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ELEMENTARY EDUCATION.

B.A. Degree in Elementary Education (K-6)

Elementary Education Major (K-6) - The Bachelor of Arts (BA) 

Impact the next generation with an Elementary Education Degree.

If you want to make an indelible mark on the world, earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Catawba College and impact the next generation of K-6 students. Elementary Education majors at Catawba receive an education rich in personal attention. Small class sizes afford students the opportunity to make enriching valuable connections with their inspiring professors, peers, and mentor teachers. Students receive high-level support throughout the program in order to meet the requirements for completion and teacher licensure. Catawba students majoring in Elementary Education may wish to c

Completion of the Elementary Education bachelor’s degree requirements, including applied practice and student teaching, prepares Catawba’s Elementary Education graduates for North Carolina initial licensure to teach students between kindergarten and 6th grade.onsider dual licensure (Elementary Education/Special Education) and should consult with the Department of Teacher Education for additional information.

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Recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its innovative approach to education, Catawba College’s Education degree programs prepare future educators who “are bolstered by an enriching liberal arts perspective, allowing them to be empathetic, creative, and efficient mentors for their students.”

In fact, the goal of Catawba’s Teacher Education Department is to prepare reflective teachers who possess the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for effectively teaching students in a diverse and global society. With a rich tradition of education and developing excellent teachers that dates back to 1925, Catawba College’s Education graduates enjoy great success in securing teaching jobs immediately after graduation.

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Catawba’s Teacher Education program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and Catawba’s licensure program in Elementary Education has full program approval from the North Carolina State Board of Education. Plus, the Elementary Education bachelor’s degree program is offered at an institution that U.S. News ranks as #4 among Best Regional Colleges in the South and that The Princeton Review perennially includes in its annual Best Colleges guide.

All students seeking admission to Catawba’s Teacher Education programs, including the Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts degree program, must apply for admission. Catawba’s Teacher Education Council will consider applicants for admission to undergraduate licensure programs three times a year and students seeking admission must meet very specific requirements and undergo a criminal background check.

Before Catawba’s Elementary Education majors can student teach, they must submit a separate student teaching application and meet specific criteria.


Program Highlights

One hundred percent Catawba College’s Elementary Education majors who completed student teaching during the 2017-2018 academic year received the distinction of Highly Qualified N.C. Teaching Graduates.  To receive this distinction, students must maintain a GPA of 3.75 or higher, meet a requisite score on the edTPA teacher candidate portfolio assessments, and graduate from an approved educator preparation program in North Carolina.  Students with this distinction receive a monthly supplement to the regular teacher salary if they teach in the state of North Carolina.

More than 70 alumni of Catawba College’s Teacher Education Department have been honored with Teacher of the Year Awards, Principal of the Year Awards, First-Year Teacher Awards, and distinguished community service awards.

 

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Elementary Education Internships.

All undergraduates pursuing an Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts degree participate in internships and service learning during their coursework, providing them with hands-on application of their learning in real-world, on-the-job situations. Catawba’s Elementary Education majors also have the opportunity to engage in extensive internship and mentoring experiences through the Catawba Overton Partnership for Excellence (COPE), a professional development program. At Overton Elementary School, a public school in Salisbury, N.C., Catawba students serve as literacy tutors, applying skills and strategies learned in the methods course to help these elementary students improve their literacy skills.

Catawba’s Shirley Ritchie Academy for Teaching enriches the Teacher Education program for all students who choose Catawba College for their teacher preparation.  Established in 2007, the Academy’s focus is on equipping its participants with 21st century teaching skills and offering extensive field experiences through regional and East Coast travel, community leadership development, and service learning. It is also the home of Catawba’s outstanding scholarship program for aspiring teachers, the Martha Kirkland West Scholars.

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West Scholars, Scholarships for Elementary Education Majors.

Prospective Elementary Education majors at Catawba can make application for a West Scholarship through the Academy for Teaching. The Martha Kirkland West Teaching Scholars receive $2,500 in addition to academic scholarships awarded by Catawba with the exception of those receiving the McCorkle’s Scholarship of Academic Distinction. West Scholars demonstrate leadership, community involvement, and a commitment to teaching.  To equip these aspiring teachers with 21st century teaching skills and to heighten their awareness of cultural diversity, West Scholars enjoy early field experiences beginning in their freshman year, regional travel opportunities, interesting cultural events, learn how to integrate technology in the classroom, participate in leadership development, and engage in service learning.

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Outcomes

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ELEMENTARY EDUCATION JOBS.

