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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Elementary Education

Capital College (ELEM)

PROFESSOR JANE KEAT,  Elementary Education Coordinator, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education

The Elementary Education program at Penn State Harrisburg embodies the four tenets of our conceptual framework: constructivism, authenticity, reflectivity, and standards-based curriculum. Constructivism entails a student-centered approach in which teachers help learners build their own understandings. Authenticity refers to developing professional and pedagogical skills in authentic classroom settings; for example, in the junior and senior years prior to student teaching, the program offers extensive field experiences in a variety of settings enrolling students with diverse backgrounds and needs. Reflectivity relates to consciously analyzing course content and one's own learning for the purpose of deeper understanding and self-improvement. Standards-based curriculum means that our candidates are steeped in Pennsylvania Academic Standards as well as the standards of relevant professional organizations. Taken together, these tenets enable our candidates to become lifelong reflective professionals committed to the learning of all students.

Students will choose one of four options for the degree: PK-4 Early Childhood Education, Grades 4-8 English/Language Arts and Reading, Grades 4-8 Mathematics, and Grades 4-8 Social Studies. Upon successful completion of this major, students will have met all of the requirements for either the Grades PK-4, Grades 4-8 English/Language Arts and Reading, Grades 4-8 Mathematics, or Grades 4-8 Social Studies Instructional I certification issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students must apply for admission to the major.

Prior to the full-time student teaching experience in the senior year, candidates are expected to complete all other courses required for certification, including two field 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, PK-4 Early Childhood Option a minimum of 129 credits are required; Grade 4-8 English/Language Arts and Reading Option a minimum of 129 credits are required; Grade 4-8 Mathematics Option a minimum of 129 credits are required; and Grade 4-8 Social Studies Option a minimum of 129 credits are required.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants should have completed most of their first two years of college as well as the Entry to Major Requirements listed below 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 admitted to the program must have the appropriate clearances. These include FBI fingerprint check, Act 151 child abuse history clearance, and Act 34 criminal record check.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Elementary Education major requires the completion of 57 or more credits in required courses and the state's minimum cumulative GPA criteria of 3.0. Candidates must complete, with a grade of "C" or better, six (6) credits of college-level mathematics (MATH prefix), three (3) credits of college-level English literature and three (3) credits of college-level English composition. Candidates must submit scores on any entrance testing requirements set out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in force at the time of application for entrance to major. Candidates thinking seriously about education should plan their freshman and sophomore years carefully. Semesters 5 through 8 are very structured.

Selective Retention:
Monitoring candidate progress in the elementary education program will occur each semester while the candidate is participating in the elementary education program. Candidates will be evaluated for retention in the program based on (1) maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; (2) performance on any entrance test requirements set out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in force at the time of application for entrance to major; (3) satisfactory completion of required courses, including the field experience component; (4) adequate writing and speaking skills as demonstrated in various classroom assignments; and (5) a positive rating on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education Programs monitoring form. Candidates must pass any entrance test requirements set out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in effect at the time of application for entrance to the major.

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

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

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 117 credits[1]
(This includes 33 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3-6 credits of GH courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 6 credits of GWS)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 93 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (75 credits)
GEOG 040 GS;IL(3), C I 280(3), C I 295(2), EDPSY 014(3), EDTHP 115 US(3), ENGL 202A GWS(3), MATH 200 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-4)
EDMTH 301(3), EDSCI 454(3), EDUC 302(3), EDUC 304(3), EDUC 305(3), EDUC 315 US(3), EDUC 320(3), EDUC 352(3), EDUC 495A(1) (Sem: 5-6)
EDMTH 302(3), EDUC 303(3), EDUC 321(3), EDUC 353(3), EDUC 385(3), EDUC 490(12), EDUC 495B(1), HLTH 306(2) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 3 credits from: ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 3 credits from: ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 9 credits from GN courses from approved list: 3 credits each (including one with a lab) from biological science, earth science, and physical science. (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from any MATH (GQ) (Sem:1-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 24 credits

