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Earn Your Elementary Education Degree In 2 Years

Earn a respected bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and explore ways to teach, coach and mentor students in elementary school classrooms. This Elementary Education degree can be completed as a school-based program, cohort program, or traditional program and includes at least one semester of student teaching. Upon graduation, you are eligible for state certification in Elementary Education for grades 1-8. NAU is the only Arizona university accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

A 4-Year Elementary Education Program in Yuma

In addition to the elementary education program available at various campuses around the state, NAU's Yuma campus has partnered with Arizona Western College to offer a streamlined, complete 4-year program in Elementary Education. This teacher education program leads to professional preparation and state teaching certification in Elementary Education. 

Career opportunities with an NCATE-accredited bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education include elementary teacher, middle school teacher, resource teacher, and reading teacher. Create a career path in these Arizona environments:

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  • Public and Private School Districts
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Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Elementary Education

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Degree Information
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120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
64
120
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application
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University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 66 units of major requirements
  • At least 12 units of concentration requirements

  • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements

  • Contact your department for information about liberal studies courses that are specific to this major

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.5
Mathematics Required MAT 155
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Required
University Honors Program Optional
Progression Plan Link View Progression Plan

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the Association for Childhood Education International, and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium
                               

  • Development, Learning, and Motivation--Candidates know, understand, and use the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to development of children and young adolescents to construct learning opportunities that support individual students’ development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation.
  • Curriculum Standards
    • Reading, Writing, and Oral Language—Candidates demonstrate a high level of competence in use of English language arts and they know, understand, and use concepts from reading, language and child development, to teach reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, and thinking skills and to help students successfully apply their developing skills to many different situations, materials, and ideas;
    • Science—Candidates know, understand, and use fundamental concepts of physical, life, and earth/space sciences. Candidates can design and implement age-appropriate inquiry lessons to teach science, to build student understanding for personal and social applications, and to convey the nature of science;
    • Mathematics—Candidates know, understand, and use the major concepts and procedures that define number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability. In doing so they consistently engage problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representation;
    • Social studies—Candidates know, understand, and use the major concepts and modes of inquiry from the social studies—the integrated study of history, geography, the social sciences, and other related areas— to promote elementary students’ abilities to make informed decisions as citizens of a culturally diverse democratic society and interdependent world;
    • The arts—Candidates know, understand, and use—as appropriate to their own understanding and skills—the content, functions, and achievements of the performing arts (dance, music, theater) and the visual arts as primary media for communication, inquiry, and engagement among elementary students;
    • Health education—Candidates know, understand, and use the major concepts in the subject matter of health education to create opportunities for student development and practice of skills that contribute to good health;
    • Physical education—Candidates know, understand, and use—as appropriate to their own understanding and skills—human movement and physical activity as central elements to foster active, healthy life styles and enhanced quality of life for elementary students.
  • Instruction Standards
    • Integrating and applying knowledge for instruction—Candidates plan and implement instruction based on knowledge of students, learning theory, connections across the curriculum, curricular goals, and community;
    • Adaptation to diverse students—Candidates understand how elementary students differ in their development and approaches to learning, and create instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse students;
    • Development of critical thinking and problem solving—Candidates understand and use a variety of teaching strategies that encourage elementary students’ development of critical thinking and problem solving;
    • Active engagement in learning—Candidates use their knowledge and understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior among students at the K-6 level to foster active engagement in learning, self-motivation, and positive social interaction and to create supportive learning environments;
    • Communication to foster collaboration—Candidates use their knowledge and understanding of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the elementary classroom.
  • Assessment for instruction—Candidates know, understand, and use formal and informal assessment strategies to plan, evaluate and strengthen instruction that will promote continuous intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of each elementary student.
  • Professionalism Standards
    • Professional growth, reflection, and evaluation—Candidates are aware of and reflect on their practice in light of research on teaching, professional ethics, and resources available for professional learning; they continually evaluate the effects of their professional decisions and actions on students, families and other professionals in the learning community and actively seek out opportunities to grow professionally.
    • Collaboration with families, colleagues, and community agencies— Candidates know the importance of establishing and maintaining a positive collaborative relationship with families, school colleagues, and agencies in the larger community to promote the intellectual, social, emotional, physical growth and well-being of children.