Although most Elementary Education majors from Catawba College go on to make an impact as a classroom teacher in grades K-6, some also pursue additional education and have careers in these positions:

    • School Administrator
    • School Counselor
    • Librarian
    • Information Systems
    • Literacy/Reading Specialist
    • Audiology/Speech Pathologist
    • School Psychologist
    • School Social Worker
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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Graduate schools enrolling Catawba Elementary Education majors:

    • UNC-Greensboro
    • The College of William and Mary
    • UNC-Charlotte
    • UNC-Chapel Hill
    • Wake Forest University
    • Appalachian State University 

 

 

 

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"I chose this as my major because I feel as though I belong in a school.  This is not just from going to classes every day, but from extracurricular activities and friends as well. My teachers made school feel like a second home, and I wish to pass that feeling forward to a new generation of students."

Braden Asbury '20
Elementary Education major

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PARTICIPATE.

Education majors at Catawba can fuel their passion for teaching by participation in the Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE).  This prospective teachers club is open to anyone majoring or minoring in education.  Regular monthly meetings are devoted to professional and social enrichment of members and to the advancement and refinement of the professions.  SNCAE sponsors activities and fundraisers throughout the academic year.

Undergraduates pursuing an Education bachelor’s degree program may also be tapped to join Catawba’s Theta Phi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in Education. Members, who include professional educators, college faculty and students, exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards, and promise in teaching and allied professions.

Faculty

Dr. James Stringfield

Dr. James Stringfield, professor of teacher education and Dean of Catawba's Goodman School of Education, is a former high school science teacher. He helped establish science education programs at Catawba in biology, chemistry, comprehensive science, and middle grades science. He was instrumental in the founding of Catawba’s Ritchie Academy for Teaching and its West Scholars program.

Dr. Kimberly Creamer

Dr. Kimberly Creamer is an assistant professor teacher education and directs the Education graduate program at Catawba. She has a strong passion for literacy education and reaching the needs of all students. Her interests include integration of content curriculum and literacy instruction; historical trends in literacy education; serving twice exceptional children in the classroom; and CLOSE reading and text complexity.

Dr. Lynn Marsh

Dr. Lynn Marsh serves as an adjunct special education professor. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education, her M.A. in School Administration, and her M.Ed. in Learning Disabilities from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Cornell University/Warren National University. 

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.A. in Elementary Education
Required Courses for B.A. in Elementary Education

logo-ncate.jpgThe Department of Teacher Education at Catawba College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers the initial licensure and M.Ed. in Elementary Education programs at Catawba College. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

 

The following course of study along with general college requirements and applied practice meet requirements for North Carolina initial licensure in grades K-6. Applied practice includes early field experiences assigned as part of the professional course sequence and student teaching. Students enrolled in EDUC 3102, 3103, 3104, 3105, 3106, and 3107 engage in extensive internship and mentoring experiences through the Catawba Overton Partnership for Excellence (COPE) program, a professional development partnership. All elementary education students who are considering North Carolina licensure are strongly encouraged to select HIST 2400 NC History as one of their electives. They are also strongly encouraged to select MATH 1132 Introduction to Statistics to fulfill the general education distribution. Students should note that MATH 1120 Survey of Mathematics I is required in the Elementary major and will fulfill 3 semester hours of general education requirements for Quantitative Literacy hours.

EDUC 2000 Introduction to Teaching and Educational Technology

3

EDUC 2105 Cultural Geography

3

EDUC 2150 Literature for Children and Youth

3

*EDUC 3100 Theories of Teaching and Learning

3

*EDUC 3101 Learning Environments and Professional Practice

3

*EDUC 3102 Elementary Methods in Literacy I

4

*EDUC 3103 Elementary Methods in Literacy II

4

*EDUC 3104 Elementary Methods in Science

2

*EDUC 3105 Elementary Methods in Social Studies

2

*EDUC 3106 Elementary Methods in Mathematics I

2

*EDUC 3107 Elementary Methods in Mathematics II

2

*EDUC 3010 Integrated Arts

3

ENV 1511 Conceptual Integrated Science and the Environment

3

MATH 1120 Survey of Mathematics I

3

MATH 1121 Survey of Mathematics II

3

PER 1945 Health and P.E. in Elementary Schools

4

PSYC 1340 Child Psychology

3

PSYC 2940 Psychology of Exceptionalities

3

HIST 1776 American History and Cultural Traditions

3

Total for major:

56

*Student Teaching

12

*EDUC 4500 Professional Leadership Seminar

3

*Permission of the Teacher Education Council required.


