Elementary Education, B.El.Ed.

Program Code: ELEM_BELED

Entrance to Major

Admission Requirements

Applicants should be at the fourth-semester level and complete 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 required at the time of admission. These may 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 established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education that are applicable at the time of application for entrance to major. Candidates who desire to pursue this major should plan their freshman and sophomore years carefully to ensure their successful progress during very structured junior and senior years. 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 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.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Elementary Education degree in Elementary Education, PK-4 Early Childhood Option a minimum of 136 credits are required; Grade 4-8 English/Language Arts and Reading Option a minimum of 134 credits are required; Grade 4-8 Mathematics Option a minimum of 139 credits are required; and Grade 4-8 Social Studies Option a minimum of 137 credits are required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 134-144

45 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GH courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS.; 3 credits of GHW; 6 credits of GA.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CAS 100Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
CI 295Introductory Field Experience for Teacher Preparation3
EDPSY 14Learning and Instruction Keystone/General Education Course3
EDTHP 115Education in American Society Keystone/General Education Course3
EDUC 303Inclusive Practices in General Education Classrooms3
EDUC 304Classroom Organization and Management3
EDUC 305Creative Arts3
EDUC 315YSocial and Cultural Factors in Education3
EDUC 320Methods in Teaching Beginning Readers3
EDUC 321Methods in Teaching Intermediate and Advanced Readers3
EDUC 352Teaching Language Arts3
EDUC 353Teaching Elementary Social Studies3
EDUC 454Modern Elementary Science Education3
EDUC 466Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language Keystone/General Education Course3
EDUC 490Student Teaching12
EDUC 495AJunior Field Experience1
EDUC 495BSenior Field Experience3
ENGL 202AEffective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 126Economic Geography Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 200Problem Solving in Mathematics Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 201Problem Solving in Mathematics II Keystone/General Education Course3
SPLED 404Working with Families and Professionals in Special Education3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 30H Honors Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from GN Biological Science3
Select 3 credits from GN Earth Science3
Select 3 credits from GN Physical Science3
Select 6 credits from GA courses6
Select 3 credits from GHW courses3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following certificate requirements:13-18
1. For ESL certificate, complete 13 additional credits in:
English Language Structure for English as a Second Language Teachers
Language Acquisition for English as a Second Language Teachers
Teaching Methods and Assessment of English as a Second Language
ESL Leadership, Research and Advocacy
Internship
2. For Special Education certificate, complete 18 additional credits in:
Internship
Treatment and Education in Developmental Disabilities
Fundamental Literacy Skills for Students with Special Needs
Writing and Content Literacy for Students with Special Needs
Technologies for Persons with Disabilities
Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis
Requirements for the Option
Requirements for the Option: Require a grade of C or better
Select an option27-32

