Elementary Education B.S.Ed. (Certification Track)

Degree Requirements: 133 Credit Hours

Additional admission requirements must be met to enter the Elementary Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track (See B.S.Ed. Teacher Education Admission Requirements). Students seeking teacher certification are first admitted to the Professional Studies Elementary Education B.S.Ed. Non-Certification Track. Upon meeting B.S.Ed. teacher education admission requirements at the completion of Area F, students will be admitted to the certification track. Successful completion of all program requirements and all Georgia Professional Standards Commission certification requirements will prepare an individual to gain teacher certification in Georgia.

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core A-E)42
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
Pre-Professional Block
PPB Practicum
Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education
Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts
Exploring Learning and Teaching
Prerequisite Courses to Teaching Field
Life/Earth Science
Physical Science
Foundations of Numbers and Operations
Professional Education18
Elementary Pre-Internship
Elementary Internship Seminar
Elementary Internship I
Elementary Internship II
Beginning of P-12 School Year Experience
Major Requirements39
Childhood Development from Prenatal Period to Adolescence
Elementary Arts and Literature Across the Curriculum
Elementary Language Arts Methods
Elementary Mathematics Methods
Elementary Science Methods
Elementary Social Studies Methods
Foundations of Technology-Enabled Learning
Foundations of Data Analysis and Geometry
Algebraic Connections for K-8 Teachers
Early Language and Literacy Development
Literacy Assessment and Instruction
Classroom Management
Cultural Diversity and ESOL/TCLD
Study Emphasis12
Select one of the following study emphasis:
Study Emphasis One: Elementary Education (P-5 Certification)
Assessment for Differentiated Instruction
Elementary Curriculum & Methods
Health and Physical Education for the Early Childhood Teacher
Introduction to Special Education for Elementary Education
Study Emphasis Two: Elementary and Special Education (P-5 Dual Certification)
Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities
Assessment in Special Education
Methodologies of Inclusive P-5 Settings
Special Education Procedures
Total Credit Hours133

Program Admission Criteria

See B.S.Ed. Teacher Education Admission Requirements

  • Must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program and qualify for a Georgia Preservice Certificate

Other Program Requirements

  • Must meet all requirements for retention in the Teacher Education Program and qualify for a Georgia Preservice Certificate
  • Must earn a minimum grade of “C” on all courses in Area F of the Core, the teaching field, and professional education; earn an adjusted GPA of 2.75 or higher in the teaching field; and maintain overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • Must successfully complete all field experiences
  • Must take courses sequentially according to Area
  • Courses in Area F must be taken prior to admission into the Teacher Education Program
  • Take only one practicum course per semester
  • Must meet requirements for admission to Student Teaching/Internship II, (See catalog section, Admission to Student Teaching)
  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point

Honors in Elementary Education

To graduate with Honors in Elementary Education, a student must:

  • Be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • Successfully complete at least four credit hours of Honors Research Seminar Education (COED   3610) over four semesters;
  • Successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • Be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.


Each student in Elementary Education is assigned to an advisor in the College of Education Student Success Center for program planning and course scheduling. Telephone: (912) 478-0698. E-Mail: cjthomp@georgiasouthern.edu.