Wilkes University

Elementary and Early Childhood Education

A teacher in the elementary and early childhood education program at Wilkes University in her classroom.

Great teachers never stop learning themselves.

That’s an important philosophy at the heart of our elementary and early childhood education program, where our students study how to communicate and engage with young students, to help nurture 21st century learners from all backgrounds. From YouTube to interactive whiteboards, you’ll learn how to incorporate technology into your teaching, and begin observing in actual classrooms as early as your freshman year.

Mission of the Elementary and Early Childhood Program
The mission of the Elementary and Early Childhood Program is to prepare highly effective teachers who have the knowledge, skills, and competencies to prepare Pre-K-4 students to achieve academic success, and who are prepared to serve a diverse group of children and families in a variety of educational settings.

Elementary and Early Childhood Education Major
Elementary and Early Childhood Education is a major leading to pre-kindergarten through fourth grade (PK-4) certification. This program incorporates an 18-credit minor in Reading Education. Elementary and Early Childhood Education majors take methods of teaching courses in mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, physical education and health, reading, and language arts, as well as courses in educational theory and practice.

Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Elementary and Early Childhood Education leading to the B.A. degree – 124.

Elementary and Early Childhood Education with Certification
Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

(Elementary and Early Childhood Education majors will also complete a Reading Education minor within the major requirements)

First Semester Credits Fifth Semester Credits
CS 115 – Computers and Applications 3 ART 101/DAN 100/MUS 101/THE 100 3
ENG 101 – Composition 4 ED 321 – Literacy Foundations I (30)* 3
FYF 101 – First-Year Foundations 3 ED 341 – Language Arts 3
HST 101 – Hist. Fnds. of the Mod. World 3 ED 344 – Assessment in EC & Elem. Ed. 3
PSY 101 – General Psychology 3 ED 360 – Soc. Studies in EC & Elem. Ed 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15
    
Second Semester  Credits Sixth Semester  Credits
ED 190 – Effective Teaching (40)* 3 ED 322 – Literacy Foundations II 3
ED 191 – Integrating Tech. into the Classroom. 3 ED 324 – Children’s & Adolescent Lit. 3
FL Elective 3 ED 330 – Math. in EC & Elem. Education 3
HST 125 – American History I 3 ED 345 – Assessment in Education 3
Science Elective 3 ED 370 – Science in EC & Elem. Ed. 3
ED 363 – School, Family, & Community 3    
Total Credits 18 Total Credits 15
    
Third Semester  Credits Seventh Semester  Credits
ED 263 – Child Dev. and Cognition (15)* 3 ED 310 – Health, Phys. Ed., & Safety 3
EDSP 210 – Teach. St. with Spec. Needs 3 ED 323 – Differentiated Reading 3
ENG 120 – Intro. to Literature & Culture 3 ED 325 – App. Reading Strategies (15)* 3
MTH 103 – Math. for Elem. Sch. Teachers I 3 ED 350 – The Arts in EC & Elem. Ed. 3
PS 111 – Political Science 3 ED 385 – Classroom Management 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15
    
Fourth Semester  Credits Eighth Semester  Credits
ED 220 – Teaching … Diverse Learners 3 ED 390 – Student Teaching (40)** 12
ED 264 – Child Dev. & Cog.–Classrm (30)* 3 EDSP 388 – Inclusionary Practices 3
EDSP 225 – Spec. Ed. Methodology I (30)* 3    
MTH 104 – Math. for Elem. Sch. Teachers II 3    
Science Elective 3    
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15
    
*Denotes field experience hours. **Denotes pre-student teaching hours completed during the first two weeks of the eighth semester.

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