Elementary Education Major (K-6 or K-8)

Elementary Education Major (K-6 or K-8)

Students may elect to major in Elementary Education (K-6 or K-8). These majors require a combination of education courses with field experiences and specified courses in other University departments. An Elementary Education K-6 or K-8 major leads to recommendation for New Hampshire State Educator Certification. 

For an Elementary Education K-8 degree and recommendation for K-8 certification, students must complete a concentration of at least 15 credits in English, History, Mathematics, or Science courses. General and Liberal Education requirements and Education major requirements may be counted toward meeting the concentration. 


Required Education Courses for a K-6 or K-8 Elementary Education
ED105 Educational Psychology 3 Credits
ED112 Teaching and Learning in a Democratic Society 3 Students may elect to major in Elementary Education (K-6 or K-8). These majors require a combination of education courses with field experiences and specified courses in other University departments. An Elementary Education K-6 or K-8 major leads to recommendation for New Hampshire State Educator Certification. 

For an Elementary Education K-8 degree and recommendation for K-8 certification, students must complete a concentration of at least 15 credits in English, History, Mathematics, or Science courses. General and Liberal Education requirements and Education major requirements may be counted toward meeting the concentration. 

Required Education Courses for a K-6 or K-8 Elementary Education
ED105 Educational Psychology 3 Credits
ED112 Teaching and Learning in a Democratic Society 3 Credits
ED224 Design and Management of the Learning Environment 30 hours 3 Credits
ED231 Primary Literacy 15 hours 3 Credits
ED263 Methods in Teaching Mathematics 15 hours 3 Credits
ED308 Introduction to Assessment 3 Credits
ED312 Understanding and Teaching Exceptional Learners 15 hours 3 Credits
ED314 Scientific Inquiry and Teaching Methods 15 hours 3 Credits
ED316 Methods in Teaching Social Studies 15 hours 3 Credits
ED350 Teaching Literacy across the Curriculum 15 hours 3 Credits
EN204 Introduction to American Literature 3 Credits
EN232 The Teaching of Writing 3 Credits
HS202 American History in the Age of Slavery and the Civil War 3 Credits or
HS204 U.S. History Since 1945 
HS308 From Sea to Shining Sea: the Geography of the United States 3 Credits
HS319 History of New England 3 Credits
MT130 Mathematics for K-8 Educators 3 Credits
PO201 US Government 3 Credits

Total field hours prior to student teaching 120 hours
ED483 Elementary Student Teaching Seminar 1 Credits
ED490 Elementary Student Teaching 16 weeks 14 Credits

Specific Testing for Certification 
For K-6: Basic Academic Skills Assessment (BASA) and Subject Area Testing, Foundation of Reading 
For K-8: Basic Academic Skills Assessment (BASA) and Subject Area Testing, Foundations of reading, MS Content area testing in concentration area. 

Suggested General and Liberal Education Core 
Elementary Education (K-6 or K-8) and Education Studies majors are suggested to take the following courses to meet general and liberal education core requirements. These courses will better prepare students for the content-areas taught in elementary and middle school, as well as for the Praxis exams and the Foundations of Reading Test required for teaching certification.

First Year Experience, Composition I, and Second-Year Composition 9
Mathematics 3 Credits
MT151 College Algebra 
Humanities 9 Credits
(Select HS202 or HS204 and two others) 
EN110 Many Voices: Multicultural Literature
EN270 Women Writers
GLE210 Ancient and Medieval Worlds
HS202 American History in the Age of Slavery and the Civil War 
HS204 U.S. History Since 1945
Arts and Design 6 Credits
Open Choice
Natural Sciences (Select 2 courses) 8 Credits
ES103 Introduction to Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation 
GL101 General Geology I (laboratory) or
GL102 General Geology II (laboratory) 
GL115 Global Change: The Oceans
GL120 Global Change: The Atmosphere (laboratory)
Social  Sciences 6 Credits
ED112 Teaching and Learning in a Democratic Society or
ED105 Educational Psychology 
PO201 U.S. Government
ED224 Design and Management of the Learning Environment 30 hours 3 Credits
ED231 Primary Literacy 15 hours 3 Credits
ED263 Methods in Teaching Mathematics 15 hours 3 Credits
ED308 Introduction to Assessment 3 Credits
ED312 Understanding and Teaching Exceptional Learners 15 hours 3 Credits
ED314 Scientific Inquiry and Teaching Methods 15 hours 3 Credits
ED316 Methods in Teaching Social Studies 15 hours 3 Credits
ED350 Teaching Literacy across the Curriculum 15 hours 3 Credits
EN204 Introduction to American Literature 3 Credits
EN232 The Teaching of Writing 3 Credits
HS202 American History in the Age of Slavery and the Civil War 3 Credits or
HS204 U.S. History Since 1945 
HS308 From Sea to Shining Sea: the Geography of the United States 3 Credits
HS319 History of New England 3 Credits
MT130 Mathematics for K-8 Educators 3 Credits
PO201 US Government 3 Credits

