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BS in Elementary Education
(83 hours*, including licensure hours)



This major is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. In order to graduate with this major, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to http://education.byu.edu/ess/licensing.html or contact Education Student Services, 350 MCKB, (801) 422-3426.

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To complete this major, students will also be required to complete the TESOL K-12 minor. The courses the student will need to take in order to complete the minor are reflected in the requirements listed below.

  1. Complete all GE courses, including the following:
      SFL 210 : Human Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SFL 210 : Human Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Growth and development of the child from conception through adolescence; influences of family, peers, and schools.
      NOTE: This course is part of a GE Mosaic. See ge.byu.edu/mosaic-list for more information.

      Course Outcomes


      Note: The Global & Cultural Awareness and Letters general education requirements are fulfilled through completion of the Elementary Education major.

  2. Attend a program orientation meeting (schedule posted in 350 MCKB and on MYLink).
  3. Grades below C- in professional education courses or content courses will not be accepted in the teaching major or teaching minor. Teacher candidates must have a cumulative 2.85 GPA in teaching major and teaching minor courses to qualify for student teaching.
  4. Complete entrance process for the program through the Teacher Education Department (201 MCKB).
  5. Complete the following courses:
      CPSE 300 : Exceptional Students: Principles of Collaboration. (2:1:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 300 : Exceptional Students: Principles of Collaboration. (2:1:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: FBI fingerprint background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Basic principles and legislative issues in effectively communicating and collaborating with professionals, parents, and other service providers to meet needs of individuals with disabilities in inclusive educational environments. Lab.

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      EDLF 201 : Foundations of Education. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EDLF 201 : Foundations of Education. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: The purposes of education and schooling in a democracy and the historical, cultural, philosophical, and sociological foundations underlying the development of the American educational system.

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      EL ED 202 : Foundations of Child Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 202 : Foundations of Child Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Major status.
      DESCRIPTION: The development of the whole child including cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic, and physical development and how to apply it to planning, teaching, and assessing children.

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      EL ED 203 : Foundations of Multicultural Education. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 203 : Foundations of Multicultural Education. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Major status.
      DESCRIPTION: Cultural identities in family life, physical attributes, culture, and language. Recognizing prejudice in individuals and institutions. Culturally and linguistically relevant pedagogical frameworks.

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      EL ED 323 : Foundations of Literacy Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 323 : Foundations of Literacy Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Admittance into elementary education program.
      DESCRIPTION: Language and literacy development for first and second language learners including theoretical underpinnings, processes, historical foundations, and instructional contexts that support language and literacy development for all K-6 children.

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      EL ED 324 : Foundations of Classroom Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 324 : Foundations of Classroom Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      DESCRIPTION: Exploring philosophies of classroom management focusing on promoting child guidance in an engaging and effective K-6 classroom learning environment.

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      EL ED 330 : K-2 Practicum Seminar. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 330 : K-2 Practicum Seminar. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in El Ed 332.
      DESCRIPTION: Prepare for and reflect on the K-2 practicum experience.

      Course Outcomes


      EL ED 332 : Practicum in Grades K-2. (2:0:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 332 : Practicum in Grades K-2. (2:0:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: EL ED 324; concurrent enrollment in El Ed 330; FBI fingerprint and background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Applying knowledge from foundational and content courses to teaching in a K-2 setting. Observing, planning, teaching, assessing, and reflecting in a public school setting.

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      EL ED 333 : Teaching Literacy in the Primary Grades (K-2). (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 333 : Teaching Literacy in the Primary Grades (K-2). (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: EL ED 323; Concurrent enrollment in El Ed 332.
      DESCRIPTION: Instructional practices for teaching children the literacy concepts, skills, and strategies they need to learn in grades K-2. Assessing, monitoring, and evaluating children's literacy knowledge and learning in grades K-2.

      Course Outcomes


      EL ED 335 : Early Childhood Education Integration Methods. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 335 : Early Childhood Education Integration Methods. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in El Ed 332.
      DESCRIPTION: Methods in designing an early childhood curriculum with attention to hands-on experiences meeting children's individual learning needs and addressing contextual factors in the child's life experiences.

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      EL ED 340 : Children's Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 340 : Children's Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Elementary education or early childhood education major status.
      DESCRIPTION: Trends and titles in children's and adolescent literature. Reading and critiquing as well as practical uses of children's literature in both school and home.

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      EL ED 440 : Grades 3-6 Practicum Seminar. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 440 : Grades 3-6 Practicum Seminar. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: EL ED 332; concurrent with El Ed 442; FBI fingerprint and background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Prepare for and reflect on the 3-6 practicum experience.

      Course Outcomes


      EL ED 442 : Practicum in the Elementary Education 3-6 Classroom. (2:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 442 : Practicum in the Elementary Education 3-6 Classroom. (2:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: EL ED 332; Concurrent enrollment in El Ed 440.
      DESCRIPTION: Applying knowledge from foundational and content courses to teaching in a 3-6 classroom. Observing, planning, teaching, assessing, and reflecting in a 3-6 public school setting.

      Course Outcomes


      EL ED 443 : Teaching Literacy in the Intermediate Grades (3-6). (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 443 : Teaching Literacy in the Intermediate Grades (3-6). (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: EL ED 333; Concurrent enrollment in El Ed 442.
      DESCRIPTION: Information and skills needed to make informed decisions about literacy instruction and evaluation. Establishing an effective 3-6 grade classroom literacy environment.

