Elementary Education (K-6) Certificate

Program Overview

The graduate-level Elementary Education Teacher Certification Program is designed for college graduates seeking initial certification as a teacher in elementary school settings. This is a streamlined, rigorous, and sequential program of professional studies that combines the best of theory, research, and practice. It is designed for part-time students who take one or two late afternoon/evening courses per semester. The clinical experience (student teaching) at the end of the program requires full-time enrollment for one semester. The program is state approved and nationally accredited.

The course work in this program counts toward completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

Curriculum Overview

This is a 21-credit program requiring four courses taken in late afternoons/evenings followed by a full semester of full-time student teaching in a host school in the region.

Certificate Offered

  • Elementary Education (K-6) Certificate


Don Ambrose, Ph.D.
Professor of Graduate Education
Memorial Hall 202

Program Website: Elementary Education Certificate
Associated Department: Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling

Related Programs

Elementary Education Certificate (K-6) Requirements

CURR 700Educational Foundations3
CURR 702Early Literacy Teaching and Learning3
CURR 710Elementary Mathematics Teaching and Learning3
CURR 715Elementary Science, Arts, and Social Studies Teaching and Learning3
CURR 770Clinical Experience and Seminar in Teaching3-9
or CURR 771 Supervised Clinical Experience in Teaching
Total Credits15-21

Additional requirements for completion

  • Completion of all courses before final clinical experience (student teaching) with a “C+” or better in each course and with a 3.0 grade point average.
  • Completion of CURR 770 or CURR 771 with a “C+” grade or better.

Courses and Descriptions

CURR 700 Educational Foundations 3 Credits

This course provides psychological and interdisciplinary perspectives on teaching and learning. Within the theme of optimal development of creative intelligence, students use these perspectives to guide their reflective professional development throughout their program. The course develops knowledge, skills, and dispositions pertinent to (a) child and adolescent development, (b) learning theories, (c) philosophical and historical perspectives on education, (d) sociocontextual and interdisciplinary influences on education, and (e) higher-order creative and critical thinking.

CURR 702 Early Literacy Teaching and Learning 3 Credits

Current strategies for teaching beginning learners vocabulary, comprehension, composition, and language study. Pedagogy for all learners, ranging from gifted to diverse learners. How to manage literacy instruction through content areas in general education in preschool and primary grades.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 700.

CURR 710 Elementary Mathematics Teaching and Learning 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the elementary curriculum and focuses on the teaching of mathematics that is developmentally appropriate for students from nursery to grade eight. In keeping with NAEYC and NCTM standards, emphasis is placed on planning for and implementing an integrated curriculum approach, discovery learning, hands-on experiences, use of technology, lesson planning, and traditional and non-traditional assessment strategies. Students will also explore positive models for classroom management and discipline. Field experiences will consist of classroom observations and teaching individuals and/or small groups of students.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 702.

CURR 715 Elementary Science, Arts, and Social Studies Teaching and Learning 3 Credits

This course focuses on methods and materials of instruction in science, social studies, and the arts that are developmentally appropriate for students in preschool through grade eight. Emphasis is placed on integrated curriculum, theme cycles, unit planning, hands-on learning experiences, discovery learning, and traditional/non-traditional assessment strategies. Field experience will consist of observation and analysis of a unit of study over time in at least one field site as well as continued teaching of lessons to individual and/or groups of children.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 702.

CURR 770 Clinical Experience and Seminar in Teaching 9 Credits

This course, designed for those seeking initial certification, requires full-time supervised daily participation in a school setting. The student gradually assumes a full load of teaching responsibility at the school. The experience will test the translation of educational theory into meaningful practice. A student-teaching fee is charged for this course. (nine semester hours).

Prerequisite(s): CURR 704, CURR 705, CURR 706, CURR 707, CURR 715 and (BSED 530 or ECED 550) or Permission of instructor.

CURR 771 Supervised Clinical Experience in Teaching 3 Credits

This practicum is a condensed version of the Internship in Teaching. It is available only to interns seeking teacher certification who already have a year of successful, full-time teaching experience or its equivalent. A special application must be made and approved for enrollment in the course. The practicum requires six weeks of full-time, supervised daily participation in a school setting. After a brief period of orientation to the school and classroom, the intern assumes a full load of teaching responsibility at the school. The experience finetunes the teaching abilities of interns and enables them to demonstrate competence in the specialty for which they seek certification.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 704, CURR 705, CURR 706, CURR 707, CURR 715 and (BSED 530 or ECED 550) or Permission of instructor.