Religious Studies Major with Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6 (B.A.)

Students who wish to pursue K-6 teacher certification in Elementary Education must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students also are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill General Education categories.

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

I. General Education Requirements
A. New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication - Fulfilled by CMST 101 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
D. Fine and Performing Arts3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences - Fulfilled by RELG 200, 204, 207, 208, 214, 282 or 382 in the major.0
2. Philosophy and Religious Perspectives – Fulfilled by EDFD 220 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
G. Computer Science3
H. Mathematics 0
Fulfilled by MTHM 201 in the Teacher Ed sequence.
I. Natural Science Laboratory
BIOL 100Biological Sciences4
J. Physical Education1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History – Fulfilled by EDFD 221 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
2. Global Cultural Perspectives - Fulfilled by RELG 185, 240, 246, 250, 254 or 256 in the major.0
3. Social Science Perspectives – Fulfilled by PSYC 101 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
L. Interdisciplinary Studies 0
Fulfilled by ECEL 200 in the Teacher Ed sequence.
II. World Languages and Cultures
A. World Languages3-6
B. World Cultures0
Fulfilled by RELG 185, 240, 246, 250, 254 or 256 in the major.0
III. Major Requirements
A. Required Courses
RELG 100Religions of the World3
RELG 101Understanding Religion3
RELG 275Inter-religious Encounters3
B. Texts
Complete two courses from the following:6
Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures
New Testament/Christian Scriptures
American Religious Texts
The Qur'an
Asian Texts
Study in Religious Texts
Study in Religious Texts
C. Issues
Complete two courses from the following:6
Religious Ethics
Death, Dying and Afterlife
Religion and Ethical Issues
Religion and Social Activism
Body and Soul
Women and Religion
The Holocaust: Religious Perspectives
Spirituality and Mysticism
Feminist Views of Religion
Religion and Peacemaking
Atheism
Jihad, Just War and the Prospect of Peace
Special Topics in Religious Issues
D. Approaches
Complete two courses from the following:6
Religion and Culture
Religion and Society
Feminist Views of Religion
Religious Ethical Thinkers
Religious Experience
Theology
Myth, Meaning and Self
Philosophy of Religion
Psychology of Religion
Religion, Culture and Society
Religion and Society
E. Global Traditions
Complete one course from the following:3
The Arab World and Religion
Asian Religions
Islamic Religious Traditions
African Religions
Africana Religions in the Americas
Native American Religion
Religion in Latin America
Complete one course from the following: 3
Introduction to Greek and Roman Religion
Buddhism
Hinduism
Taoism
Religion in the United States
Asian Religions
Islamic Religious Traditions
African Religions
Africana Religions in the Americas
Native American Religion
Religion in Latin America
Christian History and Thought
Spirituality and Mysticism
F. Seminar
Complete one course from the following:3
Seminar
Engaged Learning Project
IV. Teacher Education Sequence
See requirements below.60
V. Free Electives
Complete additional coursework to reach 120 credits.3-0
Total Credits120

Teacher Education Program Requirements (K-6) 

Pre-Professional Sequence
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
FSHD 214Child Development I3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
Professional Sequence
First Semester Junior Year
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
Second Semester Junior Year
ECSE 339Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
First Semester Senior Year
ECEL 410Clinical Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms2
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Second Semester Senior Year
ECEL 414Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms9
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
Total Credits60