Requirements for the Option

PK-4 Early Childhood Education Option (29 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
EDMTH 301Mathematics in Elementary Education I3
EDUC 306Physical Education, Health, and Safety in Elementary Schools2
EDUC 403Curriculum for Early Childhood3
EDUC 404Young Children's Behavior: Observation and Evaluation3
EDUC 410The Child and Social Institutions3
EDUC 421Children's Literature3
HDFS 229Infant and Child Development Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of history from:3
The American Nation: Historical Perspectives Keystone/General Education Course
History of Pennsylvania Keystone/General Education Course
American Civilization to 1877 Keystone/General Education Course
American Civilization Since 1877 Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits of literature from:3
Introduction to Western Literatures Through the Renaissance Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Western Literatures Since the Renaissance Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to African Literatures Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Asian Literatures Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Literatures of the Americas Keystone/General Education Course
Literature and Philosophy Keystone/General Education Course
World Literatures Keystone/General Education Course
The Hero in World Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Across Cultures Keystone/General Education Course
Race, Gender, and Identity in World Literature Keystone/General Education Course
The Development of Literary Humor Keystone/General Education Course
The Arthurian Legend Keystone/General Education Course
Exploration, Travel, Migration, and Exile Keystone/General Education Course
Myths and Mythologies Keystone/General Education Course
Jewish Literature: An International Perspective Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Literatures of India Keystone/General Education Course
Religion and Literature Keystone/General Education Course
The Short Story Keystone/General Education Course
World Novel Keystone/General Education Course
Modern Drama Keystone/General Education Course
The Great Traditions in English Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Literature Keystone/General Education Course
The Bible as Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Shakespeare Keystone/General Education Course
Modern American Literature to World War II Keystone/General Education Course
American Comedy Keystone/General Education Course
Alternative Voices in American Literature Keystone/General Education Course
African American Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Contemporary Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Literature and the Natural World Keystone/General Education Course
Literature and Empire Keystone/General Education Course
Literature and Empire Keystone/General Education Course
Science Fiction Keystone/General Education Course
Women Writers Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Fiction Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Poetry Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Nonfiction Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Drama Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from EDMTH or SPLED (SPLED 409C is completion of Special Education certificate):3
Mathematics in Elementary Education II
Mathematics Instruction for Students with Special Needs
English/Language Arts and Reading (4-8) Option (27 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
EDMTH 302Mathematics in Elementary Education II3
EDUC 322Adolescent Literature and Developmental Reading3
EDUC 416Teaching Secondary English and the Humanities3
EDUC 470WHigher-Order Thinking for Educators3
HDFS 239Adolescent Development Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of British Literature:3
British Literature to 1798 Keystone/General Education Course
British Literature from 1798 Keystone/General Education Course
Studies in Shakespeare
Chaucer
Medieval English Literature
The English Renaissance
Shakespeare
Shakespeare's Contemporaries
Milton
The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century
The English Novel to Jane Austen
The Romantics
Literary Modernism in English
The Victorians
Victorian Novel
Modern British and Irish Drama
Topics in British Literature
British Fiction, 1900-1945
British Fiction Since 1945
Twentieth-Century Poetry
Select 3 credits of American Literature:3
American Literature to 1865 Keystone/General Education Course
American Literature from 1865 Keystone/General Education Course
The American Novel to 1900
The American Novel: 1900-1945
Topics in American Literature
The American Short Story
American Fiction Since 1945
The Poet in America
American Drama
American Nonfiction Prose
Select 3 credits of History:3
The American Nation: Historical Perspectives Keystone/General Education Course
History of Pennsylvania Keystone/General Education Course
American Civilization to 1877 Keystone/General Education Course
American Civilization Since 1877 Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from EDMTH or SPLED (SPLED 409C is completion of Special Education certificate):3
Mathematics in Elementary Education I
Mathematics Instruction for Students with Special Needs
Mathematics (4-8) Option (32 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
EDMTH 302Mathematics in Elementary Education II3
EDUC 417Teaching Secondary Mathematics3
HDFS 239Adolescent Development Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 22College Algebra II and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 37Finite Mathematics Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of literature from:3
Introduction to Western Literatures Through the Renaissance Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Western Literatures Since the Renaissance Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to African Literatures Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Asian Literatures Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Literatures of the Americas Keystone/General Education Course
