Department of Elementary Education

The faculty in the Elementary Education Department provide instruction in several
major areas and segments of a very complex program. Specific faculty members are
responsible for teaching in one or several of the following areas: Early Childhood Education;
the Early Learning Center (Nursery and Kindergarten); Reading Concentration; the
Professional Semester Program; the Student Teaching Program.
Faculty outside of the Elementary Education Department also teach numerous Elementary
Education courses that are required in the program. In addition, faculty in other academic
department work closely with the Elementary Education Department through the offering of
academic concentrations. Any student who does not choose Early Childhood Education or
Special Education as his/her major is required to declare a concentration.

Elementary Education students will meet with their advisors at least once each
semester. At the student's first advisement appointment during the first semester, the
advisor will review the document, College of Education's Policies and Procedures:
Requirements for Teacher Certification Programs, which includes a review of the following topics: the National Teacher Examination; the requirements for Observation in the Field (see below); the scheduling and procedures for Professional Semester; and, the assignments and procedures for Student Teaching.
Further, the advisor will explain the specific program requirements using one of the
department check sheets. The advisors will maintain complete advisement records on each student. The advisors should mark the date of advisement appointments on the inside of the student's folder.

Advisors will explain the thirty hour observation requirement and provide students with a handout entitled "Guidelines for Fulfilling 30-hour Observation Requirement." The 30 hours must be documented by July I for Fall professional semester and by January 2 for Spring Professional semester. Registration for professional semester classes will be blocked if these requirements are not met.
The advisees will be given copies of all advisement information and are responsible to maintain accurate records of their own. The advisees must bring their check sheets, a copy of master schedule, and any of their ideas/concerns with them when they come to an advisement appointment dealing with course selection. After consultation with each student, the advisor will complete the Advisement/Course Selection Form, which designates the selection of courses desired for the next semester. One copy of the Advisement/Course Selection Form will be given to the student. Students are to notify the advisor when courses listed on the Advisement/Course Selection Form are not scheduled at on-line registration. A completed copy of the form, College of Education Policies and Procedures: Requirements for Teacher Certification Program, will also be given to the
students, with other copies filed with the advisor and the department office.

Course Selection

a. General

Freshmen are advised to begin taking courses in the Professional Education area and
specialization area, or, at least prerequisites for these courses as soon as possible. These courses must be continued on a regular basis during the sophomore and Junior years. General Education courses should not take precedence over education courses in the early semesters.
Suggestions for second semester freshmen would include: General Psychology, Child Psychology. Educational Psychology, and Perspectives on American Education.
Suggestions for sophomores would include: The Visual Arts Experience, Music for Elementary Schools, Fundamentals of Reading Instruction I, and Introduction to Early Childhood Education.
SPE 010 is required for Category 1-B. of General Education, "Oral Communications."
Transfer courses designated "electives" are not to be used as substitutes for required
courses. For example, a political science course transferring as a social science elective (SSE 888) may be used only in that area designated "elective". Transfer courses are allowed in General Education in the following categories: Category 2.c. -- Humanities Elective; Category 3.d. -Social Science Elective; Category 4.d. -- Natural Science and Mathematics Elective; and, Category 5. --Additional Electives.
Concentrated studies in a foreign language, specifically Spanish, should be considered by students planning urban student teaching and teaching experiences.
Elementary Education elective courses and courses in the concentration should be
considered when selecting courses for Category 5. Students are encouraged to use Category 5 of General Education to strengthen and broaden their preparation for teaching. Specific courses that should be given high priority as choices in this category are as follows:
ELU 243 Teaching in the Urban Elementary and Middle Schools

ELU 251 Teaching the Culturally Different Child to Read

ELU 323 Techniques for Classroom Management and Discipline

AVC 325 Microcomputers in Education

PSY 160 Psychology of Exceptional Children

SPU 100 Introduction to Special Education

b. Courses in the Specialization

ELU 205 - Science for Elementary Schools has two prerequisites: a biological science with a lab and a physical science with a lab.
ELU 320 - Evaluative Techniques for the Elementary Teacher is NOT required before student teaching. It is required for graduation for all students except those who have a concentration in ECE. If a student changes from the ECE concentration to any other, they are reminded that ELU 320 must be completed.
Required courses and electives as listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin must be followed exactly. Exceptions can only be made with the approval of the chairperson and the dean.

c. Early Childhood Education (ECE)

The six courses in the early childhood program are designed to be sequential and should be taken in the following order:
ELU 130 -- Introduction to Early Childhood Education

ELU 231 -- Theoretical Foundations in Early Childhood Education

ELU 232 -- Early Childhood Curriculum

ELU 333 -- Communicative Skills in Early Childhood Education

ELU 334 -- Instructional Strategies in Early Childhood Education

ELU 335 -- Evaluative Techniques in Early Childhood Education
ELU 130 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education is a prerequisite for all other
courses in the sequence, since the student's background and suitability for work with young children are assessed during this period. The student should take this course during the second semester of the freshman year or the first semester of the sophomore year.
Transfer students who do not receive transfer credit for this course should take it during their first semester at Kutztown.
Child Psychology is strongly recommended as a concomitant course during the second semester of the freshman year for ECE students.
No more than two early childhood courses should be taken a semester. Theoretical
Foundations (ELU 231) and Curriculum (ELU 232) are especially compatible courses as are Curriculum (ELU 232) and Communicative Skills (ELU 333). Instructional Strategies (ELU 334) may be taken with Evaluative Techniques (ELU 335) but should not precede any of the other courses in sequence. Instructional Strategies (ELU 334) and Evaluative Techniques (ELU 335) should not be taken before the Junior year under any circumstances.
ECE certification students should be advised to schedule some open time during the day to allow them to observe at preschool centers.
In order to be eligible for student teaching, the student must have completed four of the six early childhood courses.

d. Professional Semester

Professional semester courses must be scheduled as a block. Sign-up is required in the semester prior to the professional semester.

e. Student Teaching

In order to schedule STUDENT TEACHING under the new numbering system, the student must list ELU 390 for the first assignment and ELU 391 for the second assignment. The section code depends on their supervisor and whether it is a first assignment or a second assignment. Please check the master schedule for this information.