Choose Your Specialization

Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Education Emphasis or Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Special Education Endorsement

We offer several different ways for you to teach at the early childhood level. With our inclusive program, you’ll earn a bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in early childhood education and special education. This will allow you to teach students from pre-kindergarten through third-grade in an inclusive environment. Another option is a double major in elementary education and early childhood education with an emphasis in special education that will allow you to teach from preschool through sixth grade. Working with children in inclusive classrooms is fulfilling, rewarding and a career choice in high demand today.

Required Courses for Your Major

Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Education Emphasis

You must fulfill all elementary education major requirements, all early childhood education emphasis requirements and all general education requirements to complete your degree program. Components listed here include only courses required in the major/emphasis/endorsement areas.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis n the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will  learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Children’s Literature 

You will interact with a variety of children’s literature representative of ethnic and cultural diversity, emphasizing critical appraisal of significant authors and illustrators, quality of writing and appropriateness of topic to age and/or experience level.

Teaching Reading and Language Arts — Elementary and Middle

You will study theoretical background and learn Nebraska and National Standards in reading and Language Arts, with an emphasis on the organization of programs, effective teaching methods and varied instructional materials for students in elementary and middle school literacy settings and will gain field experience through our Literacy Influences Future Experiences (L.I.F.E.) program.

Teaching Natural and Social Sciences — Elementary and Middle

You will learn about methodology and appropriate materials to effectively present social science in an elementary and middle school setting, including integrating technology into instruction of content and pedagogy, and gain field experience through our Operation S.M.A.R.T. (Science, Math and Relevant Technology) program.

Teaching Mathematics — Elementary and Middle

You will learn current trends and strategies in teaching elementary and middle level math, including content, methodology and appropriate materials, including integrating technology into instruction of content and pedagogy, and gain field experience through our Operation S.M.A.R.T. (Science, Math and Relevant Technology) program.

Health and Physical Education Methods

You will learn how to coordinate and implement an elementary school physical education program and learn health education and wellness instructional procedures based on the mental, emotional, physical and social characteristics of elementary/middle school children.

Integrating Fine Arts Instruction in the Classroom

You will learn practical ways to integrate fine arts: art, music, drama and dance into your classroom curriculum. You will examine basic concepts and instructional techniques of each area with an emphasis on infusion into the academic curriculum.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Diagnosis and Evaluation of Reading

You will learn assessment procedures and effective instructional and diagnostic techniques in reading. You will participate in formal and informal testing including achievement, criterion references, observational and portfolio strategies. You will implement your knowledge with a directed reading practicum in a partner school.

Play, Creativity and Artistic Development in Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will select, plan, organize and evaluate art, music and drama experiences for children. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards.

Language Arts in Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will select, plan, organize and evaluate activities that facilitate language skills development in reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards.

Health, Safety and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education

In this course you will learn to plan programs that ensure the health, safety and nutrition of young children. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska

Teaching Math, Science, and Social Studies in Early Childhood Education 

You will select, plan, organize and evaluate activities that facilitate learning of mathematical and scientific concepts and social awareness in young children. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards.

Observation and Assessment In Early Childhood Education

You will learn to observe and assess children objectively, analyze their learning habits and provide for meeting the needs of children.

Physical Development and Creative Movement

You will select, plan, organize and evaluate activities that facilitate physical development of young children through physical activity, creative movement and dance. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards.

Administering Early Childhood Education Programs

You will learn the duties and responsibilities of administrators of early childhood programs.

Curriculum Planning in Early Childhood Education

You will learn to plan, organize and manage early childhood curriculum. This will include preparation of goal statements, objectives, schedules and units.

History and Trends in Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will evaluate history and philosophical theories and current trends in education and gain experience in applying theories. You will discuss current legislation, advocacy and professional ethics.

Student Teaching — Early Childhood Education

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching — Primary or Intermediate/Middle

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course allows you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Research Seminar

You will evaluate educational research and analyze procedures, logic and strategies implemented by researchers. You will complete a research project demonstrating effective research designs.

 

Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education and a Special Education Endorsement

You must fulfill all elementary education major requirements, all early childhood education emphasis requirements, all special education endorsement requirements and all general education requirements to complete your degree program. Components listed here include only courses required in the major/emphasis/endorsement areas.

Child Psychology

In this course, you will study physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from conception through adolescence.

Play, Creativity, and Artistic Development in Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will select, plan, organize and evaluate art, music and drama experiences for children. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards. This course will include a one-hour per week field placement requirement.

Language Arts in Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will select, plan, organize and evaluate activities that facilitate language skills development in reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards. This course will include a one-hour per week field placement requirement.

Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education

In this course you will learn to plan programs that ensure the health, safety and nutrition of young children. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards. You will also learn basic information on managing accidents and injuries, identifying child abuse, and planning health, safety and nutrition education. This course will include a one-hour per week field placement requirement.

Teaching Math, Science, and Social Studies in Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will select, plan, organize and evaluate activities that facilitate learning of mathematical and scientific concepts and social awareness in young children. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards. This course will include a one-hour per week field placement requirement.

Observation and Assessment In Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will learn to observe and assess children objectively, analyze their learning habits and provide for meeting the needs of children. This course will include a one-hour per week field placement requirement.

Physical Development and Creative Movement

In this course, you will select, plan, organize and evaluate activities that facilitate physical development of young children through physical activity, creative movement and dance. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards. This course will include a one-hour per week field placement requirement.

Administering Early Childhood Education Programs

 In this course, you will learn the duties and responsibilities of administrators of early childhood programs.

Curriculum Planning in Early Childhood Education

You will learn to plan, organize and manage early childhood curriculum. This will include preparation of goal statements, objectives, schedules and units.

History and Trends in Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will evaluate history and philosophical theories and current trends in education and gain experience in applying theories. You will discuss current legislation, advocacy and professional ethics.

Student Teaching — Early Childhood Education

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Research Seminar

In this course, you will evaluate educational research and analyze procedures, logic and strategies implemented by researchers. You will complete a research project demonstrating effective research designs.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis n the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Education Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Children’s Literature

You will interact with a variety of children’s literature representative of ethnic and cultural diversity, emphasizing critical appraisal of significant authors and illustrators, quality of writing and appropriateness of topic to age and/or experience level.

Teaching Reading and Language Arts — Elementary and Middle

You will study theoretical background and identify Nebraska and National Standards in reading and Language Arts, with an emphasis on the organization of programs, effective teaching methods and varied instructional materials for students in elementary and middle school literacy settings.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

 

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Learners with Mildly-Moderately Handicapping Conditions

You will examine learning and analyze strategies used in I.E.P.s of mildly and moderately mentally handicapped, specifically learning disabled, behaviorally impaired, orthopedically impaired, autistic, other health impairments, speech language impaired and traumatic brain injured, with an emphasis in assisting learners in making healthy transitions between special education and regular classrooms. You will also learn about recent legislation and its impact on the regular classroom.

Foundations in ECE Special Education

You will gain a working knowledge of the history and legal precedence for providing early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) services, characteristics of young children with special needs and their families and effective instructional techniques for working with this population.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Inclusion in Early Childhood Classrooms

This course will focus on adapting environments, equipment and materials to meet social, cognitive, nutritional, physical motor, communication and medical needs of children, birth through age eight, with diverse learning needs and disabilities in inclusive settings for young children.

Practicum in the Inclusive Early Childhood Classroom

You will work under the supervision of onsite cooperating teachers and college instructors in this supervised classroom experience in inclusive early childhood education classrooms working with children who have a range of disabilities. The emphasis is on including children with disabilities in the general classroom environment.

Diagnosis and Evaluation of Reading

You will learn assessment procedures and effective instructional and diagnostic techniques in reading. You will participate in formal and informal testing including achievement, criterion references, observational and portfolio strategies. You will implement your knowledge with a directed reading practicum in a partner school.

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To complete your bachelor’s degree in elementary education, you will need to complete 131 credit hours. Of that, 44 credit hours must be general education, 34 credits must be major program courses, 44 credit hours must be elementary education major courses, and nine credit hours must be supporting courses.

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University is approved to offer work leading to teacher certification in elementary and secondary education by the Nebraska Department of Education, 888-285-2556.

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary Undergraduate Education Program

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank  (unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes)
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
  • $30 application fee

 

Before or during your first semester of sophomore year, you will take the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test that is required for admission into the teacher education program. Application for formal admission must be submitted to the Teacher Education Committee by March 1 of your sophomore year (or the spring semester after you transfer). During that time, you will be evaluated and considered for formal acceptance into the teacher education program. 

Core Academic Skills for Educators test scores, academic performance, evidence of professional dispositions for successful teaching, practicum evaluations, interview, and command of oral and written language are factors considered in determining your acceptance into the teacher education program. You must provide evidence of academic competence and professional development by having attained a cumulative GPA of 2.65 in course work, providing an active digital portfolio of work that demonstrates professional and scholarly growth, having participated in the student professional organization and completing an interview with the Teacher Education Committee. 

You must submit an official background check during the first term you are enrolled in a practicum course. A second background check must be completed within 90 days of the beginning of your student teaching semester. Evaluation procedures result in acceptance, provisional status, or nonacceptance. Acceptance is granted to students who meet all of the requirements. Provisional status or non-acceptance is granted at the discretion of the committee.

