The LSEE curriculum is carefully articulated to provide interdisciplinary course work and in-school learning experiences that prepare students to teach at the elementary level (P-6). A number of general education courses are either required or recommended as electives to prepare for the core curriculum of advanced courses in this liberal studies major and the Extended Teacher Preparation Program that follows. Students in this major benefit from belonging to a community of learners.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will have acquired:

  • Proficiency in quantitative literacy: Students will demonstrate proficiency in understanding and explaining the categories of number and operations; algebra; geometry and measurement; and data analysis and probability.
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication: Students will effectively communicate ideas in both written and oral formats.
  • Proficiency in scientific knowledge: Students will integrate mathematics with life and physical sciences.
  • Proficiency in humanities and social sciences: Students will integrate social sciences and apply content knowledge across humanities disciplines.
  • Proficiency in experiential learning: Students will synthesize and apply content, theory and pedagogy in experiential learning opportunities, including service-learning, school observations and practicum field placements.
  • Proficiency in dispositions: Students will exhibit the professional dispositions for educators valued by the School of Education.
  • Proficiency in reflection: Students will be able to engage in reflective practice and critically evaluate their own performance and writing, as well as those of others.

Special requirements

To become an elementary school teacher, students are expected to declare the liberal studies for early and elementary education major. The major is the College of Humanities and Sciences’ undergraduate part of the five-and-a-half-year Extended Teacher Preparation Program. The LSEE major requires a minimum of 120 credits within a highly structured, pre-professional program that combines with the Master of Teaching in the Extended Teacher Preparation Program in with the School of Education. Successful completion of the LSEE major results in a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree, which is awarded simultaneously with the M.T.

The LSEE major is separated into two divisions: foundation level and upper level. Students are first admitted to the foundation level after review of their SAT scores and GPA. Entering freshmen and transfer or change-of-major students are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be admitted. Advancement to upper-level status requires 60 or more credits (including TEDU   101 and the classes listed as completing the College of Humanities and Sciences general education requirements), a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a passing score on PRAXIS I or its alternatives. After completing at least 75 credits, LSEE students with upper-level status can apply for admittance to the School of Education’s Extended Teacher Preparation Program. With a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 credits and appropriate GRE or MAT scores, these LSEE students can apply to the graduate part of the program (M.T.) and continue their professional training.

Students must pass TEDU   101 and MATH   361  each with a minimum grade of C.

The B.I.S. with the LSEE major is not designed as a terminal degree and by itself will not fully certify one to teach. Students who have reached senior status (85 credit hours or more) in any other major must graduate with that major and return as post-baccalaureate students to the M.T. program.

Degree requirements for Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of (B.I.S.) with a liberal studies for early and elementary education major

General Education requirements

University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IFocused Inquiry I3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IIFocused Inquiry II3
UNIV   200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument3
Approved humanities/fine arts3
Approved natural/physical sciences3-4
Approved quantitative literacy3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences3-4
Total Hours21-24
Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)
HUMS   202Choices in a Consumer Society1
Approved H&S diverse and global communities3
Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)
Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)
Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)
Approved H&S General Education electives6-8
Experiential fine arts 11-3
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement)0-8
Total Hours11-23
1

Course offered by the School of the Arts

Major requirements

Math and statistics
MATH   303Investigations in Geometry 13
MATH   361Numbers and Operations (minimum grade of C)3
MATH   362Algebra and Functions 13
STAT   206Data Analysis and Statistics for Elementary Education 1,23
Natural sciences
Select one of the following biology sequences:4
Biological Concepts
and Biological Concepts Laboratory 3
Environmental Science 3
Introduction to Biological Sciences I
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I
Introduction to Biological Sciences II
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory II
Select one of the following:3
Chemistry and Society 3
Elementary Astronomy 3
Energy! 3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Oceanography
Experiencing Science
Select one of the following:4
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
Physical Geography: Weather, Climate and Biogeography
and Physical Geography Laboratory: Weather, Climate and Biogeography
Physical Geography: Geomorphology and Soils
and Physical Geography Laboratory: Geomorphology and Soils
INSC   310Content of Elementary Science 13
Social studies
ECON   203Introduction to Economics3
HIST   101Survey of European History3
POLI   103U.S. Government 33
or HIST   103 Survey of American History
URSP   102Introduction to Human Geography3
Select one of the following:3
Human Spirituality 3
Religions of the World
Religions of the World
SOCY/ANTH/GSWS 304Sociology of Families3
or SOCS   302 Diverse Families and Children in the United States
Cross-cultural communication
Select one to six credits from the following:1-6
Language and Gender
Cross-cultural Communication
Human Societies and Globalization 3
International Studies Internship
Global Communications 3
International Relations 3
Intercultural Communication (approval required)
Education
EDUS   301Human Development and Learning3
TEDU   101Introduction to Teaching (minimum grade of C)3
TEDU   310Elementary School Practicum A (see curriculum outline for corequisites) 12
TEDU   313Elementary School Practicum B (see curriculum outline for corequisites) 12
TEDU   3303
TEDU/ENGL 386Children's Literature I 13
TEDU/ENGL 389The Teaching of Writing Skills 13
TEDU   390Physical Education for the Elementary Teacher3
TEDU   410Classroom Management in Elementary Schools (see curriculum outline for corequisites) 13
TEDU   411Integrating the Arts in Curriculum for Young Children 43
or ARTE   301 Art for Elementary Teachers
TEDU   414Curriculum and Methods for Early/Elementary Children (see curriculum outline for corequisites) 14
TEDU   426Teaching Reading and Other Language Arts (see curriculum outline for corequisites) 13
Total Hours83-88
1

