Bachelor of Arts — Elementary Education

Imagine the Impact You Can Make with an Elementary Education Degree

Designed to align with the rigorous standards set forth by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the B.A. in Elementary Education at Mid-America Christian University focuses on traditional theory, fundamental coursework and contemporary teaching methods so you may gain comprehensive knowledge blended with real-world classroom experience and biblical principles to positively teach and guide children through the all-important elementary years.

You will be equipped to identify and address each child’s individual needs, seek licensure in elementary education, and ultimately become an effective teacher in the classroom, whether in a public or private school setting. In addition to covering the traditional course subjects of math, social studies and English, to name a few, the program also includes: child/adolescent and educational psychology, instructional technology and instructional strategies.

What Will You Learn in Our Elementary Education Program?

In our regionally-accredited Elementary Education program, you'll learn strategies proven to help K-6 children build confidence and excel in the diverse classroom environment of today. You'll also learn how to build relationships with parents and family members, how to integrate technology in the classroom, and psychological theory as it relates to children and adolescents. Through student teaching opportunities, you'll obtain firsthand experience in the school setting through observing and teaching at an accredited school over the course of 14 weeks. 

Why Choose MACU?

Our unique School of Teacher Education prepares the next generation of Oklahoma teachers by teaching practical coursework, proven theory and by giving hands-on experience through student teaching opportunities. All of our classes are built on Christian principles, bringing the heart of Jesus Christ directly into the classroom as you prepare to go out and impact the future of our nation by teaching and nurturing the children who will one day lead it. You'll learn in classrooms with low professor-student ratios, giving you the one-on-one experience and personal care that truly makes a difference in your education, all while engaging in a growing campus community.

