The undergraduate degree programs include a major in Elementary Education (K-6) leading to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree and, in partnership with the Family and Consumer Sciences department, an undergraduate major in Early Childhood Unified Birth through Third Grade including Special Education leading to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree.
For all candidates preparing to teach at the early childhood, elementary or secondary level, the department provides a sequence of courses in professional education. Included is an entire semester devoted to professional coursework, related laboratory experiences, and off-campus student teaching. Undergraduate degree programs include:
The Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood Unified Birth through Third Grade, is an inter-disciplinary undergraduate major offered by the Departments of Teaching and Leadership and Family and Consumer Sciences. The ECU program prepares participants for working/teaching in infant-toddler programs, preschool programs, and primary grades in public schools. It leads to eligibility for teaching licensure from the Kansas State Department of Education for both general and special education through grade three. Candidates in this program must meet all requirements of Teacher Education programs.
Majors in the Early Childhood Unified (ECU) Birth through Third Grade devote the greater portion of their work during the first two years of coursework in general education and early childhood coursework/field experiences. The work of the last two years consists of continued academic coursework with greater focus upon special education, early childhood education, and primary grade education and experiences in public school settings. The candidate’s professional education program culminates in the senior year, usually the last semester, with the professional semester, a 17-credit hour block which includes off-campus student teaching in a primary level classroom. Candidates participate in field experiences and school settings for over 1,000 hours during the program.
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Majors in Elementary Education (K-6) have an opportunity to be in K-6 classrooms during the freshman year and while taking General Education courses. Coursework consists of sequenced Professional Education courses and practica in a variety of school settings. The candidate’s professional education program culminates in the senior year with the internship semester followed by the professional semester, resulting in a full year of teaching experience. Candidates participate in K-6 classrooms for over 1,000 hours during this program.
Candidates working toward licensure in Elementary (K-6) who wish to add a second teaching field in middle level education or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) will find those listings under the heading Second Teaching Fields.
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