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Elementary Education, Grades 2-6

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Elementary education majors study and practice methods appropriate for the elementary classroom, taking courses related to all of the academic areas taught in elementary school.

At Lander, we work closely with public school officials to maintain a curriculum that enables you to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to meet the challenges of teaching.

All teacher education programs at Lander University are guided by Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards, a nationally recognized model which outlines teacher competencies "to ensure that every K-12 student reaches the goal of being ready to enter college or the workforce in today's world." InTASC Standards, listed below, provide direction for programs, courses, teaching and teacher candidate assessment:

  1. Learner Development
  2. Learning Differences
  3. Learning Environments
  4. Content Knowledge
  5. Application of Content
  6. Assessment
  7. Planning for Instruction
  8. Instructional Strategies
  9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
  10. Leadership and Collaboration



Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

A. Core Skills


  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3

Approved Mathematics


B. Humanities and Fine Arts
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
  HIST 101 Western Civilization to 1600
OR HIST 102 Western Civilization 1600-1918
OR HIST 111 U.S. History to 1877
OR HIST 111R U.S. History to 1877
 HIST 112 U.S. History since 1877
OR HIST 112R U.S. History since 1877
HIST 121 World Civilizations to 1600
OR HIST 122 World Civilizations 1600-present
    Behavioral and Social Perspectives elective 3
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States
  HIST 111R2

United States History to 1877
HIST 112R2 United States History since 1877
POLS 101R2 American National Government

F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events (Temporarily suspended)


Total General Education Requirements 35

1 For approved courses see the General Education section
If you already have credit for HIST 111, do not take HIST 111R; if you already have credit for HIST 112, do not take HIST 112R; if you already have credit for POLS 101, do not take POLS 101R



EDUC 106 Field Experience IA 0.5
EDUC 204 Instructional Technology for Teachers 3
EDUC 206 Field Experience IC 0.5
EDUC 207 Field Experience ID 1
EDUC 210 Communication in Diverse Classrooms 3
EDUC 223 General Pedagogy 3
EDUC 240 Child Growth and Educational Processes 3
EDUC 300 Content Area Reading and Writing 3
EDUC 321 Foundations of Reading 3
MATH 203 Math for Elementary Teachers 3
PEES 201 School Health Program, K-12 3

Professional Education Content Preparation
These courses can be taken by students only after acceptance into the Professional Program (Candidate Status)*
EDUC 302 Educational Assessment 3
EDUC 306 STEAM Instructional Design 3
EDUC 307 STEAM Implementation 2
EDUC 322 Science Pedagogy 3
EDUC 329 Field Experience II 2
EDUC 345 Instructional Practices of Teaching Reading 3
EDUC 424 Social Studies Pedagogy 3
SPED 223 Pre K-12 Student Diverse Learning Needs 3

Professional Education Yearlong Internship
These courses must be taken by students with Candidate Status* in a Fall/Spring sequence.

Fall Semester Courses:
ECED 429 Clinical Practice A 3
EDUC 327 Mathematics Pedagogy 3
EDUC 421 Assessment of Reading (R2S) 3
EDUC 430 The Learning Environment 3

Spring Semester Courses:
EDUC 461 Clinical Practice B 11
EDUC 499 Teacher Education Seminar 1
Total Major Requirements 75
Additional Electives 10


*Status, as defined below, is determined by factors which include, but are not limited to: PRAXIS Core scores, GPA, course completion, program assessments, and maintenance of professional dispositions.


  • Junior Year: Application for admission to Professional Program in Teacher Education, State Basic Skills Exam (PRAXIS Core); cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Senior Year: Content Area Exams (PRAXIS II) and PLT; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; Graduation Application
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses