Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023

Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science (527)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/ste

Program Coordinator

Janet L. Tassell, janet.tassell@wku.edu, (270) 745-5306

The elementary education program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and the Kentucky Elementary Certificate (P-5). The program requires completion of a Colonnade component, related studies component, and professional education component. While students follow university guidelines in completing the Colonnade component, a speech course and biological science course with laboratory are specifically included within this 44 semester hour requirement.

Program Requirements (82 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

Elementary Education Component (37 Hours)
EDU 250Discover Teaching: Introduction to Teacher Education3
EDU 260Classroom Assessment3
EDU 350Student Diversity and Differentiation3
EDU 360Behavior and Classroom Management in Education3
ELED 345Foundations of Elementary Teaching3
ELED 365Teaching Methods for Elementary Teachers3
ELED 405Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School3
ELED 406Teaching Science in the Elementary School3
ELED 407Materials and Methods in Social Studies3
ELED 465Data-Driven Decision-Making in Elementary Education3
EDU 489Student Teaching Seminar2,3
ELED 490Student Teaching5-10
Supporting Content Courses (45 Hours)
ENG 302Language and Communication3
SPED 335Foundations of Special Education3
LTCY 320Foundations of Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
LTCY 420Literacy Methods in the Elementary Grades3
MATH 205Number Systems and Number Theory for Teachers3
MATH 206Fundamentals of Geometry for Teachers3
MATH 308Rational Numbers and Data Analysis for Teachers3
PSY 310Educational Psychology: Development and Learning3
Choose two of the following: 6
Art Education in the Elementary School
Comprehensive Arts Education for the Elementary Teacher
Physical Education for Elementary Schools
Choose one of the following: 3
Introduction to Plant Science
and Plant Science Laboratory
Fundamentals of General Chemistry
and Fundamentals of General Chemistry Laboratory
Environmental Science and Sustainability
Earth's Past and Future
and Earth's Past and Future Lab
The Earth
and The Earth Laboratory
Choose one of the following: 3
Geography of Kentucky
The United States to 1865
The United States Since 1865
Total Hours73-79

Within the professional education sequence, students are required to meet state requirements for field work experience in addition to coursework. This laboratory work will be in field experiences away from the main university campus.

Elementary Education candidates may receive academic advising in the School of Teacher Education, GRH 1005, 270-745-5414. Refer to the School of Teacher Education website (http://www.wku.edu/ste) for additional information.

Finish in Four Plan

  • Program Requirements (120 hours)
  • Clinical Hour Requirements (232 hours)
First Year
EDU 2503EDU 2603
ENG 1003PSY 3103
HIST 101 or HIST 1023ENG 2003
COMM 1453MATH 2053
MATH 1123BIOL 113
BIOL 114
Clinical Field Hours Required (15 hours) 
 15 16
Second Year
MUS 314, ART 310, or PE 354 (Choose one: Related Studies)3EDU 3603
MUS 314, ART 310, or PE 354 (Choose one: Related Studies)3EDU 3503
ENG 3003ENG 3023
MATH 3083MATH 2063
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Science - NO lab3Colonnade: Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Colonnade: Arts & Humanities3Clinical Field Hours Required (30 hours)
 18 15
Third Year
LTCY 320*3ELED 365*3
SPED 3353ELED 407*3
ELED 3453LTCY 420*3
Colonnade: Connections (Local to Global) -- Recommend LME 448, EDU 385/GEOG 385 or other Advisor Approved Course3Colonnade: Connections (Systems)3
GEOG 352, HIST 240, or HIST 2413Colonnade: Natural & Physical Science w/Lab (Recommend GEOL 111/113, GEOL 112/114, ASTR 1043-4
Clinical Field Hours Required (Approx. 40 hours)Clinical Field Hours Required (Approx. 70 hours)
 15 15-16
Fourth Year
ELED 405*3EDU 4893
ELED 406*3ELED 490 (ELED Primary Classroom)5
ELED 465*3ELED 490 (ELED Intermediate Classroom)5
Colonnade: Connections (Social & Cultural)3 
Clinical Field Hours Required (Approx. 77 hours) 
 12 13
Total Hours 119-120