(Major for Elementary Education)
Coordinator: Jeff Piquette
The Liberal Studies major, which leads to a B.S. degree, is intended to provide a strong liberal arts education for future elementary education teachers. Core requirements build upon students’ experiences in General Education to provide both breadth and depth in the arts and humanities, English, math, sciences, and social sciences. Required courses provide support in each area of the Colorado Content Standards. Students are required to select an area of concentration or emphasis for an additional 15 hours of study. Areas of concentration may be chosen from Art, English, Health, Language and Linguistics, Math, Modern World Languages, Music, Science, and Social Studies.
This degree is approved for students in Elementary Education. Students completing a major in Liberal Studies are required to complete a minor in education and meet all other requirements outlined by the Teacher Education Program.
At CSU-Pueblo, teacher education is a campus wide responsibility, and overall program goals reflect components of both the Liberal Studies major and Education minor. It is the purpose of the Liberal Studies major to assure that students will develop breadth and depth of knowledge of the liberal arts, and it is the responsibility of the Education minor to assure students become proficient at transforming this knowledge into curriculum and instruction for young children.
The program is planned as a coherent whole, with four components:
- General Education
Specific General Education courses form the foundation of knowledge for all students with this major. These courses fulfill CSU-Pueblo graduation requirements and are essential to meet many of the content standards for elementary teachers. Courses in the arts and humanities, English, math, history, sciences, and social sciences contribute to the General Education core.
- Liberal Studies Core
Liberal Studies Core requirements build upon students’ experiences in General Education to provide both breadth and depth to the program to meet program goals. Emphasis is placed on each area relative to K-6 content standards to assure depth of knowledge in the humanities, social sciences, math, and sciences.
- Liberal Studies Area of Emphasis in a Specific Discipline
Students are required to select an area of concentration or emphasis and, in consultation with an adviser, develop a plan for study for an additional 15 hours in Liberal Studies. The plan should include goals to be achieved by the concentration and the sequence of courses to achieve the goals. Areas of concentration may be chosen from Art, English, Health, Language and Linguistics, Math, Modern World Languages, Music, Reading, Science, Social Studies and Special Education. Elementary Education has special requirements for admission and retention. Please refer to the section in the catalog for this information.
- Education Minor
All students must complete a minor in Education. The Education minor, which has been developed to coordinate with the major, requires completion of 40 credit hours. Please refer to Teacher Education Program section: Specific Requirements for the Elementary Teaching Endorsement. Education has special requirements for admission and retention. Please refer to Teacher Education Program section:
Selective Entry and Retention in Teacher Education Admission.
Requirements for admission and retention in teacher education are included in the description of the Teacher Education Program in this catalog and in the Teacher Education Handbook.
Students must receive a grade of C or greater in all courses listed as requirements; a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 in courses completed in the major at CSU-Pueblo is required for admission to student teaching.
|General Education Requirements|
|General Education Skill Requirements:|
|ENG 101||Composition I||3|
|ENG 102||Composition II||3|
|Select one of the following:||3-5|
|Introduction to Statistics|
|Calculus and Analytic Geometry I|
|General Education Knowledge Requirements:|
|BIOL 100||Principles of Biology||3|
|BIOL 100L||Principles of Biology Lab||1|
|COMR 103||Speaking and Listening||3|
|ENG 130||Introduction to Literature||3|
|GEOG 103||World Regional Geography||3|
|GEOL 101||Earth Science||3|
|GEOL 101L||Earth Science Lab||1|
|PSYCH 151||Human Development||3|
|or PSYCH 251||Childhood and Adolescence|
|ART 100||Visual Dynamics||3|
|or MUS 118||Music Appreciation|
|HIST 110||World History to 1500||3|
|or HIST 111||World History since 1500|
|Liberal Studies Core Requirements|
|ED 351||Children's Literature||3|
|ENG 303||Advanced Composition||3|
|HIST 201||U.S. History I||3|
|or HIST 202||U.S. History II|
|ART 100||Visual Dynamics (select the course not completed for General Education)||3|
|or MUS 118||Music Appreciation|
|MATH 360||Elementary Mathematics Concepts I||3|
|MATH 361||Elementary Mathematics Concepts II||3|
|MATH 362||Problem Solving for K-6 Teachers||3|
|CS 420||Voices of Protest (Other approved multicultural courses may be added)||3|
|PHYS/CHEM 150||Elementary Concepts in Phys & Chem||4|
|POLSC 101||American National Politics||3|
|Required Concentration in Discipline Area|
|Select one concentration from the list below.||15|
|Elementary Education Requirements|
|Elementary Education credits listed below.||40|
Students are not allowed to count the same courses completed for general education requirements as course requirements in the Liberal Studies major, including those in concentrations.
