2022-2023

Elementary Education - Learning and Pedagogy, Bachelor of Science in Education

Department of Teaching and Learning

College of Education

This online degree will enable graduates to enter education-related fields, which do not require certification, and the degree does not lead to certification. The degree will be of interest to those who homeschool, trainers, educational consultants, curriculum developers, educational sales, youth program leaders (afterschool programming, camp directors, youth sports), faith-based children’s/youth leadership, instructional designers, tutors, and substitute teachers. This degree is also of interest to international students desiring a western educational philosophical framework.

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Up to 60 units of major requirements

  • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
University Honors Program Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
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Purpose Statement

This online degree will enable graduates to enter education-related fields, which do not require certification, and the degree does not lead to certification. The degree will be of interest to those who homeschool, trainers, educational consultants, curriculum developers, educational sales, youth program leaders (afterschool programming, camp directors, youth sports), faith-based children’s/youth leadership, instructional designers, tutors, and substitute teachers. This degree would also be of interest to international students desiring a western educational philosophical framework, such as the proposed institute between NAU and Shanghai Normal University Tianhua College. Likewise, students desiring to teach abroad where teacher certification might not be a requirement could benefit from this course of study. Although not a certification degree, students in this course of study are able to demonstrate outcomes aligned to the standards of the education and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium. These outcomes include, but are not limited to:

  • constructing learning opportunities that support students’ development 
  • acquisition of knowledge, and motivation 
  • knowing, understanding, and using major concepts in subject matter fields to enhance student learning and development 
  • creating instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse students 
  • knowing, understanding, and using various assessment strategies to plan, evaluate, and improve teaching and learning; and reflecting and 
  • continuously improving educational practice.
Candidates who complete this program will be prepared to contribute to and participate in the field of education where such coursework may serve above aforementioned (who homeschool, trainers, educational consultants, curriculum developers, educational sales, youth program leaders -afterschool programming, camp directors, youth sports-, faith-based children’s/youth leadership, instructional designers, tutors, and substitute teachers) ancillary educational occupations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Although not a certification degree, students in this course of study are able to demonstrate outcomes aligned to the standards of the education and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium. These include:
  • Standard #1: Learner Development 
  • Standard #2: Learning Differences
  • Standard #3: Learning Environments
  • Standard #4: Content Knowledge
  • Standard #5: Application of Content
  • Standard #6: Assessment
  • Standard #7: Planning for Instruction
  • Standard #8: Instructional Strategies
  • Standard #9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice 
  • Standard #10: Leadership and Collaboration

The assessment plan of the knowledge, competencies and skills identified in the Learning Outcomes will be constructed in ways similar to our programs that lead to certification and accreditation. This will not be a degree that is part of our accreditation (CAEP) efforts, nor will it be sanctioned by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). 

Each course in the major portion, however, will contain key assessments (KAs), which will measure the students’ mastery of the content. Each KA will be mapped to the InTASC Standards and will be aggregated at the end of each semester in order to determine the progress of our students and to conclude areas of need in the program.

 

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • 60 units of major requirements
    • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
    • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
  • Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Major Requirements
  • Note: Students may only repeat courses in which a grade of "D" or "F" was earned (see Course Repeat Policy)

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.