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Elementary Education

Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview

In the Franciscan tradition, the Briar Cliff University education program prepares professional educators through community, service and learning.

Elementary education majors (grades K-6) must complete a discipline-specific concentration of at least 24 hours which meets Briar Cliff University and the State of Iowa Department of Education endorsement requirements.

Each discipline-specific concentration is in a single discipline or a formal interdisciplinary program, plus a methods course in that area (e.g., mathematics, reading, social studies, science). Endorsements differ from majors or minors in that the semester hours may include courses which fulfill other institutional requirements.

Core Courses

ART 332 - Special Methods of Teaching Elementary Art
BIOL 102 - Human Biology
BIOL 102L - Human Biology Laboratory
EDEL 216 - Teaching Elementary Science
EDEL 241 - Children's Literature
EDEL 335 - Teaching Elementary Mathematics
EDEL 342 - Teaching Elementary Social Studies
EDEL 461 - Teaching Elementary Language Arts
EDEL 466 - Elementary Reading and Content Area Instruction
EDUC 03 IS - Introduction to Education Computer/Media Technology
EDUC 14 IS - Electronic Portfolio
EDUC 210 - Educational Foundations
EDUC 250 - Management and Instruction
EDUC 270 - Exceptional Learners
EDUC 318 - Educational Psychology
EDUC 330 - Educational Measurement and Evaluation
EDUC 410 - Student Teaching in the Elementary School
EDUC 450 - Human Relations
HIST 231 - American History to 1877
HPER 214 - Physical Education Activities for Pre-K to 6 Elementary Schools
MATH 118 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
MUSC 335 - Music for Elementary Teacher
PHYS 116 - Physical Science
PSCI 224 - Geography and World Cultures
PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology

Additional Program Requirements

All students intending to seek an elementary education degree must first be admitted into the Teacher Preparation Program

The Federal Department of Education states that all elementary education majors must take the Praxis II Testing for Licensure in all content areas prior to applying for their teaching license.

NOTE: Elementary Education majors may swap MATH 119 for MATH 118, and HIST 232 for HIST 231. Music majors or minors must take MUSC 345 in place of MUSC 335.