Elementary Education, B.S. Pathway
The Elementary Education Program prepares competent and effective teachers for grades K-6 to be ethical and appreciative of the human differences in the world and to use their ability to reason logically and think critically and creatively. The program links faculty and students directly to schools through field experiences, student teaching, consultations, and research. The skills of teaching, curriculum development, leadership, and supervision are developed in these various settings. Practical and theoretical views of educational programs and resources allow the program to maintain a close working relationship with other programs, departments, and divisions at Winston-Salem State University. Upon completion, candidates become highly competent teachers and higher-order thinkers, who value and appreciate cultural diversity, integrate technology into teaching and learning, and have the competence to maximize the educational experience of all students in our diverse and global society.
Student Learning Outcomes
The elementary teacher education candidate will:
- Demonstrate leadership in the classroom, school and the profession by meeting the needs of individual students, demonstrating high ethical standards, and promoting professional growth.
- Exhibit sensitivity toward diversity in the school, community and in the world by accommodating individual differences among learners.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the relevant content taught and the interconnectedness of disciplines.
- Facilitate learning by using a variety of instructional methods, integrating technology in instruction, and using critical-thinking and problem solving skills.
- Reflect on own practices by analyzing and assessing instruction, student learning and progress.
- Express themselves through speech and writing in appropriate, clear and effective English.
The program provides a carefully planned sequence of classroom and field experiences that will result in the development of competent teachers for grades K-6. The curriculum is organized to include the general education core curriculum, professional studies, specialty area courses and a second course of study in one of the following areas: English as a Second Language, Math/Science/Technology, or Special Education. The course sequence for these areas is denoted in the "Sample Program of Study" below by the use of the term "second course of study." Students are required to complete a minimum of 121 credit hours. Elementary education majors must complete the general education core curriculum and obtain admission into Teacher Education during the first two years of enrollment or by the time students have completed 60 credit hours.
Students wishing to pursue a degree in English, Secondary Education must be formally admitted into the teacher education program at WSSU (preferably) by the end of their sophomore year and/or after completing general education requirements. Specific admission requirements include:
- Completion of all General Education requirements;
- Completion of English, speech, mathematics and laboratory courses with a grade of "C" or better in each of the courses;
- Completion of EDU 2334 (Education, Culture and Society) with a grade of "C" or better as part of the new General Education requirements;
- A cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. Transfer students must have a 2.5 GPA; Passing of PRAXIS I or evidence of exemption from the exam in line with North Carolina Department of Public Instructions requirements/guidelines;
- Successful completion of an essay/written exam or proof of exemption based on PRAXIS I essay writing; and
- Candidate signature acknowledging expected professional dispositions