      Course Outcomes


      EL ED 445 : Teaching Social Studies in Grades K-6. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 445 : Teaching Social Studies in Grades K-6. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: IP&T 213; Concurrent enrollment in El Ed 442.
      DESCRIPTION: The methods, skills, and strategies for teaching social studies in grades K-6. Modeling democratic teaching practices and establishing democratic classrooms to prepare children to assume roles as participatory citizens in a democracy.

      Course Outcomes


      EL ED 446 : Teaching Science in Grades K-6. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 446 : Teaching Science in Grades K-6. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: IP&T 213; Concurrent enrollment in El Ed 442.
      DESCRIPTION: Developing the pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to teach science to elementary children of various ages, abilities, backgrounds, and exceptionalities.

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      EL ED 447 : Teaching Mathematics in Grades K-6. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 447 : Teaching Mathematics in Grades K-6. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: MTHED 305 & MTHED 306 & IP&T 213; Concurrent enrollment in El Ed 442.
      DESCRIPTION: The teaching and learning of elementary school mathematics guided by current principles relating to mathematics content, social interaction, student thinking, and child development.

      Course Outcomes


      IP&T 213 : Foundations of Instructional Design and Assessment. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      IP&T 213 : Foundations of Instructional Design and Assessment. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Elementary Education major status.
      DESCRIPTION: Curriculum design and assessment theory, strategies, and tools for the K-6 classroom. Backward design and seamless assessment for informing and improving student performance.

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      IP&T 334 : Integrating Technology in Early Childhood Education. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      IP&T 334 : Integrating Technology in Early Childhood Education. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Concurrent with El Ed 333.
      DESCRIPTION: Integrating instructional technology with early childhood education instructional strategies.

      Course Outcomes


      IP&T 444 : Integrating Technology in Elementary Education. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      IP&T 444 : Integrating Technology in Elementary Education. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Concurrent with El Ed 445 and El Ed 446.
      DESCRIPTION: Integrating instructional technology into K-6 instructional strategies.

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      MTHED 305 : Basic Concepts of Mathematics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      MTHED 305 : Basic Concepts of Mathematics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Math 110 or equivalent; permission from Teacher Education Department.
      DESCRIPTION: Concept-oriented exploration of number, measurement, and informal geometry in relation to children's learning.
      NOTE: Required of prospective elementary school teachers.

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      MTHED 306 : Concepts of Mathematics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      MTHED 306 : Concepts of Mathematics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: MTHED 305; Permission from Teacher Education Department.
      DESCRIPTION: Concept-oriented exploration of rational numbers and proportional reasoning, probability, and early algebraic reasoning in relation to children's learning.
      NOTE: Required of prospective elementary school teachers.

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      PETE 169 : Elementary Skills and Activities. (1:0:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PETE 169 : Elementary Skills and Activities. (1:0:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      DESCRIPTION: Physical skills and activities specific to elementary-age children.
      NOTE: Required for elementary education majors.

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      PETE 212 : Physical Education for Elementary School Teachers. (2:1:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PETE 212 : Physical Education for Elementary School Teachers. (2:1:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: PETE 169; FBI fingerprint and background clearance.

      Course Outcomes


  6. Complete the following courses, which, in conjunction with the other required courses in this program, will allow you to fulfill the requirements of the TESOL K-12 minor:
      TELL 410 : Second Language Acquisition. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      TELL 410 : Second Language Acquisition. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: EL ED 323 & EL ED 203; or ELANG 223 & SC ED 353; or CPSE 425
      DESCRIPTION: Processes and variables in native- and second-language development. How teachers can foster efficient acquisition of language, cognitive, and academic skills in second-language environments.

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      TELL 440 : Content-Based Language Instruction. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      TELL 440 : Content-Based Language Instruction. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: TELL 410 & TELL 420; or TELL 410 & IP&T 213; or TELL 410 & CPSE 420
      RECOMMENDED: El Ed 333, TELL 430, and CPSE 430 concurrently.
      DESCRIPTION: Instructional methods, strategies, and materials for integrating curriculum content and language instruction. Teaching, creating, and adapting lesson materials in a multicultural context.

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      TELL 450 : Family, School, and Community Partnerships. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      TELL 450 : Family, School, and Community Partnerships. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: ELANG 223 & TELL 410 & SC ED 353; or EL ED 203 & EL ED 323
      DESCRIPTION: Standards, principles, policies, and processes of partnering with parents, families, schools, and communities in fostering and sustaining the development of children and youth.

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      TELL 477R : TESOL K-12 Student Teaching. (.5-4:0:4)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      TELL 477R : TESOL K-12 Student Teaching. (.5-4:0:4)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: TELL 440; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Supervised, full-day experience to develop and demonstrate competence in teaching English Learners in an approved public school setting.  Observation is stressed initially, with responsibility for teaching increasing across the four-week experience.
      NOTE: Can be taken concurrently with student teaching/internship in a diverse-language setting.

      Course Outcomes


        (Must take 4 credit hours of TELL 477R.)
  7. Complete two courses from the following:
  8. Complete 8 hours of one of the following (prior application required):
  9. Recommended Courses

    The following courses are strongly recommended:

    *Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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