Elementary Education, B.S. - Bilingual

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: https://www.southernct.edu/academics/curriculum-and-learning/programs 

This program is an education preparation program.  Please consult the College of Education page for more information about the college admission requirements.

Students who wish to become certified in elementary education must have an additional academic content major in an area outside of the College of Education. All requirements in each major or degree program must be fulfilled. However, courses in the Liberal Education Program requirements 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 is required.
120 Overall Credits Required


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


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

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 – Creative Drive:
ENG 201 – Creative Writing

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
SHE 203 – School Health (‘C’ or better)

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.


42 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
  • TSL 321 - Assessment of English Learners 

Select one:

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

Non-Course Requirements:
Module 1: Behavioral Difficulties (Social and Emotional Development)
Module 2: Dyslexia Required


21 Credits Required

EDU 200 – Teachers, Schools, and Society (‘C’ or better)
MAT 105 – Mathematics for Elementary Education I
MAT 106 – Mathematics for Elementary Education II
HIS 110 – United States History I
     or HIS 111 – United States History II
SHE 203 – School Health (‘C’ or better)
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 202ENG 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.