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Education Curriculum

Elmira College offers the following undergraduate teacher education certificate programs:
Childhood Education (Grades One Through Six)
Adolescence Education (Grades Seven Through Twelve)
Visual Arts (Art Education) (All Grades)

To be eligible for institutional recommendation to the New York State Department of Education for teacher certification under any one of the aforementioned titles, students must successfully complete all degree requirements for the specific certification title being sought. These include the Teacher Education requirements (Pedagogical Core), the approved Major or Concentration requirements (Content Core), and the college-wide General Degree Requirements (Liberal Arts and Sciences Core). Each program is designed to provide an excellent liberal arts foundation as well as a strong teacher preparation that will enable beginning teachers to meet the challenge of educating children in today’s society.

Because the requirements for each certificate title are complex and leave little room for error, students must assume an active participatory role in their academic advising. According to the subsection on Student Responsibility under Academic Services and Regulations in The Elmira College Bulletin, students must fully understand and adhere to the following policy:

“Although the academic advisor as well as other members of the faculty and administration are available to help the student plan a program and work toward the completion of a degree, ultimate responsibility for knowing and complying with these regulations and for meeting all requirements rests with the students.

Childhood Education (Grades One Through Six)

Required Courses:

PSY 1010: Introductory Psychology
EDU 1010: Foundations of Education
PED 1162: Physical Education for the Classroom Teacher
EDU 1920: Introductory Fieldwork and Seminar in Education
PSY 2060: Child and Adolescent Psychology
EDU 2020: Teaching Students With Disabilities in the Inclusive Classroom
EDU 3335: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Childhood Education: Social Studies and the Arts (W course)
EDU 3345: Literacy Acquisition and Development for Preschool and Elementary School Learners
EDU 3355: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Childhood Education: Mathematics, Science and Technology
EDU 3365: Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Schools
EDU 3935: Student Teaching I and Seminar: Childhood Education
EDU 3955: Literacy Intervention and Enrichment: Childhood Education
EDU 4395: Student Teaching II and Seminar: Childhood Education

Additional Requirements for Childhood Education Certification
To better ensure that all students fulfill their responsibilities, they must contact Elmira College’s Office of Teacher Education for:

In addition to completing the requirements listed above for Childhood Education, students also must complete their general distribution requirements and one of the following approved academic majors or concentrations:

Majors
(For required coursework in approved majors, see the specific major listed in the Bulletin)

Biology
Chemistry
English Literature
Foreign Language (French or Spanish)
Mathematics
Social Studies

Concentrations
(For required coursework in concentrations, see “Listing of Approved Concentrations for Childhood Education” in the Bulletin)

Biology
English Literature
Mathematics
Social Studies
Visual and Performing Arts

Optional Extension for the Childhood Education Certificate
Extension to Teach a Subject in Grades Seven Through Nine

Required Courses
EDU 3336: Curriculum Design and Instruction: Middle Childhood Education
EDU 3356: Methodologies of Teaching: Middle Childhood Education

The Extension (grades seven through nine) prepares students in Childhood Education who complete an approved Major that includes thirty hours of study in a subject area (not a concentration) for an extension to teach a subject in grades seven through nine.

NOTE: Childhood Education students pursuing an Extension will need to pass the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), the Educating All Students Test (EAS), the Multi-Subject Content Specialty Test (CST), the Content Specialty Test (CST) in their content core, and Teacher Perfomance Assessment (edTPA).

This Extension requires one of the following majors:

Certificate Extension
(For required coursework in approved majors, see the specific major listed in the Bulletin)

Biology 7-9 Ext.
Chemistry 7-9 Ext.
English Language Arts 7-9 Ext.
French 7-9 Ext.
Mathematics 7-9 Ext.
Social Studies 7-9 Ext.
Spanish 7-9 Ext.