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Courses

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ECED3223 Literacy Methods for Early Childhood
This course focuses upon the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Oklahoma State Reading/ English Language Arts Standards as they relate to Early Childhood grade level indicators, with emphasis on reading and writing processes and applications. The focus will be on teaching children to consider themselves to be readers and writers from the time they can listen to a story or hold a pencil. Comprehension strategies such as predicting & confirming, retellings, language experience activities, and literature circles and literature response activities will be tied in with age appropriate experiences for the authoring process, literature appreciation, and authentic oral and silent reading practices. Appropriate use of authentic assessment techniques, language/literacy immersion, multicultural literature, techniques for teaching to the multiple intelligences and the use of research and technology in the teaching of reading will help teacher candidates learn to teach to the individual. A supervised (ten) 10 hour field experience in an early childhood setting will include activities developing reading related materials (such as an interactive bulletin board), planning and teaching lessons with the guidance of the professor and the cooperating teacher, and field experience reports reflecting upon classroom observations and activities as they relate to concepts studied in class. Offered every fall semester.
EDEL3103 Methods of Reading for Primary Grades
This course is specifically designed to focus on research-based language acquisition, pre-reading skills, at-risk learners, and the reading process. Emphasis is on the five non-negotiable elements in reading instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension) and different approaches for teaching reading (visual and standard phonics, sight method, language experience approach, whole language, individualized and group instruction, and tutoring systems). Factors that influence child development and learning (uniqueness, family, teacher, multi-culture, the brain and learning styles) will also be studied. Oklahoma Academic Standards (C3) will be basic to the class content. Five (5) hours of field experience is required in reading, grades K-3. Prerequisite: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2102, and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Offered every fall semester.
EDEL3203 Methods of Reading in the Intermediate Grades
This course is specifically designed to build a framework for understanding the literacy development, assessment and instruction of reading for students in the intermediate (fourth through eighth) grades. Attention will be given to the five components of reading instruction, especially fluency, word identification, vocabulary and comprehension. Reading approaches, reading as it relates to language and literature, reading in the content area, study skills, and readers with special needs will also be addressed. Classroom management, motivational techniques, rights of students, teachers, and parents will be studied. Oklahoma Academic Standards will be aligned to the classroom content. Five (5) hours of field experience are required. Prerequisite: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2102, and EDUC 4203, EDEL 3103 Methods of Reading in the Primary Grades which is taken concurrently with this course and acceptance into the Teacher Education program. Offered every fall semester.
EDEL3303 Methods of Elementary Science
This course includes the study of curriculum, concepts, methods, and materials in science and health education in the elementary school. Emphasis will be placed on cognitive development for children in primary grades and intermediate/middle school grades, objectives designed to increase understanding of scientific methods, laws and principles, classroom management, community/parent relations, and the use of technology in the science classroom. Oklahoma Academic Standards (C3) will be basic to the class content. Five (5) hours of field experience is required. Prerequisite: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2102, NATS 1014 or BIOL 1214, NATS 2101, NATS 2103, and acceptance into the Teacher Education program. Offered every fall semester.
EDEL3403 Children's Literature
This course is designed to help the student acquire a wide acquaintance with children’s literature, both old and new, and to learn ways and means to develop, stimulate and guide children’s reading of literature presented. In addition, it will assist future teachers in guiding children toward a more comprehensive creative and insightful utilization of literary materials. Prerequisite: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2102, and acceptance into the teacher education program.
EDEL3503 Methods of Elementary Music and Art Integration
This course is designed to teach methods of general music and visual art in grades K-8. The emphasis will be to integrate music and art into the core subjects to enhance students’ academic performance, social skills, content learning, and to become an integral part of the students’ lives. The six essential components needed for an elementary classroom music program will be addressed (listening, moving/dancing, singing, reading, making and playing instruments, and creating). Classroom management of time, materials, and students will be included. Art/music appreciation and creativity will be taught and encouraged. The Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) will be basic to the class content. Five (5) hours of field experience is required in art/music classes K-8. Prerequisite: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2102, EDUC 4203 and EDUC 4213 and accepted into the Teacher Education Program. Offered every fall semester.
EDEL4304 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Reading with Reading Practicum
Teacher candidates enrolled in this course will explore a wide range of issues and factors related to language and literacy assessment and instruction. They will also examine the best practices for and develop proficiency in supporting children’s language and literacy development from first through eighth grades. In the practicum, teacher candidates will assess a student; interpret assessment findings; identify their strengths and needs as language and literacy learners; and choose instructional strategies for tutoring purposes in order to develop their students’ ability to become strategic readers and writers. Fifteen (15) hours of field experiences is required. Prerequisites: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2102, EDEL 3103, EDEL 3203, and acceptance into Teacher Education Program. Offered each fall semester.
EDEL4503 Methods of Elementary Language Arts
This course includes methods of instruction in grammar, spelling, handwriting, purposeful writing, listening, speaking, visual literacy, and reading the genre of children’s literature for the elementary language arts program. Attention is given to evaluation of curriculum, classroom management and organization, assessment of reading and writing, educational media, and the importance of language arts skills in all subject areas. Oklahoma Academic Standards (C3) will be basic to the class content. Five (5) hours of field experience is required in K-8 language arts classrooms. Prerequisites: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2102, EDUC 4203, and EDUC 4213 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Offered every spring semester.
EDEL4603 Methods of Elementary Social Studies
This course draws upon the various disciplines of social studies. Technology resources, classroom diversity needs, classroom management, character values including respect and responsibility, and citizenship education will be studied. Models of civic courage, democratic ideals and practices, tragedies and victories of the American way (liberty and justice for all) will be subjects of study. Debate and decision making are part of the Social Studies curriculum. The competencies of National Council for the Social Studies are incorporated into the objectives of the course. Oklahoma Academic Standards (C3) will be basic to the class content. Five (5) hours of field experience in social studies classrooms are required Prerequisites: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2102, EDUC 4203 and EDUC 4213 and acceptance in the Teacher Education Program. Offered every spring semester.
EDEL4803 Methods of Elementary Math
