The major in Elementary Education results in initial GaPSC certification in Early Childhood (P-5). The program is designed to prepare professional educators who manifest the knowledge, dispositions, and competencies deemed necessary to enhance young children's overall intellectual, social, emotional, and personal growth and development. 

Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. Program graduates will demonstrate an acceptable level of content knowledge.
  2. Program graduates will demonstrate an acceptable level of teaching competency for an extended period of time during the clinical practice experience by planning, delivering, and assessing appropriate instruction for students who represent a diverse population and who are in public school settings.
  3. Program graduates will integrate technology into instruction, assessment, and communication.
  4. Program graduates will demonstrate characteristics of reflective practitioners by evaluating the effects of choices and actions on others (students, families, and other professionals in the learning community).

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Teacher candidates in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate content knowledge through passing the state-required content assessment.
  2. Teacher candidates in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge and knowledge of evidence-based strategies through development of lesson plans identifying use of research-validated procedures and effective content pedagogy.
  3. Teacher candidates in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate skills in assessment, instructional strategies, use of technology, and monitoring and modifying instruction during observed teaching episodes evaluated by a university supervisor and P-5 mentor teacher.
  4. Teacher candidates in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate their ability to positively impact P-5 learning through an Impact on Student Learning project.

Requirements for the B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education--Online

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A-E (See VSU Core curriculum)42
Area F Requirements 118
EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
ELED 2501
MATH 2008Foundations of Numbers and Operations3
or ELED 2200 Foundations of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
General Math or Science Elective3
EDUC 2000Written and Verbal Communication for Education3
or EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education
EDUC 2999Teacher Education Requirements0
Professional Program Requirements60
All Professional Program courses are 8-week classes with the exception of ELED 4802, which is a 16-week course.
Semester 1
EDUC 2999Teacher Education Requirements0
ELED 3500Introduction to Developmentally Appropriate Practice3
ELED 3501Social Emotional Learning and Classroom Management3
ELED 3600Technology for Learning3
ELED 3601Emergent Literacy through Children's Literature3
Semester 2
ELED 3700Science of Reading3
ELED 3701Differentiated Instruction3
ELED 3800Planning for Effective Teaching and Learning3
ELED 3801Assessment to Promote Student Learning3
Semester 3
ELED 3900Teaching Math Methods for Elementary Ed Part I3
ELED 3901Teaching Elementary Science Methods3
Semester 4
ELED 4501Methods for Multicultural Education3
ELED 4502Teaching Math Methods for Elementary Ed Part II3
ELED 4600Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom3
ELED 4601Literacy Assessing and Instruction3
ELED 4700Elementary Education Practicum3
Semester 5
ELED 4801Elementary Education Seminar2
ELED 4802Clinical Practice in Elementary Education10
Additional Requirement3
Serving Students with Diverse Needs
Total Hours required for the degree120