Literature and Philosophy Keystone/General Education Course
World Literatures Keystone/General Education Course
The Hero in World Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Across Cultures Keystone/General Education Course
Race, Gender, and Identity in World Literature Keystone/General Education Course
The Development of Literary Humor Keystone/General Education Course
The Arthurian Legend Keystone/General Education Course
Exploration, Travel, Migration, and Exile Keystone/General Education Course
Myths and Mythologies Keystone/General Education Course
Jewish Literature: An International Perspective Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Literatures of India Keystone/General Education Course
Religion and Literature Keystone/General Education Course
The Short Story Keystone/General Education Course
World Novel Keystone/General Education Course
Modern Drama Keystone/General Education Course
The Great Traditions in English Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Literature Keystone/General Education Course
The Bible as Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Shakespeare Keystone/General Education Course
Shakespeare Keystone/General Education Course
Modern American Literature to World War II Keystone/General Education Course
American Comedy Keystone/General Education Course
Alternative Voices in American Literature Keystone/General Education Course
African American Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Contemporary Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Literature and the Natural World Keystone/General Education Course
Literature and Empire Keystone/General Education Course
Literature and Empire Keystone/General Education Course
Science Fiction Keystone/General Education Course
Women Writers Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Fiction Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Poetry Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Nonfiction Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Drama Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from EDMTH or SPLED (SPLED 409C is completion of Special Education certificate):3
Mathematics in Elementary Education I
Mathematics Instruction for Students with Special Needs
Select 3 credits of History:
The American Nation: Historical Perspectives Keystone/General Education Course
History of Pennsylvania Keystone/General Education Course
American Civilization to 1877 Keystone/General Education Course
American Civilization Since 1877 Keystone/General Education Course
Social Studies (4-8) Option (30 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
EDMTH 302Mathematics in Elementary Education II3
EDUC 415Teaching Secondary Social Studies3
HDFS 239Adolescent Development Keystone/General Education Course3
HIST 12History of Pennsylvania Keystone/General Education Course3
HIST 20American Civilization to 1877 Keystone/General Education Course3
HIST 21American Civilization Since 1877 Keystone/General Education Course3
HIST 320Contemporary World History and Issues3
PLSC 1American Politics: Principles, Processes and Powers Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of literature from:3
Introduction to Western Literatures Through the Renaissance Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Western Literatures Since the Renaissance Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to African Literatures Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Asian Literatures Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Literatures of the Americas Keystone/General Education Course
Literature and Philosophy Keystone/General Education Course
World Literatures Keystone/General Education Course
The Hero in World Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Across Cultures Keystone/General Education Course
Race, Gender, and Identity in World Literature Keystone/General Education Course
The Development of Literary Humor Keystone/General Education Course
The Arthurian Legend Keystone/General Education Course
Exploration, Travel, Migration, and Exile Keystone/General Education Course
Myths and Mythologies Keystone/General Education Course
Jewish Literature: An International Perspective Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Literatures of India Keystone/General Education Course
Religion and Literature Keystone/General Education Course
The Short Story Keystone/General Education Course
World Novel Keystone/General Education Course
Modern Drama Keystone/General Education Course
The Great Traditions in English Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Literature Keystone/General Education Course
The Bible as Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Shakespeare Keystone/General Education Course
Shakespeare Keystone/General Education Course
Modern American Literature to World War II Keystone/General Education Course
American Comedy Keystone/General Education Course
Alternative Voices in American Literature Keystone/General Education Course
African American Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Contemporary Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Literature and the Natural World Keystone/General Education Course
Literature and Empire Keystone/General Education Course
Literature and Empire Keystone/General Education Course
Science Fiction Keystone/General Education Course
Women Writers Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Fiction Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Poetry Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Nonfiction Keystone/General Education Course
Reading Drama Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from EDMTH or SPLED (SPLED 409C is completion of Special Education certificate):3
Mathematics in Elementary Education I
Mathematics Instruction for Students with Special Needs