This course has as its focus the methods and materials, including technology for teaching elementary school mathematics. The purpose of the course is to help pre-service students become confident in their ability to teach mathematics so they can do the same for their future students. It is predicated upon a constructivist approach to teaching elementary mathematics as recommended by the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Oklahoma Academic Standards (C3) Emphasized are the content of elementary mathematics, and the methods and materials useful to teach it. Five (5) hours of field experience is required. Prerequisites: MATH 1513, EDUC 2102, EDUC 4203 and EDUC 4213 and acceptance in the Teacher Education Program. Offered every fall semester.
EDUC2101 MACU Teacher Education Orientation
This course is intended to introduce teacher candidates to the requirements for state certification set forth by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP). Teacher candidates will also be introduced and learn the Global Vision Conceptual Framework and other MACU education requirements. Before being accepted in the School of Teacher Education, all students are required to pass this course. Prerequisite: Completed 21 hours of general education. Co-requisite: EDUC 2102. Offered every semester.
EDUC2102 Educational Foundations
This course is intended to introduce teacher candidates to the field of education. Historical, philosophical, sociological, and curricular foundations of American education; current issues of multicultural education, governance, and support of American education; and legal issues will be explored. Co-requisite: EDUC 2101. Offered every semester.
EDUC2403 Child and Adolescent Psychology
This course is a study of human development from conception through adolescence. Major theoretical approaches of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development will be examined. This study will include parent/child, sibling, and other relationships as they relate to developmental processes and stages. Study will be divided into five periods of childhood: prenatal, infancy and toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103 or SOCI 1103. Offered every spring semester.
EDUC3103 Educational Psychology
This course includes basic and current learning theories, psychological principles applied to learning, and classroom management and assessment. Twenty-five (25) hours of field experience is required. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103, EDUC 2101 and EDUC 2102. Offered every spring semester.
EDUC3203 Instructional Technologies
This course is an applications and theory course designed to familiarize participants with various technologies and their uses in education. Teacher candidates will evaluate computer systems and software applications and examine networking, audio/visual technologies, digital/analog video technologies, and distance education to determine its use in the classroom. Candidates will prepare and present an instructional design integrating technology in the classrooms. Oklahoma Academic Standards (C3) will be basic to the class content. Five (5) hours of field experience is required. Offered every fall semester.
EDUC3233 Probability and Statistics for Teac hers
The study of rational numbers, decimal notations, real numbers, probability, and statistics. Collection, recording, and data analysis to enable data-based decisions will also be explored.
EDUC3303 Development Across the Life Span
This course is a study of human development and the nature of those social structures which impact it, especially the development of personality, attitudes, habits, intelligence, and Christian ideals. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103.
EDUC4203 Instructional Strategies, Management, and Assessment I
This course provides practice in the educational theories of effective instructional strategies, classroom management, and a variety of assessments, especially alternative and authentic assessments; and the involvement of parents/caregivers and the community in the learning process. Offered every spring semester.
EDUC4213 Instructional Strategies, Management, and Assessment II
This course further develops the knowledge base ad skills from EDUC 4203 Instructional Strategies, Management, and Assessment I. Prerequisite: EDUC 4203. Offered every fall semester.
EDUC4223 Students with Exceptionalities
This course is an introduction to the characteristics, needs, problems, and behavior patterns of exceptional children; and the various educational approaches used with them. Topics central to special education today – inclusion, diversity, assistive technology, collaboration, and multidisciplinary teams, will all be studied. The intellectual, physical, emotional, and behaviorally disabled children will be studied, as well as gifted children and disabled adults. Ten (10) field experiences in special education and gifted classes will be required. Prerequisites: EDUC 2103, and acceptance in the Teacher Education Program. Offered every fall semester.
EDUC4909 Student Teaching
This course gives the student teacher firsthand experience in the school setting through observation/teaching in an accredited school. He or she will spend fourteen weeks in this course with twelve weeks in the actual classroom under the supervision of both a cooperating teacher at a cooperating public school and the university supervisor. Portfolios and video tapes will be completed. Prerequisite: completion of classes in specialization and professional education. Offered every semester.
ENGL2403 World Literature Survey: The Renaissance to the Modern Era
This course is a study of both western and nonwestern literature from 1650 to the present with an emphasis on literary analysis, and the relationship between, literature, historical setting and cultural milieus. Prerequisite: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered every spring semester.
HIST1103 History of World Civilization I
A survey of world history from Antiquity to the Medieval Era. Offered every fall semester.
HIST1203 History of World Civilization II
A survey of world history from the Medieval Era to present. Offered every spring semester.
MATH2103 Algebra for Teachers
The elementary major will be presented with a tactile approach to Algebraic concepts. Students will reason mathematically, solve problems, and encourage full participation, design and present lessons that use the hands-on approach to teaching an algebraic concept. Students will develop portfolios and grade lab homework. The (NCTM) standards are presented and explored. Offered every fall semester.
MATH2203 Math for Teachers I
This course is concerned with the professional development of future elementary teachers in areas of mathematics such as: the nature of mathematics, the contributions of different cultures toward the development of mathematics, and the role of mathematics in culture and society. Mathematical concepts will include but not be limited to: problem solving, sets, numbers, numeration, whole number operations, computation, number theory, fractions, decimals, ratio, proportions, percent and integers. Calculators, computers, and other technological devices will be evaluated. Offered every spring semester.
MATH2303 Math for Teachers II
This course is concerned with the planning for and teaching mathematical experiences, dispositions toward teaching mathematics, and teacher responsibilities. Geometric shapes, measurement, geometry using triangle congruence and similarity, geometry using coordinates and transformations, fractals, and geometric constructions. Calculators, computers, and the internet will be utilized. Offered every fall semester.
NATS2101 Environmental Science Lab
Laboratory experiences are an integral component introducing students to environmental issues and analysis. Offered every semester. *
NATS3401 Ecology for Teachers Lab
Laboratory experiences designed to facilitate understanding of the principles of ecology as studies in NATS 3403. Offered every spring semester.
NATS3403 Ecology for Teachers
An introductory course in the study of the relationships of organisms to the environment. Procedures used by ecologists to describe and analyze plant and animal communities will be experienced in the field and laboratory. Prerequisites: MATH 1513, NATS 2103, NATS 2101, NATS 2203, and NATS 2201. Offered every spring semester.
UNIV1121 First Year Evangel
Designed for the first-year student, this course will explore the essential aspects of being a college student at MACU through the lens of a selected pop culture topic. Aspects to be explored include critical thinking, time management, goal setting, MACU’s mission and vision, and the unique aspects of being a MACU student and earning a MACU degree. Required for all College or Arts and Science students unless waived by the Academic Dean or his/her designee. Offered every semester.

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