Note: As of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

This bachelor's degree provides teacher candidates with the specialized knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to meet the educational needs of students in grades PreK-6. The robust, well-rounded program of study includes general and content-specific methods courses designed to prepare reflective teachers who are responsive to students’ diverse needs and ready to advance the 21st Century classroom. A strong partnership with local PK-6 schools ensures that teacher candidates are immersed in classroom settings with elementary students throughout their teacher preparation program. Graduates recognize and adapt to students’ needs, interests and readiness levels through innovative, research-based pedagogical practices.

Note: As of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Admissions

Students interested in majoring in Elementary Education are initially enrolled as BPRE, or Pre-Elementary Education. They must successfully complete certain courses, exams, and the appropriate application form to be admitted to the BSEd in Elementary Education.

The requirements for admission to the BSEd in Elementary Education from BPRE status are:

  • 2.75 overall GPA
  • Passing scores for all Commonwealth of Virginia mandated tests for the licensure area
  • Grades of B- or higher in
    • EDUC 200 Introduction to Education: Teaching, Learning and Schools
    • EDUC 301 Educating Diverse and Exceptional Learners
    • ECED 404 Engaging Families of Diverse Learners, Birth – Grade 6
    • ELED 342 Foundations of Elementary Education
    • ELED 358 Children's Literature for Teaching in Diverse Settings (Mason Core)
    • ELED 357 Integrating Technology in PreK-6
  • 10 professional development points

Policies

All coursework in the major requires a grade of B- or better for licensure.

Banner Code: E1-BSED-EEPK

Note: As of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Mason Core

Foundation Requirements:
Written Communication3
Composition (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Oral Communication3
Public Speaking (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Quantitative Reasoning3
Quantitative Reasoning (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Information Technology and Computing3
Exploration Requirements:
Arts3
Introduction to the Visual Arts (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Global Understanding3
Major World Regions (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Literature3
Natural Science7-8
Two lab sciences in different disciplines (recommended)
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Western Civilization/World History3
Formation of the American Republic (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Development of Modern America (Mason Core)
Integration Reguirement:
Written Communication3
Advanced Composition (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Synthesis/Capstone
Total Credits37-38

Major Requirements

ELED 305Foundations of Elementary Methods and Management3
ELED 342Foundations of Elementary Education3
ELED 357Integrating Technology in PreK-63
ELED 358Children's Literature for Teaching in Diverse Settings (Mason Core)3
ELED 390Clinical Experience: Theory to Practice Integration 12
ELED 401 Classroom Management and Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners3
ELED 402Differentiating Elementary Methods and Management3
ELED 410Emergent and Early Literacy3
ELED 411Reading Development, Processes, Assessment, and Pedagogy3
ELED 412Writing Development, Processes and Pedagogy 3
ELED 420Arts Integration in Elem Ed2
ELED 421STEM in the Elementary Classroom 3
ELED 422Collaboration in PK-6 Inclusive School Settings3
ELED 443Children, Family, Culture, and Schools, 4-12 Year Olds3
ELED 452Mathematics Methods for the Elementary Classroom3
ELED 453Science Methods for the Elementary Classroom3
ELED 454Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Integrating Fine Arts in the Elementary Classroom3
ELED 459Research and Assessment in Elementary Education3
ELED 480Practicum in Elementary Education3
ELED 490Internship in Elementary Education (Mason Core)9
ELED 491Internship Seminar in Elem Ed1
ECED 404Engaging Families of Diverse Learners, Birth – Grade 63
EDSE 428Elementary Reading, Curriculum, Strategies for Students Who Access the General Education Curriculum3
EDCI 423Methods for Teaching PK-6 English Learners in Inclusive Classrooms3
EDUC 200Introduction to Education: Teaching, Learning and Schools 3
EDUC 301Educating Diverse and Exceptional Learners3
Total Credits80

Electives 

Select 2-3 credits of electives2-3
Total Credits2-3