Elementary Education

College of Education

Elementary Education

B. S. Elementary Education Degree K-6 with ESL Endorsement


Upon completing the prerequisite General Education and Program prerequisite courses, students are eligible to apply to the Elementary Education Program. The Junior and Senior years include coursework and teaching experiences leading to a Utah Level I Educator License. The Level I license qualifies graduates to teach Kindergarten through 6th grade. Paid employment opportunities while in the program are available to students through DSU’s partnership with school districts. Students will graduate with an ESL Endorsement, which gives them the knowledge and skills to teach students who are learning English as a second language.

ELED Program Schedule Options

Traditional Daytime Cohort (Fall Admission Only)

ELED courses are taught 2 days a week from 8 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. Practicum is 1 day a week in an elementary school the first 3 semesters, with an 11 week student teaching experience in the 4th semester. This takes 2 years (4 semesters) to complete. Students take courses together every semester in a cohort and progress through the Program together. This option includes possible employment opportunities while in the program in partnership with Washington County School District.

Flexible Pathway Evening Program (Spring and Fall Admission)

This program begins Fall 2018. ELED courses will be taught Monday – Thursday from 4:30 to 6:10 p.m. and 7:00 to 8:40 p.m. Practicum hours in an elementary school can be arranged around the student’s schedule. This option takes 5 semesters to complete at minimum; this includes one summer semester so that graduation can still be completed in 2 years. However, students have up to 7 years to complete the program. Students can take courses at their own pace. The 11 week student teaching experience will be completed in the final semester.

Admission Criteria:

-Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

-Complete all GE and Program prerequisites courses

-C grade or better (no C- credit) in all Program GE and prerequisite courses

-Praxis II Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) passed (click here for more information, including study guides)

-Complete program application the semester before beginning the ELED Program. Receive application from Elementary Education Advisor. The application process includes official DSU transcript, group interview, three recommendation forms, background check, and official Praxis score report. Application deadlines are in February and September.

-Overall admission score of 74 or higher

GE Prerequisite Courses:

Minimum of 63 college semester hours or an Associate’s Degree including GE’s electives, institutional requirements, and the following GE courses:

-MATH 1050 College Algebra
-PSY 1010 General Psychology or PSY 1100 Human Development or FSHD 1500 Human Development (DSU Preschool lab hours required)
-HIST 1700 American Civilization or POLS 1100 American Government
-Diversity component: Minimum 1 semester of any college-level foreign language course (including ASL) or evidence of having lived in a non-English speaking country or environment for a continuous period of 1 year or more.

ELED Program Prerequisite Courses:

  • EDUC 1010 – Introduction to Education
  • EDUC 2010 – Introduction to Teaching Exceptional Learners
  • EDUC 2400 – Foundations of Multicultural/ESL Learners
  • EDUC 2500 – Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms
  • EDUC 3110 – Educational Psychology
  • MATH 2010 – Math for Elementary Teachers I
  • MATH 2020 – Math for Elementary Teachers II

ELED Program Professional Courses

*Once admitted to the Elementary Education Program

Semester 1

ELED 3100  Curriculum Design Planning and Assessment

ELED 3150  Principles of Early Childhood Education

ELED 3350  Literacy Acquisition of Young Children

ELED 3410  Literacy Acquisition & Cognition ESL

ELED 3550  Curriculum for Early Childhood Education

ELED 3650  Assessment of Young Children

Semester 2

ELED 3250  Effective Classroom Management

ELED 330o  Literacy for the Intermediate Grades

ELED 3420  Assessment for ESL Education

ELD 3500  Healthy Lifestyles & Physical Education

ELED 3900  Differentiated Instruction for Exceptional Learners

ELED 4200  Fine Arts in Elementary Education

Semester 3

ELED 4100  Methods in Teaching Elementary Math

ELED 4300 Methods in Teaching Elementary Science

ELED 4400  Methods in Teaching Elementary Social Studies

ELED 4410  Methods/Strategies/Materials Language Arts ESL

ELED  4430  Family/Parent Involvement Education ESL

ELED 4600  Methods in Teaching Elementary Language Arts

Semester 4

ELED 4440  Integrating Language and Content ESL

ELED 4900  Student Teaching

ELED 4989  Capstone Seminar