Required Major
(For required coursework in concentrations, see “Listing of Approved Concentrations for Childhood Education”)
Biology
Chemistry
English Literature
Foreign Languages with a specialization in French
Mathematics
Social Studies
Foreign Languages with a specialization in Spanish


Listing of Approved Concentrations for Childhood Education

Childhood Education - Biology Concentration:

Required Courses:
BIO 1020: Biological Concepts I
BIO 1022: Biological Concepts II
BIO 1071: Human Biology
BIO 2050: General Botany
BIO 3120: Ecology
BIO 4605: Evolution
CHE 1010: Introductory Chemistry

Electives:
A student will select two of the following courses, including one at the 3000 level
(selection of a field course as one of the electives is strongly recommended):

BIO 1110: Introduction to Microbiology
BIO 2902: Field Botany
BIO 3010: Invertebrate Zoology
NSC 1902: Marine and Island Ecology


Childhood Education - English Literature Concentration:

Required Courses:

Either:
ENG 1075: Introduction to Literature
or 
ENG 1100: Foundations of Literature: King Arthur
or
ENG 1101: Foundations of Literature: The Hero
or
ENG 1102: Foundations of Literature: The American Short Story
or
ENG-LAL 1104: Foundations of Literature: Ancient, Classical and Biblical

Either:
ENG 2010: The Craft of Writing Fiction
or
ENG 2015: The Craft of Writing Poetry
or
ENG 2180: Expository Writing

Either:
ENG 2020: Major English Authors I
or
ENG 2021: Major English Authors II
or
ENG 2022: Major English Authors III

Either:
ENG 2042: American Literature: Beginning to the Civil War
or
ENG 2043: American Literature: Civil War to 1945
or
ENG 2044: American Literature: 1945 to Present

Either:
ENG 2250: Shakespeare
or
ENG 2260: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

Electives:
Five electives chosen from courses in English (ENG), including 6 credits at or above the 3000 level. ENG 1050 and ENG 1051 are excluded from the elective courses. ENG 4590 may be taken as one of these courses.


Childhood Education -Mathematics Concentration:

Required Courses:

Either:
MAT 1092: Pre-Calculus II
or
MAT 2010: Calculus I

MAT 2003: Mathematical History: Ancient to Medieval
MAT 2009: Mathematical History: Renaissance to Modern
MAT 2090: Statistical Methods
MAT 2100: Discrete Mathematics
MAT 3200: Operations Analysis and Modeling
MAT 3260: Introduction to Classical and Modern Geometry

Electives:
Students will select any pair of the following:

Either:
BIO 1020: Biological Concepts I
BIO 1022: Biological Concepts II
or
CHE 1510: Basic Chemical Principles I
CHE 1511: Basic Chemical Principles II
or
CHE 1505: General Chemistry I
CHE 1505L: General Chemistry Laboratory I 
CHE 1515: General Chemistry II
CHE 1505L: General Chemistry Laboratory II 
CHE 1925: General Chemistry III
or 
PHY 2000: Principles of Physics I
PHY 2010: Principles of Physics II
or 
CHE 1010: Introductory Chemistry
PHY 1030: The World of Physics

Either:

ECO 2010: Principles of Microeconomics
or
ECO 2020: Principles of Macroeconomics


Childhood Education - Social Studies Concentration:

Required Courses:
Nine credits in courses in American History:
HIS 1400: United States History I Through 1877
HIS 1401: United States History II 1865 to Present
One 3000 level American History course* 

Six credits in courses in European History:
HIS 1500: European History I
or
HIS 1501: European History II
One 3000 level European History course*

Six credits in courses in Non-Western History:
HIS 1600: Asian History I
or
HIS 1601: Asian History II
One 3000 level Non-Western History course*

Nine credits in courses in Social Sciences:
PSC 1040: American Government and Politics
SOC-SSC 1492: Introduction to Geography

One of the following:
ANT 2020: Sub-Saharan Africa
or
ANT 2170: Ancient Mesoamerica
or
ANT 2185: Peoples of Latin America

*Must take one 3000 level W course.


Adolescence Education (Grades Seven Through Twelve)

Required Courses:

PSY 1010: Introductory Psychology
EDU 1010: Foundations of Education
EDU 1920: Introductory Fieldwork and Seminar in Education
PSY 2060: Child and Adolescent Psychology
EDU 2020: Teaching Students With Disabilities in the Inclusive Classroom
EDU 3337: Curriculum Design and Instruction: Adolescence Education (W course)
EDU 3347: Content Area Literacy in the Middle Schools 
EDU 3357: Methodologies of Teaching: Adolescence Education
EDU 3367: Content Area Literacy in the Secondary Schools
EDU 3937: Student Teaching I and Seminar: Adolescence Education
EDU 4397: Student Teaching II and Seminar: Adolescence Education

Additional Requirements for Certification
To better ensure that all students fulfill their responsibilities, they must contact Elmira College’s Office of Teacher Education for:

