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2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Day)

Students who earn this degree are eligible for licensure to teach children in grades K-6 or K-8. They also complete a disciplinary concentration. For information on competencies and licensure requirements please see the introduction to the Division of Education. See program handbook for additional licensure exams.

Upon completion of this program, you may be eligible for licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories, the Department of Defense Schools, Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario per the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.

Education Major Requirements (63-68 credits)

Disciplinary Concentration Requirements (15-20 credits)

Students in elementary education and early childhood education must complete their major by selecting one of the following disciplinary content areas.

English (Day) (15 credits)

Mathematics (15-16 credits)

Sciences (19-20 credits)

Social studies (15 credits)

Note: Either HIST 203 or HIST 204 will be taken to fulfill the Core Requirement.



Certification Requirements (6-7 credits)

General Education Requirements (42-45 credits)

Who am I and What is the World? Students explore these questions in their first year common core courses.

Associated with General Core

Who is My Neighbor?  Students explore this question in their second and third years. (6 credits)

  • ENGL 200 Literature, Art, and the Human Credits: 3
    Students take one -200 level interdisciplinary course that addresses a basic human question from the perspectives of the literary, visual, and musical arts.
  • HIST 203 Interactions: The West in the World I Credits: 3 or
  • HIST 204 Interactions: The West in the World II Credits: 3

How Shall We Live? Students explore this question in their junior and senior years. (6 credits)

  • Religion: Faith, Religion, and Social Justice Credits: 3
    Students take one Religion course developed with this theme at its center.
  • Philosophy: Ethics, Values, and Moral Choices Credits: 3
    Students take one Philosophy course developed with this theme at its center.

What, then, Shall We Do?  Students explore this question in their junior or senior year. (3 credits)

  • Capstone: Justice and Global Responsibility Credits: 3
    Students take one of a number of offerings under Justice and Global Responsibility. This seminar serves as the culmination of the Common Core. Informed by problem-solving pedagogy, this seminar enhances the student’s connection with the Catholic vision of the University by focusing on justice and global responsibility.

Area Distribution Courses: The Core Complement
Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)

  • One course from: English, History, Modern Language, Philosophy, Religious Studies Credits: 3
  • One course from: Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology Credits: 3

Mathematics and Natural Sciences (6 credits)

  • One course in Mathematics:  MATH 112 College Algebra or above Credits: 3
  • One course from: Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, or Physical Science Credits: 3-4

Culture through Language (6 credits)
Students must demonstrate university-level introductory competency in a language other than English.

General Electives (9 credits)

Degree Requirements (minimum 120 credits)