Elementary Education Requirements
|ED 202||Foundations of Education||3|
|ED 280||Educational Media and Technology||3|
|ED 301||Frameworks of Teaching (Admission to Education is completed in this course)||4|
|ED 380||Integrated Methods in Elementary 1||3|
|RDG 410||Teaching Reading 1||3|
|RDG 411||Teaching Elementary Language Arts 1||2|
|ED 412||Teaching Diverse Learners 1||3|
|ED 413||Teaching Elementary Social Studies 1||2|
|ED 414||Teaching Elementry Science and Health 1||2|
|ED 417||Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School 1||2|
|ED 485||Capstone Seminar in Education||1|
|ED 487||Student Teaching Elementary||12|
GPA of 2.6 required.
Required Concentration in Discipline Area
Students are required to select one of the following concentration areas of 15 hours. All students should meet with an adviser and develop the goals to be achieved by completion of the concentration and the sequence of courses to achieve the goals. Some options may lead to an added teaching endorsement.
|ART 211||History of Art I||3|
|ART 212||History of Art II||3|
|Studio Art Course||3|
|Art courses numbered 300 or above||6|
Early Childhood Education
|Select 15 credits from the following:||15|
|Introduction to Early Childhood Ed 1|
|Intro to ECE Lab Techniques 1|
|Guidance Strat for Young Children 1|
|Infant & Toddler Theory & Practice 1|
|Nutrition, Health and Safety 1|
|Admin: Human Relations for ECE 1|
|Play & Creative Expression in ECE|
|Involving Diverse Families in ECE|
|Intro to EC Spec Ed|
|Teaching Young CLD Children|
|Effective Instr in Early Literacy|
|Managing ECE Classrooms|
|Teaching ECE Social Studies|
|Teaching ECE Reading|
|Teaching ECE Math|
|Teaching ECE Science|
Course must be taken at a community college.
|ENG 201||Introduction to Literary Study||3|
|Select 12 hours, 6 hours of which must be in courses numbered 300 or above||12|
|EXHP 162||Personal Health||3|
|EXHP 162L||Personal Health Lab||1|
|EXHP 201||Drugs and Healthy Lifestyles||3|
|AT 232||First Aid||2|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Epidemiology and Disease Prevention|
|Community and Global Health|
|Public Health Program Planning|
Language and Linguistics
|COMR 260||Language Acquisition and Linguistics||3|
|ENG 352||English Syntax and Usage||3|
|CLDE 401||Teaching English Language Learners||3|
|Electives in Language/Linguistics||6|
|MATH 126||Calculus and Analytic Geometry I||5|
|MATH 207||Matrix and Vector Algebra with Applications||3|
|MATH 224||Calculus and Analytic Geometry II||5|
|MATH 330||Introduction to Higher Geometry||3|
Modern World Language
All students will be required to complete a Placement Test to determine the level at which they will begin a language. Fifteen hours in the language will be planned with a language faculty adviser.
|Select 15 credits in FRN courses||15|
|Select 15 credits in ITL courses||15|
|Select 15 credits in SPN courses||15|
|MUS 150||Music Theory I||3|
|MUS 210||Music Theory II||3|
|MUS 118||Music Appreciation (if taken as core course, 3 elective hours may be taken)||3|
|MUS 127||Functional Piano I: Beginning||1|
|MUS xxx||Applied Music: 3 semesters at 1 credit each - 3 (1+1+1)||3|
|VARIES||Music Ensemble: 4 ensembles at .5 credits each - 2 (.5 x 4)||2|
|MUS 101||Music Performance Symposium I [ "0", (take two semesters)||0|
|Select 15 credit from the following:||15|
|Literacy for Eng Lang Learners|
|Literacy & Technology|
|Young Adult Literature|
|Content Area Literacy|
|Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems|
|or PHYS 110||Astronomy|
|Select One Biology, One Chemistry, and One Physics Course and Labs; examples include:||12|
and Environmental Conservation Lab
|College Biology I/Organismal Bio|
and College Biology I/Organismal Bio Lab
|Introduction to Microbiology|
and Introduction to Microbiology Lab
|Chemistry and Society|
and Chemistry and Society Lab
|Principles of Chemistry|
and Principles of Chemistry Lab
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry Lab I
and Astronomy Lab
|Light, Energy and the Atom|
and Light, Energy and the Atom Lab
|Principles of Physics I|
and Principles of Physics Lab I
|General Physics I|
and General Physics I Lab
|HIST 201||U.S. History I (whichever class not completed in core)||3|
|or HIST 202||U.S. History II|
|ECON 201||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|Select nine hours of upper division courses in History, Chicano Studies, or Political Science||9|
|Select 15 hours from the following:||15|
|Levels of Support I|
|Levels Of Support II|
|Levels Of Support III|
|Collaboration in Education|
|Diverse Learners & Technology 1|
|Assessment & Data Driven Instruction|
|Practicum & Seminar in Education|
|Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems|
This course counts toward the concentration, but is not part of the required 24 credit hours for the Special Education Generalist added endorsement.
