Elementary Education Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

The elementary education undergraduate degree is registered in New York and accredited by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our 
Course Descriptions page lists all education courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements    Credits 
 Elementary & Special Education (includes 6 hours of literacy) 52
     EDUC 201. Introduction to Teaching
     EDUC 210. Human Development and Learning
     EDUC 220. Basic Instructional Design
     EDUC 220L. Basic Instructional Design Lab
     SPED 230. Introduction to Special Education
     SPED 340. Classroom and Behavioral Management 
     SPED 440. Curriculum Adaptation and Instruction for Students with Special Needs 
3
3
3
0
3
3
3
Field Block 1 

     EDUC 304. Methods, Models, and Management of Instruction 
     EDUC 305. Music, Art and Physical Education in the Elementary School 
     EDUC 310. Methods for Teaching Elem. Social Studies and Language Arts 
     EDUC 312. Developmental Reading



3
3
3
3
Field Block 2 

     EDUC 401. Diagnostic and Prescriptive Reading
     EDUC 425. Organization and Assessment for Elementary Classrooms
     EDUC 430. Methods for Teaching Elementary Science, Math and Technology 



3
3
3
Student Teaching 

     EDUC 490. Elementary Student Teaching: Primary 
     EDUC 491. Elementary Student Teaching: Intermediate
     SPED 460. Communication and Collaboration Skills for Educators



5
5
3
 Cognates*  
     MATH 111 and MATH 112 
     Social Studies
     Natural Science
6
3
3
   
 Academic Concentration* 30 
   
 Foreign Language
 6
   
 General Education Requirements* 37 
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.

   
 TOTAL  120


*NOTES:

  • Academic Concentration: 30 credits required in an Arts & Sciences discipline. Courses from General Education and cognates can be included in the 30 hours.
  • 120 hours are required for the Elementary Education degree. Additional credits may be needed to complete all requirements depending on academic concentration selected. Courses may count in more than one category.
  • You must complete one course with diversity (D) coding and one writing intensive course (W). These courses need to be additional courses, but can be ones that also fill another requirement.
  • General electives are needed when a major course is also fulfilling one of the General Education distributions.


Contact Information

For more information on the degree in elementary education, please contact 
Dr. Christine A. Hunt, Chair 
(716) 375-2315
chunt@sbu.edu 

If you wish to apply to this program, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at St. Bonaventure University at 1 (800) 462-5050 for undergraduate admission materials. 

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

This sequence illustrates how requirements can be met in a four-year program. Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable, but these must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser. Click on any linked course to see its full title and description. A list of all education courses is found on our Course Descriptions page.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
ENG 101 3 ENG 102 3
MATH 111 3 MATH 112 3
SBU 101 2 Foreign Language 3
SBU 102 1 EDUC 201 or SPED 230 3
Foreign Language 3 FS/THEO 101 3
EDUC 201 or SPED 230 3

Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
EDUC 210 3 EDUC 220/EDUC 220L 3
HIST 201 3 SPED 440 3
Gen. Ed. Requirement 3 Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Natural Science 3 Concentration Electives 6
Concentration Electives 6

EDUC 099A
0  
EDUC 099B 0    
EDUC 099F 0    
Total 18 Total 15
  
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
FIELD BLOCK 1
FIELD BLOCK 2
EDUC 304 3 EDUC 401 3
EDUC 305 3 EDUC 425 3
EDUC 310 3 EDUC 430 3
EDUC 312X 3 Concentration Elective
3
SPED 340 3 Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
STUDENT TEACHING GATE 2


EDUC 490 5 Natural Science w/Lab Distribution 4
EDUC 491 5 Gen. Ed. Requirements 3
EDUC 460 3 Concentration Electives (if needed) 9
EDUC 099B 0

Total 13 Total 16


NOTES:
 1.) Field Block courses must be taken together in the same semester. 2.) Field Blocks 1 and 2 must be completed prior to student teaching. 3.) No additional courses may be taken during student teaching semester.