Academic Description

Choose Your Specialization

Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Education Emphasis or Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Special Education Endorsement

We offer several different ways for you to teach at the early childhood level. With our inclusive program, you’ll earn a bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in early childhood education and special education. This will allow you to teach students from pre-kindergarten through third-grade in an inclusive environment. Another option is a double major in elementary education and early childhood education with an emphasis in special education that will allow you to teach from preschool through sixth grade. Working with children in inclusive classrooms is fulfilling, rewarding and a career choice in high demand today.

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University is approved to offer work leading to teacher certification in elementary and secondary education by the Nebraska Department of Education, 888-285-2556.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary Undergraduate Education Program

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank  (unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes)
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
  • $30 application fee

 

Before or during your first semester of sophomore year, you will take the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test that is required for admission into the teacher education program. Application for formal admission must be submitted to the Teacher Education Committee by March 1 of your sophomore year (or the spring semester after you transfer). During that time, you will be evaluated and considered for formal acceptance into the teacher education program. 

Core Academic Skills for Educators test scores, academic performance, evidence of professional dispositions for successful teaching, practicum evaluations, interview, and command of oral and written language are factors considered in determining your acceptance into the teacher education program. You must provide evidence of academic competence and professional development by having attained a cumulative GPA of 2.65 in course work, providing an active digital portfolio of work that demonstrates professional and scholarly growth, having participated in the student professional organization and completing an interview with the Teacher Education Committee. 

You must submit an official background check during the first term you are enrolled in a practicum course. A second background check must be completed within 90 days of the beginning of your student teaching semester. Evaluation procedures result in acceptance, provisional status, or nonacceptance. Acceptance is granted to students who meet all of the requirements. Provisional status or non-acceptance is granted at the discretion of the committee.

Curriculum

Required Courses for Your Major

Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Education Emphasis

You must fulfill all elementary education major requirements, all early childhood education emphasis requirements and all general education requirements to complete your degree program. Components listed here include only courses required in the major/emphasis/endorsement areas.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis n the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will  learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Children’s Literature 

You will interact with a variety of children’s literature representative of ethnic and cultural diversity, emphasizing critical appraisal of significant authors and illustrators, quality of writing and appropriateness of topic to age and/or experience level.

Teaching Reading and Language Arts — Elementary and Middle

You will study theoretical background and learn Nebraska and National Standards in reading and Language Arts, with an emphasis on the organization of programs, effective teaching methods and varied instructional materials for students in elementary and middle school literacy settings and will gain field experience through our Literacy Influences Future Experiences (L.I.F.E.) program.

Teaching Natural and Social Sciences — Elementary and Middle

You will learn about methodology and appropriate materials to effectively present social science in an elementary and middle school setting, including integrating technology into instruction of content and pedagogy, and gain field experience through our Operation S.M.A.R.T. (Science, Math and Relevant Technology) program.

Teaching Mathematics — Elementary and Middle

You will learn current trends and strategies in teaching elementary and middle level math, including content, methodology and appropriate materials, including integrating technology into instruction of content and pedagogy, and gain field experience through our Operation S.M.A.R.T. (Science, Math and Relevant Technology) program.

Health and Physical Education Methods

You will learn how to coordinate and implement an elementary school physical education program and learn health education and wellness instructional procedures based on the mental, emotional, physical and social characteristics of elementary/middle school children.

Integrating Fine Arts Instruction in the Classroom

You will learn practical ways to integrate fine arts: art, music, drama and dance into your classroom curriculum. You will examine basic concepts and instructional techniques of each area with an emphasis on infusion into the academic curriculum.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Diagnosis and Evaluation of Reading

You will learn assessment procedures and effective instructional and diagnostic techniques in reading. You will participate in formal and informal testing including achievement, criterion references, observational and portfolio strategies. You will implement your knowledge with a directed reading practicum in a partner school.

Play, Creativity and Artistic Development in Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will select, plan, organize and evaluate art, music and drama experiences for children. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards.

Language Arts in Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will select, plan, organize and evaluate activities that facilitate language skills development in reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards.

Health, Safety and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education

In this course you will learn to plan programs that ensure the health, safety and nutrition of young children. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska

Teaching Math, Science, and Social Studies in Early Childhood Education 

You will select, plan, organize and evaluate activities that facilitate learning of mathematical and scientific concepts and social awareness in young children. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards.

Observation and Assessment In Early Childhood Education

You will learn to observe and assess children objectively, analyze their learning habits and provide for meeting the needs of children.

Physical Development and Creative Movement

You will select, plan, organize and evaluate activities that facilitate physical development of young children through physical activity, creative movement and dance. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards.

Administering Early Childhood Education Programs

You will learn the duties and responsibilities of administrators of early childhood programs.