LSEE upper-level status required to take this class.

2

STAT   206 recommended, but STAT   208STAT   210 or STAT   212 will satisfy this requirement.

3

Satisfies a general education credit.

4

LSEE upper-level status required and class satisfies general education credit.

Open electives

Consult with a program adviser regarding the selection of a possible minor or other coherent series of courses0-5

Total minimum requirement 120 credits

What follows is a sample plan that meets the prescribed requirements within a four-year course of study at VCU. Please contact your adviser before beginning course work toward a degree.

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
UNIV   101 Introduction to the University 1
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I 3
Approved diverse and global communities 1,2 3
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved science and technology 3 3-4
 Term Hours: 13-15
Spring semester
HUMS   202 Choices in a Consumer Society 1
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II 3
Approved general education elective 1,4 3-4
Approved human, social and political behavior 1,5 3-4
Approved literature and civilization 3-4
Select one of the following: 3
PHYS   103 Elementary Astronomy 3
CHEM   110 Chemistry and Society 3
INSC   201 Energy! 3
 Term Hours: 16-19
Sophomore year
Fall semester
HIST   101 Survey of European History 3
TEDU   101 Introduction to Teaching 3
UNIV   200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Foreign language (101-level) or open elective 3-4
Select one of the following: 3
RELS   108 Human Spirituality 6 3
RELS   311
Religions of the World
or Religions of the World
3
RELS   312
Religions of the World
or Religions of the World
3
Or open elective 3
 Term Hours: 15-16
Spring semester
EDUS   301 Human Development and Learning 3
MATH   361 Numbers and Operations 3
URSP   102 Introduction to Human Geography 3
URSP   204
URSZ   204
Physical Geography: Geomorphology and Soils
and Physical Geography Laboratory: Geomorphology and Soils
4
Foreign language (102-level) or open elective 3-4
 Term Hours: 16-17
Junior year
Fall semester
ECON   203 Introduction to Economics 3
MATH   362 Algebra and Functions 7 3
POLI   103 U.S. Government (or open elective) 6 3
Approved LSEE cross-cultural communication or open elective 1-6
Select one of the following: 3
ENVS   301 Introduction to Meteorology 3
ENVS   310 Introduction to Oceanography 3
INSC   300 Experiencing Science 3
 Term Hours: 13-18
Spring semester
MATH   303 Investigations in Geometry 7 3
TEDU   390 Physical Education for the Elementary Teacher 3
TEDU   411
Integrating the Arts in Curriculum for Young Children
or Art for Elementary Teachers
3
Open electives 5
Select one of the following: 3
SOCS   302
Diverse Families and Children in the United States
or Sociology of Families
3
 Term Hours: 17
Senior year
Fall semester
INSC   310 Content of Elementary Science 7 3
STAT   206 Data Analysis and Statistics for Elementary Education 7 3
TEDU   386
Children's Literature I
or Children's Literature I
3
TEDU   389
The Teaching of Writing Skills
or The Teaching of Writing Skills
3
Open elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
TEDU   310 Elementary School Practicum AA) (senior capstone 6,7,8 2
TEDU   410 Classroom Management in Elementary Schools 7,8 3
TEDU   414 Curriculum and Methods for Early/Elementary Children 7,8 4
TEDU   426 Teaching Reading and Other Language Arts 7,8 3
Open elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
 Total Hours: 120-132
1

Required for LSEE major.

2

RELS   108 recommended.

3

BIOL   101 and BIOZ   101 recommended.

4

INTL   101, MASC   151/INTL   151 or POLI   105/INTL   105 recommended.

5

POLI   103 recommended.

6

Satisfies a general education credit.

7

LSEE upper-level status required to take this class.

8

Note: TEDU   310, TEDU   410, TEDU   414 and TEDU   426 must be taken as corequisites during the final semester.