The Middle Childhood–Early Adolescence/Dual Elementary and Special Education option prepares teachers to work in intermediate and middle school settings (approximately ages 6 through 12–13). Students are certified in both Special Education and Elementary Education at the Middle Childhood–Early Adolescence levels. Admitted students begin the four-semester professional sequence in the fall following admission.

The option coursework listed here is one component of the Elementary/Special Education, BSE degree requirements.

RP & SE 300 Individuals with Disabilities—Admission Prerequisite

This course must be completed prior to beginning the professional sequence.

RP & SE 300 Individuals with Disabilities3

Environmental Education Requirement

Select one Environmental Studies course or from the following list. If appropriate, this course may also be applied toward the liberal studies requirements.

Environmental Education courses

ATM OCN/​SOIL SCI  132 Earth's Water: Natural Science and Human Use3
BOTANY 100 Survey of Botany3
BOTANY/​PL PATH  123 Plants, Parasites, and People3
BOTANY/​BIOLOGY/​ZOOLOGY  152 Introductory Biology5
BOTANY 240 Plants and Humans3
BOTANY/​ENVIR ST/​ZOOLOGY  260 Introductory Ecology3
CURRIC/​C&E SOC/​ENVIR ST  405 Education for Sustainable Communities3
ECON/​A A E/​ENVIR ST  343 Environmental Economics3-4
F&W ECOL 110 Living with Wildlife - Animals, Habitats, and Human Interactions3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  120 Introduction to the Earth System3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  127 Physical Systems of the Environment5
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  139 Global Environmental Issues3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  309 People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  339 Environmental Conservation4
LAND ARC/​ENVIR ST  361 Wetlands Ecology3
PHYSICS 115 Energy3
POP HLTH/​ENVIR ST  502 Air Pollution and Human Health3
SOC/​C&E SOC  140 Introduction to Community and Environmental Sociology4
SOC/​C&E SOC/​F&W ECOL  248 Environment, Natural Resources, and Society3
SOIL SCI 301 General Soil Science4
SOIL SCI/​ENVIR ST  324 Soils and Environmental Quality3

Mathematics for Elementary Teachers

Complete One Group
Group A
CURRIC 319 Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching Elementary Mathematics 13
CURRIC 320 Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching Elementary Mathematics 23
Group B
MATH 130 Mathematics for Teaching: Numbers and Operations 13
MATH 131 Mathematics for Teaching: Geometry and Measurement 13
MATH 132 Problem Solving in Algebra, Probability and Statistics 13

Students with college-level calculus coursework or advanced placement credit should see the exemption rules for this coursework. More detailed information about these courses is available on the math department website.

Education Coursework

Child and Adolescent Development3-6
Select one:
Human Development From Childhood Through Adolescence
Human Development in Infancy and Childhood
and Human Development in Adolescence 1
ED PSYCH 301 How People Learn3
Foundations of the Profession3
Select one:
School and Society
History of American Education

 With permission, PSYCH 460 Child Development (formerly 560) may be substituted for ED PSYCH 320 Human Development in Infancy and Childhood. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement before program admission.

Professional Sequence

Admitted students complete a four-semester sequence of professional courses beginning in the fall semester after program admission. Each semester of the sequence must be followed sequentially and taken in consecutive semesters.

Semester 1
CURRIC 364 Introduction to Education3
CURRIC 368 The Teaching of Reading3
CURRIC 369 The Teaching of Language Arts3
CURRIC 367 Elementary Education Practicum II3
RP & SE 466 Diversity in Special Education3
Semester 2
RP & SE 473 Classroom Management for Inclusive Classrooms3
RP & SE 465 Language and Reading Instruction for Students with Disabilities3
RP & SE 475 Special Education Practicum: Early Childhood and Elementary3-6
RP & SE/​CURRIC  506 Strategies for Inclusive Schooling3
RP & SE 401 Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities1
Semester 3
RP & SE 464 Diagnosis, Assessment, and Instructional Planning in Special Education3
CURRIC 372 Teaching Science3
CURRIC/​RP & SE  365 Teaching Mathematics in Inclusive Settings4
CURRIC 371 Teaching Social Studies3
CURRIC 373 Elementary Teaching Practicum III3
Semester 4
RP & SE 477 Special Education Student Teaching: Elementary (PK - Grade 9)7
RP & SE 457 Elementary Student Teaching Seminar - Elementary/Special Education Dual Major1
CURRIC 464 Student Teaching in the Elementary School7
CURRIC 463 Seminar in Pre-Kindergarten Through Middle School Teaching1
RP & SE 402 Methods in Teaching Functional Skills1

Elementary Education: Sample Four-Year Plan

Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence/Special Education Dual Certification Option

This four-year sample graduation plan is designed to guide your course selection throughout your academic career; it does not establish a contractual agreement. Use it along with your DARS report and the Course Guide to create a four-year plan reflecting your placement scores, incoming credits, and individual interests. Consult with an academic advisor to develop a personalized plan of study and refer to the Guide for a complete list of requirements. You will likely revise your plan several times during your academic career here, based on your activities and changing academic interests.

Communication A (fall or spring semester)3Communication A (fall or spring semester)3
Liberal Studies course work10-13Ethnic Studies3
 RP & SE 3003
 Liberal Studies course work5-8
 13 14
Environmental Education3-5MATH 1313
MATH 130 (also meets Quantitative Reeasoning A)3ED PSYCH 3013
ED PSYCH 3313ED POL/​HISTORY  412 (also meets Liberal Studies U.S./European History)3
Liberal Studies course work4-6Additional Liberal Studies course work5
 15 14
CURRIC 3643RP & SE 4653
CURRIC 3683RP & SE 4733
CURRIC 369 (also meets Communication B)3RP & SE 4753
CURRIC 3673RP & SE/​CURRIC  5063
RP & SE 4663RP & SE 4011
 MATH 132 (also meets Quantitative Reasoning B)3
 15 16
RP & SE 4643CURRIC 4647
CURRIC/​RP & SE  3654CURRIC 4631
CURRIC 3713RP & SE 4021
CURRIC 3723RP & SE 4571
CURRIC 3733RP & SE 4777
 16 17
Total Credits 120