Curriculum Planning in Early Childhood Education

You will learn to plan, organize and manage early childhood curriculum. This will include preparation of goal statements, objectives, schedules and units.

History and Trends in Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will evaluate history and philosophical theories and current trends in education and gain experience in applying theories. You will discuss current legislation, advocacy and professional ethics.

Student Teaching — Early Childhood Education

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching — Primary or Intermediate/Middle

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course allows you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Research Seminar

You will evaluate educational research and analyze procedures, logic and strategies implemented by researchers. You will complete a research project demonstrating effective research designs.

 

Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education and a Special Education Endorsement

You must fulfill all elementary education major requirements, all early childhood education emphasis requirements, all special education endorsement requirements and all general education requirements to complete your degree program. Components listed here include only courses required in the major/emphasis/endorsement areas.

Child Psychology

In this course, you will study physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from conception through adolescence.

Play, Creativity, and Artistic Development in Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will select, plan, organize and evaluate art, music and drama experiences for children. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards. This course will include a one-hour per week field placement requirement.

Language Arts in Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will select, plan, organize and evaluate activities that facilitate language skills development in reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards. This course will include a one-hour per week field placement requirement.

Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education

In this course you will learn to plan programs that ensure the health, safety and nutrition of young children. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards. You will also learn basic information on managing accidents and injuries, identifying child abuse, and planning health, safety and nutrition education. This course will include a one-hour per week field placement requirement.

Teaching Math, Science, and Social Studies in Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will select, plan, organize and evaluate activities that facilitate learning of mathematical and scientific concepts and social awareness in young children. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards. This course will include a one-hour per week field placement requirement.

Observation and Assessment In Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will learn to observe and assess children objectively, analyze their learning habits and provide for meeting the needs of children. This course will include a one-hour per week field placement requirement.

Physical Development and Creative Movement

In this course, you will select, plan, organize and evaluate activities that facilitate physical development of young children through physical activity, creative movement and dance. You will learn to plan and conduct lessons consistent with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and K-12 Academic Standards. This course will include a one-hour per week field placement requirement.

Administering Early Childhood Education Programs

 In this course, you will learn the duties and responsibilities of administrators of early childhood programs.

Curriculum Planning in Early Childhood Education

You will learn to plan, organize and manage early childhood curriculum. This will include preparation of goal statements, objectives, schedules and units.

History and Trends in Early Childhood Education

In this course, you will evaluate history and philosophical theories and current trends in education and gain experience in applying theories. You will discuss current legislation, advocacy and professional ethics.

Student Teaching — Early Childhood Education

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Research Seminar

In this course, you will evaluate educational research and analyze procedures, logic and strategies implemented by researchers. You will complete a research project demonstrating effective research designs.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis n the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Education Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Children’s Literature

You will interact with a variety of children’s literature representative of ethnic and cultural diversity, emphasizing critical appraisal of significant authors and illustrators, quality of writing and appropriateness of topic to age and/or experience level.

Teaching Reading and Language Arts — Elementary and Middle

You will study theoretical background and identify Nebraska and National Standards in reading and Language Arts, with an emphasis on the organization of programs, effective teaching methods and varied instructional materials for students in elementary and middle school literacy settings.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

 

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Learners with Mildly-Moderately Handicapping Conditions

You will examine learning and analyze strategies used in I.E.P.s of mildly and moderately mentally handicapped, specifically learning disabled, behaviorally impaired, orthopedically impaired, autistic, other health impairments, speech language impaired and traumatic brain injured, with an emphasis in assisting learners in making healthy transitions between special education and regular classrooms. You will also learn about recent legislation and its impact on the regular classroom.

Foundations in ECE Special Education

You will gain a working knowledge of the history and legal precedence for providing early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) services, characteristics of young children with special needs and their families and effective instructional techniques for working with this population.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Inclusion in Early Childhood Classrooms

This course will focus on adapting environments, equipment and materials to meet social, cognitive, nutritional, physical motor, communication and medical needs of children, birth through age eight, with diverse learning needs and disabilities in inclusive settings for young children.

Practicum in the Inclusive Early Childhood Classroom

You will work under the supervision of onsite cooperating teachers and college instructors in this supervised classroom experience in inclusive early childhood education classrooms working with children who have a range of disabilities. The emphasis is on including children with disabilities in the general classroom environment.

Diagnosis and Evaluation of Reading

You will learn assessment procedures and effective instructional and diagnostic techniques in reading. You will participate in formal and informal testing including achievement, criterion references, observational and portfolio strategies. You will implement your knowledge with a directed reading practicum in a partner school.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To complete your bachelor’s degree in elementary education, you will need to complete 131 credit hours. Of that, 44 credit hours must be general education, 34 credits must be major program courses, 44 credit hours must be elementary education major courses, and nine credit hours must be supporting courses.