Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


Elementary Education (BEE)

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A. or B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 13.1202

College of Education


Major Description

This program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career as an elementary classroom teacher. The program of study includes both coursework and extensive field experience in elementary school settings to enable to students to integrate theory with teaching practice.  

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

These prerequisites must be met by transfer students as well as USF students. A grade of "C-" is the minimum acceptable grade.

  • EDF X005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession (3)
  • EDF X085* Introduction to Diversity for Educators (3)
  • EME X040 Introduction to Technology for Educators (3)

*In addition to EDF X085, a minimum of 6 semester hours with an international or diversity focus is required. Eligible courses will be determined by the Florida College System institution or university where the student is currently earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement.

Total Major Hours: 72 Hours

Major Core Courses - 72 Hours

Professional Education:
  • EDP 3271 Child Development within a School Context
  • EDP 3272 Learning within a School Context
  • EDP 4275 Enhancing Children’s Learning & Development w/i a School Context
  • EDF 4430 Measurement for Teachers
  • EEX 4070 Integrating Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom
  • TSL 4080 ESOL 1 - Curriculum and Pedagogy of ESOL
  • TSL 4081 ESOL 2 - Literacy Development in English Language Learners
  • TSL 4251 ESOL 3 - Applying Linguistics to ESOL Teaching and Testing
  • EDE 4940 Internship: Elementary Education
  • EDE 4301 Instructional Planning for Diverse Learners
  • EDE 4941 Childhood Education Internship Level I
  • EDE 4942 Childhood Education Internship Level II
  • EDE 4943 Alternative Setting Field Experience
  • EDE 4944 Childhood Education Internship Level III
  • EDE 4504 Creating and Differentiating Learning Environments
  • LAE 4311 Teaching Print and Multimodal Texts in Elementary Education
  • LAE 4424 Teaching Children’s Literature
  • MAE 4310 Teaching Elementary School (K-6) Mathematics I
  • MAE 4326 Teaching Elementary School (K-6) Mathematics II
  • RED 4312 Emergent Literacy Strategies and Assessment
  • RED 4724 Intermediate Literacy Strategies and Assessment I
  • SCE 4310 Teaching Elementary School Science
  • SSE 4313 Teaching Elementary (K-6) Social Studies

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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