Overview

As an elementary education certified teacher, you can make a meaningful and powerful impact on young children. Our Elementary Education bachelor’s degree program prepares you to teach grades Kindergarten through Grade 6 with Mild Intervention as a dual licensure education program. The coursework (120 hours) has been designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and professional dispositions you will need to enter K-6 classrooms or K-6 Special Education (Mild Intervention) classrooms successfully.

Why elementary education at SMWC?

Because you’ll get quality education:

  • Our Elementary/Mild Intervention (Kindergarten-Grade 6) is approved by the Indiana Department of Education and meets all of REPA 3 (Rules for Educator Preparation and Accreditation) regulations.
  • You will be afforded several clinical/field experiences culminating in student teaching the last semester of your senior year. Diverse placements will be arranged in private and/or public schools within Indiana or Illinois.
  • Your education will be shaped by veteran educators in the field as well as Education faculty who are accomplished in their area of expertise.
  • Your experience will be enriched by a variety of extracurricular and/or professional development experiences where you will be able to apply your classroom knowledge in real school settings.
  • The learning outcomes of the Elementary/Mild Intervention (K-6) bachelor’s degree are aligned with the 2013 InTASC standards and cover the following domains: learner and learning, content knowledge, instructional practice, and professional responsibility.

Because we offer several advantages:

  • Classes are offered face-to-face or online, in traditional 16 weeks or accelerated 8 weeks. Some classes are also offered in an alternative or hybrid format.
  • Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available.
  • Advisors are committed to your growth and success.
  • Small class size provides ample opportunities for differentiated instruction, hands-on application, and caring support.
Major

Education Core Courses

18 credit hours required, All courses listed.

ED 100 Observations in the Schools
Campus | 0 Credits
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Teacher candidates are required to complete a one-hour guided observation in each of the following areas: preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle school, high school, and special education classrooms. Requires resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history. Course Fee. Fall, every year.

Campus 0 Credits
ED 109 Philosophical and Ethical Foundations of Education
Campus | 3 Credits
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Explores philosophical, ethical, historical, and social foundations of education as these approaches relate to educators as change agents in society. Addresses applications in the context of educational communities and emphasizes critical, reflective, values-based, and philosophic decision-making for the development of competent, caring, professionals. Includes an introduction to standards for professional practice and portfolio development. Fall, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 200 Growth and Development
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduces study of the life-span development—an exploration of the biological, social and psychological changes that occur from the beginning of life to its end. Observation of children and adults is utilized. Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 202 Education in a Global Society
Campus | 3 Credits
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Prepares teacher candidates to create learning environments that respond to changing global attitudes and enhance the strengths and abilities of diverse learners. These learners include, but are not limited to, students from various cultural, racial, ethnic, and social backgrounds; students with differing life and learning styles; students who are gifted/talented; and students with disabilities. Focuses on the development of teachers’ attitudes toward diverse learners and skills in developing and using multiple instructional strategies and adaptations to ensure that all students learn. Fall, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 203 Effectively Collaborating with Families and Community Resources
Campus | 3 Credits
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Prepares teacher candidates to explore important and complex roles of teachers, other school and related personnel, primary family members, and their interactions. Accessing school services and personnel will be discussed. Designed to create an awareness of referral agencies and facilities concerned with education, health, and welfare of all students. Discussion will include basic school laws that affect all teachers in terms of contracts, school boards, school policies and procedures, discipline, and special education. Course Fee. Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
ED/PS 237 Educational Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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The study and application of psychological concepts as they apply to teaching and learning from childhood through adolescence. Topics include: learning theory; motivation; physical, emotional and sociological development; individual differences; intelligence; evaluations based on behavioral objectives; and types and uses of standardized tests. Spring, every year. Prerequisite: ED 109 or PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 273 Assessment for Learning
Campus | 3 Credits
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Provide the teacher candidate with a solid foundation in the elements of measurement and assessment that are essential components in measuring instruction’s impact on student learning. Teacher candidates focus on the construction and
selection of tests that measure student performance relative to intended learning outcomes and standards. Spring, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program. Prerequisite: ED 151.

Campus 3 Credits

Developmental Level and Content Courses

44 credit hours required, All courses listed.

ED 141 Introduction to Inclusive Elementary Education
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course provides an up-to-date comprehensive overview of the field of inclusive education, Kindergarten – Grade 6. Pre-service teachers will be introduced to the historic foundations of inclusive education, discuss disabilities including definitions and intervention strategies, analyze programs and practices that support all children in the primary grades. Fall, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 151 Understanding Mild Disabilities
Campus | 3 Credits
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Provides an overview of mild disabilities, including cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, communication disorders, visual impairments, hearing impairment, traumatic brain injury, physical disabilities, autism, and other health impairments. Major topics include definitions, characteristics, causes, prevalence, evaluation, and service delivery. Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 201 Technology in Education
Campus | 2 Credits
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Prepare teacher candidates to use instructional and information technologies to support teaching and learning, manage classroom activities, and enhance scholarship and professional growth. Through hands-on activities, students learn to design and implement technology-supported instruction, launch and maintain online resources, develop multimedia instructional materials, and use technology to communicate, solve problems, and engage in lifelong learning. Fall, every year.

