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Effective: 2007-2009 Undergraduate Bulletin Revised: January 2008



Elementary Education Certification

(Grades P-5)

Bachelors of Science & Bachelors of Arts

Program Submission

September 2007

Murray State University Undergraduate Bulletin 2005-2007



www.murraystate.edu/provost/catalogs/0507undergrad.html

16 KAR 2:010



III. Program Experiences
The Elementary Education program supports the College of Education’s theme by nurturing individuals to become reflective decision-makers. Reflection is the focus of course activities and is the primary means by which candidates integrate course experiences with Kentucky performance standards, College of Education Dispositions and the candidates’ own experiences, values, and beliefs about education. At the program’s beginning, candidates are asked to reflect upon their own values and beliefs about education and seek integration of those with the COE Dispositions through assignments such as philosophy statements, growth plans, field work and other reflective assignments. This process continues as candidates develop portfolio items to reflect their growth and understanding of educational principles leading to the program’s end with the eligibility portfolio as a summative evaluation of their knowledge and demonstration of their skills according to Kentucky performance standards. Throughout, program course work is designed to require planning, instruction, assessing and reflecting at increasing levels of expertise. At admission to teacher education, candidates are interviewed by faculty and asked to respond about the COE dispositions and the Kentucky Code of Ethics. The Kentucky Code of Ethics is presented three additional times to candidates - during orientations to teacher education and student teaching and during the student teaching interview.

The elementary education program prepares candidates to teach in elementary schools (P-5). The four-year preparation program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board. Candidates completing the P-5 Elementary Education certification program may choose to complete a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.

Candidates develop their content knowledge through the University Studies (49-52 cr. hrs.) and Related Education (16 cr. hrs.) courses. Moreover, they gain additional expertise in an area of Academic Emphasis (18 cr. hrs): English/Communications, Mathematics, Fine Arts/Humanities, Science, Social/Behavioral Studies, or Foreign Language. All courses have been aligned with the Praxis Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment exam (#0014). An ad hoc committee has consulted with unit administrators, candidates, fine arts/humanities professors, elementary faculty and the elementary advisory council before adjusting the required course work and guidesheets to better align with the exam. A common foundation of knowledge related to the field of education comprises the Professional Education (31-34 cr. hrs.) section. Candidates develop pedagogical proficiency in teaching elementary-level content during the Elementary Education (24-25 cr. hrs.) coursework. The Professional Education and Elementary Education courses have been aligned with the Principles of Learning and Teaching exam (#0052).

To be admitted to teacher education, admitted to student teaching, and successfully exit the program, candidates progress through multiple checkpoints to ensure they have acquired the necessary professional and pedagogical content knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become effective educators. Specific guidelines are shared with candidates during required orientations. Guidelines are also delineated on program guide sheets and further detailed in the Unit’s continuous assessment plan. As program policy, candidates follow curriculum guidesheets, MAP reports, and confer with advisors to help them to monitor their own progress and prepare them for the continuous self-assessment required of professional educators.


In fall 2000 Murray State established an extended campus 2+2 Elementary Education program at four regional sites: Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah. Upper division courses are delivered at the extended campus sites in a rotating sequence. Coordinating positions at the Murray campus and at each of the extended campuses assure quality and coordination among the programs.


The elementary education program responds to standards established by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and by national learned societies/professional organizations in curriculum areas of language arts, mathematics, social studies and science (National Council of Teachers of English, International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Teachers for Social Studies, National Science Education Standards, National Association of Environmental Education). KERA initiatives, EPSB themes, Kentucky NTS, and NCATE themes influence the design, organization, and delivery of the curriculum concepts and learning experiences of the program. This alignment is reflected on common course syllabi as well as tables found in this document. The program is organized so that the standards are introduced in the core courses, and extended in the upper division courses as instructional activities are implemented in the classroom (laboratory experiences) and authentic elementary school settings (field experiences).
The elementary education faculty reference multiple educational theorists (e.g. Piaget, Vygotsky, Maslow, Krathwohl, Gardner, and Erikson) in course and instructional design. Faculty understand the major concepts, principles, theories, standards, and research related to childhood development, elementary curriculum and assessment. In keeping with the Unit’s Conceptual Framework, the constructivist learning theory is emphasized. As a result, the program models the use of active instructional methods, real-life applications, and cognitive strategies to stimulate learning and provide motivation for the elementary learner.
The Kentucky teacher performance standards are integrated throughout core courses, and elementary school methods courses as demonstrated in the table below. Candidates are introduced to the standards in early coursework where they gain knowledge (K) of the role performance standards play in becoming reflective decision-makers. As coursework progresses, the standards are applied (A) in lesson plans and other instructional activities. At the end of the program, during student teaching, candidates are evaluated (E) for each standard in an eligibility portfolio. The portfolios are scored by two faculty members during independent observations. Regarding instructional technology, instructors use web-based programs such as Blackboard to supplement and enhance face-to-face instruction. Candidates are required to use technology in many course activities as well. Following is a matrix that demonstrates the integration of Kentucky New Teacher Standards into elementary education coursework.

Kentucky New Teacher Standards


Course

NTS 1

NTS 2

NTS 3

NTS 4

NTS 5

NTS 6

NTS 7

NTS 8

NTS 9

Professional Education (Core) Courses

EDU 103




K*

K




A




A

K

K

EDP 260




A*







A

A







A

EDU 303

A*

A

A

A

A

A

A




A

SED 300

K

K

K

K

A

K

K

A*

A

EDU 403







A




A*







A




EDU 405

A




A

E*

A













ELE 421

E*

E*

E*

E*

E*

E*

E*

E Praxis

E*

EDU 422

E*

E*

E*

E*

E*

E*

E*

E Praxis

E*

Elementary Education Courses

ELE 304

A*

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

ELE 305




A







A

A




A

E

REA 306

E*

A













A

E




ELE 307

E*

A

A

K

E

A

E

E

A

ELE 390

E

K

E

E

K

A




E

E

ELE 401

E

A*

A







A




E*

A

ELE 402

E

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

EDU 404

K

K







K

A

A

A




REA 412

E*

E

E*

E

E

E

E*

E

E*

Related Education Courses

HEA 191






















A




MAT 115






















A




MAT 215






















A




MUS 200






















A




MUS 300

E




E

E

E







A




ART 343

E

E

E













E




K – Knowledge, A – Application, E – Evaluation * = Portfolio Artifact

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