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Early and elementary education

Christenbury, Dr. Leila
Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning
(804) 828-1305

Freshman students bound for the Master of Teaching program with a concentration in early and elementary education are required to enroll in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies — liberal studies for early and elementary education major. This program offers liberal studies curriculum designed through an interdisciplinary collaboration among professors in the College of Humanities and Sciences and the School of Education in consultation with successful area teachers. It targets core knowledge across the four major subject areas represented in Virginia’s Standards of Learning (mathematics, sciences, social sciences and language arts/communication) while also providing a university-level skill set and knowledge base. Throughout the undergraduate program, contact with area schools and young learners is programmed into service and experiential learning venues.

Transfer students intending to be elementary teachers (and completing the Master of Teaching in Early and Elementary Education) are required to meet with advisors for the LSEEE track prior to registering for courses. Advisors will evaluate all courses successfully completed outside of the LSEEE track prescribed curriculum (from VCU or elsewhere) to determine their transferability to the LSEEE track.

Majors are encouraged to select at least one minor in order to deepen knowledge and appreciation of a subject area. Philosophy, religious studies, African American studies and international studies have relevance in their understanding of human investigation of knowledge, human behavior and world cultures. A minor in a science area like environmental studies may be more “employable” because of school and societal concerns about our planet and its preservation. Whatever the humanities and sciences minor, the choice should be based on the student’s interest and perceived relevance.

Consult with the appropriate professional studies adviser for additional information regarding professional studies and liberal arts requirements.

Program requirements – mathematics and statistical reasoning
The general education requirement is three to six credits; the Early Childhood/Elementary Education Program requirement is six credits, including three credits in mathematics at the college algebra level or higher and three credits in a statistics course typically taught by a college department of mathematics. Choosing among these courses is recommended:

MATH 131 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics
STAT 208 Statistical Thinking
STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics

Program requirements – natural sciences
The general education requirement is seven to nine credits, with one course each from the physical sciences and the biological sciences, with at least one laboratory; the program requirement is 12 credits, again with at least one course each in the physical sciences and the biological sciences, and two laboratories. Choosing among these courses is recommended:


Biological sciences
BIOL and BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts and Laboratory
BIOL 102 and BIOZ 102L Science of Heredity and Laboratory
Environmental Science and Laboratory
Physical sciences
CHEM 110 and CHEZ 110L Chemistry and Society and Laboratory
CHEM 112 Chemistry in the News
PHYS 101 and PHYZ 101L Foundations of Physics and Laboratory
PHYS 107 Wonders of Technology

Program requirements – applied arts
Two to three credits in applied arts to be designated with the professional studies adviser.

Professional studies requirements
(58-59 credits)
Undergraduate credits  
EDUS 301 Human Development and Learning or PSYC 301 Child Psychology 3
HPEX 390 Physical Education for the Elementary Teacher 3
TEDU 310 Practicum A (taken with TEDU 414 and TEDU 426) 2
TEDU 310 Practicum B (taken with TEDU 517, 522 and 591) 2
TEDU/ENGL 386 Children’s Literature I 3
TEDU 410 Classroom Management in Elementary Schools 3
TEDU 411, ARTE 301 or other applied arts 2-3
TEDU 414 Curriculum and Methods for Young Children 4
TEDU 426 Teaching Reading and Other Language Arts 3
Graduate credits  
EDUS 607/PSYC 607 Advanced Educational Psychology 3
EDUS 673 Seminar on Educational Issues Ethics and Policy 3
SEDP 505 Theory and Practice of Educating Individuals with Special Needs 3
TEDU 517 Science Education in the Elementary School 3
TEDU 522 Teaching Mathematics for Elementary Education 3
TEDU 566 Diagnosis and Remediation in Reading 3
TEDU 591 Social Studies Education in the Elementary School 3
TEDU 626 Home-school Communication and Collaboration 3
TEDU 672 Internship I 4
TEDU 674 Internship II 4
TEDU 681 Investigations and Trends in Teaching 1
Note: At least 33 credit hours must be taken at the graduate level.



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