The Department of Education and Psychology administers a curriculum for undergraduate majors in elementary education, general studies, and psychology. Additionally the department offers courses for secondary teacher education majors that will meet the state requirements for certification in the various teaching areas on the secondary levels.
Click below on the following undergraduate degree to learn about the curriculum.
Producing well-qualified teachers who care about their students — that’s the goal of our elementary education programs. Although the School of Education and Psychology also offers courses that meet state requirements for certification in secondary education, our focus is on preparing elementary school teachers who will give their young students the best start for a lifetime of learning.
As you pursue a bachelor of science in elementary education, you will undertake core courses, specialized and professional education courses, clinical experiences, and directed teaching. You may choose two areas of concentration such as nursery, mathematics, social studies, language arts, reading, etc. — all designed to prepare you for teaching in an elementary school system.
Do you have specialized interests that don’t fit into a traditional major? The general studies degree program allows you to design your own degree. You start with core studies in areas such as English composition, creative arts, social and behavioral science, and foreign language, and then you add two 21-hour concentrations in your areas of interest. Upper-division electives make up the balance of the degree — your degree, created to take you where you want to go. This program is designed for nontraditional students who are at least 21 years old and/or who were admitted to the University based on GED, work experience, or professional experience.
The bachelor of science degree in psychology is designed for students who intend to pursue graduate studies in psychology or related fields. Although this is a non-teaching degree, the curriculum focuses on the application of psychological principles of behavior, learning, and personality. From a foundation in child and adolescent psychology, you will progress to upper-level courses in topics such as psychological testing, juvenile delinquency, abnormal psychology, and community mental health.