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2022-2023 General Catalog 
2022-2023 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education (Grades K-6), BSED

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Completion of the degree requirements with a major in Elementary Education leads to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree. The General Education Requirements for this degree are found on page 49. The education and other requirements are listed below.

General Degree Requirements


Elementary Concentrations

Elementary Education students are required to complete two areas of concentration in addition to the requirements for the major. The required concentration, Multicultural Literacy, is embedded in required literacy courses. The second concentration should be fulfilled with the completion of a minor or major approved for certification by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). Minors or majors in academic content areas other than those listed below must be appropriate for future elementary teachers and must be approved by the education department chairperson or the director of licensure prior to beginning courses in those minors or majors.

  1. Concentration 1: Multicultural Literacy (included as part of required courses)
  2. Concentration 2: Select one of the following minors or majors:
    Christian Education

    Social Work
    Special Education Minor
    Teaching of English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) & English Linguistics Minor

In addition to the above requirements, the student must present sufficient electives to earn the 124 credit hours required for graduation.

Four-Year Planning for Elementary Education

Elementary education courses must be carefully sequenced. Each semester Elementary education students must consult with their academic advisor to ensure courses are taken at the right time. Students who would like to attend a study abroad semester should plan their course of study in close collaboration with the Education Department advisor from the beginning of their first semester at Valparaiso University. No additional coursework is permitted during the student teaching semester due to the rigor of the curriculum requirements.

Year One: Semester 1: 3 Cr.

Year One: Semester 2: 3 Cr.

Year Four: Semester 2: 15 Cr.

Additional Teaching Content Areas

Students who are interested in specific information about the requirements for additional content areas should contact the Education Department licensure officer.

Degree Map

Credits: 125

Year: 2022-23

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Fall: Semester 3

Total Credits: 15

Spring: Semester 4

Total Credits: 17

Junior Year

Total Credits: 12

Spring: Semester 6

Total Credits: 16

Senior Year

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