Alternative Class A Program Master of Science in Education Major: Elementary Education (K-6)

Core Requirements (27 semester hours):

   ED    510     Academic Research for the Teacher (3)

   SPE   520     Assistive Technology (3)

   EED   550     Diversity in the Modern Classroom (3)

   RDG  520     Foundations of Teaching Reading (3)

   RDG  521     Practicum in Teaching Reading (3)

   EED   533     Enhancing Learning Through Children’s Literature (3)

   RDG  547     Reading Diagnosis (3)

   ED    595     Internship in Education (3)

   ED    596     Reflective Practices in Education (3)

                        (must be taken concurrently with ED 595)

   *ED  595, Internship in Education, is equivalent to undergraduate student teaching and requires a semester long internship in the public schools.  This must be scheduled during the last semester of course work.  


Teaching Field Requirements (24 semester hours):


  RDG  546   Multicultural Literature (3)

  ECE   507   Assessment for Children (3)

  EED   509   Advanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning (3)

  EED   511   Mathematics for Children (3)

  EED   512   Science for Children (3)

  EED   513   Curriculum and Teaching in Social Studies (3)

  EED   514   Practicum in Content (3)

  EED   530   Methods for Language and Literacy (3)        

  Diversity Requirements (3 semester hours)

  SPE 500 Survey of Special Education (3) is required unless SPE 300 was satisfied at the undergraduate level.  If SPE 300 has already been satisfied at the undergraduate or graduate level, candidates must choose ONE of the following courses to satisfy the diversity requirement:

SPE 532 Methods and Strategies for Enrichment: Teaching Gifted Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)

RDG 530 Methods and Materials for Reading: Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in the Inclusive Setting (3)

EED 548 Methods for Multicultural Classrooms (3)

54 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Undergraduate Requirements: 2-50 hours of undergraduate course work to include the following:

      ED   300   Introduction to Teacher Education (2)

      12 hours of Laboratory Science

      12 hours of English/Language Arts

      12 hours of Social/Behavioral Sciences

      12 hours of Math


45-96 Total Undergraduate and Graduate Semester Hours

Required for this Degree



   Students must meet eligibility requirements for the alternative class A teacher certification program.

Completion of this program leads to eligibility for class A (master’s) teacher certification in elementary education.  Candidates admitted (to enroll in courses in a Class A teaching field program) may complete no more than five approved program courses prior to unconditional admission to the program (this includes transfer credit).  Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Dean of the School of Education and the Dean/Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. 

Successful completion of the appropriate Praxis II examination is required prior to internship for all alternative class A programs. 

Successful completion of the appropriate Praxis II content exam will satisfy the 32/19 content area requirement and/or the 4 x 12 requirement in all  Alternative Class A programs.  Please see your academic advisor for more information concerning this option.