PK-4 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION OPTION: (24 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (18 credits)
HD FS 229 GS(3) (Sem:1-4)
EDUC 402(3), EDUC 403(3), EDUC 404(3), EDUC 410(3), EDUC 421(3) (Sem: 5-7)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 3 credits from: HIST 003 GH(3), HIST 012 GH;US(3), HIST 020 GH;US(3), or HIST 021 GH;US(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits of literature from: CMLIT 001 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 002 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 003 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 004 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 005 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 006 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 010 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 011 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 100 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 101 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 105 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 106 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 107 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 108 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 110 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 111 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 141 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 184 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 185 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 189 GH;IL(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 133 GH(3), ENGL 134 GH(3), ENGL 135 GH;US(3), ENGL 135S GH;US(3), ENGL 139 GH;US(3), ENGL 140 GH(3), ENGL 180 GH(3), ENGL 182A GH;US;IL(3), ENGL 182C GH;IL(3), ENGL 184 GH;IL(3), ENGL 184S GH(3), ENGL 185 GH;IL(3), ENGL 189 GH;IL(3), ENGL 191 GH(3), ENGL 194 GH;US;IL(3), ENGL 262 GH(3), ENGL 263 GH(3), ENGL 265 GH(3), ENGL 268 GH(3) (Sem: 1-4)

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS AND READING (4-8) OPTION: (24 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
HD FS 239 GS(3) (Sem:1-4)
EDUC 321(3), EDUC 322(3), EDUC 416(3), ENGL 470(3) (Sem: 5-7)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from: HIST 003 GH(3), HIST 012 GH;US(3), HIST 020 GH;US(3), or HIST 021 GH;US(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits of British Literature: ENGL 221(3), ENGL 222(3), ENGL 440(3), ENGL 441(3), ENGL 442(3), ENGL 443(3), ENGL 444(3), ENGL 445(3), ENGL 446(3), ENGL 447(3), ENGL 448(3), ENGL 449 US;IL(3), ENGL 450(3), ENGL 451(3), ENGL 452(3), ENGL 453(3), ENGL 454(3), ENGL 455(3), ENGL 456(3), ENGL 457(3), or ENGL 458(3) (Sem: 1-6)
Select 3 credits of American Literature: ENGL 231(3), ENGL 232(3), ENGL 432(3), ENGL 433(3), ENGL 434(3), ENGL 435(3), ENGL 436(3), ENGL 437(3), ENGL 438(3), or ENGL 439(3) (Sem: 1-6)

MATHEMATICS (4-8) OPTION: (24 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (18 credits)
HD FS 239 GS(3), MATH 022 GQ(3), MATH 026 GQ(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 220 GQ(2) (Sem: 1-4)
EDUC 417(3) (Sem: 6-7)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 3 credits from: HIST 003 GH(3), HIST 012 GH;US(3), HIST 020 GH;US(3), or HIST 021 GH;US(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits of literature from: CMLIT 001 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 001H GH;IL(3), CMLIT 002 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 003 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 004 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 004H GH;IL(3), CMLIT 005 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 006 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 010 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 011 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 100 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 101 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 105 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 106 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 107 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 108 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 110 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 111 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 141 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 184 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 185 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 189 GH;IL(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;US(3), ENGL 135S GH;US(3), ENGL 139 GH;US(3), ENGL 140 GH(3), ENGL 180 GH(3), ENGL 182A GH;US;IL(3), ENGL 182C GH;IL(3), ENGL 184 GH;IL(3), ENGL 184S GH(3), ENGL 185 GH;IL(3), ENGL 189 GH;IL(3), ENGL 191 GH(3), ENGL 194 GH;US;IL(3), ENGL 194H GH;US;IL(3), ENGL 262 GH(3), ENGL 263 GH(3), ENGL 265 GH(3), ENGL 268 GH(3) (Sem: 1-4)

SOCIAL STUDIES (4-8) OPTION: (24 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (21credits)
HD FS 239 GS(3), HIST 003 GH(3), HIST 012 GH;US(3), HIST 020 GH;US(3), HIST 320(3), PL SC 001 GS(3) (Sem:1-4)
EDUC 415(3) (Sem: 6-7)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
Select 3 credits of literature from: CMLIT 001 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 001H GH;IL(3), CMLIT 002 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 003 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 004 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 004H GH;IL(3), CMLIT 005 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 006 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 010 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 011 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 100 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 101 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 105 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 106 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 107 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 108 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 110 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 111 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 141 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 184 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 185 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 189 GH;IL(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;US(3), ENGL 135S GH;US(3), ENGL 139 GH;US(3), ENGL 140 GH(3), ENGL 180 GH(3), ENGL 182A GH;US;IL(3), ENGL 182C GH;IL(3), ENGL 184 GH;IL(3), ENGL 184S GH(3), ENGL 185 GH;IL(3), ENGL 189 GH;IL(3), ENGL 191 GH(3), ENGL 194 GH;US;IL(3), ENGL 194H GH;US;IL(3), ENGL 262 GH(3), ENGL 263 GH(3), ENGL 265 GH(3), ENGL 268 GH(3) (Sem: 1-4)

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

Lasted Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-06-037

Review Date: 04/08/2014

R & T: 01/14/2014

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06

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