In addition to completing the Adolescence Education requirements, as previously indicated, students must also complete their general distribution requirements and an academic major approved for certification as listed below:

Certificate Title


Biology 7-12
Chemistry 7-12
English Language 
Arts 7-12
French 7-12
Mathematics 7-12
Social Studies 7-12
Spanish 7-12

Required Major
(For required coursework in approved majors, see the specific major listed in the Bulletin)

Biology
Chemistry
English Literature

Foreign Languages with a specialization in French
Mathematics
Social Studies
Foreign Languages with a specialization in Spanish

Optional Extension for the Adolescence Education Certificate:
Extension to Teach a Subject in Grades Five and Six

Required Courses
EDU 3336: Curriculum Desk and Instruction: Middle Childhood Education
EDU 3356: Methodologies of Teaching: Middle Childhood Education

The Extension (grades five and six) prepares students in Adolescence Education who complete an approved Major that includes thirty hours of study in a subject to teach that subject in grades five and six.

NOTE: Adolescence Education students pursuing an Extension will need to pass theAcademic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), the Educating All Students Test (EAS), and the Content Specialty Test (CST) in their content core.

This Extension requires one of the following majors:

Certificate Extension

Biology 5 - 6 Ext.
Chemistry 5 - 6 Ext.
English Language Arts 5 - 6 Ext.
French 5 - 6 Ext.
Mathematics 5 - 6 Ext.
Social Studies 5 - 6 Ext.
Spanish 5 - 6 Ext.

Required Major
(for required coursework in approved majors, see the specific major listed in the Bulletin)

Biology
Chemistry
English Literature
Foreign Languages with a specialization in French
Mathematics
Social Studies
Foreign Languages with a specialization in Spanish


Visual Arts (Art Education) (All Grades):

Required Courses
PSY 1010: Introductory Psychology
EDU 1010: Foundations of Education
EDU 1920: Introductory Fieldwork and Seminar in Education
PSY 2060: Child and Adolescent Psychology
EDU 2020: Teaching Students With Disabilities in the Inclusive Classroom
EDU 3338: Curriculum Design and Instruction: Visual Arts (W course)

One of the following two literacy courses
EDU 3345: Literacy Acquisition and Development for Preschool and Elementary School Learners
or
EDU 3347: Content Area Literacy in the Middle Schools

EDU 3358: Methodologies of Teaching: Visual Arts
EDU 3938: Student Teaching I and Seminar: Visual Arts
EDU 4398: Student Teaching II and Seminar: Visual Arts

Additional Requirements for Certification:
To better ensure that all students fulfill their responsibilities, they must contact Elmira College’s Office of Teacher Education for:

  1. Current information regarding their specific teacher education program;
  2. Language-Other-than-English (LOTE) requirements (6 college credits) or equivalent;
  3. Information for taking the mandatory New York State Teacher Certification Examinations. All students who complete their programs on or after May 1, 2014, will be required to take four separate examinations: the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), the Educating All Students Test (EAS), the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), and the Content Specialty Test (CST).  Students should take and pass the ALST prior to program admission during their sophmore (second) year and the EAS before enrolling in Student Teaching I in their junior (third) year. Also, students will take the edTPA during their Student Teaching II experience in their senior (fourth) year.  Please see the current checklist for updates on these new exams;
  4. Forms, including the Introductory Fieldwork and Seminar in Education Application, the Teacher Education Program Application, the Student Teaching I Application and the Student Teaching II Application, requirements, procedures, policy statements, application deadlines, and so forth;
  5. Other requirements, such as required GPA for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and Student Teaching (a 2.7 GPA is required in both the academic major or concentration and in the Teacher Education courses) or changes in the New York State Teacher Certification requirements.

Visual Arts Education students must also complete the Art courses listed below:
ART 1210: Drawing I
ART 1220: Painting I
ART 1360: Sculpture I
ART 2100: Introduction to Art History: Prehistoric to Gothic
ART 2101: Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to Modern
ART 3163: Contemporary Art

Electives:

Additional electives, including at least 6 credits at the 3000 level or above selected from
Art History
Painting
Sculpture
Ceramics
Printmaking
Media (photography, video art, computer assisted art)
Studio Art Specialization


In addition to the required number of credits needed to complete the major, all students must also fulfill the general degree requirements in order to graduate.