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Harrisburg

Carolyn Griess, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Olmsted Building W331
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6217
cjg130@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Harrisburg Campus

PK-4 Early Childhood Option

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303CAS 1003
General Education Course (Biological Science)*†3EDTHP 115S*3
MATH 200*#†3Quantification*#†3
HIST 3 (or HIST 12, HIST 30, HIST 21)*†3General Education Course (Physical Science Course)*†3
General Education Course3HDFS 229*†3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CI 295*2CI 280*3
EDPSY 143ENGL 202A3
Select English Literature*#†3GEOG 40*†3
ECON 102, 104, or 143General Education Course (Earth Science Course)*†3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 14 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 302*3EDUC 304*3
EDUC 305*3EDMTH 301*3
EDUC 315Y*3EDUC 352*3
EDUC 320*3EDUC 4543
EDUC 402*3EDUC 495A*1
EDUC 421*3EDUC 404*3
 EDUC 410*3
 18 19
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDMTH 302*3EDUC 490 (12 weeks)*12
EDUC 303*3EDUC 306*2
EDUC 321*3 
EDUC 353*3 
EDUC 495B*1 
EDUC 403*3 
 16 14
Total Credits 126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

Select 3 credits of literature from the following

  • CMLIT 1 - Introduction to Western Literatures Through the Renaissance (3)
  • CMLIT 1H - (3)
  • CMLIT 2 - Introduction to Western Literatures Since the Renaissance (3)
  • CMLIT 3 - Introduction to African Literatures (3)
  • CMLIT 4 - Introduction to Asian Literatures (3)
  • CMLIT 4H - (3)
  • CMLIT 5 - Introduction to Literatures of the Americas (3)
  • CMLIT 6 - Philosophy and Literature in Western Culture (3)
  • CMLIT 10 - The Forms of World Literature: A Global Perspective (3)
  • CMLIT 11 - The Hero in World Literature (3)
  • CMLIT 100 - Introduction to Comparative Literature (3)
  • CMLIT 101 - The Theme of Identity in World Literatures; Race, Gender, and Other Issues of Diversity (3)
  • CMLIT 105 - The Development of Literary Humor (3)
  • CMLIT 106 - The Arthurian Legend (3)
  • CMLIT 107 - The Literature of Exploration: Extraordinary Voyages from Antiquity into the Future (3) 
  • CMLIT 108 - Myths and Mythologies (3)
  • CMLIT 110 - Jewish Literature: An International Perspective (3)
  • CMLIT 111 - Introduction to Literatures of India (3)
  • CMLIT 141 - Religion and Literature (3)
  • CMLIT 184 - The Short Story (3)
  • CMLIT 185 - The Modern Novel in World Literature (3)
  • CMLIT 189 - The Founders of Modern Drama (3)
  • ENGL 1 - Understanding Literature (3)
  • ENGL - 1W - Understanding Literature (3)
  • ENGL 2 - The Great Traditions in English Literature (3)
  • ENGL 3 - The Great Traditions in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 104 - The Bible as Literature
  • ENGL 129 - Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 129 H - Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 133 - Modern American Literature to World War II (3)
  • ENGL 134 - American Comedy (3)
  • ENGL 135 - Alternative Voices in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 135S - Alternative Voices in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 139 - Black American Literature (30
  • ENGL 140 - Contemporary Literature (3)
  • ENGL 180 - Literature and the Natural World (3)
  • ENGL 182A - Literature and Empire (3)
  • ENGL 182B  - Literature and Empire (3)
  • ENGL 182C - Literature and Empire (3)
  • ENGL 184 - The Short Story (3)
  • ENGL 184S - The Short Story (3)
  • ENGL 185 - The Modern Novel in World Literature (3)
  • ENGL 189 - The Founders of Modern Drama (3)
  • ENGL 191 - Science Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 194 - Women Writers (3)
  • ENGL - 194H (3)
  • ENGL 262 - Reading Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 263 Reading Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 265 - Reading Nonfiction (3)
  • ENGL 268 - Reading Drama (3)

Grades 4-8 English/Language Arts and Reading Option

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303CAS 1003
General Education Course (Biological Science)*†3EDTHP 115S*3
MATH 200*#†3Quantification (MATH 201 recommended)*#†3
HIST 3, 12, 20, or 21*†3General Education Course (Physical Science)*†3
General Education Course3HDFS 249N*†3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CI 295*2ENGL 202A3
EDPSY 14*3CI 280*3
Select American Literature *#†3GEOG 40*†3
ECON 102, 104, or 14*†3General Education Course (Earth Science)*†3
General Education Course3Select British Literature*3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 15.5 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 302*3EDUC 304*3
EDUC 305*3EDMTH 301*3
EDUC 315Y*3EDUC 3523
EDUC 320*3EDUC 454*3
EDUC 470W*3EDUC 495A*1
 EDUC 322*3
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDMTH 302*3EDUC 490*12
EDUC 303*3EDUC 306*2
EDUC 416*3 
EDUC 321*3 
EDUC 353*3 
EDUC 495B*1 
 16 14
Total Credits 123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

American Literature selections

  • ENGL 231 - American Literature to 1865 (3)
  • ENGL 232 - American Literature from 1865 (3)
  • ENGL 432 - The American Novel to 1900 (3)
  • ENGL 434 - Topics in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 435 - The American Short Story (3)
  • ENGL 436 - American Fiction Since 1945 (3)
  • ENGL 437 - The Poet in America (3)
  • ENGL - 438 - American Drama (3)
  • ENGL 439 - American Nonfiction Prose (3)

British Literature selections

  • ENGL 221 - British Literature to 1798 (3)
  • ENGL 222 - British Literature from 1798 (3)
  • ENGL 440 - Studies in Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 441 - Chaucer (3)
  • ENGL 442 - Medieval English Literature (3)
  • ENGL 443 - The English Renaissance (3)
  • ENGL 444 - Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 445 - Shakespeare's Contemporaries (3)
  • ENGL 446 - Milton (3)
  • ENGL 447 - The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century (3)
  • ENGL 448 - The English Novel to Jane Austen (3)
  • ENGL 449 - Women Poets (3)
  • ENGL 450 - The Romantics (3)
  • ENGL 451 - Literary Modernism in English (3)
  • ENGL 452 The Victorians (3)
  • ENGL 453 - Victorian Novel (3)
  • ENGL 454 - Modern British and Irish Drama (3)
  • ENGL 455 - Topics in British Literature (3)
  • ENGL 456 - British Fiction, 1900-1945 (3)
  • ENGL 457 - British Fiction Since 1945 (3)
  • ENGL 458 - Twentieth-Century Poetry (3)

