Elementary Education

Simpson College nurtures and prepares highly effective teachers who are competent, caring, and reflective.

Morgan Terpstra

Simpson is a college full of tradition and pride in our heritage. For more than 150 years, we’ve graduated accomplished students, and our education program is one of which we’re especially proud.

 

DUAL MAJOR FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

All Simpson education students seeking elementary certification complete a dual major: Professional Studies for Elementary Education Major and Liberal Arts for Elementary Education Major. This not only enhances your preparation for the many content areas represented in the K-6 curriculum, but also enhances your marketability.

 

WHAT CLASSES WILL I TAKE FOR MY LIBERAL STUDIES?

 

I. Liberal Studies Major for Elementary Education

Communication and Literacy (6-8 credits)

Eng 108 Linguistics and Writing

Comm 102 Public Speaking in Society

Mathematics (6-8 credits)

Math 116 Foundations of Arithmetic for Elementary Teachers

Math 117 Geometry for Elementary Education Teachers

Sciences (Life, Physical, Earth/Space) (6-12 credits)--must complete course work in each of the following areas

Life Sciences (3-4 credits) 

Biol 104 Human Biology

Biol 145 Introductory Plant Biology

Earth/Space Science (0-4 credits)

NaSc 102 Introduction to Meteorology

NaSc 118 Physical/Earth Sciences for Elementary Teachers*

Physical Science (0-4 credits)

Biol 103 Environmental Issues

Chem 101 General Chemistry I

Chem 150 Chemistry and Society

Chem 155 Environmental Chemistry

NaSc 118 Physical/Earth Sciences for Elementary Teachers*

*NaSc 118 Physical/Earth Sciences for Elementary Teachers may satisfy requirements for BOTH Earth/Space and Physical Sciences

Social Sciences/Humanities (3-4 credits in US History and 3-4 credits in American Government)

History

Hist 201 US History to 1877

Hist 202 US History since 1877

American Government

PoSc 101 American Government

Ethics Course (3-4 credits) Any course with an EV designation or suggested course: 

Phil 105 Introductions to Ethics

Visual and Performing Arts, Health, Education, and Wellness

Educ 238 The Arts and Physical Wellbeing

Discipline Concentration (24 credits in one discipline with at least 16 credits at the 300 level)

Educ 114 Foundation of Education

Educ 222 Assessment, Planning, and Teaching

Educ 300 Reading and Language Arts and Practicum

Educ 303 Science Methods

Educ 304 Math Methods

Educ 305 Social Studies Methods

Educ 326P Advanced Practicum I

Educ 329P Advanced Practicum II

Educ 312 Exceptional Learners

Educ 321 Human Relations in Teaching

Student Teaching Component

Educ 388/389 Student Teaching*

*All candidates must complete a minimum of 15 weeks of student teaching plus the student teaching seminar in order to be recommended for teacher licensure.

II. Professional Studies Major for Elementary Education

Educ 114 Foundations of Education

Educ 118 Student Development and  Learning

Educ 222 Assessment, Planning, and Teaching

Educ 237 Children’s Literature

Educ 300 Reading/Language Arts Education and Practicum

Educ 303 Science and Health Education 

Educ 304 Math Education 

Educ 305 Social Studies Education 

Educ 326P Advanced Practicum I (Must be taken concurrently with Educ 300 and 305)

Educ 329P Advanced Practicum II (Must be taken concurrently with Educ 303 and 304)

Educ 312 Exceptional Learners

Educ 321 Human Relations in Teaching

Student Teaching

Educ 388/389 Student Teaching*

*All candidates must complete a minimum of 15 weeks of student teaching plus the student teaching seminar in order to be recommended for teacher licensure.

 

ELEMENTARY ENDORSEMENT AREAS

Art

Coaching*

Communications/Speech/Theatre

Early Childhood Education (PK-3)**

English/Language Arts

Health

History

Languages (French/German/Spanish)

Mathematics

Music

Physical Education

Reading

Science

Social Studies

Special Education (Instructional Strategist I)**

*Must complete an additional endorsement.

**Offered at the graduate level.