Campus 2 Credits
ED 257 Special Education Law and Procedures
Campus | 3 Credits
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Presents the history and philosophy of special education, state and federal mandates, and implications for teachers. Includes special education procedures such as collaborating with other professionals, accommodating instruction, writing individualized education plans (IEPs), connecting IEP goals and objectives to state standards, conducting annual case reviews, and conferencing with parents and other professionals. Also discusses current trends and issues in special education. Spring, every year. Prerequisite: ED 151.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 261 The Science of Reading
Campus | 3 Credits
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The Science of Reading examines a basic question, “How do children learn to read?” This course includes evidence- based reading research that addresses explicit systematic teaching of phonemic awareness and phonics, direct and indirect vocabulary building, guided oral reading to improve fluency and motivation, and exposure to a variety of comprehension strategies for elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Fall semester, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 262 Language Arts for the Diverse Classroom
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines the importance of the language arts to prepare teacher candidates to help students gain understanding in the artful expression of ideas from a variety of perspectives for living and learning. The course examines reading in relation to literature discussion, critical thinking and writing, self-expression and listening. The course considers presentation through visual representation. Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 303 Music, Movement, and the Arts
Campus | 3 Credits
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Focuses on the value of the arts to all children. This methods course includes dance, movement, music, theatre, visual arts, and physical activities as media for communication, cultural understanding, enhanced motor development, and self- expression. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program. Course fee. Fall, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 326 Real World Application in the Social Studies
Campus | 3 Credits
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Addresses methods of teaching social studies that focus on introducing students to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of citizens of a democracy. Fall, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 327 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines disorders in speaking, writing, listening, thinking, and reading associated with diverse learners. Studies assessment procedures and specific teaching methods, materials, and adaptations used with persons who struggle to read, write, and communicate. Explores the effects of limited English proficiency and cultural diversity on reading achievement. Course fee. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 330 Methods of Teaching Science in Elementary School
Campus | 3 Credits
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Focuses on the processes of science and science inquiry. This methods course prepares teacher candidates to teach science through inquiry, design effective lessons, assess science learning, and integrate science into the curriculum. Includes Nutrition and Health Education with an emphasis in personal health and on issues of classroom health and nutrition. Course fee. Fall, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 333 Methods of Teaching Mathematics
Campus | 3 Credits
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Designed for prospective elementary teachers and uses foundation focal points, content standards, and process standards of the National Council for the Teachers of Mathematics. Focuses on ways to teach mathematics so that children can understand it. Topics include: mastery of basic facts; arithmetic operations and computation strategies; modeling fraction concepts; algebraic and proportional thinking; geometry and spatial reasoning; using technology and encouraging data analysis in P-6 mathematics. Research-based strategies to assist learners with exceptional needs. Includes an emphasis on the math skills and comfort level of the pre-service teacher with teaching mathematics. Fall, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program. Prerequisite: W oods Core mathematics requirement.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 345 Assessment and Intervention in Elementary Special Education
Campus | 3 Credits
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Prepares teacher candidates to assess the academic and social/behavioral strengths and needs of students with mild disabilities in the elementary grades and to develop appropriate instructional interventions that promote positive learning outcomes. Fall, every other year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program. Prerequisite: ED 273.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 368 Social Emotional Development and Behavioral Intervention
Campus | 3 Credits
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Focuses on the influence of emotionality and social relationships on student’s learning, Kindergarten – Grade 12. Teacher candidates develop skills to help students self-regulate and manage their own behavior, and understand the impact of their behavior on the social world. Explores the teacher’s role in interfacing with the mental health community. Spring, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Campus 3 Credits
SC 201 Integrative Science I: From the Big Bang to the Beginning of Life
Campus | 3 Credits
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Explores the physical and chemical principles underlying the creation of the universe, the formation of the Earth, the composition of the Earth and its atmosphere, changes in the Earth over time, and the formation of conditions for the beginnings of life. Laboratory. Fall, every year. Prerequisite: MA 101 or placement.

Campus 3 Credits
SC 202 Integrative Science II: From the Beginnings of Life to the Future of Life
Campus | 3 Credits
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Explores the biological principles underlying beginnings of life, maintaining life and the future of life in Earth. Examines evolutionary principles as the major framework of biological study. Uses scientific methodology to investigate major biological concepts. Laboratory. Two one-hour lecture and one two-hour lab per week. Course fee. Prerequisite: MA 101 or placement.