Criminal Background Check

All candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check before being admitted into any teacher education program. Furthermore, all candidates must maintain an acceptable criminal background and Catawba College student discipline file throughout the program. Details are provided in the Department of Teacher Education Policies and Procedures Handbook. An additional criminal background is required by several school systems within our contiguous area, which must be completed prior to final approval and placement for student teaching. Student teachers affected by this policy will be notified.

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

2000 INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING AND EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY (3 hours) 
A study of teaching as a profession with emphasis on 21st Century skills, professional duties, policies, law and ethics organizational structure, and student needs. Field-based experiences included.

2105 CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY (3 hours)
A study of the regions of the earth, including their typical cultures.

2150 LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH (3 hours)
An introductory study of literature for children and young adolescents which includes instructional methodology in enhancing reader responses through written and oral discussions, creative drama, and art.

2280E EDUCATIONAL ASSESMENT (3 hours)
The development, evaluation, and application of psychological tests and procedures in the measurement of intelligence, aptitude, vocational interest and personality. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

3006 LANGUAGE ARTS METHODS FOR MIDDLE AND SECONDARY TEACHERS (3 hours)
A study of current programs, methods, and materials for teaching language arts in the middle and secondary school. Students will develop teaching skills through experience in public classroom settings. Prerequisite: permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 3001 or post-Baccalaureate status.

3007 SOCIAL STUDIES METHODS FOR MIDDLE AND SECONDARY TEACHERS (3 hours)
A study of current programs, methods, and materials for teaching social studies in the middle and secondary school to include field-based experiences. Prerequisite: permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 3001 or post-Baccalaureate status.

3008 INTEGRATED SCIENCE METHODS FOR MIDDLE AND SECONDARY TEACHERS (3 hours)
An examination of integrated science and the methods and materials for teaching science in the middle and secondary school. To include field-based experiences. Prerequisite: permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite EDUC 3001 or post-baccalaureate status.

3009 MATHEMATICS METHODS FOR MIDDLE AND SECONDARY TEACHERS (3 hours)
A study of current programs, methods, and materials for teaching mathematics in the middle and secondary school. To include field-based experiences. Prerequisite: permission of the Teacher Education Council.

3010 INTEGRATED ARTS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS (3 hours)
The study and practice of integrating music, movement, creative drama and visual arts into the elementary curriculum. Prerequisite: permission of the Teacher Education Council.

3100 THEORIES OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (3 hours)
A study of theories of teaching and learning and their relationship to instruction and assessment in public school settings. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council.

3101 LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (3 hours)
A study of classroom learning environments and professional practice designed to prepare teacher leaders to function effectively in a complex, dynamic environment. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council.

3102 ELEMENTARY METHODS IN LITERACY I (4 hours)
A study of teaching literacy with emphasis on the foundations of literacy, word identification skills, and diagnosis and remediation of literacy difficulties. Field-based experiences are an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 3104 and 3106.

3103 ELEMENTARY METHODS IN LITERACY II 
(4 hours)
A continuation of the study of teaching literacy with an emphasis on integrated language arts units of study that have multimodal literacy practices. Field-based experiences are included. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 3105 and 3107.

3104 ELEMENTARY METHODS IN SCIENCE (2 hours)
A study of teaching science in the elementary school, with an emphasis on inquiry-based approaches. Includes field-based experiences in area schools. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 3102 and 3106.

3105 ELEMENTARY METHODS IN SOCIAL STUDIES (2 hours)
A study of current programs, methods, and materials for teaching social studies in the elementary school with emphasis on the development of critical thinking in a democratic and global society. Field-based experiences are an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 3103 and 3107.

3106 ELEMENTARY METHODS IN MATHEMATICS I (2 hours)
A course in the methods of teaching mathematical concepts of number sense, numeration, numerical operations, patterns, relationships, functions, and algebraic thinking. Pre-requisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisites: EDUC 3102 and 3104.

3107 ELEMENTARY METHODS IN MATHEMATICS II (2 hours)
A course in the methods of teaching mathematical concepts of spatial sense, measurement and geometry and data analysis, probability and statistics. Pre-requisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisites: EDUC 3103 and 3105.

3108 MULTILITERACIES IN THE CONTENT AREAS (3 hours)
The study of pedagogical strategies that address not only reading and writing in the content areas but also the integration of multimodal communication including the development of media, visual, aural, and critical literacies in content classes. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council.

3109 METHODS IN TEACHING SPECIAL POPULATIONS (3 hours)
A study of current programs, methods, and materials for teaching special populations in elementary, middle and secondary school to include field-based experiences. Prerequisite: permission the Teacher Education Council.

