Academic Catalog

Elementary Education, Bachelor of Arts in Education

The elementary education program prepares students to teach in grades 2-6. The program consists of a general liberal arts background, professional educational coursework and clinical field experiences. During the semester in which students are enrolled in directed teaching (EDEL U468 Student Teaching in the Elementary School), they spend all of each school day for a period of fourteen weeks in the elementary school to which they are assigned. 

General Education Courses
I. Communication
ENGL U101Composition I3
ENGL U102Composition II3
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
MATH U121College Algebra3
MATH U231Basic Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
Natural Science (w/ lab):
Select one of the following:4
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology I Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Lab
Introduction to Physical Science
and Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory
Natural Science:
Select any Natural Science course listed above or:3
Genetics and Society
Human Biology and Society
Environmental Science
Geology of the Southeast
III. Information Technology
Information Technology:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Technology
Survey of Information Technology
Intro to Digital Studies
Intro to Music Technology
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Fine Arts:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to World History I
Introduction to World History II
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States from 1865
Select one of the following:3
African American Culture
American Studies, 17th - 19th Century
American Studies, 20th Century
Understanding English Grammar
Masterpieces of World Literature
African American Literature
Introduction to Philosophy
Contemporary Moral Issues
Comparative Religion
V. Foreign Language & Culture
Foreign Language:
Select one of the following: 13
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Introductory French I
Introductory French II
Introductory German I
Introductory Spanish I
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science:
Select two of the following:6
American National Government
and either
Introduction to African American Studies
Understanding Other Cultures
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
VII. General Education Electives
Professional Education
EDFO U200Teacher Education Colloquium0
EDFO U210Foundations of Education3
EDFO U333Educational Development of the Lifelong Learner3
EDFO U341Introduction to Exceptional Learners/ Special Education3
EDHL U331Health and Physical Education for the Elementary School Child3
EDEL U441Curriculum and Teaching in the Elementary School3
EDCI U300Resources and Technology in Teaching3
EDEL U447Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School3
EDEL U450Fine Arts in the Elementary School Curriculum3
EDEL U455Field Experience I in Elementary Education2
EDEL U446Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School3
EDEL U448Teaching Science in the Elementary School3
EDEL U460Field Experience II in Elementary Education2
EDEL U468Student Teaching in the Elementary School12
EDEL U469Elementary Education: Senior Seminar3
EDEL U483Organization and Management of the Diverse Classroom3
EDEL U487Student, Teacher, and School Assessment3
EDRE U442Literacy I: Learning to Read and Write3
EDRE U443Literacy II: Reading and Writing to Learn3
EDRE U444Literacy III: Addressing Reading and Writing Problems3
Support Courses
MATH U232Basic Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II3
MATH U233Geometry and Measurement3
EDRE U384Children's Literature3
Select one additional arts and humanities course not repeating the discipline selected from the general education requirement:3
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
EDEL U348Science and Social Studies in Elementary School3
Total Hours122

The minimum acceptable level of competency is completion of the 101 level of a language. Students who place into the 102 or higher level of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have additional hours in general education electives, if hours are required by their degree program

Final responsibility for satisfying degree requirements as outlined in the USC Upstate Academic Catalog rests with the student.