Elementary Education

Gain a foundation in K-6 Education

 

While pursuing your Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Elementary Education at Union Institute & University, you’ll develop the skills necessary to help children in grades K-6 learn to their fullest potential.

Union’s online degree program is flexible. No matter where you are in life, we make earning your degree an attainable goal. You can continue your professional development and education without sacrificing other important obligations.

Elementary-Ed

Note: This major is an excellent foundation for students seeking to continue their professional development in education. While it does not grant certification, it provides a sound pedagogical foundation for students who wish to apply for certification in their respective states. The program is designed for individuals seeking to teach in the state of Florida. While students residing in other states may enroll, Union cannot guarantee that the program will result in eligibility for teaching licensure in states other than Florida.

Careers for B.S. Graduates with an Elementary Education Major

  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Paraprofessional
  • Special education teacher

Skills

  • Identify relevant skills needed to help all children learn to their fullest potential.
  • Adapt teaching to a wide range of diverse students.
  • Create positive learning environments.

Core Curriculum

General Education Courses

View a complete list of curriculum requirements.

Note: All education courses are variable credit for either three or four credits. A modified syllabus reflecting the three-credit amount of work will be approved by the chair and provided to the student.

Foundations Courses in Education

3-4 credits each

  • EDU 317 Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Education
  • EDU 330 Classroom Management
  • EDU 331 *Foundations and Practices in Teaching Reading
  • EDU 334 Educational Assessment
  • EDU 335 Effective Instructional Practices

Major Core Courses

The Elementary Education program requires a minimum of 48 credits in the major.

3-4 credits each (total 30 credits)

  • EDU 307* Sequential Development Skills and Concepts of Reading
  • EDU 308* Recognition and Diagnosis of Reading Problems
  • EDU 309* Methods and Materials to Improve Reading Performance
  • EDU 322 Content and Methods of Teaching Music in Elementary School
  • EDU 323 Content and Methods of Teaching Art in the Elementary School
  • EDU 324 Content and Methods of Teaching Health and Physical Education in the Elementary School
  • EDU 325 Content and Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
  • EDU 326** Content and Methods of Teaching Language Arts in Elementary School
  • EDU 327 Content and Methods of Teaching Science in the Elementary School
  • EDU 328 Content and Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School

View core course descriptions.

*In the Elementary Education major, core courses EDU 307, 308, and 309 may substitute for EDU 331 Foundations and Practices in Teaching Reading.
**The Elementary Education elective ENG 335 Children’s Literature may substitute for EDU 326 Content and Methods of Teaching Language Arts in Elementary School.

Electives

3-4 credits unless otherwise noted

  • EDU 336 Integrating Educational Technology Across the Curriculum
  • EDU/ECS 450** Practicum in Early Childhood Setting
  • ESOL 323 Methods of Teaching ESOL
  • ESOL 325 ESOL Curriculum and Materials Development
  • ESOL 324 Testing and Evaluation of ESOL Students
  • ENG 335** Children’s Literature

Also:

  • EDU 100/200/300/400 Independent Studies (1-4 cr.) – May be taken up to two times
  • EDU 190/290/390/490 Special Topics (1-4 cr.) – May be taken up to two times

View Electives descriptions.

*In the Elementary Education Major, core courses EDU 307, 308, and 309 may substitute for EDU 331 Foundations and Practices in Teaching Reading.

**The Elementary Education elective ENG 335 Children’s Literature may substitute for EDU 326 Content and Methods of Teaching Language Arts in Elementary School.

Additional elective learning may be accepted when appropriate to the distance learning major. Acceptable elective learning may include prior learning that meets program criteria for acceptance; general education courses (beyond those required by the program) and courses offered through other majors, following published syllabi. All additional electives must be endorsed by the program chair and documented in the approved degree plan prior to registration.

Culminating Graduation Requirement

Students meet the capstone requirement for the Bachelor of Science major in Elementary Education by satisfactorily completing one of the following courses:

Student Teaching (12 cr.):

  • EDU 496 Capstone Workshop: Student Teaching Seminar (3 cr.)
  • EDU 499 Capstone Learning Experience: Student Teaching (9 cr.)

Or:

Capstone Course (3-4 cr.):

  • EDU 497 Contemporary Perspectives on Classroom Organization

Note: Upper-level prior learning examinations and certified learning credits are accepted by the state of Florida toward education major course requirements.