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Education Studies: Elementary Education Major

Elementary teacher candidates major in Education Studies: Elementary Education. These candidates will be eligible for K-6 certification. Candidates must successfully pass Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) and Praxis II (elementary). Candidates will complete a field experience in one of each of the following grade groupings: (K-2), (3-4), and (5-6).

Field Service (Clinical Practice)

Saint Anselm College's Teacher Education Programs require Elementary Education majors to complete 5 semesters of clinical experiences. The Coordinator of Clinical Placement works with the contact person at the partnership school to match the student with a cooperating teacher who is a model of professional practices, demonstrates a positive impact on student learning, is willing to serve as a mentor, and who holds an experienced educator credential in the content area that matches the endorsement for which the student is preparing. It is highly recommended that a variety of sites are used: parochial, urban, and suburban.

ED 130 Principles of Teaching and Learning

Students will spend 30 hours participating in an assigned classroom. Embedded in this course is Sophomore Early Field Experience (SEFE) which requires students to work in a classroom based on their content major. There are activities students will complete including teaching two lessons, one of which is observed by the Coordinator of Clinical Practice.

ED 322 Inclusion, Equity and Diversity

This course is designed to immerse students in the understanding of working with children with educational disabilities in the context of the general education classroom. Students spend 30 hours working in a general education classroom based on their major, assisting the classroom teacher with making modifications and accommodations to differentiate instruction.

ED 375 Methods of Teaching Elementary Reading

This course is designed to give intense direct instruction on how to teach reading at the elementary level. Students participate in a placement for 30 hours in grades 1-3, tying coursework and practical application (reading instruction and materials) with assignments in the placements.

ED 432 Supervised Student Teaching (clinical capstone) - is completed in the fall semester

Elementary student teaching occurs in the fall semester only. The Clinical Coordinator will contact schools one year prior to place students for student teaching. Students spend a minimum of 20 hours during the spring semester junior year in a Bridge Experience acclimating to the school, classroom, and curriculum prior to student teaching in the fall semester of senior year.

The capstone project is an electronic portfolio due in the spring of senior year.

Course Sequence

Freshman Year
HU 101 HU 102
EN 103 EN 104
CH 100 CH 101
Language Language
PY 202 or MA ED Children's Literature or EN Literature
Sophomore Year
PH 105 TH 100
Language Elective
ED Integrated Technology or Technology Elective
(CS 101, 205; FAS 272, 378)
ED 322 inclusion, Equity & Diversity in Education
ED 130 Principles of Teaching & Learning MA (110, 130, 150, 170) or PY 202
Junior Year
ED 340 Curriculum & Assessment in Teaching PH 107
EN 355 Elective
HI 101 HI 199
ED 375 Theory & Methods of Teaching Reading ED 380 Theory & Methods of Teaching Elementary Math
Senior Year
ED 430 Fundamentals of Teaching Reading & Math Elective
ED 450 Theory & Methods of Teaching Elementary (Methods II) ED Integrating Art into Teaching or Music/Art Elective
ED 432 Supervised Student Teaching (counts at 3 courses) PH Elective
TH Elective