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Social Studies and Education (Elementary)


The suggested Four-Year Major Plan is a guide to help Caldwell University students complete their graduation requirements within four years. It is a suggested framework which builds upon the core curriculum as well as the required and elective courses within a student’s major. This suggested plan does not include developmental courses. Should developmental courses be required, students will need to work with their Academic Advisor to include those additional courses; this may delay graduation in four years. Students should always meet with their Academic Advisor to further individualize their academic plans and confirm the availability of courses and course sequencing. The following credits below include the minimum required courses and credits needed to graduate. Students enrolled as full-time status may take 12-18 credits a semester.

NOTE: This suggested Four-Year Major Plan applies to students who matriculated during the 2014-2015 academic year.

First Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
Core: FS 189 Freshman Seminar (Freshmen only) 1 HI 102 The Shaping of the West*** 3
Core: EN 111 College Writing* (or EN 320 by placement) 3 Social Studies Major Elective** 3
Core: CS 115 Essential Computer Skills (or elective/core) 3 Core: Science – PY 101 Survey of Physical Sciences** 3
Core: HI 101 Roots of the West*** 3 Core: Math – MA 117 or MA 130 (based on placement)** 3
Core: Modern Language Core – SP/FR/AS/IT 3 Core: Fine Arts – AH 245 Art Fundamentals for the Elementary Teacher 3
Core: Social Science – PS 211 Child Psychology 3 BU 101 Survey of Economics 3
Total: 16 Total: 18
Second Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
HI 203 Growth of American Nation I 3 HI 204 Growth of American Nation II 3
PO 225 American Government or PO 362 International Relations 3 ED 331 Intro. to Education of Exceptional Child**** 3
ED 206 Phil. & Hist. Foundations of Education 3 ED 447 Instructional Technology**** 3
Core: Math – MA 116 (based on placement) or elective/core/major requirement*** 3 Core: Social Science – PS 209 Prenatal/Infant Psychology 3
Core: Science – BI 103 Biological Principles and BI 103L Biological Principles Lab*** 4 Core: Literature – EN xxx 3
AN 225 Cultural Anthropology 3
Total: 16 Total: 18
Third Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
GY 335 World Geography 3 Social Studies Major Elective** 3
Social Studies Major Elective** 3 ED 448E Instructional Design I: Mathematics**** 3
ED 340 Teaching Read./Lang. Arts/Elem**** 3 Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Core: TH 102 Intro. to Catholic Theology 3 Core: Social Science – SO 231, 323, 343, 474 or 476 3
Core: Fine Arts – MU 245 Music Fundamentals for the Elementary Teacher 3 Core: PH 102 Intro. to Philosophy 3
Total: 15 Total: 15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
HI/PO Senior Seminar***** 3 ED 470 Student Teaching**** 9
HI/PO 492 Research Seminar***** 3 ED 475 Student Teaching Seminar**** 3
ED 449E Instructional Design II: Social Studies & Science*** 3
Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Total: 15 Total: 12

*A second writing intensive (WI) course is required. Students are recommended to complete it before the end of their fourth semester. Students who transfer to Caldwell with a minimum of 30 credits will have their second WI course waived.

**Must complete three of the following courses, one must be global history: HI 210 or HI 211; HI 213; HI 218; HI 220; HI 250; HI 317 and Global History (Asia, Africa, Latin America, Middle East) cluster, HI 331-338

***Students must complete their Math CORE prior to taking ED 448E. Students must complete their History and Science CORE prior to taking ED 449E.

****Student must attain and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and apply and be accepted to the Education Major in order to register for these classes. Students must also pass the Praxis in order to register to take ED 449E, ED 470 and ED 475.

*****HI/PO Senior Seminar and HI/PO 492-Research Seminar must be taken concurrently and may be taken during the fall or spring semester of the student’s senior year.

Total Credits Required (minimum): 121 credits

GPA: 3.0

Minimum Grade in Content Major and Core (English, Math, History & Science): C

Minimum Grade in Education Major Courses: B-

1st Semester Sophomore (Students Apply to Division of Education)
ED 206 Phil. & Hist. Found. of Education 9 3
2nd Semester Sophomore
ED 331 Intro. to Educ. of Exceptional Child
25 3
ED 447 Instructional Technology  0 3
1st Semester Junior
ED 340 Teaching Reading/Language Arts/Elem.
40 3
2nd Semester Junior
ED 448E Instruct. Design I: Mathematics 60 3
1st Semester Senior
ED 449E Instruct. Design II: Soc. Stu. & Sci.• To register for this course the student must have passed Praxis 10014 60 3
2nd Semester Senior
ED 470 Student Teaching 9
ED 475 Student Teaching Seminar 3
Additional Certifications Field Hours Credits
Teacher of Student with Dissabiliteis
ED 351 Assessment Issues 12 3
ED360 Behaviour Mgmt. Strategies for Inclusive & Self-Contained Classroom 25 3
ED380 Specialized Instruction in Reading 12 3
ED460 Inclusive Practices 12 3
Teacher Of Professional through Grade Three (Prek-3)
ED333 Curriculum in Early Childhood Educ. 3
ED332 Methods in Early Childhood Educ. 3
Take Praxis in 10022 Early Child. Content
Elementary with Subject Matter Specialization (Grades 5-8)
ED348 Secondary Content Area Learning & Literacy  40 3
PS216 Adolescent Psychology 3
Take Praxis and additional courses for specific content areas (English, Science, Math, Social Studies)