Grades 4-8 Mathematics Option

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303CAS 1003
General Education Course (Biological Science)*†3EDTHP 115S*3
MATH 200*#†3Quantification Course (MATH 201 recommended)*#†3
HIST 3, 12, 20, or 21*†3General Education Course (Physical Science)*†3
General Education Course3HDFS 249N*†3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CI 295*2CI 280*3
EDPSY 14*3ENGL 202A3
Select English Literature*#†3GEOG 40*†3
ECON 102, 104, or 14*†3General Education Course (Earth Science)*†3
MATH 22*3MATH 26*3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 17 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 302*3EDUC 304*3
EDUC 305*3EDMTH 301*3
EDUC 315Y*3EDUC 352*3
EDUC 320*3EDUC 4543
MATH 140*4EDUC 495A*1
 MATH 220*2
 16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDMTH 302*3EDUC 490*12
EDUC 303*3EDUC 306*2
EDUC 321*3 
EDUC 353*3 
EDUC 495B*1 
EDUC 417*3 
 16 14
Total Credits 126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

Select 3 credits of literature from the following

  • CMLIT 1 - Introduction to Western Literatures Through the Renaissance (3)
  • CMLIT 1H - (3)
  • CMLIT 2 - Introduction to Western Literatures Since the Renaissance (3)
  • CMLIT 3 - Introduction to African Literatures (3)
  • CMLIT 4 - Introduction to Asian Literatures (3)
  • CMLIT 4H - (3)
  • CMLIT 5 - Introduction to Literatures of the Americas (3)
  • CMLIT 6 - Philosophy and Literature in Western Culture (3)
  • CMLIT 10 - The Forms of World Literature: A Global Perspective (3)
  • CMLIT 11 - The Hero in World Literature (3)
  • CMLIT 100 - Introduction to Comparative Literature (3)
  • CMLIT 101 - The Theme of Identity in World Literatures; Race, Gender, and Other Issues of Diversity (3)
  • CMLIT 105 - The Development of Literary Humor (3)
  • CMLIT 106 - The Arthurian Legend (3)
  • CMLIT 107 - The Literature of Exploration: Extraordinary Voyages from Antiquity into the Future (3) 
  • CMLIT 108 - Myths and Mythologies (3)
  • CMLIT 110 - Jewish Literature: An International Perspective (3)
  • CMLIT 111 - Introduction to Literatures of India (3)
  • CMLIT 141 - Religion and Literature (3)
  • CMLIT 184 - The Short Story (3)
  • CMLIT 185 - The Modern Novel in World Literature (3)
  • CMLIT 189 - The Founders of Modern Drama (3)
  • ENGL 1 - Understanding Literature (3)
  • ENGL - 1W - Understanding Literature (3)
  • ENGL 2 - The Great Traditions in English Literature (3)
  • ENGL 3 - The Great Traditions in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 104 - The Bible as Literature
  • ENGL 129 - Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 129 H - Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 133 - Modern American Literature to World War II (3)
  • ENGL 134 - American Comedy (3)
  • ENGL 135 - Alternative Voices in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 135S - Alternative Voices in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 139 - Black American Literature (30
  • ENGL 140 - Contemporary Literature (3)
  • ENGL 180 - Literature and the Natural World (3)
  • ENGL 182A - Literature and Empire (3)
  • ENGL 182B  - Literature and Empire (3)
  • ENGL 182C - Literature and Empire (3)
  • ENGL 184 - The Short Story (3)
  • ENGL 184S - The Short Story (3)
  • ENGL 185 - The Modern Novel in World Literature (3)
  • ENGL 189 - The Founders of Modern Drama (3)
  • ENGL 191 - Science Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 194 - Women Writers (3)
  • ENGL - 194H (3)
  • ENGL 262 - Reading Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 263 Reading Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 265 - Reading Nonfiction (3)
  • ENGL 268 - Reading Drama (3)

Grades 4-8 Social Studies Option

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303CAS 1003
General Education Course (Biological Science)*†3EDTHP 115S*3
MATH 200*#†3Quantification Course (MATH 201 recommended)*#†3
HIST 12*3General Education Course (Physical Science)*†3
General Education Course3HDFS 249N3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CI 295*2CI 280*3
EDPSY 14*3ENGL 202A3
Select English Literature *#†3GEOG 40*†3
ECON 102, 104, or 14*†3General Education Course (Earth Science)*†3
HIST 20, 21, 320, or PLSC 1*3HIST 20 or HIST 21 or HIST 320 or PLSC 1*3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 17 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 302*3EDUC 304*3
EDUC 305*3EDMTH 3013
EDUC 315Y*3EDUC 352*3
EDUC 320*3EDUC 4543
HIST 20, or HIST 21 or HIST 320 or PLSC 1*3HIST 20, or HIST 21, or HIST 320, or PLSC 1*3
 EDUC 495A*1
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDMTH 3023EDUC 490*12
EDUC 303*3EDUC 306*2
EDUC 321*3 
EDUC 353*3 
EDUC 495B*1 
EDUC 415*3 
 16 14
Total Credits 126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