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • To be eligible for admission to the program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

    45 units of coursework which includes:

    • EDF 200, MAT 150, and MAT 155 with grades of "C" or better
    • Two lab science courses with grades of "C" or better
    • The English foundations requirement (ENG 105 or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  (If your English GPA is below 3.0, you may take an approved writing course to achieve the 3.0 GPA.)
    • One of the following GPA requirements:
      • A cumulative 2.5 GPA in Liberal Studies courses
      • A cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
    • Completion of a teacher orientation for Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Special Education
    • A copy of your State-approved Identity-Verified Print (IVP) fingerprint clearance card obtainable through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (602-223-2279).
Major Requirements
    • History/Social Studies (12 units)
      • Select any coursework with the following prefixes:  HIS, POS, ANT, GSP
      Humanities (12 units)
      • Select any coursework with the following prefixes:  ENG, HUM TH, MUS, ARH, ART
      Language/Cultural Diversity (12 units)
      • Select any coursework with the following prefixes:  BME, FRE, GER, SPA, ASL, NAV, Navajo Culture and Navajo Language (taken from Dine College)
      Science (12 units)
      • Select any coursework with the following prefixes:  GLG, GSP, BIO, ENV, AST, PHS, PHY, CHM, FOR
      Math - Select one of the following options (13-16 units)
      • Option 2 - Middle School (16 units)

        You may not complete the Special and Elementary Education; B.S.Ed. in conjunction with this degree.

         

  • You may choose to complete the Early Childhood Education Certificate program instead of a concentration area.  The Early Childhood Certificate leads to the Early Childhood Endorsement through the Arizona Department of Education.  This certificate requires 25 units of coursework and specific student teaching requirements.

Teacher Preparation
  • In all of our teacher education programs, you are required to complete a student teaching or internship experience. In addition, a minimum number of units of practicum is required, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher.
     
    Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:

    • Admission to the teacher education program
    • NAU GPA must be at least 2.5, with a GPA of 3.0 in all teacher preparation courses, with no grade lower than a "C."
    • Passing score on the required Professional Dispositions Modules
    • Complete all plan requirements. 
    • All major coursework, with the exception of EDF 200, must be completed within the six years prior to student teaching.
    • All candidates must demonstrate social and emotional maturity consistent with professional standards of classroom instruction as well as adequate physical health for teaching.
    • A passing score on the required Arizona Educator Elementary Education Subject Knowledge Exam.
    • For candidates requesting a middle school student teaching placement ECI 490C, the following requirement must also be met: a passing score(s) on the required Arizona Educator Middle Grade content exam(s).

     

  • In order to obtain an AZ teaching certificate, you must pass the following required Arizona Educator Exams:

    • Elementary Education Subject Knowledge Exam
    • Elementary Education Professional Knowledge Exam
    Plan Options
    Students select from various Clinically-Based Partnership sites and models. All students will complete at least 135 practica hours over the course of three semesters prior to student teaching (which occurs in semester four). Multiple Clinically-Based Partnerships offer a variety of models designed to meet the professional teaching standards, the needs of the students, and accreditation and Arizona Department of Education Institutional Recommendation requirements.

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that Arizona state teacher certification requirements leading to Institutional Recommendations may change at any time, and may impact program of study requirements.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Elementary Education - Yuma

Campus Locations

Show locations that offer this degree:
In-Person
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Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
BSED
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
64
120
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 57 units of major requirements
  • At least 12 units of concentration requirements
  • Up to  9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Contact your department for information about liberal studies courses that are specific to this major.
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.5
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Required
Progression Plan Link View Progression Plan

Student Learning Outcomes

Learner and Learning

Demonstrates knowledge of the patterns and differences in cognitive, social, linguistic, emotional, and physical development of children to create inclusive learning environments that support the diverse needs of learners through engagement, self-motivation, and autonomy. 

