Elementary Education/Bilingual, B.S.

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This program has a separate admission process. Please consult the admission requirements for this program on the School of Education page for more information.
Students who wish to become certified in elementary education must have an additional academic content major in an area outside of the School of Education.
The B.S. in Liberal Studies is recommended for these majors. Students will graduate with a B.S. degree, with a double major in Elementary Education/Bilingual Concentration and Liberal Studies. Upon selection of the Pre-Elementary/Bilingual Concentration Major, students will be automatically enrolled into the LBS program, with pre-selected concentrations/minors approved by the Department of Curriculum and Learning to prepare teacher candidates for the content knowledge needed to teach at the elementary level. Any changes to these concentrations/minors within the Liberal Studies major must be approved by the Department of Curriculum and Learning.
Students in the Elementary major have the option to select a B.A. or a B.S. in a single subject major, with the approval of the Curriculum and Learning Department. Students who choose to pursue a B.A. major will receive a double baccalaureate and must apply for a B.S. degree in education as well as a B.A. degree in the subject area major they choose. A double baccalaureate will require students complete 150 credits.
All requirements in each major or degree program must be fulfilled. However, courses in the Liberal Education Program requirement in one program may fulfill the same requirement in the other program.
Depending on the second major a student selects, completion of the required double major (or double baccalaureate) may take more than 120 credits.

Overall GPA of 2.7 Required

120 Overall Credits Required


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 200 – Teachers, Schools, and Society (‘C’ or better)

Tier 3 – Capstone:  
TSL 321 - Assessment of English Learners ('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.


39 Credits Required
'C' or better required

  • EDU 305 – Emerging Literacies
  • 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 Literacies
  • EDU 414 – Application of Child Development
  • EDU 424 - Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (Formerly EDU 324)
  • EDU 480 - Student Teaching
  • EDU 485 – Student Teaching Seminar

Select one:

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



9 Credits Required

  • MAT 105 – Mathematics for Elementary Education I
  • TSL 315 – Foundations in Bilingual Education ('C' or better)
  • TSL 418 – ESL Methods in Content Instruction ('C' or better)



The B.S. in Liberal Studies is recommended with concentrations in Spanish and English, Language, Literature and Writing.

39 Credits Required
2.0 GPA Required
Up to 9 credits may be counted towards LEP requirements

MAT 105 - Mathematics for Elementary Education


18 Credits Required

  • Students enroll in Spanish courses, at a level consistent with their past background, and complete 18 credits in the sequenced offerings. 

English, Language, Literature and Writing

18 Credits Required

  • ENG 307 - Literary Analysis for English Majors
  • ENG 309 - Rhetorical Strategies in Writing and Communication
  •      or ENG 200 - Intermediate Composition
  • ENG 312 - English Grammar Systems
  • ENG 372 - Young Adult Literature
  • Select one of the following two options (6 credits):
    • Any two 300-400 level ENG or LIT literature courses
    • Select one from: ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 203 and one 300-400 level ENG or LIT literature course


- Students may select a different concentration from a list of options that are approved by the curriculum and learning department. Any changes to these concentrations within the Liberal Studies major outside of the approved list must be approved by the Department of Curriculum and Learning.

- Students have the option to select a B.A. or a B.S. in a single subject major, with approval of the Curriculum and Learning Department. 



Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).