 102IH or HSTR101IH or 102IH 4
Human Cultures - GPHY121; GPHY 141; ANTY101 3
Earth Science - GEO 101; GEO103; GPHY111; or approved elective 3-4
Math 133Q - Geom & Geom Msrmt for K-8 Teachers 3

Sophomore Year (29-30 credits)

EDU 370 - Integrating Technology into Education 2
TE250CS - Technology & Society 3
Physical Science - PHSX 103IN; PHSX201IN; CHMY102; or approved elective 3-4
Math 234 - Higher Mathematics for K-8 Teachers 3
Native American Studies - NASX 105, or 205, or 232 3
EDU 331 - Literature & Literacy for Children 3
Approved STEM Elective 3
PSCI 210 - American Government 3
EDU 397 - K-8 Health Enhancement 3
Elective 3

Junior Year (31-33 credits)

EDU 382 - Assessment, Curr, & Instruction 3
HDCF 356 - Exceptional Needs 3
EDU 330 - Emergent Literacy 3
EDU 211D - Multicultural Ed 3
Electives 5-7
EDU 438 - Lit Assessment, Diagnosis, & Instruction 3
EDU 397 - K-8 Creative Arts Methods 3
EDU 397 - K-8 Science Methods 3
EDU 342 - Managing the Learning Environment 2
EDU 395 - Teaching Practicum I 3

Senior Year (27 credits)

EDU 397 - K-8 Language Arts Methods 3
EDU 397 - K-8 Math Methods 3
EDU 397 - K-8 Social Studies Methods 3
Elective 3
EDU 395 - Teaching Practicum II 3
Student Teaching 12

TOTAL 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.


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 (and the 20 credits) will have a permissive special competency added to their elementary licensure. 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 additions:

EDEC 271--Paraprof Experience in Early Childhood 1
EDEC 350--Environments and Management in Early Childhood Ed 3
EDEC 385--Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood Ed 4
HDCF 458--Assessment & Intervent 4
Take one of the following:
     EDU 410--Student Teaching: K-8 5
     EDEC 496--Early Childhood Advanced Practicum 3
18-20

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:

  Credits
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
Choose two of the following:
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,Measurements, & Data Mid Gr 3
     M 424--Alg Think & Num Sense Mid Gr 3
     STAT 217Q-- Interm Statistical Concepts 3
Or another approved Mathematics course
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 are to follow the elementary 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.)

Take one lab course (4 cr) and one additional course (3-4 cr) from the following:
     BIOB 160--Prin of Living System 4
     BIOB 170IN--Prin of Biol Diversity 4
     BIOE 103CS--Env Science & Society 3
     BIOM 103IN--General Microbiology 3
Take one lab course (4 cr) and one additional course (3-4 cr) from the following:
     ERTH 101IN--Earth System Science 4
     GEO 103CS--Intro to Envrmntl Geology 4
     ERTH 102CS--Topics in Earth Science (choose 3-4) 1
     ASTR 110IN--Mysteries of the Sky 3
Take one Chemistry lab course (4 cr), one Physics lab course (4 cr) and one additional course (3-4 cr) from the following:
     CHMY 121IN--Intro to General Chemistry 4
     CHMY 141--General Chemistry I 4
     PHSX 103IN--Our Physical World 3
     PHSX 201IN--Physics by Inquiry 3
     PHSX 205--College Physics I 4
     PHSX 207--College Phys II 4
25-28

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 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 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:

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
20

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


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