Select 3 credits of literature from the following

  • CMLIT 1 - Introduction to Western Literatures Through the Renaissance (3)
  • CMLIT 1H - (3)
  • CMLIT 2 - Introduction to Western Literatures Since the Renaissance (3)
  • CMLIT 3 - Introduction to African Literatures (3)
  • CMLIT 4 - Introduction to Asian Literatures (3)
  • CMLIT 4H - (3)
  • CMLIT 5 - Introduction to Literatures of the Americas (3)
  • CMLIT 6 - Philosophy and Literature in Western Culture (3)
  • CMLIT 10 - The Forms of World Literature: A Global Perspective (3)
  • CMLIT 11 - The Hero in World Literature (3)
  • CMLIT 100 - Introduction to Comparative Literature (3)
  • CMLIT 101 - The Theme of Identity in World Literatures; Race, Gender, and Other Issues of Diversity (3)
  • CMLIT 105 - The Development of Literary Humor (3)
  • CMLIT 106 - The Arthurian Legend (3)
  • CMLIT 107 - The Literature of Exploration: Extraordinary Voyages from Antiquity into the Future (3) 
  • CMLIT 108 - Myths and Mythologies (3)
  • CMLIT 110 - Jewish Literature: An International Perspective (3)
  • CMLIT 111 - Introduction to Literatures of India (3)
  • CMLIT 141 - Religion and Literature (3)
  • CMLIT 184 - The Short Story (3)
  • CMLIT 185 - The Modern Novel in World Literature (3)
  • CMLIT 189 - The Founders of Modern Drama (3)
  • ENGL 1 - Understanding Literature (3)
  • ENGL - 1W - Understanding Literature (3)
  • ENGL 2 - The Great Traditions in English Literature (3)
  • ENGL 3 - The Great Traditions in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 104 - The Bible as Literature
  • ENGL 129 - Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 129 H - Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 133 - Modern American Literature to World War II (3)
  • ENGL 134 - American Comedy (3)
  • ENGL 135 - Alternative Voices in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 135S - Alternative Voices in American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 139 - Black American Literature (30
  • ENGL 140 - Contemporary Literature (3)
  • ENGL 180 - Literature and the Natural World (3)
  • ENGL 182A - Literature and Empire (3)
  • ENGL 182B  - Literature and Empire (3)
  • ENGL 182C - Literature and Empire (3)
  • ENGL 184 - The Short Story (3)
  • ENGL 184S - The Short Story (3)
  • ENGL 185 - The Modern Novel in World Literature (3)
  • ENGL 189 - The Founders of Modern Drama (3)
  • ENGL 191 - Science Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 194 - Women Writers (3)
  • ENGL - 194H (3)
  • ENGL 262 - Reading Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 263 Reading Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 265 - Reading Nonfiction (3)
  • ENGL 268 - Reading Drama (3)

Career Paths

Elementary and middle-level teachers introduce children to learning through the basics of numbers, language, science, and social studies. They facilitate classroom activities to meet the needs and abilities of their students. They also work with children independently and in small groups. They provide instruction, conduct assessments, listen to presentations, and maintain a positive classroom climate. They individually meet with families and faculty and serve on faculty and community committees. Elementary and middle-level teachers also become supervisors, administrators, and mentors to new teachers.

Careers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for kindergarten and elementary teachers, but employment growth will vary by region. The number of students enrolling in public kindergarten and elementary schools is expected to increase over the coming decade, and the number of classes needed to accommodate these students should rise. As a result, more teachers will be needed to teach public kindergarten and elementary school students.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE ELEMENTARY EDUCATION PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Additional graduate study is available, including graduate certificates in ESL, Special Education, the Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum, and the Master of Education in Literacy Education.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF TEACHER EDUCATION

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES AND EDUCATION
Olmsted Building W331
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6213
jla25@psu.edu

http://harrisburg.psu.edu/behavioral-sciences-and-education/teacher-education/bachelor-elementary-education-elementary-education