3300 CURRICULUM METHODS, PRE-SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN (4 hours)
The exploration, analysis and evaluation of curriculum and methodology related to preschool-age and kindergarten children with and without disabilities. Filed-based experiences are an integral area of this course. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

3301 CURRICULUM METHODS: INFANTS AND TODDLERS (3 hours)
The exploration, analysis, and evaluation of curriculum and methodology related to infants and toddler children with and without disabilities. Field-based experiences are an integral part of the course. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

3520 ART EDUCATION IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (2 hours)
An introduction to creative art activities appropriate for use in the classroom.

3550E EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours)
The application of psychological concepts, theory, research and methods to the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective instruction in school and non-school settings. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

4000 STUDENT TEACHING AND SEMINAR: BIRTH-KINDERGARTEN (15 hours)
A full semester of supervised student teaching in an appropriate school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Conferences and seminars required. Prerequisite: Senior classification, a 2.5 cumulative average, recommendation of the advisor, and application to the approval of the Teacher Education Council, S-U grading. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

4001 STUDENT TEACHING: ELEMENTARY (K-6) (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading)

4002 STUDENT TEACHING: MIDDLE GRADES (6-9) (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading)

4003 STUDENT TEACHING: SECONDARY SUBJECTS (9-12) (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading)

4004 INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (9 hours) 
A full semester of practical field experience related to Early Childhood Education under the direction of a site supervisor and a college supervisor. Conferences and seminars required. This course is not designed to fulfill teacher licensure requirements. Students seeking B-K licensure in North Carolina should enroll in EDUC 4000E. Prerequisites: Senior classification, a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, and recommendation of the advisor. (S-U grading). (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

4006 STUDENT TEACHING: PHYSICAL EDUCATION (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading)

4007 STUDENT TEACHING: MUSIC EDUCATION (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading)

4008 STUDENT TEACHING: THEATRE EDUCATION (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading).

4009 STUDENT TEACHING: SPANISH EDUCATION (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading).

4010 STUDENT TEACHING: SPECIAL EDUCATION (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading).

4011 STUDENT TEACHING: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION AND SPECIAL EDUCATION  (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of one or more cooperating teachers and one or more college supervisors. This course is the last in a sequential series of field based experiences designed to ensure that the elementary education/special education teacher candidate develops and demonstrates the ability to apply the knowledge, skills and dispositions learned in content and professional courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500 (S-U grading).

EDUC 4012 STUDENT TEACHING: MIDDLE GRADES AND SPECIAL EDUCATION  (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of one or more cooperating teachers and one or more college supervisors. This course is the last in a sequential series of field based experiences designed to ensure that the special education and middle grades teach candidate develops and demonstrates the ability to apply the knowledge, skills and dispositions learned in content and professional courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500 (S-U grading).

EDUC 4013 STUDENT TEACHING: SECONDARY SUBJECTS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of one or more cooperating teachers and one or more college supervisors. This course is the last in a sequential series of field based experiences designed to ensure that the secondary subjects and special education teacher candidate develops and demonstrates the ability to apply the knowledge, skills and dispositions learned in content and professional courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500 (S-U grading).

4101 TOPICS IN EDUCATION (1-3 hours)
The study of a selected topic from the fields of education focusing on specialized interests within the discipline.

4201 PRACTICUM IN EDUCATION (3 hours)
Practical field experience in a classroom setting, usually extending work previously completed in a methodology course. Prerequisite: permission of the Teacher Education Council

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN EDUCATION (1-3 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the faculty.

4351 DEVELOPMENTAL READING INSTRUCTION (3 hours)
An in-depth study of reading instruction involving the teaching of word analysis skills, particularly phonics, and the teaching of comprehension strategies.

4401 CRITICAL ISSUES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (1 hour) 
This senior-level course is designed to provide special education teacher candidates with knowledge of critical issues in special education as they relate to schools and the instruction of special needs students. Prerequisite: Permission of Teacher Education Council.

4500 PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR (3 hours)
A study of teacher leadership in a global society with a focus on student learning and professional growth. Students must complete a professional portfolio. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: Student Teaching.

4952 DIAGNOSIS AND CORRECTION OF READING DIFFICULTIES (3 hours)
An introduction to the techniques of diagnosing reading difficulties and the methods of correction. Prerequisite: EDUC 4351 or equivalent and permission of the Teacher Education Council.

4954 CONTENT AREA MULTILITERACIES (3 hours)
The development of understanding and implementing pedagogical strategies that integrate multimodal communication including print, media, visual, aural, and critical literacies in content classes. Prerequisites: Permission of the Teacher Education Council or permission of the Instructor.