Elementary Education Comprehensive Major: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Emphasis

Program Requirements

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Emphasis requires the Elementary Education Core coursework in addition to 18 credits from the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Emphasis courses listed below.

The Elementary Education Major requires students to complete all requirements of the Licensure Program, including 40 credits of Education (EDUC) coursework. The major also requires students to complete 40 credits of interdisciplinary content coursework.

Elementary Education Core Content:
MATH 140College Algebra (GT-MA1)3
MATH 221Foundations of Mathematics for Teaching I3
MATH 222Foundations of Mathematics for Teaching II3
MATH 323Foundations of Mathematics for Teaching III3
SCI 110Habitable Planet (with laboratory)4
SCI 111Nature of Science1
SCI 120Living Planet (with laboratory)4
SCI 210Dynamic Planet (with laboratory)4
Two of the following:6
Introduction to Literature (GT-AH2)
Introduction to Creative Writing
Grammar and the English Language
Critical Approaches to Literature
Literature and Ethnicity: Studies in:
Poetry: Studies in:
Women Writers
Children's Literature
Four of the following (courses must include at least 3 disciplines):12
Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)
Microeconomics
Environmental Economics
Introduction to Human Geography (GT-SS2)
Geography of North America (GT-SS2)
Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean
World History to 1500 (GT-HI1)
World History Since 1500 (GT-HI1)
U.S. History to 1865 (GT-HI1)
U.S. History Since 1865 (GT-HI1)
Historical Inquiry
Latin American History (GT-HI1)
Colorado History
History of the Hispanic Southwest
Introduction to Political Ideas (GT-SS1)
Introduction to American Politics (GT-SS1)
Politics of the Environment
Total Credits43
 
Emphasis in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)
Select six of the following:18
Foundation Drawing I
Foundation Design: Two-Dimensional
Foundation Design: Three-Dimensional
Environmental Biology (GT-SC2)
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Theatre (GT-AH1)
Introduction to Acting
Introduction to Media Production I
Multimedia Communication
Media Production: Documentary
Computer Science I
INDEPENDENT STUDY
Introduction to Engineering Design
Applied Linear Algebra
A 300-level MATH course
Introductory Astronomy (GT-SC2)
Meteorology (GT-SC2)
Energy and the Environment (GT-SC2)
Total Credits18

For final year of Licensure coursework, please see the Elementary Licensure page.

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate programs require a minimum of 120 semester credits for graduation.  Of those 120 credits, 40 credits must be in upper-division courses (those marked 300 and above).  Fifteen of these 40 upper-division credits must be earned in courses that are part of the standard or comprehensive major program being pursued. 

Students are expected to review all graduation requirements, which can be found in the Western Undergraduate Catalog: Graduation Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
EDUC 000 Education Gateway Course 0
HWTR 100 First Year Seminar 1
MATH 140 College Algebra (GT-MA1) 3
SCI 110 Habitable Planet (with laboratory) 4
ENG 102 Academic Writing (GT-CO1) 3
EDUC 102 Learning & Teaching 3
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
 Credits17
Spring
SCI 120 Living Planet (with laboratory) 4
COM 202 Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2) 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
 Credits16
Year Two
Fall
MATH 221 Foundations of Mathematics for Teaching I 3
EDUC 202 Education and Schooling in the U.S. 3
SCI 111 Nature of Science 1
Elective ENG Elective 3
Elective Specialization Elective 3
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
 Credits16
Spring
MATH 222 Foundations of Mathematics for Teaching II 3
SCI 210 Dynamic Planet (with laboratory) 4
EDUC 210 Science Methods for Elementary Teachers 1
Elective Specialization Elective 3
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
 Credits14
Year Three
Fall
MATH 323 Foundations of Mathematics for Teaching III 3
EDUC 326 Diversity & Education 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Elective Specialization Elective 3
Elective Specialization Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
EDUC 340 Application of Pedagogy and Practice 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Elective ENG Elective 3
Elective Specialization Elective 3
Elective Specialization Elective (upper divisionl) 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Fall
EDUC 405 Data-driven Instructional Practices 3
EDUC 428 Teaching English Learners 3
EDUC 600 Foundations of Literacy Development 3
EDUC 604 Learning Environments 3
EDUC 619 Elementary Student Teaching 3
 Credits15
Spring
EDUC 601 Methods and Strategies of Effective Reading Instruction 3
EDUC 613 Methods and Strategies of Effective Mathematics Instruction 3
EDUC 617 Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency in the Content Area 3
EDUC 619 Elementary Student Teaching 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120