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Elementary Education

Graduates of the SCSU Elementary Education Program enter the classroom as effective, enthusiastic and responsible teachers. Our program ensures you have both the research based based skills and a depth of content knowledge to help change the lives of Connecticut students.

The Education department at SCSU strives to include field work components in a majority of the courses in the program. This apprenticeship model of teacher education will finish with a semester of student teaching. Qualified candidates will have earned the opportunity to successfully complete two eight-week student teaching placements.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Bower-Phipps

  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 for all undergraduate courses
  • Take Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT to satisfy the State Board of Education competency examination requirement.
  • Complete an essay
  • Submit two letters of reccomendation
  • Have a personal interview
  • MAT 105- Mathematics for Elementary Education I
  • SED 225- Introduction to Eceptionalities
  • ENG 122- Writing Arguments
  • EDU 200 - Teachers, Schools, and Society
  • C+ or higher in all required classes.

48 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 48 are counted toward free electives.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 – Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 106 – Mathematics for Elementary Education II

Tier 2 – American Experience (Select one):
HIS 110 – United States History I
HIS 111 – United States History II

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
SHE 203 – School Health

Tier 2 – Social Structure, Conflict, and Consensus:
EDU 206 – Principles of Early Childhood Education (‘C’ or better)

Tier 3 – Capstone:  
EDU 322 – Family, School, and Community Partnerships (‘C’ or better)

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.

46.5 Credits Required
‘C’ or better required

    Select one:

    • SED 225 – Introduction to Exceptionalities (recommended)
    • SED 481 – Teaching Exceptional Students in Elementary Education Classroom


    • EDU 305 – Beginning Readers
    • EDU 307 – Children's Literature and Literacy
    • EDU 316 – Child Development and Psychology for Educators
    • EDU 317 – Science Education in the Elementary School
    • EDU 325 – Best Practices in Classroom Management
    • EDU 330 – Social Studies in Elementary Schools
    • EDU 407 - Developing Readers
    • EDU 424 - Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (Formerly 324)
    • EDU 414 – Application of Child Development
    • EDU 475 – Supervised Fieldwork

    Select one:

    • IDS 471 – English Language Learners in the Classroom
    • TSL 418 - ESL Methods in Content Instruction

    Student Teaching:

Content Area Major

State of Connecticut regulations require teacher candidates to have a conent area bachelor's degree. Students are wencouraged to study any area of interest. However Southern Connecticut State University offers an Interdisciplinary Studies degree that combines an English minor with a self-designed minor in Science, Technology, Education, and Engineering (STEM).

Candidates eligible for certification must complete:

  • Praxis II
    • Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (#0011)
    • Elementary Education: Content Area Exercises (#0012)
    • Information about PRAXIS II can be obtained from
  • The Connecticut Foundations of Reading Test. Information about this test can be found at
  • EdTPA


For questions about the program or about how to appply email Our Department