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Curriculum in Elementary Education
The curriculum in elementary education is planned for students preparing to teach in grades kindergarten through six. For additional information, see Index, Elementary Education.
Teaching endorsements in areas closely related to elementary education, including a special education endorsement in Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate K-8, are available for elementary education majors. See Teacher Education, Courses and Programs, for information about specific endorsements.
Additional teaching endorsements, available at the graduate level to individuals who hold a valid Iowa teaching license, include the following: K-6 foreign language, reading, special education (Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate K-8; Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate 5-12; and Instructional Strategist II: Behavior Disorders/Learning Disabilities, ages 5-21).
In order to meet graduation requirements, all students must have a C (2.0) or better for each of Engl 150 and Engl 250.
U.S. Diversity and International Perspectives
In order to meet graduation requirements, all students must complete 3 credits of course work in U.S. Diversity and 3 credits in International Perspectives. See department for approved lists of courses.
Foreign Language Requirement
Elementary education majors must satisfy a graduation requirement equivalent to the first year of university-level study in one foreign language (normally, completion of a two-semester sequence in any one foreign language). The requirement may be met by completion of three or more years of high school study in one foreign language.
Students who have completed three or more years of French, German, or Spanish in high school may not receive graded credit for 101-102 in those languages; test-out credit (T credit) may be obtained by passing an appropriate examination or by completing an advanced sequence (200-level or higher) in that language. If these students choose to take 101-102 on a remedical basis, they will be graded S-F. Certification in American Sign Language is recognized by the University and satisfies the foreign language requirement for the curriculum in Elementary Education.