The general education requirement for graduation includes a total of 35 semester credits in two categories: Skills Component and Knowledge Component. Please see the General Education Requirement section under Academic Policies for more information.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes
It is the joint responsibility of both the major and minor to prepare future teachers to evaluate information critically, to study and research independently, and to communicate knowledge effectively. The following four program goals have been established for the Liberal Studies Degree. Goal 1 is largely the responsibility of the Liberal Studies major and Goal 4 the responsibility of the Elementary Education minor; benchmarks for Goals 2 and 3 have been designed across the entire degree program.
- Acquisition of Knowledge. Graduates are broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences:
- Understanding the significant ideas, concepts, structures and values within disciplines, including theoretical, ethical, and practical implications.
- Mastering content knowledge in all areas taught in elementary schools: the arts, math literature and language, social sciences, sciences, and human development and learning.
- Balancing a breadth of knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences with depth of knowledge within a discipline.
- Construction of Knowledge. Graduates demonstrate habits of thinking, including analytical skills, independent thinking, reasoned judgment, mature values, and imagination:
- Utilizing the tools of inquiry of the humanities, arts, mathematics, and behavioral, social, and natural sciences to understand and evaluate ideas.
- Developing habits of critical intellectual inquiry, including self-direction and self-reflection.
- Making connections from different intellectual perspectives and multiple viewpoints to form cross-disciplinary connections.
- Utilizing research skills of the liberal arts and sciences, including library and data retrieval skills, to study and evaluate information.
- Communication of Knowledge. Graduates communicate effectively:
- Writing clearly in a variety of academic and practical formats.
- Speaking effectively in a variety of settings.
- Utilizing technology as a tool to inform and communicate.
- Application of Knowledge. Graduates create standards-based learning experiences that make knowledge accessible, exciting, and meaningful for all students:
- Using multiple representations and explanations of disciplinary concepts that capture key ideas and link them to students’ prior understandings.
- Using different viewpoints, theories, “ways of knowing,’ and methods of inquiry in teaching of subject matter content.
- Evaluating curriculum for their comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usefulness for representing particular ideas and concepts.
- Engaging students in generating knowledge and testing hypotheses according to the methods of inquiry and standards of evidence used in the discipline
- Developing and using curricula that encourage students to see and interpret ideas from diverse perspectives.
- Creating interdisciplinary learning experiences that allow inquiry from several subject areas.
Outcomes Assessment Activities
The knowledge and skills of students in the Liberal Studies major are assessed at three points in their program: admission to education, admission to student teaching, and during the student teaching semester (program completion). Assessment activities include the faculty’s review of:
- performance documented in students’ eportfolios;
- scores on standardized tests of general education and content knowledge;
- ratings of proficiency on program standards by K-12 classroom teachers, University faculty, and student teacher supervisors based on direct observation of teaching;
- self-evaluations/ ratings of proficiency on program standards by program completers and graduates one year after teaching; and
- ratings of proficiency by K-12 supervisors after graduates have taught for one year.
Standardized tests completed by students in Liberal Studies include the Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) Proficiency Profile and the Praxis II Elementary Content Knowledge Test (produced by ETS).
Assessment will be ongoing, with evaluations at three check points (admission to education, admission to student teaching, and program completion), as well as follow-up assessments at the end of one year after program completion. Student outcomes will be evaluated through,
- formal assessments at the sophomore (e.g., Proficiency Profile) and senior level (PRAXIS Elementary Education Content Exam),
- faculty recommendations of student progress,
- portfolio assessment, and
- assessment of the application of knowledge in students’ field experiences and student teaching.
The contents of the electronic portfolio required of all students will include representative work from courses, as well as student-directed evaluations of progress.