Elementary Education


Following are the requirements for completion of licensure for elementary education at Coe.  Six of the required courses (indicated in italics below) can be taken before admission to the Teacher Education Program.  The courses indicated with an asterisk cannot be taken prior to admission to the program.

In order to be admitted, you must 1) attain a passing score on the CBASE basic skills test;  2) have a 2.7 overall grade point average;  3) have a 2.7 grade point average in your education courses and 4) submit a completed application to the Teacher Education Program and 5) meet the department's expectations on teaching-related dispositions.  Also, Elementary Practicum must be taken prior to all Methods courses.

Elementary Education Core courses:

The six courses listed below may be taken before you are admitted into the department program:

EDU 205 Education Foundations (offered fall and spring terms)

EDU 235 Educational Psychology (offered fall and spring terms)

EDY 257 Exceptional Learners (offered fall and spring terms)

EDU 275 Mathematics Comprehension for Teachers (offered fall term)

EDU 387 Human Relations (offered fall and spring terms)

EDU 342 Literature K-12 (offered alternative fall terms)
EDU 337 English Language Learners (offered alternative fall terms)


You cannot register for the following courses until you have been admitted into the department program. For more information on admission to Teacher Education, click here.

Elementary Practicum (offered fall and spring term)

Language Arts Methods (offered spring term)

Reading Methods (offered spring term)

Mathematics Methods (offered spring term)

Physical Science Methods (offered fall term)

Social Studies Methods (offered fall term)

Expressive Methods (offered fall term--seven weeks (.5 credit))

Health Methods (offered spring term--seven weeks (.5 credit))

Student Teaching (full time in fall or spring semester)

All elementary education majors are advised to add a reading, science or mathematics endorsement to their K-6 classroom license.  Most majors obtain the reading endorsement.  The chart below shows a recommended order of courses for elementary education majors, including the required courses for the reading endorsement.  Note that some courses must be taken in this order; other courses can be moved from one year to another, but are taught in only one semester (fall or spring).

Suggested trajectory:

   FALL TERM        
 1st Year    
 Any combination of at least two of the six courses allowed prior to admission during the fall and spring semesters:

NOTE: All six of the courses must be taken prior to graduation.

EDU 205 Foundations of Education
EDU 235  Ed Psych (not recommended for 1st year students)
EDU 257 Exceptional Learners
EDU 387 Human Relations
 2nd Year      
EDU 215 01 Practicum       
EDU 275 Math Comp (Required prior to EDU 335)
*EDU 342 Lit K-12/337 English Language Learner

EDU 327  Foundations of Reading
(1st in sequence for Reading Endorsement)
EDU 335 Methods of Elementary Math

 3rd Year
EDU 305 Teaching Physical Science Lab
EDU 365 Social Studies for the Elementary Teacher
EDU 332 Content Area Language and Literacy
(2nd in sequence for Reading Endorsement)
*Expressive Methods (.5)
EDU 345  Teaching Language Arts K-6
EDU 355  Teaching Reading K-6
(3rd and 4th in sequence for Reading Endorsement)
Health Methods for the Elementary Teacher (.5)

NOTE: Diagnostic Reading (5th in sequence for Reading Endorsement) is offered during May term.

 4th Year
Elementary education majors can student teach in fall of the 4th year if all methods courses are completed and the student has been approved to student teach by the department.

* Recommended sequence; these courses can be taken in fall of 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year. EDU 275 must be taken prior to EDU 335.