Total field hours prior to student teaching 120 hours
ED483 Elementary Student Teaching Seminar 1 Credits
ED490 Elementary Student Teaching 16 weeks 14 Credits

Specific Testing for Certification 
For K-6: Basic Academic Skills Assessment (BASA) and Subject Area Testing, Foundation of Reading 
For K-8: Basic Academic Skills Assessment (BASA) and Subject Area Testing, Foundations of reading, MS Content area testing in concentration area. 

Suggested General and Liberal Education Core 
Elementary Education (K-6 or K-8) and Education Studies majors are suggested to take the following courses to meet general and liberal education core requirements. These courses will better prepare students for the content-areas taught in elementary and middle school, as well as for the Praxis exams and the Foundations of Reading Test required for teaching certification.

First Year Experience, Composition I, and Second-Year Composition 9 Credits
Mathematics 3 Credits
MT151 College Algebra 
Humanities 9 Credits
(Select HS202 or HS204 and two others) 
EN110 Many Voices: Multicultural Literature
EN270 Women Writers
GLE210 Ancient and Medieval Worlds
HS202 American History in the Age of Slavery and the Civil War 
HS204 U.S. History Since 1945
Arts and Design 6 Credits
Open Choice
Natural Sciences (Select 2 courses) 8 Credits
ES103 Introduction to Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation 
GL101 General Geology I (laboratory) or
GL102 General Geology II (laboratory) 
GL115 Global Change: The Oceans
GL120 Global Change: The Atmosphere (laboratory)
Social Sciences 6 Credits
ED112 Teaching and Learning in a Democratic Society or
ED105 Educational Psychology 
PO201 U.S. Government

Recommended Curriculum Guide – Elementary Education K-6 or K-8  

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

GLE101

First-Year Inquiry Seminar

3

HS202 or 204

U.S. History

3

GLE110

First-Year Composition

3

ED105   ED112

Educational Psychology  OR                 Teaching & Learning in a Democratic Society

3

ED105   ED112

Educational Psychology  OR                 Teaching & Learning in a Democratic Society

3

EN204

American Literature

3

MT130

Math for K-8 Educators

3

MT151

College Algebra

3

______

GLE Humanities                      

3

______

Elective

3

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

15

Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ED224

Design and Management of the Learning Environment

3

ED263

Methods in Teaching Mathematics

3

ED231

Primary Literacy

3

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

3

______

GLE Natural Science

4

ED314

Scientific Inquiry and Teaching Methods

3

PO201

US Government

3

______

GLE Natural Science

4

 

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

 Total

16

 

 Total

16


Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ED316

Methods in Teaching Social Studies

3

ED350

Teaching Literacy Across the Curriculum

3

EN232

Teaching of Writing

3

HS308

From Sea to Shining Sea: the Geography of the United State

3

HS319

History of New England

3

______

GLE Art and Design

3

ED 308

Introduction to Assessment

3

ED312

Understanding and Teaching Exceptional Learners

3

______

GLE Humanities

3

______

GLE Humanities

3

 

 Total

15

 

Total

15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

______

GLE Art and Design

3

ED483

Elementary Student Teaching Seminar

1

______

Elective

3

ED490

Elementary Student Teaching

14

 ______

Elective

3

 

 

 

______

Elective

3

 

 

 

 ______

Elective

3

 

Total

15

 

 Total

15

 

Total Credits

122

 

Program Courses