Program Requirements for BAEd in Elementary Education w/Special Education
Elementary Endorsement Courses
In addition to other program requirements, candidates seeking an endorsement in elementary education PK-6 must complete six semester hours in each of the following disciplines:
- Laboratory sciences - The laboratory science courses must be from two different science disciplines.
- History and social sciences
Prospective majors should complete as many of these as possible before entering the education program, although they do not have to be completed at the point of admission:
Course Sequence for Elementary Education with the Special Education Concentration
Freshman and Sophomore Years (11 credits)
EDUC 301 Educational Psychology (3)
EDUC 310 Social, Philosophical, Cultural & Historical Foundations of American Education (3) +
ELEM 200 Orientation to Teaching in the Elementary School (2)
ELEM 441 Teachers, Schools, and Community (3)
Note: If EDUC 301, EDUC 310, and ELEM 441 are not taken during freshman and sophomore years, they must be taken during the junior year.
Junior Year - Fall (9 credits)
ELEM 406 Science Planning, Instruction, and Assessment (3)
ELEM 407 Math Planning, Instruction, and Assessment (3)
EDUC 464 Language Development and Reading Instruction for Exceptional Students (3)
Junior Year - Spring (12 credits)
ELEM 403 Literacy Planning, Instruction, and Assessment Part A (3)
ELEM 405 Social Studies Planning, Instruction, and Assessment (3)
EDUC 333 Assessment and Instruction in Math for Students with Disabilities (3)
EDUC 463 Assessment for Instructional Design (3)
Senior Year - Fall (12 credits)
ELEM 404 Literacy Planning, Instruction, and Assessment Part B (3)
ELEM 312 Intro to Characteristics/Instructional Supports -Exceptional Student Populations (3) ++
EDUC 462 Instructional Design/Methods for Students with Disabilities in the General Curriculum (3)
EDUC 465 Classroom Management and Positive Behavioral Supports for Students with Disabilities (3)
Senior Year - Spring (12 credits)
ELEM 410 Classroom Organization, Management, and Discipline (3)
ELEM 411 Student Teaching Seminar (1)
ELEM 420 Supervised Teaching in Elementary Education (8)
Total Credit Hours: 56
Elementary Major Writing Requirement
In order to satisfy the Elementary Education Major Writing Requirement, students must earn overall averages of C- or better in the EDUC 301 and EDUC 310.
+If exempted from EDUC 310 for any reason, the student must notify the Office of Teacher Education & Community Engagement in order to complete a required training module in Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting for Virginia licensure.
++If exempted from ELEM 312 for any reason, the student must notify the Office of Teacher Education & Community Engagement in order to complete a required training module in Dyslexia training for Virginia licensure.
Additional Graduation Requirements
Students are required to achieve passing scores on assessments prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education, both for program completion and for licensure. Virginia’s mandated licensure assessments are graduation requirements.
CPR/AED/First Aid Training - Candidates seeking initial license in Virginia are required to complete training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the use of an automated external defibrillator, and first aid. Training courses are available through national emergency care organizations, such as the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. Documentation of training (typically in the form of a current certification card) must be provided to the Office of Teacher Education and Community Engagement as part of the licensure application packet.