Department of Elementary Education
The faculty in the Elementary Education Department provide instruction in
major areas and segments of a very complex program. Specific faculty members
responsible for teaching in one or several of the following areas: Early
the Early Learning Center (Nursery and Kindergarten); Reading Concentration;
Professional Semester Program; the Student Teaching Program.
Faculty outside of the Elementary Education Department also teach numerous
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 130 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education is a prerequisite for
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
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.
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.