2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Elementary Teacher 48 credits

This major leads to initial licensure as an elementary teacher, grades 1–6. Students will be especially well qualified to serve as teachers in public and private elementary schools. Within the major, the student will consider the mainstreamed special child in the regular classroom.

The senior practicum will be a semester experience at one level within the 1–6 grade range. Coursework in grades 1–6 gives the student experience with children of different ages and a variety of curricula, organizational studies, and grouping strategies characteristic of the elementary school.

Students in the Elementary Major must choose a liberal arts major to complement their professional study. Students may choose from nine liberal arts fields:

  • Biology
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Global Studies: Politics, Culture, and Society
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science

Degree Requirements

I. Required Core:

Required benchmark grades

CEDUC 1352Teaching, Learning and Social Responsibility


CEDUC 2352Elementary Education


CEDUC 2401Literacy Learning


CEDUC 2710Effective Classroom Climate Strategies for Pre K - 6


CEDUC 3374Teaching Mathematics for the Elementary School Teachers


CEDUC 3379Teaching Geometry, Measurement, and Data


CEDUC 3410Teaching Social Studies and Science from a Problem-Centered Approach


CEDUC 3415Teaching Language Arts and Literature


CEDUC 4188Sheltered English Instruction: Pre-K - 6


CEDUC 4350Embracing Diversity in Classroom Communities


CEDUC 4722Senior Practicum and Seminar in Elementary Education


CEDUC 1352: C or higher

CEDUC 2352, CEDUC 2401, and CEDUC 3374: C+ or higher

Can take either CEDUC 4188 or CEDUC 4189

II. Liberal Arts Support Courses:

CPSYC 2401Child Psychology


CPSYC 2437Characteristics of Children and Youth with Special Needs


Courses Required for Elementary Education Majors to Meet General Education Distributions.

  • Arts and Humanities: 3 Credits in American History
  • Math/Science (Mathematics): It is recommended that students choose one of the following courses: CMATH 1501 Problem Solving, CMATH 5100 Functions & Algebra, CMATH 6101 Number Theory, CMATH 6107 Number & Operations. Students planning to major in Mathematics may choose any mathematics course for which they have met the prerequisites.
  • Social Sciences: 3 credits in Geography
  • Liberal Arts Electives: One prefix must be CMATH. This requirement may be waived based on the student's performance on the Lesley University Mathematics MTEL screening.