Content
Demonstrates knowledge of central concepts and tools of inquiry of content areas to build and implement accessible and meaningful learning through the use of critical thinking, creative and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

Instructional Practices
Demonstrates knowledge of assessment, planning, technology, and instructional strategies to design and deliver rigorous, engaging and integrative learning experiences.

Professional Responsibility
Demonstrates professional growth through continuing education, reflective practice, and collaboration with the school community to support all learners and advance the profession.

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • If you are completing a teacher-certification program, you must apply for admission to our Teacher Education Program. We accept applications at set times each year; contact the NAU-Yuma Enrollment Services at 928-317-6400 to obtain an application packet which indicates the exact application timelines.
    You must be admitted to the Elementary Education Program in order to take education coursework other than the following Arizona Western College courses: MAT 130, MAT 135; EDU 210, EDU 222; and SEI 293 or equivalent courses taken at a community college or university.

    Please be aware that NAU-Yuma's Education Department's Elementary Education program is controlled by special admission and retention standards. Our faculty members may, under certain circumstances, recommend that a student be referred to remedial instruction or be removed from the Elementary Education plan. Also be aware that you must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 in all of your NAU coursework in order to student teach.

    All NAU-Yuma Elementary Education students, prior to being fully accepted into the teacher training program, are required to pass the National Evaluation Series (NES) Elementary Education Subtest I and II subject knowledge tests. Students will be required to meet designated proficiency levels based on subject-area examination results in preparation for the NES. In addition, the academic progress of all students will be monitored regularly and assessment results will be used to determine any remediation or supplementary instruction that may be required.

  • To be eligible for full admission to the program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

    • All NAU YUMA Elementary Education students, prior to being fully accepted into the teacher training program, are required to pass the National Evaluation Series (NES) Elementary Education Subtest I and II subject knowledge tests.
    • 45 units of transfer credit coursework
    • *EDU 110, *MAT 130, *MAT 135 (*Arizona Western College courses), with a minimum grade of "C"
    • Two lab science courses with a minimum grade of "C" in each course
    • The English foundations requirements (*ENG 101 and *ENG 102) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. (If your English grade point average is below 3.0, you may take an approved writing course to achieve the 3.0 grade point average.)
    • One of the following grade point average requirements:
      • a cumulative 2.5 GPA in Liberal Studies courses
      • a cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
    • Recommendation Form (included in the application packet) completed by someone who has directly observed your work with children or adolescents within the ages of pre-school through high school. Such work experience can be either voluntary or paid, but must have occurred in a structured setting for a minimum of fifteen hours. Examples of acceptable experience may include work as a camp counselor, swimming instructor, Sunday school teacher, volunteer in a classroom, or other similar settings.
    • A declared concentration as defined under Major Requirements (not required for Elementary/Special Education grant program dual majors).
    • Attendance at a program orientation and attendance at the Elementary Education Seminar
    • A copy of your State-approved Identity-Verified Print (IVP) fingerprint clearance card. You may pick up an application packet in the AC Building reception area.
    • Be admitted to NAU
Major Requirements
  • Take the following 57 units:

  • Concentration (12 units)

    • A concentration represents course requirements in a particular field or subject area required for all elementary education majors. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".
Teacher Preparation
  • Students will need to take and pass the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge test as a State certification requirement. This exam should be taken at or near the completion of the program.

    In our teacher education program, you are required to complete a total of 12 units of student teaching. BSED students will enroll in 12 units of EDU 490C. BSED students who will earn the minor degree in Early Childhood Education in addition to the BSED will do a split student placement and will enroll in 8 units of EDU 490C and 4 units of EDU 492

    Student teaching includes participation in a student teaching seminar. In addition, a minimum number of units of practicum are required as part of the program, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher. Additional field experience may be required.

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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