Elementary Education, BS

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2020-2021. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.75
Total Hours: 124

General Education Requirements
*Minimum grade of "C" or "P" in each course
*Minimum GPA 2.75 required in combination with Major Requirements
*Certification requirements that meet GE requirements
English Composition courses*
See Academic Regulation 3.5
ENGL 1113Composition I3
or ENGL 1313 Critical Analysis and Writing I
Select one of the following courses*:3
Composition II
Critical Analysis and Writing II
Technical Writing
American History & Government
Select one of the following courses*:3
Survey of American History
American History to 1865 (H)
American History Since 1865 (DH)
POLS 1113American Government3
Analytical & Quantitative Thought (A)
Select 6 hours of the following courses*:6
Mathematical Functions and Their Uses (A)
Applications of Modern Mathematics (A)
College Algebra (A)
Trigonometry (A)
Business Calculus (A)
Calculus I (A)
Elementary Statistics (A)
Humanities (H)
Select one of the following courses*:3
Conversations in Literature (DH)
Great Works of Literature (H)
Survey of American Literature II (DH)
Select one of the following courses*:3
Art History Survey I (H)
Art History Survey II (H)
Introduction to Music (H)
Natural Sciences (N)
Must include one Laboratory Science (L) course*
BIOL 1114Introductory Biology (LN)4
CHEM 1014Chemistry In Civilization (LN)4
or PHYS 1014 Descriptive Physics (N)
Select one of the following courses*:4
Physical Geography (LN)
Geology and Human Affairs (LN)
Physical Geology (LN)
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S) courses*
GEOG 1113Introduction to Cultural Geography (IS)3
or GEOG 1713 World Regional Geography (IS)
or GLST 1713 World Regional Geography (IS)
PSYC 1113Introductory Psychology (S)3
or SOC 1113 Introductory Sociology (S)
Additional General Education
Select one of the following courses*:3
Language, Text and Culture (HI)
Introduction to Creative Writing (H)
Introduction to Speech Communication (S)
Hours Subtotal45
Diversity (D) & International Dimension (I)
May be completed in any part of the degree plan
Select at least one Diversity (D) course
Select at least one International Dimension (I) course
College/Departmental Requirements
EDUC 1111First Year Seminar1
Select 10 hours of electives (3 hours may need to be foreign language)10
Hours Subtotal11
Major Requirements
Minimum GPA 2.75 with a minimum grade of “C” or “P” in each course
CIED 3133Children's Literature Across the Curriculum3
CIED 3253Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary and Middle School3
CIED 3293Teaching Reading in the Elementary and Middle School3
CIED 4213Introduction to Visual Arts in the Curriculum3
CIED 4233Literacy Assessment and Instruction3
HLTH 2603Total Wellness (S)3
MATH 3403Geometric Structures for Early Childhood and Elementary Teachers3
MATH 3603Mathematical Structures for Early Childhood and Elementary Teachers3
SMED 3153Teaching Mathematics at the Primary Level3
Taken as a block semester prior to student teaching:
CIED 3430Early Lab and Clinical Experience in Elementary Education II 11
CIED 4323Social Studies in the Elementary School Curriculum 13
CIED 4362Design and Management of the Elementary School Classroom 12
CIED 4073Elementary School Curriculum Design and Development 13
SMED 4153Teaching Mathematics at the Intermediate Level 13
SMED 4353Science in the Elementary School Curriculum 13
Hours Subtotal42
Professional Core Requirements
Minimum GPA 2.75 with a minimum grade of “C’ or “P” in each course
CIED 2450Early Lab and Clinical Experience in Elementary Education I (1 hour)1
CIED 3622Middle Level Education2
EDTC 3123Applications of Educational Technologies3
EPSY 3113Psychological Foundations of Childhood3
SCFD 3223Role of Teacher in American Schools (D)3
SPED 3202Educating Exceptional Learners (D)2
Student Teaching Block
CIED 4453Senior Seminar in Elementary Education 13
CIED 4450Internship in Elementary Education 19
Hours Subtotal26
Total Hours124

Other Requirements

  • 40 hours of upper-division coursework. Required for graduation and recommendation for Standard Certification:
    1. 2.75 Overall GPA;
    2. 2.75 GPA in Major Requirements and specified general education requirements; and
    3. 2.75 GPA in Professional Core Requirements.
  • The student must earn minimum grades of “C” or “P” in each course in the Major Requirements and specified General Education and Professional Core Requirements and must earn grades of “P” in all sections of observation courses and student teaching for recommendation for Certification.
  • Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the novice high level from among those languages identified by the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability. For clarification see OSU academic advisor.

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2026.