Elementary Education


Elementary school teachers play a vital role in the development of children. They introduce children to numbers, language, science, and social students. Teachers often work with an entire class, but also provide individual attention as much as possible. Special education teachers instruct students with a variety of disabilities.

Job Outlook

Employment for elementary school teachers is expected to grow moderately, 16%, through the year 2005. Job prospects will be good in rural areas. Special education teacher employment is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education:

Prefix First Year Courses Credits
COL 101 College & Transfer Readiness 1
ENG 101 English Composition I  3
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
HST 101 Western Civilization to 1750 or
HST 102 Western Civilization 1750 to Present 4
PSY 101 General Psychology 4
Lab Science (NOTE 1)  8
MTH 121 Principles of Elem. Math I (NOTE 2) 4
MTH 122 Principles of Elem. Math II  4

Second Year Courses
HST 201 U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HST 202 U.S. History from 1865 (NOTE 3) 3
EDU 201 Introduction to Education (NOTE 4)  3
PSY 202 Child Development & Psychology (NOTE 5)  4
PLS 101 Introduction to American Government 3
GEG 111 World Regional Geography (NOTE 6) 3
SPE 101 Public Speaking (NOTE 7) 3
ENG 230 Literature for Children (NOTE 8) 3
Humanities Electives 3
Electives or requirements toward a major/minor 7
PE Electives
Total Credits: 63

NOTE 1: Some four-year colleges require that the science be divided between biology, chemistry, and physical science. Some transfer schools want more than 8 credits of science. Check with your advisor or the Transfer Coordinator.

NOTE 2: Some universities want one semester of math (MTH 121). Check with your advisor or the Transfer Coordinator.

NOTE 3: NMU requires HST 201. Some colleges may want both HST 201 and 202. Check with your advisor or the Transfer Coordinator.

NOTE 4: UW-Superior prefers that this course be completed with their Teacher Education Department.

NOTE 5: Some colleges prefer PSY 210 Lifespan Development.

NOTE 6: Offered in the fall semester.

NOTE 7: Not all colleges/universities require Public Speaking.

NOTE 8: Check with your advisor or the Transfer Coordinator as to the requirement of your transfer institution.

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