Elementary Education, BS


Program Description

The mission of the Department of Education is to develop competent, caring, and qualified teachers by ensuring that our students acquire the necessary professional knowledge in content and teaching. In pursuit of that goal, the department provides engaging and rigorous classes in the essential areas of teaching, extensive practicum/field experiences in a variety of settings, advisement/mentoring/supervision from experienced, knowledgeable, and caring professors, all within the context of a student-centered learning environment.

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Dixie State University customarily leading to licensure have been designed to meet the educational licensure/certification requirements in Utah as well as to prepare students to apply for licensure exams in the State of Utah. The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Requirement may vary state to state and may change at any time. Students who intend to use their DSU degree to secure licensure in any state other than Utah will need to review the professional licensure disclosures in that state pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board.  For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select your program, or speak to the director of your program.

Program Curriculum

125 - 126 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

*NOTE: Grade C or higher required in MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (MA) or  MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA).

Program Prerequisite Requirements

One of the following:

Minimum 63 college semester credits
Completed Associate of Arts degree
Completed Associate of Science degree

Complete one of the following to fulfill the Diversity Component:

  • Minimum 1-semester of any college-level foreign language (including ASL)
  • Evidence of having lived in a non-English speaking country or environment for a continuous period of one (1) year or more
  • Evidence of testing out of college-level foreign language coursework (CLEP or other standardized test accepted for credit at DSU)
MATH 1030Quantitative Reasoning (MA) (recommended)3-4
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1010 General Psychology (SS, GC)
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
HIST 1700American History (AI)3
or POLS 1100 American Government (AI)
EDUC 1010Foundations/Intro to Education3
EDUC 2010Intro to Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 2400Foundations Multicultural/ESL (SS, GC, ALCI)3
EDUC 2500Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms3
EDUC 3110Educational Psychology3
MATH 2010Math for Elementary Teachers I3
MATH 2020Math for Elemen Teachers II3

NOTE: USBE R277-504-3 A(3) “requires candidates to maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.0, and receive a C or better in all education related courses and major required content courses". Passing grade on MATH 2020 Math for Elemen Teachers II exit exam required.

Professional Courses

Admission to the DSU Elementary Education program.
Semester I
ELED 3100Curriculum Design Plan Assess (ALPP)2
ELED 3150Principles of Early Childhood Education2
ELED 3250Effective Classroom Mgmt (ALPP)2
ELED 3350Literacy Acquisition of Young Children (ALPP)3
ELED 3410Language Acquisition Cognition ESL (ALCI)3
ELED 3650Assessment of K-8 Learners (ALPP)2
ELED 3200Practicum Seminar 13
Semester II
ELED 3300Literacy Intermediate Grades (ALPP)3
ELED 3420Assessment for ESL Education (ALCI)3
ELED 3500Healthy Lifestyle/PE for Elementary Teachers2
ELED 3900Differentiated Instruction for Exceptional Children (ALPP)2
ELED 4100Methods of Teaching Elementary Math (ALPP)3
ELED 4200Fine Arts in Elementary3
ELED 3700Practicum Seminar 23
Semester III
ELED 4300Methods of Teaching Elementary Science (ALPP)3
ELED 4400Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Science (ALPP)3
ELED 4410Methods, Strategies & Materials for Language Arts ESL (ALCI)3
ELED 4430Family/Parent Involvement ESL (ALCI)2
ELED 4600Methods/Teaching Elementary Language Arts (ALPP)2
ELED 4700Learning and Behavior Difficulties in the Inclusive Classroom2
ELED 4000Practicum Seminar 33
Semester IV
ELED 4440Integrating Language & Content (ALCI)3
ELED 4900Student Teaching10
ELED 4989Student Teaching Capstone 3

Licensure Requirement

  • Students are required to pass the PRAXIS II Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Test.
  • Students are required to pass the PRAXIS Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT).

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 125 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative university GPA 3.0 or higher.
  5. USBE R277-504-3 A(3) “requires candidates to maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.0, and receive a C or better in all education related courses and major required content courses".
  6. GPA 3.0 or higher in all program prerequisite and professional courses.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
First Year Recommended Elective 2
EDUC 1010 Foundations/Intro to Education 3
ENGL 1010
Introduction to Writing (EN)
or Introduction to Writing (EN)
MATH 1030
Quantitative Reasoning (MA) (Recommended)
or College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)
PSY 1010
General Psychology (SS, GC)
or Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
or Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
Spring Semester
EDUC 2010 Intro to Exceptional Learners 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
HIST 1700
American History (AI)
or American Government (AI)
General Education (Life Sciences / Lab) 4
2nd Year
Fall Semester
EDUC 2500 Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms (Must be taken within the last 5 years) 3
MATH 2010 Math for Elementary Teachers I 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
General Education (Physical Sciences) 3
General Education (Fine Arts recommended IART 1010) 3
Spring Semester
EDUC 2400 Foundations Multicultural/ESL (SS, GC, ALCI) 3
EDUC 3110 Educational Psychology 3
MATH 2020 Math for Elemen Teachers II 3
Foreign Language: Diversity Component prerequisite 4
Admission to DSU Elementary Education Program required to continue.  
3rd Year
Fall Semester
ELED 3100 Curriculum Design Plan Assess (ALPP) 2
ELED 3150 Principles of Early Childhood Education 2
ELED 3250 Effective Classroom Mgmt (ALPP) 2
ELED 3350 Literacy Acquisition of Young Children (ALPP) 3
ELED 3410 Language Acquisition Cognition ESL (ALCI) 3
ELED 3650 Assessment of K-8 Learners (ALPP) 2
ELED 3200 Practicum Seminar 1 3
Spring Semester
ELED 3300 Literacy Intermediate Grades (ALPP) 3
ELED 3420 Assessment for ESL Education (ALCI) 3
ELED 3500 Healthy Lifestyle/PE for Elementary Teachers 2
ELED 3900 Differentiated Instruction for Exceptional Children (ALPP) 2
ELED 4100 Methods of Teaching Elementary Math (ALPP) 3
ELED 4200 Fine Arts in Elementary 3
ELED 3700 Practicum Seminar 2 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
ELED 4300 Methods of Teaching Elementary Science (ALPP) 3
ELED 4400 Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Science (ALPP) 3
ELED 4410 Methods, Strategies & Materials for Language Arts ESL (ALCI) 3
ELED 4430 Family/Parent Involvement ESL (ALCI) 2
ELED 4600 Methods/Teaching Elementary Language Arts (ALPP) 2
ELED 4700 Learning and Behavior Difficulties in the Inclusive Classroom 2
ELED 4000 Practicum Seminar 3 3
Spring Semester
ELED 4440 Integrating Language & Content (ALCI) 3
ELED 4900 Student Teaching 10
ELED 4989 Student Teaching Capstone 3
 Total Hours125-126

BS Elementary Education Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and accommodate individual learner differences and cultural, linguistic, and physical diversity.
  2. Create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, positive social interactions, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  3. Apply central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline.
  4. Formulate multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, monitor learner progress, guide planning and instruction, and determine whether the outcomes described in content standards have been met.
  5. Plan and implement instruction to support students in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content, Utah Core Standards, instructional best practices, and the community context.
  6. Analyze evidence to continually reflect on and adapt practices to meet the needs of each learner.
  7. Exhibit leadership to engage collaboratively with learners, families, colleagues, and community members, and demonstrates professional and ethical behavior.