Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019
Elementary Education (BEE)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 13.1202
College of Education
Major DescriptionThis 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 the students to integrate theory with teaching practice.
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
- EDF X005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession (3)
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: 75 Hours
Major Core Courses - 75 Hours
Professional Education (45 credit hours):
- EDP 3273 Learning and Development within 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 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 4940 Internship: Elementary Education
- EDE 4802 The Teacher as Researcher
Specialization (30 credit hours):
- EDE 4301 Instructional Planning for Diverse Learners
- 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
Zero-Credit Hour Undergraduate Research Experience:
Additional Major Requirements
Students seeking admission to this program must meet the following Department of Education's Teacher Educator Certification requirements:
- Earn a 2.5 overall GPA;
- Complete all general education and state mandated common prerequisite courses with a C- or higher in each;
- Pass all sections of the General Knowledge Test. Information can be found at http://www.usf.edu/education/academics/teacher-certification/general-knowledge-test.aspx;
- Submit an application to Student Academic Services, EDU 106, 813-974-2979.
Applications can be found at http://www.usf.edu/education/advising/undergraduate/coedu-applications.aspx.
Requirements after Admission into the Elementary and Early Childhood Programs:
- Maintain at least a 2.50 GPA in professional education and specialization coursework. If a student falls below 2.50 GPA he/she may be dismissed and/or may be required to meet with the departmental Professional Standards Committee.
- Receive a grade of C- or higher in all required courses to progress to the following semester or he/she may be dismissed and/or required to meet with departmental Professional Standards Committee.
- Pay for costs in addition to tuition, fees, and books such as:
- Chalk and Wire access codes that are purchased at the bookstore
- Transportation to and from school sites required in courses and internships
- Criminal background checks and fingerprinting for internships
- Assignments in some classes (e.g., printing/binding of group project reports, academic and professional portfolio, digital recording equipment, etc.)
Elementary Education with ESOL Endorsement
Students may complete a state-approved program to be eligible for certification in Elementary Education (Grades K-6). Degree and certification requirements are subject to change in accordance with state mandates. The current program of studies includes both coursework and extensive field experience in elementary school settings to enable students to integrate theory with teaching practice. All elementary education students are required to demonstrate the Accomplished Practices (APs) through core assignments in courses and internships that are submitted to the Chalk and Wire electronic portfolio system. Students must pass all Chalk and Wire assignments and upload every assignment to their Chalk and Wire account in order to graduate from the program.
The College of Education offers a full ESOL Endorsement for all Elementary Education major graduates. The special requirements for ESOL endorsement through infusion are as follows:
- Successful completion of TSL 4080, TSL 4081 and TSL 4251, with a minimum grade of 70 percent or better on all three sections of the ESOL Comprehensive Exam administered in the three ESOL courses;
- Successful completion of a 20-hour early ESOL field experience in TSL 4080;
- Successful completion of a late ESOL field experience where students plan, implement, and evaluate lessons for one or more ESOL students over 10 days; and
- Successful completion of all Chalk and Wire assignments as required, including from the three ESOL courses and the ESOL-infused classes.
Major GPA Requirement
Once admitted, students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and earn a 2.5 in all upper-level coursework in the major including Core and Specialization courses.
Major Course Grade Requirement
Students must earn a C- or higher in all upper-level courses in the major.
Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Requirement
Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum (General Education) courses will be determined by the Florida College System institution or university where the student currently is earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree and will be published in the institution’s existing catalog or in the Florida College System institution Counseling Manual. (See the "Academic Policies and Procedures - Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum Requirements” section of the catalog.)
Students are advised that the Elementary Education specialization will require an enrollment of more than the traditional four semesters of the junior and senior years in order to complete the program specialization courses and the required sequence of internship.
The order in which these courses are to be taken is designated in the program of study.
Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Exit Requirement
- EDE 4940 Internship: Elementary Education (Capstone)
- EDE 4802 Teacher Research for Student Learning (Writing Intensive)
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