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A bachelor's degree in elementary education prepares teachers for classrooms in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. SECU Partnership East (PE) students concentrate in reading which provides additional licensure to teach reading in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

SECU Partnership East usually starts part-time cohorts of elementary education majors each fall. Full-time cohorts for elementary education begin each summer. The degree coursework from ECU is offered completely online. Students are placed in public school classrooms throughout the program to observe and practice teaching methods learned in the courses. A full-time internship in a public school classroom is required for all students in their senior year.

To join SECU Partnership East, students must meet the requirements listed on the general description webpage as well as submit a PE application to a PE Coordinator and a Freshman/Transfer application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at East Carolina University. Students must have access to the technology required as described in the Technology Requirements.

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Elementary Education (K-6), BS

Minimum degree requirement is of credit as follows:
1. Foundations curriculum requirements including those listed below - 42 s.h
(For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see )
  • ANTH 1000 - Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 2005 - Environmental Anthropology
  • ANTH 2010 - Societies Around the World
  • ETHN 2002 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies: Social Science
  • SOCI 2110 - Introduction to Sociology
  • POLS 1010 - National Government
  • ART 3850 - Art in the Elementary School
  • ENGL 1100 - Foundations of College Writing
  • ENGL 1200 - Composition
  • EXSS 1000 - Lifetime Physical Activity and Fitness Laboratory
  • GEOG 1000 - People, Places, and Environments
  • GEOG 2100 - World Geography: Developed Regions
  • GEOG 2110 - World Geography: Less Developed Regions
  • HIST 1050 - American History to 1877
  • HIST 1051 - American History Since 1877
  • HIST 3100 - North Carolina History
  • HIST 3110 - History of African-Americans
  • HIST 1030 - World Civilizations to 1500
  • HIST 1031 - World Civilizations Since 1500
  • HIST 3611 - History of East Asia Since 1600
  • HIST 3711 - Introduction to Latin-American History: Since 1808
  • HIST 3810 - History of Africa
  • HLTH 1000 - Health in Modern Society
  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra
  • MATH 2127 - Basic Concepts of Mathematics
  • MUSC 3018 - Introduction to Basic Music Skills for Elementary School Teachers
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
2. Professional studies - 25 s.h.
  • EDTC 4001 - Technology in Education
  • EDUC 3002 - Introduction to Diversity
  • EDUC 3200 - Foundations of American Education
  • EDUC 4400 - Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment
  • PSYC 4305 - Educational Psychology
  • ELEM 2123 - Early Experience for the Prospective Teacher
  • ELEM 4324 - Internship in the Elementary School
  • ELEM 4325 - Internship Seminar: Issues in Elementary Education
  • READ 3301 - Reading Instruction in the Primary Grades
  • SPED 4020 - Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in Elementary Classrooms
3. Academic concentration - 18 s.h.
(See . A maximum of 6 s.h. may be counted in foundations curriculum requirements.)
    4. Specialty area - 43 s.h.
    • ELEM 3000 - Curriculum and Standards in Elementary School
    • ELEM 3100 - Learning and Instruction in Elementary School
    • ELEM 3200 - Language Arts in Elementary School
    • ELEM 3300 - K-2 Practicum
    • ELEM 3500 - Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School
    • ELEM 3600 - Grades 3-5 Practicum
    • ELEM 4300 - Classroom Organization and Management in Elementary School
    • ELEM 4500 - Practicum in Classroom Organization and Management
    • EXSS 3545 - Practices and Procedures in Physical Education for Elementary Schools
    • HLTH 3244 - Practices and Procedures in Health for Elementary School
    • MATE 3050 - Mathematics and Methods for Grades Pre-K-2
    • MATE 3051 - Field Experience in Mathematics Grades K-2
    • MATE 3060 - Mathematics and Methods for Grades 3-6
    • READ 3302 - Reading Instruction in the Intermediate Grades
    • SCIE 3216 - Teaching Science in the Elementary School
    5. Cognate - 3 s.h.
    • ENGL 4950 - Literature for Children
    • LIBS 4950 - Literature for Children
    6. Elective - 3 s.h.