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Elementary Education (K-6) General Requirements

The program checksheets include both your professional courses and your foundations curriculum requirements. On these sheets, the department has identified specific courses you will need to take to complete the foundations curriculum part of your college degree. For example, MATH 2127 (for elementary majors) has been designated as the required math course. The eight hour science requirement is clearly divided between four hours of life science and four hours of physical science, with one of these courses including a lab. Note also that specific courses have been designated to fill the social science part of foundations curriculum, and that there is no foreign language requirement. The ELEM degree outline is very specific as to which courses are part of your program. Throughout your program, you should refer to the catalog when questions arise and ask for clarification whenever you need it.

ELEM 2123

This the department's introductory course which provides a comprehensive exploration of the program, actual practicum experience in a public school classroom, and preparation for admission to Upper Division.

For more information, contact:

College of Education Academic Success Center

Email the COE Advising Center

Ms. Delaney Swift
Administrative Support Associate

Visit the College of Education's Advising Center to find the Elementary Education Suggested Course Schedule.

Students must pass the PRAXIS I (reading-C-PPST 176; writing - C-PPST 173; C-PPST 173 or have a combined composite score of 522 on all three tests) in order to be admitted to upper division in elementary education. ETS schedules the paper PPST several times during the year. It usually takes 6-8 weeks after the test is taken for scores to be received. The registration booklets are available from the Testing Center, Brewster D-f102. The PRAXIS may also be taken on computer throughout the year. Appointments must be made through the Prometric Testing Center. Students taking the computer-based test version of the PRAXIS know whether they have passed the reading and math portions on the day of the test; however, the official score will be received when the results of the writing test are received. The writing results are received about three weeks after the test date. Passing scores are listed in the Apple Book. Study guides can be purchased at local book stores and description information can be found

It is very important not to postpone taking the Praxis. If for any reason you would need to retake one or more parts of the test, you must allow enough time to attain passing scores prior to the time the student is ready to interview for upper division. Students can take C-PPST only once per calendar month.

Students can be exempt from taking the PRAXIS I or taking parts of the PRAXIS I in the following situations:

Alternate Test Name PRAXIS I Test Name Minimum Score
SAT Composite To be exempt from all three tests. 1100
SAT Verbal To be exempt from PPST - Reading and Writing 550
SAT Math To be exempt from PPST - Math 550
The Writing section of the SAT does not count in any way.

Alternate Test Name PRAXIS I Test Name Minimum Score
ACT Composite To be exempt from all three tests. 24
ACT English To be exempt from PPST - Reading and Writing 24
ACT Math To be exempt from PPST - Math 24

Upper division courses in your program are designated on the program sequence sheets. You must be admitted to upper division in order to enroll in these classes. Requirements for admittance include:

  • a 2.5 GPA
  • successful completion of ELEM 2123
  • adequate individual scores or the composite total score on the PRAXIS I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) or Computerized PPST (C-PPST) in reading, writing, and math; or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT)
  • demonstrated computer competency
  • an approved upper division essay
  • a formal interview

General upper division policies are identified in your catalog and will be further explained in the ELEM 2123 course.

Academic Concentrations

The academic concentration requirement requires each elementary education student to select an academic concentration identified on the concentration lists. Up to six concentration hours may count for both the concentration and the program checklist. Students should complete concentrations prior to beginning the Senior Year Experience for scheduling reasons.

The Senior Year Experience

During the senior year, students are involved in an intensive public school placement. During Senior I, students spend one day a week with the classroom teacher who will be the internship clinical teacher for Senior II. The Senior I courses on campus will have assignments for the student to carry out while in his or her assigned clinical classroom. During Senior II, the student will complete a semester long internship with that clinical teacher.

The Clinical Schools Network

East Carolina University's teacher education program has established a formal collaboration with various regional public school systems. Representatives (teachers, principals, superintendents) of these school systems are involved in designing and implementing the school-based components of the Senior Year Experience. Clinical teachers who have interns placed in their classrooms have been specially trained as mentors and work closely with the interns' university supervisors.

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
  • KINE 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
    • KINE 3545 - Practices and Procedures in Physical Education for Elementary Schools
    • HLTH 3244 - Health Methods for Elementary Grades
    • 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 3950 - Literature for Children
    • LIBS 4950 - Literature for Children
    6. Elective - 3 s.h.