Elementary Education Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

The elementary education undergraduate degree is registered in New York and accredited by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our 
Course Descriptions page lists all education courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements    Credits 
 Elementary & Special Education 52
     EDUC 201. Introduction to Teaching
     EDUC 210. Human Development and Learning
     EDUC 220. Basic Instructional Design
     EDUC 220L. Basic Instructional Design Lab
     EDUC 305. Music, Art and Physical Education in the Elementary School 
     SPED 230. Introduction to Special Education
     SPED 340. Classroom and Behavioral Management 
     SPED 440. Curriculum Adaptation and Instruction for Special Needs Students 
     SPED 460. Communication and Collaboration Skills for Educators 

 Field Block 1 
     EDUC 304. Methods, Models, and Management of Instruction 
     EDUC 310. Methods for Teaching Elem. Social Studies and Language Arts 
     EDUC 312. Developmental Reading 

 Field Block 2 
     EDUC 401. Diagnostic and Prescriptive Reading 
     EDUC 425. Organization and Assessment for Elementary Classrooms 
     EDUC 430. Methods for Teaching Elementary Science, Math and Technology 

 Student Teaching: Two 7-week placements. 
     EDUC 490. Elementary Student Teaching: Primary 
     EDUC 491. Elementary Student Teaching: Intermediate 

3
3
3
0
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3


3
3
3


5
5
   
 Academic Concentration - choose one area 14-17 
 Choose either English or Math/Science/Technology or Social Studies. 
 See Academic Concentration, below, for the courses for each concentration.
 
   
 Certification Requirements  12
     MATH 111. Mathematics for Elementary Education I
     MATH 112. Mathematics for Elementary Education II 
     United States History:
          HIST 201. United States History to 1865 or
          HIST 202. United States History Since 1865  
     Natural Science Course
3
3
3
 

   
 Foreign Language
 6
   
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) † 36 
     CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
     CLAR 110. Composition & Critical Thinking I
     CLAR 111. Composition & Critical Thinking II
 Core Area Courses:
     CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
     CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
     CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts in the Western World
     CLAR 207. The Catholic Franciscan Heritage
     CLAR 208. World Views
     CLAR 209. Arts and Literature
     CLAR 302. & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
     CLAR 304. The Good Life
     CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
 4 
3
2
   
 First Year Experience
1
     UNIV 101. Skills for the Good Journey  1
   
 TOTAL  121
† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Childhood studies majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the mathematics courses listed in the above table under Certification Requirements.

Academic Concentration

Choose one concentration from among English, Math/Science/Technology (MST), and Social Studies. Within the concentration, take 30 credits of courses, as indicated below. Note that the courses include several of the requirements listed in the table above.


Contact Information

For more information on the degree in elementary education, please contact 
Dr. Nancy Casey, Chair 
(716) 375-2141 
ncasey@sbu.edu  

If you wish to apply to this program, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at St. Bonaventure University at 1 (800) 462-5050 for undergraduate admission materials.  

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

This sequence illustrates how requirements can be met in a four-year program. Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable, but these must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser. Click on any linked course to see its full title and description. A list of all education courses is found on our Course Descriptions page.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
CLAR 110 3 CLAR 111
  3
MATH 111 3 MATH 112   3
CLAR 101 or HIST 201 *
3 CLAR 101 or HIST 202 *   3
Foreign Language 3 Foreign Language   3
EDUC 201 or SPED 230
3 EDUC 201 or SPED 230
  3
UNIV 101 Concentration Elective   3
Total 16 Total   18

 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
EDUC 210 3 Concentration Elective   3
Core Area Course
3 CLAR 302 & CLRL 302
  4
Core Area Course
3 Core Area Course   3
Natural Science Course
3 Concentration Elective 3
Concentration elective
3 Concentration Elective
3
Total
15 Total
16
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
EDUC 220 & EDUC 220L 3 FIELD BLOCK 1  
SPED 440 3    EDUC 304   3
Core Area Course 3    EDUC 310   3
Core Area Course 3    EDUC 312   3
Concentration Elective 6 SPED 340   3


EDUC 305   3
Total
18
Total   15
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
FIELD BLOCK 2 3 STUDENT TEACHING   
   EDUC 401 3 EDUC 490   5
   EDUC 425
3 EDUC 491   5
   EDUC 430 SPED 460  
Core Area Course EDUC 099D   0
Concentration Elective (if needed)

CLAR 401      
Total
14-17
Total
  13

NOTES:
 1.) Field Block courses must be taken together in the same semester. 2.) Field Blocks 1 and 2 must be completed prior to student teaching. 3.) No additional courses may be taken during student teaching semester.