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Elementary Education (BS)

Hours — 44-64 Credit Hours
Effective Sep. 2023
Last Revision 5/17/2023
Faculty Unit Assignment: Faculty of Education & Social Work
Sponsoring Program: Teacher Education
Holokai Category: Professional Studies

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The Discipline

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Program Requirements


Pre-Professional Area — 8-11 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
EDU 212 Foundations of Education F, W, S 2.0
EDU 200 Human Growth and Learning in Schools F, W, S 3.0
MATH 305 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers F, W 3.0 MATH 101 or higher

Recommended Electives

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
HWST 101 Introduction to Hawaiian Studies F, W, S 3.0 Required for Hawaii teacher license
EDU 333 Developing an Effective School Culture S 2.0
EDU 340 Multiculturalism and Culturally Responsive Teaching Through Sheltered Instruction F, W, S 3.0 Required for international track. Highly recommended for Hawaii License Track
ELED 240 Children's Literature in Elementary Schools S 2.0 ENGL 101


Academic Support Area — 29 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
SPED 300 Education of Students with Exceptionalities F, W, S 3.0 EDU 200
EDU 305 Computer and Technology Assisted Instruction F, W, S 2.0 EDU 212 for education majors only or TESOL 240 for TESOL major/ certs only
EDU 312 Effective Pedagogy F, W, S 3.0 EDU 212
EDU 385 Education Assessment in the Classroom F, W, S 3.0 EDU 312
ELED 320 Methods of Literacy Instruction for the Emergent Reader F, S 3.0 Pre- or corequiste EDU 312
ELED 343 PE and Health Methods for Elementary Teachers F, W, S 2.0 EDU 212
ELED 347 Math Methods for Elementary Teachers Part I F, W 2.0 Pre- or corequiste EDU 312
ELED 360 Science Methods for Elementary Teachers F, W 3.0 Pre- or corequiste EDU 312
ELED 369 Writing Methods for Elementary Teachers F, W 3.0 EDU 212
ELED 378 Music Methods for Elementary Teachers F, W, S 1.0 EDU 212
ELED 380 Social Studies Methods/Multicultural Education and Constitution for Elementary Teachers F, W 3.0 Pre- or corequiste EDU 312
ART 336 Art Methods for Elementary Teachers F, W 1.0 EDU 212


Professional Year — 7-24 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
ELED 421 Methods of Literacy Instruction for the Fluent Reader F, W 2.0 EDU 312 and ELED 320, coreq of ELED 491 (except non-cert track)
ELED 430 Classroom Management F, W 2.0 EDU 312coreq of ELED 491 (except non-cert track)
ELED 451 Mathematics Methods for Elementary Teachers
Part II
F, W 3.0 EDU 312 and ELED 347, coreq of ELED 491 (except non-cert track)
ELED 491 Pre-Student Teaching F, W 3.0 EDU 312coreq of ELED 421, 430, 451 and formal admission to TE
ELED 492 Student Teaching F, W 14.0 ELED 491 and formal admission to TE


Admission to All Programs

Admission to the general degree requires a valid MAP that will satisfy university graduation criteria. Admission to the school teaching tracks require letters of recommendation, completed application packet, and a formal interview. Please see the chair or advisor for further details.


Program Learning Outcomes


Upon completing a major in teacher education, students can demonstrate an understanding of these outcomes:

  1. Learner Development - The teacher candidate designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
  2. Learning Differences - The teacher candidate creates inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
  3. Learning Environments - The teacher candidate works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  4. Content Knowledge - The teacher candidate understands the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
  5. Application of Content - The teacher candidate uses differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  6. Assessment - The teacher candidate uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
  7. Planning for Instruction - The teacher candidate plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals.
  8. Instructional Strategies - The teacher candidate uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice - The teacher candidate uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  10. Leadership and Collaboration - The teacher candidate seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, and to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals.

The Discipline

All courses offered in the elementary education teacher education program are designed to meet the performance standards established by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) and to provide a classroom oriented knowledge base in a subject content area. Field experiences are attached to most academic professional classes, with the capstone experience being student teaching for students working to teach in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade in public or private schools. The program provides the opportunity for prospective teachers to learn about the culture of the elementary school, develop a solid foundation in basic principles of teaching and learning that originate in educational theory and research, and become proficient in systematically applying those basic principles in practical U.S. and international settings.


Career Opportunities

The Elementary Education Program prepares students for a career teaching students in grades kindergarten through six. Individuals may also pursue other career opportunities in education such as counselors, curriculum specialists and administrators.