All Elementary Education Majors must complete a 30-hour concentration in an academic area. Some concentrations will require slightly more than 30 credit hours to meet all requirements.
In order to provide the in-depth experience required by the state, 18 credits of each concentration must be at the 300 or 400 level. Since many concentration courses may also be used in completing the college's General Education requirement, a concentration should be selected as early as possible. A teacher candidate should be aware of the possibility for double- or triple-dipping some of their concentration courses with either distribution or GE2K or IF requirements.
The six approved concentrations include:
- American Studies
- Foreign Language (Spanish, French, Italian)
- Social Studies
Note: A course taken to meet the concentration, distribution, or professional sequence requirement cannot be taken Pass/Fail.
Early and careful planning with an advisor will be necessary in order to meet all requirements within the 120 credit hour minimum requirement for graduation. However, it must be noted that most students will exceed the 120 credit hour minimum in order to complete the degree. Students must indicate their choice of concentration when declaring their full major. Once a concentration is chosen and recorded, it will appear on the student's degree navigator record.