B.S.Ed. Elementary Education
Courses

120 credit hours
100% career outcome rate
1 degree option

Elementary EducationFeatured Courses

As a student in the elementary education major at Concordia Nebraska, you’ll have the opportunity to take specialized courses related to various aspects of the elementary education profession. These classes, designed to equip you for leadership and service in various elementary education careers, are taught by some of our esteemed faculty who have extensive experience in their fields.

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Elementary EducationSample Schedule of Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Semester 1

EDUC 201
Introduction to Education
Foundational concepts of the modern educational system. Emphasis on sociological, historical, and philosophical concepts of American education with time to explore curriculum, pedagogy, technology skills, professional learning, and ethical practice within the field of education. Field experience required.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
12
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 2

EDPS 210
Educational Psychology and Child Development
A study of the psychological foundations of education with child development. Emphasis on developmental psychology and psychological foundations of relevant topics including, but not limited to, learning theories, individual variation and student diversity, planning, motivation, class management and assessment. Teaching as a form of ministry, psychology as a science, the use of research in education and the development of skills required to become a reflective practitioner. Field experience required.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
15
credits
Total Credits
18

Semester 3

EDUC 224
Teaching Exceptional Learners
Understanding and appreciation of learners with exceptional needs, knowledge of characteristics of those with disabilities and the gifted, providing inclusive learning environments. Emphasis on proven strategies and a variety of methods and resources to meet needs of learners who require special services, adaptations, or different approaches to learning. Disposition development focuses on strengths and needs of learners, the belief that all can achieve. Field experience required.
3
credits
MATH 201
Concepts of Mathematics I
An activities approach to problem solving, systems of numeration, properties of whole numbers, integers, fractions, real numbers, and numerical operations, number theory and statistics. Only available to Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Special Education students.
3
credits
ART 301
Methods of Art Education
Prepares to teach art history, art criticism, art production, and aesthetics in the elementary classroom. Provides opportunity to identify, understand, and evaluate children’s art work. Explores two and three dimensional media and the production of an art curriculum.
2
credits
EDUC 303
Music Across the Curriculum
Build competence in music education advocacy. Equips candidates to identify levels of music planning appropriate to personal knowledge and skills using standards-based music curriculum frameworks.
1
credits
Total Credits
9

Semester 4

EDUC 225
Diverse Classrooms and Human Relations
Meets Human Relations requirements. Development of cultural awareness and investigation of attitudes, skills, and techniques needed to ensure inclusive learning environments for diverse students. Learning differences, language acquisition, English language learners, leadership, and collaboration with learners, families, and colleagues. Field Experience required.
3
credits
EDUC 397
Children’s Literature for Teachers
Literature for children from early childhood through the elementary grades. Various formats and genres; common trends and techniques used by authors and illustrators; current issues in the field. Methodology and strategies for integrating children’s literature across the curriculum.
3
credits
MATH 301
Concepts of Mathematics II
An activities approach to studying mathematics concepts in probability, functions and algebra, and numerous topics in geometry. Geometrical topics include two and three- dimensional geometry, constructions, congruences, motion and coordinate geometry symmetries and concepts of measurement.
3
credits
EDUC 324E
Instruction and Assessment in the Elementary and Middle Level Classroom
Curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices for the elementary and middle level classroom. Focus on planning for instruction, appropriate instructional strategies, multiple methods of assessment, adjusting instruction and assessment for diverse learners, formative and summative assessment data, and assessment for learning.
3
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 5

EDUC 346
Instructional Technology
Knowledge and skills to prepare students for responsible and beneficial use of current technologies. Fundamental understanding of importance of technology in teaching and learning practices. Relevant and practical technology applications for PreK-12 classrooms.
2
credits
HHP 360
Health and PE Methods for the Elementary Classroom
Designed for elementary candidates who are not completing a physical education concentration or minor. Emphasis is on both the theory and practical demonstration of how to implement a health and physical education curriculum and how to teach it to elementary and middle level students.
2
credits
EDUC 406
Science Methods for the Elementary Classroom
Elementary science standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment for diverse classrooms. Emphasis on learner development and differences, learning environment, content knowledge and application, assessment, planning, instructional strategies, professionalism and collaboration.
2
credits
EDUC 408
Social Studies Methods for the Elementary Classroom
Elementary social studies standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment for diverse classrooms. Emphasis on learner development and differences, learning environment, content knowledge and application, assessment, planning, instructional strategies, professionalism and collaboration.
2
credits
Total Credits
8

Semester 6

EDUC 405
Math Methods for the Elementary Classroom
Elementary mathematics standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment for diverse classrooms. Emphasis on learner development and differences, learning environment, content knowledge and application, assessment, planning, instructional strategies, professionalism and collaboration.
3
credits
EDUC 431E
Classroom Organization and Leadership for Elementary and Middle Level Environments
Multidimensional role of teaching and leadership in elementary and middle level settings. Collaboration with multiple stakeholders, creating positive learning environments, instructional strategies, positive behavior responses, leadership, professionalism and ethics for diverse classrooms. Field experience required.
2
credits
THEO 381
Christian Teacher’s Ministry
The course applies Biblical and theological principles of vocation, ministry, and the two kingdoms to the teacher of the church and the priesthood of all believers. Study of Scripture, standard historical documents, and current practice in calling, placement, and congregational life focuses on the identity of the teaching minister in parochial education and the Christian teaching in public and private education.
2
credits
Total Credits
7

Semester 7

EDUC 461
Literacy Instruction, Assessment and Intervention
Current theory, research, content, methodology, instructional materials, and classroom organization that relate to teaching the major components of literacy (reading, writing, speaking, listening) in diverse classrooms. Informal and formal assessment of reader strengths and needs for instruction and intervention. Emphasis on learner development and differences, learning environment, content knowledge and application, planning, instructional strategies, planning interventions, professionalism and collaboration. Field Experience required.
6
credits
EDUC 403
Evidence-Based Strategies and Interventions
Evidence-based strategies and interventions to address learner differences in the areas of academic and behavioral challenges. Emphasis on pre-referral interventions, planning for instruction, instructional strategies, leadership and collaboration.
3
credits
Total Credits
9

Semester 8

EDUC 433
Elementary Student Teaching Seminar
Support course for student teachers during the first eight weeks of the Professional Semester: Clinical Experience.
1
credits
EDUC 473A
Clinical Experience: Elementary Student Teaching
Eight weeks of teaching under the supervision of classroom teacher and university supervisor. First-hand elementary classroom experiences. Upon completion, candidates will be able to demonstrate proficiency in: learner development and learning differences; learning environments; content knowledge and application; instructional strategies and assessment; professional learning and ethical practice; leadership and collaboration; and human relations skills. Meets the university capstone and writing intensive requirement. Meets the following program outcomes: INTASC Standards (1-10), Nebraska Department of Education Standards (Rule 20.005A- K).
6
credits
EDUC 473B
Clinical Experience: Elementary Student Teaching
Eight weeks of teaching under the supervision of classroom teacher and university supervisor. First-hand elementary classroom experiences. Upon completion, candidates will be able to demonstrate proficiency in: learner development and learning differences; learning environments; content knowledge and application; instructional strategies and assessment; professional learning and ethical practice; leadership and collaboration; and human relations skills. Meets the university capstone and writing intensive requirement. Meets the following program outcomes: INTASC Standards (1-10), Nebraska Department of Education Standards (Rule 20.005A- K).
6
credits
Total Credits
13
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Elementary Education Faculty

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