Campus 3 Credits

Clinical Experiences

21 credit hours

ED 214 Field Experience I: Kindergarten Education
Campus | 2 Credits
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Requires 60 hours of guided teaching in a kindergarten classroom to provide teacher candidates opportunities to relate principles and theories of education to actual classrooms and schools. Supervision provided by both the classroom teacher and the college supervisor. Requires resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history. Course Fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisite: ED 109.

Campus 2 Credits
ED 252 Field Experience I: Elementary Mild Intervention
Campus | 2 Credits
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Teacher candidates complete 60 clock hours of guided teaching in an inclusive elementary classroom, a resource setting or combination. Candidates relate principles and theories of education to teaching, including how to modify instruction and/or accommodate the needs of all learners. Requires resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history. Course Fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Pre-requisite: ED 109.

Campus 2 Credits
ED 450 Seminar in Teaching
Campus | 1 Credit
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Seminar sessions include analysis of student teaching experiences, information about licensure requirements and procedures, and career development. Must be taken concurrently with Supervised Teaching. Course fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires Education Department approval.

Campus 1 Credit

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ED 220 Field Experience I: Elementary Education
Campus | 2 Credits
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Requires 60 hours of guided teaching in a primary or intermediate elementary classroom to provide teacher candidates opportunities to relate principles and theories of education to actual classrooms and schools. Supervision provided by both the classroom teacher and the college supervisor. Requires resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history. Course Fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisites: ED 109 and ED 141.

Campus 2 Credits
ED 221 Field Experience I: Urban Education
Campus | 2 Credits
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Provides teacher candidates an opportunity to participate 2-3 days in urban classrooms to develop an understanding of social, ethnic, and economic factors existing in urban schools, as well as the complexities and challenges of teaching in an urban setting. Supervision provided by college personnel. Requires resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history. Course Fee. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus 2 Credits

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ED 329 Field Experience II: Elementary Education
Campus | 3 Credits
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Requires 60 hours of guided teaching in an elementary classroom to provide teacher candidates opportunities to relate principles and theories of education to actual classrooms and schools. Responsibilities include preparation of lesson plans and teaching materials. Supervision provided by both the classroom teacher and college supervisor. Course Fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program, resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history. Pre-requisite: ED 109.

Campus 3 Credits
ED 321 Field Experience II: Urban Education
Campus | 2 Credits
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Candidates complete a total of 30 hours of guided teaching in kindergarten, elementary, middle, secondary, or special education urban education classroom to provide them with opportunities to relate principles of teaching and theories of education to actual classrooms and schools. Course Fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program, resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history.

Campus 2 Credits

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ED 427 Supervised Teaching: Kindergarten Education
Campus | 6 Credits
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Provides a capstone teaching experience in a kindergarten classroom. Teacher candidates complete 8 weeks of supervised teaching and are responsible for full-time planning and teaching for a minimum of three weeks late in the placement. Course fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires Education Department approval, resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history.

Campus 6 Credits
ED 472 Supervised Teaching: Kindergarten Mild Intervention
Campus | 6 Credits
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Provides a capstone teaching experience in a kindergarten special education or inclusive classroom. Teacher candidates complete 8 weeks of supervised teaching and are responsible for full-time planning and teaching for a minimum of three weeks late in the placement. Course fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires Education Department approval, resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history.

Campus 6 Credits
ED 473 Supervised Teaching: Elementary/Primary Mild Intervention
Campus | 6 Credits
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Provides a capstone teaching experience in a primary elementary (grades 1, 2, or 3) special education or inclusive classroom. Teacher candidates complete 8 weeks of supervised teaching and are responsible for full-time planning and teaching for a minimum of three weeks late in the placement. Course fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires Education Department approval, resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history.

Campus 6 Credits
ED 437 Supervised Teaching: Elementary/Primary Education
Campus | 6 Credits
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Provides a capstone teaching experience in an elementary/primary (grades 1, 2, or 3) classroom. Teacher candidates complete 8 weeks of supervised teaching and are responsible for full-time planning and teaching for a minimum of three weeks late in the placement. Course fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires Education Department approval, resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history.

Campus 6 Credits

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ED 475 Supervised Teaching: Elementary/Intermediate Mild Intervention
Campus | 6 Credits
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Provides a capstone teaching experience in an intermediate elementary (grades 4, 5, or 6) special education or inclusive classroom. Teacher candidates complete 8 weeks of supervised teaching and are responsible for full-time planning and teaching for a minimum of three weeks late in the placement. Course fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires Education Department approval, resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history.

Campus 6 Credits
ED 457 Supervised Teaching: Elementary/Intermediate Education
Campus | 6 Credits
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Provides a capstone teaching experience in an elementary/intermediate (grades 4, 5, or 6) classroom. Teacher candidates complete 8 weeks of supervised teaching and are responsible for full-time planning and teaching for a minimum of three weeks late in the placement. Course fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires Education Department approval, resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history.

Campus 6 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
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