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Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education


You will develop the knowledge, social competencies, methods, communication skills, and sensitivity to be effective in the elementary school environment. Complete methods courses, professional education courses, and field experiences/observations. You will also develop critical thinking skills and an awareness of cultural diversity and the social and political contexts of education.

Elementary Education majors must also demonstrate ability in liberal arts areas including mathematics, science, writing, communication, and the fine arts.

The education major is based on state, regional, and national licensure criteria and testing competencies. The Ottawa University teacher education programs are state approved in Kansas and accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Elementary Education Required Courses

The Teaching Profession I | 
Explores current and future teaching profession. Introduces Ottawa University’s mission and teacher education program’s conceptual framework. Learn about topics such as reflective inquiry, standards driven classrooms, use of technology, and diversity of learners. Skills assessed in relation to profession.

The Exceptional Child | 
Become familiar with various emotional and behavioral disorders, health and physical impairments, and intellectual deviations associated with children (birth through high school age) who are identified as expectional. Addresses strategies for meeting academic, social and emotional needs of these children within the confines of the classroom (including IEPS). Examines criteria for effectively working with administrators, specialists, support personnel, and family who impact the educational experiences of these children. Field experience required.

Educational Psychology | 
Designed to acquaint students with knowledge gained from educational psychologists in learning theory and practice, motivation and management, and effective instruction. Meets required competencies in research, teaching methods and materials, media and technology, teaching effectiveness, interpersonal relations, educational ethics, understanding the learner, teaching-learning process, learning styles, and understanding the relationship between school and home. Emphasis placed on understanding methods needed to maintain an effective learning environment through classroom management strategies and motivational techniques.

Foundations of Schools in a Diverse Society | 
Provides candidate with understanding of historical, philosophical and social foundations of education in the United States. Addresses legal and ethical issues. Learn how educational policy is formulated and affects classroom practice. Provides opportunities to learn from a variety of professionals from diverse backgrounds.

Integrating the Fine Arts | 
Design, implement and evaluate art experiences that are interrelated with other disciplines and developmentally appropriate, meaningful and challenging for all students. Lessons(designed and taught) demonstrate that the learners are developing positive disposition towards artistic exploration and expression.

Elementary Mathematics Methods | 
Approaches and methodologies used in teaching mathematics in the elementary school. Emphasizes
knowledge of mathematical concepts and their use in developing understanding of computational skills and logic of mathematics.

Elementary Mathematics Methods & Practicum | 
Focuses on learning how to teach mathematics in the elementary school. Helps teacher candidates know, understand and use the major content and processes, as defined in state and national standards, with kindergarten through sixth grade students. Observe and practice mathematical procedures in authentic settings. 20 hours of field experience is required.

Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies Methods | 
Emphasis on approaches and methodologies used in teaching language arts in the elementary school. Learn to present techniques for teaching listening, oral language, writing, spelling, grammar, and handwriting through social science experiences (history, geography, social sciences, and other related areas) that are developmentally appropriate, meaningful and challenging for all students. Construct lessons that demonstrate ways for elementary students to become effective decision makers and responsible citizen in a culturally diverse democratic society and interdependent world.

Elementary Science Methods | 
Emphasis on approaches and methodologies used in teaching science in the elementary school. A hands-on approach to science methods for the acquisition of attitudes, skills and knowledge to teach science.

Elementary Primary Reading Methods Practicum | 
Assists prospective elementary teachers in exploring and questioning how reading is taught. Develop skills in a variety of methods and approaches in reading programs in the primary classroom. Field experience is required.

Elementary Intermediate Reading Methods/Practicum | 
Assists prospective elementary teachers in exploring and questioning how reading is taught. Develop skills in a variety of methods and approaches to reading programs in the intermediate classroom. Field experience required.

SEI Methods for Enligh Language Learners II | 
Course will examine the format and alignment of ELL Proficiency Standards to the Arizona Language Arts Academic Standards. It will also analyze and apply disaggregated data to differentiate instruction as well as integrate diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments for ELLs. In addition, the course will describe the legal, historical and educational reasons for SEI. The course will further identify and use multiple strategies to improve student achievement by integrating: 1. comprehensible input; 2. ongoing, specific and immediate feedback; 3. grouping structures and techniques; 4. building background and vocabulary development; and 5. integrating student engagement. It will also identify the socio-cultural influences on ELLs such as Language shift, identity issues, and the role of culture in learning.

Elementary Student Teaching I | 
Capstone field experience for elementary pre-service teachers. Provides opportunity to observe and teach in an elementary school setting. Consult Education Department for placement information. Prerequisite: All professional education courses and courses in the major must be completed prior to enrollment in course.

Elementary Student Teaching II | 
Capstone field experience for elementary pre-service teachers. Provides opportunity to observe and teach in an elementary school setting. Consult Education Department for placement information. Prerequisite: All professional education courses and courses in the major must be completed prior to enrollment in course.

Health and Physical Education Methods for Elem Teachers | 
Learn and use major concepts of health education, human movement and physical activity of central elements to foster active healthy lifestyles. Address integration of physical education and health concepts across curriculum instruction.

General Education Licensure Requirements

The American Experience I | 
Introduces the study of American history and its cultural, intellectual, political, economic, religious, racial and diplomatic topics. Emphasis on development of the country from discovery through Reconstruction.

Twentieth Century World History | 
Course focuses on the history of Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa in the twentieth century. Course will address globalization and consequences, colonization versus nationalism, militarization, collective security, and the effects of technology on nations. Students will assess the consequences of global, regional and civil wars throughout the century and the subsequent shift in influence to emerging nations.

Principles of Psychology | 
Introduces basic elements in understanding human behavior. Emphasis on basic concepts and terminology of psychology including the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, history of psychology, growth and development, motivation, learning, measurement and scientific methodology, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, and psychotherapy.

Intermediate College Algebra | 
Emphasizes algebraic skill development such as linear and quadratic equations, rational exponents, radicals and systems of equations. Designed to prepare students for college level mathematics.

Principles of Biology & Lab | 
Introduces major biological processes occurring in animals and plants and basic concepts underlying the biology field. Includes corresponding lab.

Physical Science & Lab | 
Basic method and principles of physical sciences, examining selected concepts in physics, chemistry, geology and astronomy, with emphasis on relating fundamental physical laws to current environmental, energy and other societal problems. Includes corresponding lab.

Intermediate Writing | 
Examines steps of the writing process from sight to insight: perceive, identify, analyze, discover, write, re-write and edit. Critical thinking, library research, peer conferencing, and the art of argument integral to the course.

Courses listed are examples only.  Relevant substitutions may be made with advisor approval.

State-Specific Requirements - Arizona

Arizona Constitution | HPS 30151
Overview of Arizona's history and constitution from territorial days to the present.

United States Constitution | HPS 30251
Overview of the history of the United States Constitution to establish a foundation of understanding.

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