University of Vermont

2012-2013 Catalogue

Teacher Education: Elementary Education (K-6) (Bachelor of Science)


The Elementary Education program prepares teachers for an endorsement in grades kindergarten through six. The Bachelor of Science in Education is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the approved program which includes a planned sequence of professional courses, field experiences, and a full-semester internship experience.

Specific Requirements

The Elementary Education program is a designed sequence of professional course work that achieves coherence from its theme “Teaching All Children Strategically in Diverse Communities”. Embedded in a state known for its progressive schooling traditions, Elementary Education students have ample opportunity to learn about and practice the art and science of teaching. Through a web of unique interactions with area schools, Elementary Education majors build relationships with a diverse variety of children beginning in the second year of their professional program.

Several features distinguish the program:

Blocked Professional Course Work: Grounded in a theoretical orientation that seeks to integrate constructs with authentic experience, the faculty of the program have designed pedagogy classes in the content areas of the curriculum and combined them with a clinical experience. These courses consist of reading/writing, mathematics, inquiry based science, social education and literacy instruction. The final capstone professional internship (student teaching) is accompanied by a seminar emphasizing behavior management, reflective teaching and portfolio development.

Integrated Fieldwork: Professed theory about teaching is constantly exposed to the reality of public school practice. Each semester a student will have a pedagogy course and clinical field experience. Students are thus placed in situations where theory and practice reside in reciprocal tension.

Authentic Assessment: The State of Vermont requires a results-oriented demonstration of teaching competence to qualify for the teaching license. The Elementary Education faculty have built in portfolio driven authentic assessments at every step of the professional program. Interns thus learn the portfolio process from the inside out and are able to apply it to themselves while learning to apply it within their public school classes.

Full Inclusion: The State of Vermont has the highest rate of inclusion of learners with special challenges in the regular classroom setting. Being educated at UVM means elementary education students learn about and practice the application of instructional adaptations for learners of exceptional need.

Elementary Education Curriculum: The elementary education curriculum includes a general education component of sixty credits from the academic areas outlined earlier. Students are required to complete an approved major concentration, consisting of at least thirty credits of study in a liberal arts and sciences discipline. Specific information may be obtained from advisors or through the CESS Student Services office, 528 Waterman and on the web at CESS Student Services Office Link out of catalogue site.. In addition to the major concentration and professional education requirements, certain courses are recommended to meet specific state and national requirements in elementary education.

Full-time students enroll in twelve to eighteen credits. Elementary education students enroll in the required education courses each semester, along with several additional general requirements.

A possible curriculum in Elementary Education:


Course Credits
Fall Spring
Diversity Category One:
   EDFS 001 - Race and Racism in the U.S.
EDTE 001 - Making a Difference: Exploring Education 3
EDML 055 - Brain Research & Lrng Theory 3
General Education Courses 6 9
EDFS 002 - School and Society 3
Major Concentration 3
Total 15 15
Sophomore Year
Course Credits
Fall Spring
EDEL 056 - Teachers & the Teaching Process 3
EDEL 178 - Meeting Indiv Needs: Assessment & Instruction 3
Diversity Category Two:
   EDSP 005 - Issues Affecting Persons With Disabilities
Major Concentration 3 9
Elective* 3
General Education Courses 6
EDEL 177 - Children's Literature and Literacy 3
Total 15 18
During the sophomore year, students must complete an Application to Teacher Education form available in 533 Waterman Building. Students will follow requirements specified in the Application to Teacher Education. Students will not be permitted to enroll in advanced education courses until they have been accepted to teacher education. The advanced courses include:
Junior Year
Course Credits
Fall Spring
EDEL 155 - Lab Experience in Inquiry 3
EDEL 157 - Social Ed & Social Studies 3
EDEL 158 - Teaching Science for Meaning 3
EDEL 187 - Planning, Adapting and Delivering Reading Instr1 3
Major Concentration 3 3
General Education Course 3
EDEL 156 - Teaching Math for Meaning 3
EDEL 175 - Lab Experience in Literacy 3
EDEL 176 - Language Arts & Literacy Skills 3
Total 15 15
Students are required to complete an Application to Student Teaching in their junior year before being assigned a placement as seniors. Students will be notified by the Elementary Education program (656-3356) of a general meeting and are expected to attend to initiate this process. Students will follow the requirements specified in the Application to Student Teaching. The course work for this stage of the program follows.
Senior Year
Course Credits
Fall Spring
Major Concentration 9
Elective* 3
EDEL 185 - Student Teaching Internship2 12
EDEL 188 - Principles of Classroom Management2 3
Total 12 15

A minimum of 120 approved credits is required for the degree.


1 EDEL 187 must be taken after completion of the Literacy Block and prior to student teaching.
2 Courses taken concurrently
*The number of electives depends on the degree of course overlap in the general education, major concentration, and diversity requirements. It is possible to have one course fulfill two requirements but the credits only count once.



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