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Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education (ELEM) - Archive

Begin Date: Summer Session 2003
End Date: Summer Session 2005

Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education (ELEM) - Archive

Capital College

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR BETTY FORTNER, Elementary Education Coordinator, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education

The Elementary Education program is characterized by its humanistic approach to teaching. The program offers extensive field experiences in the junior and senior years prior to student teaching and emphasizes the problems of suburban and urban teachers. An objective of the program is the development of self-awareness and independence in students, which can free them from the typical dependent relationships with instructors. Thus, a student is expected to exhibit initiative and self-direction toward professional goals and demonstrate professional behavior in contacts with school personnel.

Prior to the full-time student teaching experience in the senior year, students are expected to complete all other courses required for certification, including two part-time placements. On-campus courses are scheduled three or four days a week, while field experiences in nearby schools are scheduled part-time, three or four days per week.

For a B. ELED degree in Elementary Education, a minimum of 127 credits is required.

For a B. ELED degree in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Education Certification, a minimum of 140 credits is required.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students:
Applicants should have completed most of their first two years of college as well as the Entry to Major Requirements listed above with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (4.0 scale). The evaluation of prior college work is done on an individual basis by the Office of Enrollment Services at Penn State Harrisburg.

Students should request a change-of-assignment to Penn State Harrisburg during their fourth semester, to be effective for the next semester of enrollment.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Elementary Education major or the Elementary Education major with Early Childhood Certification requires the completion of 57 or more credits in required courses and the state's minimum cumulative GPA criteria of 3.0. Students must complete, with a grade of "C" or better, six (6) credits of college-level mathematics (MATH or STAT prefix), three (3) credits of college-level English literature and three (3) credits of college-level English composition. Students thinking seriously about education should plan their freshman and sophomore years carefully. Semesters 5 through 8 are very structured. (see also Teacher Education Programs)

Selective Retention:
Prior to the end of the first semester at Penn State Harrisburg, students will be required to submit their scores of the Praxis I examinations in reading, writing and mathematics. Retention is contingent on the student's maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrating proficiency in written and spoken communications, receiving the recommendation of the faculty, and fulfilling all core course requirements.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(27 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education Course Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

(Included in ELECTIVES)



ELECTIVES: 8-11 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 101-111 credits[1]
(This includes 27 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GH courses; 6 credits of GS courses)

EDUC 302(3), EDUC 305(3), EDUC 421(3), EDUC 462(3), EDUC 470(3) (Sem: 5-6)
EDMTH 301(3), EDUC 304(3), EDUC 320(3), EDUC 352(3), EDUC 353(3), EDUC 495A(1) (Sem: 5-6)
EDMTH 302(3), EDSCI 454(3), EDUC 303 DF(3), EDUC 321(3), EDUC 371(3), EDUC 495B(1) (Sem: 7-8)
SS ED 430W(3) (Sem: 7-8)
EDUC 385(3), EDUC 490(12), HLTH 306(2) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (30-40 credits)
Select 3 credits of GN physical science from: ASTRO, CHEM, EARTH, EM SC, GEOSC, MATSC, MATSE, METEO, PHYS (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits of GN biological science from: B M B, BIOL, BI SC (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits of GN environmental science from: BI SC 003 GN(3), BIOL 020 GN;GI(3), BIOL 027 GN(3), or HORT 101 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from: ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from: HIST 003 GH(3), HIST 012 GH(3), HIST 020 GH(3), or HIST 021 GH(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 6 credits from: MATH 017 GQ(3), MATH 018 GQ(3), MATH 021 GQ(3), MATH 022 GQ(3), MATH 026 GQ(3), MATH 040 GQ(5), MATH 110 GQ(4), MATH 200 GQ(3), MATH 220 GQ(2), STAT 100 GQ(3), STAT 200 GQ(4), STAT 250 GQ(3), or STAT 301 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from: PSY 213 GS(3) or HD FS 229 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits of literature from: CMLIT 001 GH(3), CMLIT 001H GH(3), CMLIT 002 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 003 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 004 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 004H GH;GI(3), CMLIT 005 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 006 GH(3), CMLIT 010 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 011 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 100 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 101 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 105 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 106 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 107 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 108 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 110 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 111 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 141 GH;GI(3), CMLIT 184 GH(3), CMLIT 185 GH(3), CMLIT 189 GH(3), ENGL 001 GH(3), ENGL 001W GH(3), ENGL 002 GH(3), ENGL 003 GH(3), ENGL 104 GH(3), ENGL 129 GH(3), ENGL 129H GH(3), ENGL 133 GH(3), ENGL 134 GH(3), ENGL 135 GH;GI(3), ENGL 135S GH;GI(3), ENGL 139 GH;GI(3), ENGL 140 GH(3), ENGL 180 GH(3), ENGL 182 GH;GI(3), ENGL 184 GH(3), ENGL 184S GH(3), ENGL 185 GH(3), ENGL 189 GH(3), ENGL 191 GH(3), ENGL 194 GH;GI(3), ENGL 194H GH;GI(3), ENGL 262 GH(3), ENGL 263 GH(3), ENGL 265 GH(3), ENGL 268 GH(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3-13 credits from one of the following:
a) for the degree in Elementary Education take EDUC 315 GI(3) (Sem: 5-6)
b) for the degree in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Education Certification take EDUC 401(3), EDUC 403(3), EDUC 404(3), EDUC 410(3), EDUC 495(1) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 3 credits of geography (Sem: 1-6)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2003

Blue Sheet #: 31-04-026

Review Date: 3/8/04



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