Elon, North Carolina

Elon University

Undergraduate Elementary, Traditional

Suggested citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2020). Elon University Undergraduate Elementary. Teacher Prep Review. [Data set].
Retrieved from: https://www.nctq.org/review/view/Elon-University-NC-1

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Knowledge
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Courses reviewed: EDU 298, EDU 323, and EDU 324

The research-based content proven to be necessary for teaching all children to read should be clearly evident in course materials such as lecture topics, assignments and textbooks. All of a program's required reading courses — not just some courses — should impart what is necessary to teach reading.

The program meets the standard because its coursework covers all five of the components of effective reading instruction:

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension Strategies

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Elementary Mathematics
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Students cannot excel in mathematics without skillful instruction in the earliest years of school. Teacher candidates generally require three semesters of coursework, complemented by adequate field practice, to progress from a procedural to a conceptual understanding of the essential mathematics topics taught in the elementary grades.

Courses reviewed: MTH 208, MTH 209, and EDU 420

Through a review of the coursework noted above, the program was found to provide teacher candidates with excellent coverage of numbers & operations, algebra, geometry, and data analysis & probability. The program was also found to require at least three SCHs of coursework focused on the methods of mathematics instruction.

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Building Knowledge
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Because they teach all subjects, elementary teacher candidates need to have a solid grasp of literature and composition, American and world history, geography and science. Teacher candidates should also develop some expertise outside of their professional studies, not only to enrich their own academic experience, but also to serve as a fallback major in the event that the student teaching experience is unsuccessful.

Requirements established by the program and/or the institution in which it is located ensure that all elementary certification candidates must take relevant classes in the checked topics below.

Literature & Composition
 ✗ World literature
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that covers, at a minimum but not exclusively, both the major literary genres and the significant works and movements of Western literature, beginning with ancient Greek and/or Roman sources.
 ✗ American literature
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that covers major authors and themes in American literature from roughly the colonial period to the modern era.
 ✔ Writing, grammar and composition
 ✗ Children's literature
Consider revising required coursework in Children's literature so that it provides an introduction to major authors, works and forms of children's literature and includes some examination of children's literature as an historical phenomenon.
History & Geography
 ✔ Early American history
 ✔ Modern American history or Government
 ✗ World history—ancient
 ✗ World history—modern
 ✗ Geography
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that addresses both physical and cultural geography -- analyzing the world from a geographic perspective and emphasizing the unique qualities of world regions; the spatial interactions of people, elements, and regions; and, major regional and global problems and prospects.
Science
 ✗ Biology
Consider revising required coursework in Biology so that it covers biology and matter related to biological processes, including topics such as cellular structures and dynamics, genetics, taxonomy, evolution, plant and animal physiology, developmental biology, and ecology. Cellular and molecular biology should be more prominently featured than ecology and/or evolution.
 ✗ Chemistry
 ✗ Physics
Consider revising required coursework in Physics so that it covers physics or physical science, including topics such as motion, energy, conservation laws, gravity, phase changes, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, and wave dynamics.
 ✗ Earth science

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