Alignment with National Standards
The OSU elementary education program strives to meet both Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards and National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) Standards.
Instructional applications involving technology occur throughout the program. In many courses, students are taught how to use technology for instruction of K-12 students. Students have access to three computer labs representing both the PC and Macintosh platforms and attend class in rooms with state-of-the-art technology that enhance the learning environment and allow faculty to model the use of technology in instruction.
The elementary education program emphasizes three broad areas of coursework – general education, college/departmental and professional core requirements.
Degree completion includes 52 hours of general education (English composition, oral communication, American government and social sciences) and specialization study in the subject area concentrations (analytical and quantitative thought, cultural dimensions (including three hours in one foreign language or high school equivalent), arts and humanities and natural sciences). Students generally complete this course work within their first two years.
Included in this strand is 25 hours in professional education studies, 13 of which are field experiences in an elementary classroom.
The pedagogy portion of the specialization strand contains 47 hours of study in discipline-related courses commonly taught in elementary schools. Since the content structure of each discipline differs, students take courses in the teaching of science, mathematics (primary and Intermediate), social studies, literacy (language arts, reading, literacy assessment, and children’s literature), visual arts, and classroom management and design. Many of the specialization courses include a field component that allows the student to observe and practice in an elementary classroom or working with individual students or small groups what they are reading and discussing about in their college classrooms.